Summer is fast approaching, vacation time, beach days are around the corner, what are we missing?SUN PROTECTION!
Studies have shown ultraviolet light is the most important factor in skin ageing, the effects have been underestimated and fail to surface for decades. Sunburns or long exposure to the sun unprotected, may cause premature wrinkles, loss of collagen, sagging, rougher stratum corneum, tougher epidermis, loss of elasticity, age spots, spider veins, creates free radicals and causes the release of heat shock proteins which break down connective tissues, leading to an increased risk of cancer lesions (just to name a few problems). Why not protect our beautiful skin from sun damage every day?
Sunburns are painful, they take up to 8 hours to become visible.
The painful side effects peak 24 hours later.
For the sunburn to subside, it will take up to 2 days.
Here are a few sun safety tips:
Sunscreen, apply 30 minutes before sun exposure
Wear protective clothing such as hats, glasses, and t-shirts if very hot and sunny
Seek shade between the hours of 11am – 3pm (perfect time for lunch and rest)
Remember, it is never too late to start sun protection, recent studies have shown the skin has an excellent recuperative mechanism and may be able to undo some of the damage, however it is up to each one of us to prevent further damage by protecting it every day.
Skin problems are common and vary with each person, let me share a few homemade beauty secrets used everyday and all over the world. Quick fixes are what I like best 🙂
Rub olive oil or sesame oil on your lips.
Vitamin E supplement, open up the capsule and massage the contents directly to your lips.
Old time favorite! With a Q-tip apply vaseline to the area and gently exfoliate with a soft toothbrush (easy on the pressure, you don’t want the skin to open).
Essential oils are amazing! Make your own mask: 1 tablespoon baking soda, 2-4 drops of lavender oil, a few drops of warm water, mix it until is pasty, then apply to the face. Leave it on for 7 minutes and gently rinse, it will leave your skin refreshed and clean!
TIRED LOOKING SKIN
Oxygen is key! Hang your head over the side of your bed and let the blood flow, remain in the position for about 5 minutes; this trick will improve circulation by feeding your face the oxygen needed.
Aloe Vera Gel, a must have! Place the product in the fridge for 2 hours, brush it on your face for 20 minutes and lay down, great time for a meditation and relaxation. Rinse with cool water.
Cucumber is a great cooling natural product, you may slice it thin and cover your face with it, or you may grated by placing the contents in a cheesecloth and apply it to the face for 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Apples are delicious and part of beauty! Rub half of an apple on skin, (I prefer red sweet apples), it will help even out skin texture and add natural shimmer to your face
Sugar is a natural exfoliant, mix a few pinches of sugar with a few drops of water, massage face gently and rinse off with tepid water.
Did you think Visine was only for eyes? Think again! Put a few drops of this miracle product on red spots, it constrict red blood vessels, and see the wonders!
Rose water is a great agent, it is refreshing, spray on the face after cleansing; it balances the skins natural ph.
IRRITATED OR SENSITIVE SKIN
Milk does the body and skin good! Apply milk compresses to affected areas for 10 minutes, rinse with warm water.
Chamomile tea is relaxing, pour into ice-cube tray and freeze, pop out cube, wrap it in a cheesecloth and rub gently on face.