By Alexa Santory
Summer is my both my favorite and least favorite season. It's my favorite because it's finally hot, I can wear the cute summer clothes that take up 80% of my wardrobe even though I live on the east coast, and it's the season where I feel most like myself. It's my least favorite though, because I like to wear makeup and do my hair but...it's hot. Too hot for both to look decent for more than an hour. I'm sure most of you understand this struggle but it's cool because I'm going to give you some beauty tips for summertime that are gonna help you flex on everyone, even when the heat and humidity are both on 100.
Aloe Vera for sunburn
Everyone, and I mean everyone, should keep aloe Vera in their homes. Not only is it detoxifying, it also does incredible things for sunburned skin. It's been used in Ayurveda for centuries for skin issues like acne and eczema. Aloe has amazing anti inflammatory effects on the skin, making it the perfect thing to apply after a long day in the sun. Even if it's a bottle of the aloe Vera gel from the pharmacy or the real-deal plant, aloe is absolutely essential in the summertime.
*Pro tip: Keep it in the fridge for an extra zing when you apply it. I promise it feels like nothing you've ever felt.
Castor oil + Vitamin E oil + Aloe = thick lashes
On super hot days, mascara can feel a bit heavy on the eyes and may even melt off if you're not careful. Nix mascara completely by using this oil mixture on lashes to make them fuller naturally, without expensive extensions or the possibility of raccoon eyes. Castor oil is amazing for regrowing and strengthening hair; this oil alone applied with a clean spoolie brush will have your lashes long and thick, naturally, in a few weeks. Vitamin E oil is awesome for moisturizing the skin and hair and keeping it soft. And aloe, as we know, has so many awesome uses and benefits. It also acts as a moisturizer and has a ton of nutrients that keep the skin and hair healthy.
How to do it.
Say goodbye to cracked heels
Sandals in the summertime are a must. But how many times have you seen someone wearing sandals and their feet look….less than desirable? I mean, honestly, feet aren't the prettiest things in the world, but it's important to take care of them since they quite literally hold us up. A mixture of one cup of warm water, 4 teaspoons of baking soda, and one cup of plain or Apple Cider vinegar can remedy dry, cracked heels by acting as an exfoliator. Baking soda also acts as a deodorizer and helps get rid of the bacteria that make your feet smell. Baking Soda and vinegar together work as a strong, but gentle, chemical exfoliator for dry skin. You can even try soaking your feet in the mixture for thirty minutes--it's super relaxing and great for the feet.
Make your own face mist to cool you down on the go
Rose water, aloe, cucumber, lavender, green tea, you name it! There are plenty of natural ingredients to include in your face mists that help reduce the inflammation caused by excessive heat and humidity. Plus, making face mists is a fun project to do with your friends!
Rose water is incredible for keeping your skin calm and balanced, as is cucumber. Lavender has aromatherapy affects that can help calm your mind too. Green tea is antibacterial and packed with antioxidants which help balance oily skin and treat acne. All of these natural ingredients are great for alkalizing the skin, too.
Check out how Princess Nokia makes her own rosewater at home!
Drink ya h2O!
I cannot stress enough how important it is to stay hydrated, especially during the hot summer months. If it's any incentive, studies show that drinking water can actually help reduce body odor. Drinking water flushes out toxins that can cause BO. And since summer is probably the ~smelliest~ season of them all, you won't have to worry about BO if your drinking the recommended 3 liters/day!
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Tomorrow it's all about summer drink recipes, yum!
The Streets Are Talking
Try including aloe in this recipe to soothe and increase water content in the skin.
"I use this on my face in the winter to combat dryness and it really does very well with my combination skin. I was delightfully surprised!"
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