Summer is fast approaching; is your skin ready for the heat?
Harsh weather and comfort foods tend to leave our skin dull and dry – in no condition for swimsuit weather – after the cold winter months. There are simple steps you can take every day, however, to reclaim your beautiful skin in time for some fun in the sun.
Often, irritated skin is a reflection of internal inflammation. This is especially common after winter, when we are eating more cooked foods that have less hydration benefits than the fresh, raw vegetables more common in warmer months. To combat this, it is recommended that you take a daily fish oil supplement of at least 1500 mg omega 3’s. This will reduce inflammation and hydrate you from the core out, healing dry or aging skin.
Another way we recommend keeping your skin young, clear, and tight is by dry skin brushing about three or four times a week. If you don’t own a dry skin brush, they can be found at most health food stores. You are looking for a brush that is uncomfortable, but not painful. It should tingle, but not scratch, when you test it.
The most ideal time to dry brush your skin is right before you get into the shower. You want to start at your feet and brush your skin in small circles, always moving toward your heart. It is normal for your skin to appear chalky or ashy shortly after brushing – that’s just a sign of success, and will disappear in the shower.
Dry skin brushing is so effective because it stimulates lymph nodes in the skin and encourages detoxification while also exfoliating dead skin cells. With this in mind, it is important to spend more time brushing areas where lymph nodes are found, namely the back of knees, inside of elbows, and around the neck and armpits.
Lastly, the most important element of your Summer-prep skin care routine should be moisturization. Oils, lotions, butters and creams are all available – find which products are best for you, bearing in mind that different body parts may require different moisturizers, and apply them daily. The more hydrated your skin is, the more radiant, tight, and healthy it will be. For more information on preparing your skin for the summer months, you can read this article from LiveWell Network: http://livewellnetwork.com/Steven-and-Chris/episodes/How-to-Get-Summer-Ready-Skin/9526976.