Barbecues, beach days, outdoor runs and poolside fun. Summer is practically days away! Unfortunately, our skin can take a huge beating over the next few months with excessive heat and sun exposure. Here are 3 natural ways to keep your skin healthy, glowing and acne free this summer.
You’re going love honey for a couple of reasons. Honey is a natural antibacterial. It kills acne causing bacteria that is not only on our skin but deep down in pores as well. This makes honey a great option for getting rid of stubborn pimples. Honey is also jam-packed with antioxidants that will keep your skin nourished and hydrated. Adding honey to your beauty regimen can definitely help to prevent future, nasty breakouts while giving your complexion a major boost. Cleanse with honey daily and you’ll notice a huge difference in your skin after just a few uses. I love to cleanse with honey after exfoliating. It leaves my skin super moisturized in addition to giving it a healthy glow. Just be sure to use raw organic honey because it hasn’t been through any heating processes that can kill all of the nutrients necessary to reap its amazing natural benefits.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one product everyone should have in their pantry for both nutritional and beauty benefits. It naturally helps draw out toxins from our skin and bodies which can give us that healthy and youthful glow. ACV also contains malic acid. Malic acid is what makes ACV a potent antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral substance that kills and prevents acne causing bacteria. ACV keeps the skin pH balanced which prevents it from becoming too oily or too dry. It’s also a natural exfoliant due to its high content of alpha hydroxy acids. These acids help to remove dead skin cells which will reveal healthy, rejuvenated and polished skin. There are many brands of ACV on the market. Be sure to use raw, organic, undistilled- ACV that contains “the mother”. It will have a cloudy, cob-web film at the bottom of the bottle. It looks gross but “the mother” is full of good bacteria and nutrients we need for thriving skin and overall great health. I love using apple cider vinegar as both a cleanser and toner. Just splash on your face as you would water, rinse with cool water and pat dry (dilute before use & be careful around the eyes). Then apply some ACV to a cotton ball and dab onto skin (especially acne prone areas). You can either leave it on your skin or rinse after 30 minutes with cool water. ACV is also a great combatant in removing dark spots (hyperpigmentation) as well. Read more about how ACV can help to eliminate and prevent dark spots here.
Aloe vera is an absolute must have for any beauty regimen! 1st, it has natural anti-inflammatory properties to fight acne by reducing inflammation on the spot (no pun intended). Just like honey and apple cider vinegar, aloe vera is also a natural antibacterial that will kill acne causing bacteria to heal and prevent future breakouts. You can also use aloe vera as a lightweight natural moisturizer. If you have oily skin like myself then this is the perfect moisturizer for you! Aloe vera gel is 90% water so it has a natural ability to hydrate the skin without leaving a greasy after-feel. Just scoop the gel directly from an aloe leaf and apply directly to the skin. Refrigerate the remaining gel to increase shelf life. Always use pure aloe vera gel from an aloe leaf rather than ready-made & from the bottle. Ready made aloe vera gels tend to be full of preservatives in an effort to increase shelf life. Natural is always best! You can purchase an aloe leaf for less than $2 from your local grocery store. The benefits of pure aloe vera don’t stop with acne. Read more about the infinite and multiple uses of aloe vera here.
There you have it! 3 inexpensive, easy and natural ways to keep your skin healthy, glowing and acne free this summer. Just a quick heads up, you can use these products year round to keep your skin hydrated and problem free. Do you have a staple beauty regimen for summer? Do your regimens vary depending on the season or do you like to keep it consistent year round?
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