Summertime is upon us finally! And while we want to spend as much time outdoors as we can in our short summer season (in Canada at least!), we need to take some steps to keep our family and our own skin healthy in the summer sun.
Firstly, remember that your body is not just your skin on your hands and face but a whole ecosystem - you have to balance what's on the outside with what's on the inside. And, you have to know what is good and not so great to put on and in your body. And know that NOT all natural products are friendly in the sun.
Here are some Do's and Don'ts for Before, During & After your fun in the sun.
Do Hydrate well
+Consider using lemon, rosemary, cucumber, strawberries and/or mint to increase the fun factor of your boring water or fruit-infused home-made iced tea
+With kids - use naturally sweetened fruit juice DIY popsicles, keep healthy fruit and cut up veggies (watermelon, celery, cucumber, cherries and grapes) on hand to keep hydration going (at home, playgroup, pool, beach, sun destination, in the car).
++It's more important to hydrate the day before than the day of.
+++Avoid salty snacks, caffeine and alcohol in the sun (or enjoy in moderation:) as these will dehydrate you.
+Get rid of dead, dry skin to reveal a healthy glow with a dry brush
or natural scrub
to prepare your skin to receive sunscreen and moisture evenly. Start this process at least 30 days prior to sun exposure.
Do Moisturize Well
+Use rich plant based body butters
and oils day and night before sun exposure. Shea butter is best because it penetrates deep below the top layer whereas coconut oil on its own will slide right off your skin.
++Don't forget to use lip balm
on your lips daily to avoid dry lips and sunburns!
+Use a high quality, waterproof, natural mineral broad spectrum sunscreen and apply it 30 minutes before you head outdoors. Better yet, just wear it everyday as part of your skincare ritual.
+ Don't miss top of head as the scalp often gets burnt, your hair (wear a hat and try using a hair treatment mask
to protect your hair), lips, top of feet, top of hands, ears. We often neglect our hands but that's what shows our age!
+Use the same high SPF sunscreen across your entire body, you don't need multiple products for face and body unless you are super sensitive.
+Do wear a hat and sunglasses - protect your eyes which can get damaged from the sun, so invest in good quality protective sunglasses and a broad rimmed hat.
Do Clean Your Face Well
+Wash your face or shower immediately when you come inside - if you've been sweating and using sun screen you are more likely to break out and suffer from post-sun acne. Try our new Kiss That Zit Goodbye Acne Face Wash
Don't Assume It's Sun Safe Because It's Natural
Know that coconut oil or olive oil cannot be used as a sun tan lotion or sunscreen. There are great natural oils and butters
to use in addition to sunscreen but should never be a replacement.
DON'T use essential oils directly on your skin
Essential oils should be mixed in a carrier oil such as olive, avocado, almond or coconut oil. Never apply them "neat" to your skin and know that some EO's (mainly citrus based ones such as lemon, orange and grapefruit) are actually photosensitive meaning they can harm your skin with permanent sun damage if used in the sun.
DO Repair & Heal with Aloe
+If you had too much sun break off a piece of aloe from a real aloe plant or use 100% natural aloe gel. Always keep an aloe plant in your kitchen for any kind of heat rash or burn.
Make your own DIY Skin Calming Blend
+Create a skin-calming blend to moisturize and repair your skin using essential oils in a carrier oil base - keep in a darker, glass bottle.
+Good carrier oils are: Avocado, coconut, olive, calendula, almond oil, grape seed, or jojoba.
+Add 10-20 drops of calming essential oils such as lavender, tea tree, geranium, frankincense (don't use citrus in case you go back out in sun).
Want to see Our Founder and Family Natural Health Expert, Jodie Pappas, speaking about these tips on Global TV Toronto's The Morning Show?
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From health-conscious, active mamas, to busy teenagers and dads, our customers love the experience of using our freshly-scented products that not only leave your skin feeling amazing, but ACTUALLY work.
Clean Kiss Organics was founded by Family Natural Health Expert, Jodie Pappas, out of her own personal quest to find natural products for herself and her family that ACTUALLY worked. After first creating her signature natural deodorant, she went on to produce a full line of skincare and body products.
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