Summer is my favourite time of year…I love the heat, the sun and all the outdoor activities that go with it…yoga in the park,early morning runswith the dog and fun in the sun at the cottage. And while I’m all about the SPF and keeping my skin safe from sunburn, there are many other ways we can protect our skin naturally from the stresses of summer.
With the recent all-time highs for heat and humidity, sunburn is not the only danger that can affect the skin. Since the skin is actually the largest organ in the body, dehydration and the subsequent loss of vitamins and minerals can have a profound effect on how well our skin shows signs of ageing and damage. Here are some delicious and simple ways to help keep your skin safe, healthy and radiant all summer long:
- Drink a full glass of water first thing in the morning to wake you up! Then continue drinking 8-10 glasses of fresh water throughout the day. This will help to hydrate your cells and your skin, but also ensures you are flushing out toxins that can have a negative effect on the overall look and feel of your skin. You can sweeten the deal by adding fresh berries to your water as you sip throughout the day.
- Eat plenty of brightly coloured fruits throughout the day including fresh berries, peaches, pears, apples and watermelon. These delicious summer fruits will help keep you hydrated while also providing minerals that are lost through perspiration as well as important antioxidants that reduce free-radical damage to the skin.
- Healthy fats keep the skin hydrated and protect you from early ageing and wrinkles. Try adding healthy fats from avocados, fresh grilled fish on the BBQ and olive oil in your salads.
- Consuming loads of dark leafy greens and bright orange veggies like peppers and carrots provides the essential vitamin A thatcan improve wrinkles from natural ageing and also promotes the production of skin building compounds to help repair skin from sun damage.
- Nobody can resist fresh mangos in the summer…not only is this fruit delicious and cooling, but it is also rich in carotene andessential B-vitamins that are water-soluble and lost through perspiration in the heat. When used for external skin care, mango can relieve irritations, peeling, heals chapped skin and protects the skin from adverse environmental conditions. Try using the whole mango fruit in a salad and your normal skin-care routine:
4 medium mangos, peeled, seeded and cubed
¼ cup fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp. fresh chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp. fresh chopped shallots
¼ cup unsalted cashews to garnish (optional)
Place mango cubes in a serving bowl. In a separate bowl whisk together lime juice and olive oil. Season with red pepper flakes and shallots. Whisk briefly then pour over mangos. Stir to coat, then cover and refrigerate about 30 minutes to blend the flavours before serving. Garnish with cashews if desired.
Mango for Skin Care
Keep the skin of the mango from your mango salad and rub the face skin with the mango rind. Wait for 15 minutes and then gently rinse the face with cool water. Notice how this helps to soften and moisturize the face naturally!
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Adrienne Kelly-Durys is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, 500Hr RYT and lover of feeling good in mind and body. She teaches Yoga and wellness classes at Balanced Life Yoga and specializes in detoxing and nourishment. Classes include Power Hour Yoga, Power Yoga Vibe, Power Hour +Bonus and Holistic Nutritional Consulting