Summer time is here and we have to take good care of our skin. Below are some great tips on ways to protect your skin during the summer time. All this wonderful information and DIY face scrub was provided by Michelle Pino she works in a spa called Skan in a very small town in Upstate NY. She recently started reaching out to bloggers with the hope of sharing her knowledge with others. I really hope that this information is useful to all of you as much as it has been to me and I hope you get a chance to make the DIY face scrub.
Make your own natural ingredient facials for healthy and radiant skin without harsh chemicals
Spring and summer weather can cause skin dehydration, actually activating the body's production of sebum, which serves to lubricate and prevent moisture loss. The result of this is oily skin in need of natural, healthy exfoliation. Exfoliating removes dead skin and prompts your skin's renewal system revealing the fresher skin underneath.
Experts at Skana Spa at Turning Stone, a Central New York Resort, recommend exfoliating with natural ingredients such as pineapple, olive oil, and oatmeal, especially as part of a summer skin care routine. The objective is to avoid harsh chemicals and use all natural treatments at home; organic components make up the healthiest recipes.
Choose the right ingredients
Skin, from dry and scaly to oily and dehydrated, can become fresh and glowing with properly used scrubs, and the key is in using the right ingredients. These should not be harsh or painful, so be mindful that all scrubs are not created equal and that different properties work better on your face versus your body. Let the expertise from Skana Spa be your guide to a fresher, more radiant skin from head to toe.
All scrubs aren't created equal
Those that contain artificial colors, perfumes, and chemicals such as isopropyl myristate and amino methylpropanol, can irritate the skin. Do you really want to treat your skin that way? There are plenty of natural formulas with almonds, sugar, and rice that are just as effective.
For your face look for:
- Gentle exfoliants like fine sugar, jojoba beads, rice bran, or almond meal
- Oats and honey to calm stressed skin
- Crushed grape seeds to deliver antioxidants to oily, acne-prone skin
Avoid these abrasives on the face:
- Coarse sea salt
- Ground apricot pits
- Ground Walnut shells
Tips for optimizing scrubs
Sage is a great treatment for breakouts, chamomile calms splotchy, sensitive skin and Geranium tightens and tones. Choose essential oils that help to meet the needs of your skin condition and be sure to allow ample time for these ingredients to work for your skin. For example, if you decide to use lemon (for energy) as an essential oil, leave it on for at least five minutes so that it can penetrate your skin.
Be careful if you have a sunburn, acne, or uber-delicate skin to not irritate an existing issue. As a general rule, start any scrub with gentle pressure, stop if you feel discomfort, and only exfoliate once a week.
DIY:Recipe for Sweet Blueberry Scrub
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1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 handful of blueberries
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Mash the berry. Add the brown sugar and a small amount of honey. Gently massage onto damp skin and rinse well. Make and use fresh every time for best results.
Honey has a natural anti-bacterial effect on the skin and its antioxidant components can clean up oxygen free radicals(worldwidewounds.com, Nov.2001). Blueberries are high in antioxidants and contain simple acids to gently clean the skin. Brown sugar is a natural exfoliant and a source of glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is chosen for facial treatments because of its excellent capability to penetrate skin and loosen dead skin cells (3dchem.com).