Indulging in summertime treats like ice cream and juicy grilled hamburgers makes for an enjoyable summer indeed. However, we all know deep down that all the delicious foods we indulge in during the warmer seasons can affect our skin in a negative way! Keep reading to discover the most beneficial foods, activities and products for gorgeous skin, as well as those you should consider tossing in the trash.
Foods rich in water such as melons (watermelon and cantaloupe), cucumbers, celery, watercress, lemons and coconut water are extremely hydrating. They are great to eat during the summer months because they keep your body cool when it’s sweltering hot outside. These are also natural diuretics, so you’ll they’ll keep you slim and bloat-free all bikini season long.
Block UV Rays naturally.
Preventing sun damage seems easy enough, applying an SPF typically protects against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Were you aware, however, that you can enhance your anti-aging sun defense by consuming UV-protective foods? It’s true! Foods rich in lycopene and beta-carotene (phytochemicals that help block UV damage) such as tomatoes, carrots, watermelon, apricots and greens are very beneficial for your skin. Just remember that while eating these foods will protect your skin from the sun, consuming them alone is not sufficient protection. You must apply sunscreen and wear UV-filtering sunglasses for ultimate UV protection.
Want to really boost your summertime beauty? Take your exercise routine outdoors. This alone can boost both your self-esteem and lift your spirits. Engaging in activities close to or in the water is especially beneficial to your mind and body because the negative ions that are concentrated in the water have been proven to improve mood and energy. Also, grounding techniques such as walking barefoot on the grass or a sandy beach have also been proven to balance the electrical energy of your body, reducing inflammation and increasing an overall sense of peacefulness.
While summer, and warm seasons in general, are known to be seasons of abundance, your body will naturally crave lighter foods. This is a perfect time to try eating more raw foods. Try incorporating more fresh, raw fruits and vegetables into your dishes to taste the delicious nutrition they provide and see the difference they make in your complexion.
The next time you’re shopping for deodorant look for one that allows your body to perspire. This provides your body a more natural, healthier way to detox. Typical antiperspirant-deodorants can block the body’s natural detox, overwhelming your body with toxic amounts of aluminum and paraben preservatives which ultimately clog your body with toxic waste. Natural deodorants may take some time getting used to but are always a healthier long-term choice.
Try incorporating these tips into your lifestyle now before summer ends to begin new habits that you can carry on into the cooler, yet still tropical, months ahead! Chances are your body and mind will thank you.