Beach weekends, steamy summer romances, short shorts, and sun kissed skin, are taking a brief hiatus until next June. But first you have to slough away all of your summer sins.
It’s time to heal the burn and mask the redness. To soothe your burning face, start the healing process by using a moisturizer with aloe. Once all signs of the burn is gone grab a exfoliating cleanser with alpha - hydroxy. I am in love with BILLY JEALOUSY LiquidSand Exfoliating Facial Cleanse. I know it’s for men, but it is the best exfoliating cleanser I’ve ever used. Since UV rays can cause more than a sunburn, like broken blood vessels, fight the red by trying Eucerin Redness Relief. It has a slight green tint to help mask the rosiness.
It’s time to exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! A body scrub Improves circulation and boosts cell re-growth. I love going the DIY route with my Grapefruit Glow Salt Scrub. If you have any cuts you will have to opt for something gentler like Anthro Lemongrass Shire Organic Body Scrub. Once you’ve exfoliated, moisturize with a thick moisture trapping lotion or cream. I keep a ridiculously big jar of Aquaphor right by bed, in my purse, in the bathroom, at work, and anywhere I might need to quench my skin's thirst. .
Hands & Feet
Flip flops are your feets worst nightmare. You may love the simplicity of throwing on a pair flops and the fact that they come in every color under sun, but they are killing your feet. Flip flops leave your feed pretty exposed, which leads to cracks, callouses, and scratches all over, and leave your feet feeling tough. A good old fashioned scrub, soak, and slather is in order. First fill your bathtub with a few inches of hot water. Let your feet soak for a minute or two, and then give your them a good scrub. I personally love the Spongeables Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer, they smell amazing and last. Now that you’ve sloughed off some of the dead skin, give your feet a proper soak in a foot bath or tub with hot water, five peppermint tea bags, tea tree oil, and some mint leaves for good measure. Pat them dry and slather your feet in some Aquaphor and slip on Bliss Softening Socks. Give your hands the same treatment to restore softness.
Did you know that you fingernails and toenails are pretty porous; they absorb pigments used in polish and easily stain. Don’t worry your foray into beachy blues and grassy greens won’t leave you looking like you’ve got a fungal issue. A good buff can erase the shades locked into the top nail layers. If you still find stains grab a bowl fill with water and add a few tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and soak your nails for 10 - 15 minutes. This is a gentle way to bleach away discoloration. If the stain is still around grab a toothbrush, whitening toothpaste, and give your nails a good brush, before rinsing, just like brushing your teeth. To avoid this in the future opt for good basecoat.
You spent your summer living it up like a mermaid, in and out of the ocean, pool, lake and the occasional frolic in the sprinkler. The sunlight, salt water, and chlorine have taken their toll and your hair is thirsty. Try detoxing your hair with Fekkai Advanced Summer Hair Marine Clean Detox Shampoo. Follow up your detoxifying shampoo with Bumble & Bumble Quenching Conditioner, and feed your hair's thirst. If you your hair still needs some refreshing reach for ALTERNA Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Rehab Deep Hydration Masque. This hair mask combines strengthening pure organic bamboo extract with color-locking, damage-locking melon extract. It will leave your hair super silky and shield it from those pesky UVA/UVB dry-out and other oxidative damage. It also has color hold technology to prevent color from fading and washing out. You might also want to book an appointment with your stylist to get your ends trimmed.
buff, exfoliate, scrub
nails - Four Sided Acrylic Buffer // body - Anthro Lemongrass Shire Organic Body Scrub // feet - Spongeables Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer // face - BILLY JEALOUSY LiquidSand Exfoliating Facial Cleanse
soak, slather, cleanse
body - AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Body Wash // feet - Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak & Conair Waterfall Foot Spa // hair - Fekkai Advanced Summer Hair Marine Clean Detox Shampoo & Bumble & Bumble Quenching Conditioner // nails - MARVIS Whitening Mint Toothpaste // face - L'Oreal Youth Code Foaming Gel Cleanser
moisturize, mask, heal
feet - Bliss Softening Socks // nails - Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect Nail // hair - ALTERNA Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Rehab Deep Hydration Masque // body - Aquaphor // face - Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ // face - Skin Savior Waterless Balm // face - Eucerin Redness Relief
hydrate + sleep
One of the hard parts about getting healthy and staying that way is dealing with your sweet tooth. Everybody wants to indulge in dessert, but everybody doesn’t have the time to work it off. Theses five desserts are easy to make, perfect for a hot summers day, low on calories, and you can take them on the go. Fresh fruit is the main ingredient for each dessert. You can mix and match combos that suit your tastes and budget.
With a mixer, beat 4 egg whites and cream of tartar until very soft peaks form. While beating, gradually add 3/4 cup sugar, then add cornstarch and lemon zest. Continue to beat until meringue is thick and marshmallowy, about 5 minutes. Drop 6 mounds of meringue, 3 inches apart, onto prepared sheet. Using the back of a spoon, make a small well in the center of each mound. Bake at 250 for 2 hours. Turn off oven and let sit for 30 min in oven. Transfer to cool rack and let sit for 1 hour. Fill meringue bowls with fresh fruit.
Split the banana peel open and shove in a few mini marshmallows and rich dark chocolate. Wrap in foil and heat over the campfire or under the broil.
Frozen Fruit Bars
Fill ice-pop molds with your favorite fresh fruit juice. To add a little pep to your bars try mixing and match fruit juice with slices of fresh fruit.
Place watermelon, mango, cantaloupe, strawberries, and blueberries on a skewer. If you’ve got a serious sweet tooth, drizzle a little agave nectar or honey on each skewer.
Frozen Berries with Cream
Freeze summer berries in a ziplock bag. Whip low fat cream until stiff peaks form. Serve frozen berries with a dollop of cream.