There’s so much to love about summer! The sun, the sand, the . . . scorching heat? Probably not that last one, right? As busy homemakers, I bet you’re often running errands out in the heat, standing over a hot stove in a hot kitchen, and hopefully out enjoying summer with your family.
Our skin needs the sun but in the summer we can easily dry it out. With all the hand washing, cooking, and cleaning, our skin gets dry enough as it is without spending extra time in the sunshine. We just need to make sure we take some time to take care of our skin, right? I mean, aside from the obvious “wear sun screen and drink water” part.
Three Tips For Summer Skin Care
1.Take Care of Your Hands
As in the middle of the winter, during the high point of the summer, my hands can dry out very easily. I tend to get very busy and distracted and don’t stop to think to use hand lotion. Quite often when I wish I had lotion, I don’t have any at hand.
Tip: Stock up on quite a few travel sized lotion bottles and stash them all over the place – some where you can see them, and some where you often need them.
I have lotion by all the sinks, in my purse, several in the bath room drawer, by my bed side . . . lots of places. Carry lotion in your car, in the church bag, in your latptop bag – anywhere. When you see the lotion, use it!
2. Take Care of Your Face
I’m guilty of not taking the best care of my face – and it’s so important, especially when you know you’re going to be getting more sun. For far too long, my feet hit the ground running in the morning and I collapsed in bed at the end of the day without a single thought about facial moisturizer. One way that I’ve worked to improve my daily skin care is the regular use of a really good facial moisturizer. (And by that I mean, spending money on quality moisturizer and keeping it handy so I’m inclined to use it.)
Tip: Find a place in your bathroom to keep your moisturizer so that it’s readily available and you can remember to use it. Little baskets organize the top drawer in our bath room for everything “daily.” When I go to grab my makeup or dental floss, there’s the moisturizer right there where I can see it.
My favorite morning moisturizer is Garnier Skin Renew. This stuff makes my face feel AH-MA-ZING. And it really isn’t oily or greasy. (They even make one with SPF.) My favorite evening moisturizer is Night of Olay.
I’ve always thought, though, that more important than what kind of moisturizer you use is just THAT you do use one. The sun shines on our face, the wind blows on it, it sweats and loses moisture, we rub and touch our face throughout the day – put some of that moisture back into it and your skin will thank you.
3. Treat the Whole Body
If you haven’t heard about how great coconut oil is, or haven’t jumped on that bandwagon yet and tried it… well, you need to trust me on this one. Bath oils have nuthin’ on coconut oil when it comes to a relaxing, softening, soothing, moisturizing, warm bath.
Draw yourself a nice, hot bath, add one tablespoon of coconut oil (or two if you have a large garden tub,) stir, soak, and enjoy. Before you get out, spend a few minutes massaging the coconut oil infused water into your elbows, knees and heels. When you’re done, you’ll end up feeling smoother and softer than you’ve ever felt before, and smelling like a tropical paradise. As an added benefit, there aren’t any additives, artificial dyes or perfumes or any other irritants – it’s actually healthy for your skin!
Tip: When you buy your large jar of coconut oil, immediately set some aside in a smaller jar to keep in the bath room. It’s not only handy for a relaxing bath, but you can grab a little dab for rough heels or elbows between baths.
Make up your own coconut oil moisturizer to use after each bath. It is simple to make and use!
So when your skin feels dry just clip up your hair, grab your favorite book and have a long soak. You’ll love it, I promise!
So what do you do to take care of your skin in the dry, Summer months?
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