Nothing feels better than warming your face on a sunny day as spring fully blooms and rising temperatures move the thermometer up—a welcome change after winter.
The warmer climate does have its downside. Your body tends to lose a lot of moisture during the summer months, and you’ll probably notice some uninvited changes in your skin. This carefree season of days by the lake, long afternoon walks, and exciting adventures in the park can often feel like the season of dry, irritated skin.
Don’t fear the summer skin slump—take action to keep yourself smooth, hydrated, and healthy. Hydration starts on the inside. For soft, glowing skin on the outside, you need to focus on hydration. The easiest way to do this is to drink more water! Yes, we hear this all the time, but it always seems easier said than done, doesn’t it?
If you struggle with drinking enough water, start small. For example, consider swapping out soda or sugary drinks for water. If you can’t cut them out completely, make a rule that you’ll always drink a glass of water before turning to the sweet stuff. If you want a little extra flavor in your water, try adding a few drops of Grapefruit, Lemon, or Lime essential oil in a pitcher or bottle. Another easy idea is using a straw. If you’re drinking through a straw, you’re likely to drink faster and will end up drinking more water throughout the day. Help the environment and step up your hydration by investing in a stainless-steel straw.
Getting enough water will help your complexion during the hot summer months, but you may need some extra help. When your regular skincare routine isn’t cutting it, try calling in some reinforcements. It’s best to treat yourself to natural products that won’t irritate your skin any further. Start your day by spritzing dōTERRA Spa Hydrating Mist with Beautiful Blend on your skin before you get dressed. It’ll help improve the overall appearance of your skin. Or, if you’re spending the day at the beach or walking along a favorite hiking trail, don’t forget to pack dōTERRA Spa Lip Balm to keep your lips hydrated and soft.
Also, don’t underestimate the importance of a widebrimmed hat and sunscreen to save your skin during the summertime. Just like your mom used to tell you, it’s not worth it! If you’re looking for a natural alternative to store-bought sunscreen that’ll keep your skin smooth and moisturized, try this simple recipe for DIY natural sunscreen.
DIY Natural Sunscreen
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup shea butter
1 teaspoon carrot seed oil
2 tablespoons zinc oxide
2–3 drops Sandalwood (Hawaiian) oil
1. Melt the coconut oil and shea butter in a bowl over warm water.
2. Add carrot seed oil and zinc oxide and combine.
3. Add in the drops of Sandalwood essential oil and stir.
4. Place in a jar for storage. Allow to cool for 30 minutes in fridge.
Up your water game this summer! Here are some ideas that can help you drink more water:
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