Even though the first official day of summer isn’t until the 21st, my upcoming East Coast beach vacation has me feeling summertime fine, honey (and yes, I promise you’ll all get to find out where I’m headed soon- though you’ll probably find out sooner if you check out my Instagram or Facebook page) 🙂
My skin, however, hasn’t been feeling very sunny lately.
Those of you who read one of my first posts on hyaluronic acid know I suffer from extremely dry skin, which is exacerbated by the winter, as most skin types are. But because my skin is parched year round, and is extremely susceptible to sunburn (hello, Irish heritage), I have to be naturally selective with the products I use. Check out a few of my fave tips below!
1. Aloe Vera
How do I love thee, aloe vera? let me count the ways… just kidding, I couldn’t possibly. There’s just too much to love. The leaves of an aloe plant are packed with water and essential vitamins and minerals, and as such is a perfect natural moisturizer-especially since using traditional cream-based moisturizers in elevated temperatures can make even the driest of faces oily and acne prone. Plus, it has cooling and soothing properties, which is perfect to relieve a nasty sunburn and keep it from peeling.
Always best to get it directly from the source- if you’ve got an aloe plant at home or in the office, you just cut open a leaf and squeeze the clear liquid out, and voila!
2. Mineral Oil
Yep, I’m talking about baby oil, people. I keep a bottle of unscented mineral oil in my shower at all times, but especially in the summer, when I’m constantly shaving my legs. I use it right at the end of my shower- it seals in the moisture, keeping my legs super smooth at all times. I also put it on some of my tattoos, to keep them from dulling from prolonged exposure. I do want to point out, though, that it’s definitely not something you want to be putting all over your face, since it’s super oily, but as long as you’re not getting too crazy with it, you should be fine. I don’t like using traditional moisturizers since a lot of them have alcohol or sulfates in them, which irritates the heck out of the rough, scaly patches I sometimes get after shaving.
3. Tea Bags
Super quick story time: The day before Mike and I went to Seattle last summer, I was the unfortunate recipient of what stands currently as the worst sunburn of my entire life (really wish this were hyperbole). Yes, that is me above, before the 4th of July cocktail wore off and I realized the horror of what I’d just done to myself. How and why is a story for another post, but there I was, in terrific pain, imagining blisters and sores and all kinds of nasty things, when a friend recommended steeping a few bags of black tea in cool-ish water, and then applying them to my skin for about 30 minutes. Let me tell you, I went to Walmart, picked up the largest box of Earl Grey I could find, and brewed alllll of the bags in the box, and lined them up on my body. I looked like a ridiculous, tea bag-covered starfish. And yes, the sunburn was still awful. But, due to the tannins and other antioxidants found in black tea, my discomfort was certainly minimized, and my recovery time much faster than any other sunburn I’ve had. If it ever happened again (which I hope on everything I love it does not), I’d probably recommend a stronger tea, and perhaps steeping the bags in a soaking bath.
4. New Bedding
Ok, so not a natural skin remedy often thought of. But that’s precisely the point! So many of us forget to change our pillows and pillowcases with the seasons, but we really should. The surface we lay our heads on is a petri dish of oil, dirt, makeup residue and other germs, and that can get worse in the summer, as we’re sweating constantly. Beyond just a fresh new look for a new season, it’s a great way to prevent breakouts, eczema, and other skin problems. Try using some microbial pillow cases to minimize germs, and washing and rotating pillows and cases frequently.
That said, I’m curious to hear if anyone out there has some summer skin tips for dry skin like mine- let me know in the comments below or shoot me a message!
Keep it real,