May 31st, 2012

 

Summer Is Here …

But What Is It Doing To Your Skin???

 

During these Summer months of  High TempsSunbathingPool Splashing, and Playing at the Park, your skin can take a beating. I am all for applying Sun Screen/Sun Block to protect your skin from lengthy exposure to the sun, but to someone with sensitive skin, some extra protection is needed.

*Disclaimer: The advice given below is in no way meant to replace that of a medical professional. If you have sensitive skin or any number of skin related issues please seek the advice of your health care professional.

I have long dealt with problematic skin issues since early childhood. Aside from being allergic to foods or different grasses and outside allergens, I have noticed that with each season my skin has a different set of needs. My children also have sensitive skin and struggle through food and seasonal allergies right along with me.

We all need something to help make our Summer’s ENJOYABLE and our Skin HAPPY and HEALTHY!

After a long Swim in the Pool my kids turn into the “Terrible Ash Monsters” from the “Ashy Lagoon”…LOL! Seriously! They are just as dry as can be and as burnt as the sun’s powers can tan them. We can be at the pool for an hour or so and you will see the most magical moment of transformation ever as you watch their skin darken right before your eyes. Their tan lines are so crazy sometimes. One year my daughter had a bathing suit with a diamond shaped cut out in the back. After only ONE day of swimming at the pool, she had a chocolaty diamond shape on her tan little back. Hilarious! My kids have since become little darkened caramel treats with all the pool time they enjoy each summer. What they don’t pay attention to, but Mommy always does, is their terribly dry skin afterwards. I don’t know about YOUR kids, but mine have to often be reminded to use the wonderful lotion I purchase just for them. My oldest has struggled the worse with sensitive skin and allergies and along with dry skin he will experience bouts of Eczema patches and Rashes. He has a giant tub of steroid cream and different topical’s to help in the event of an outbreak or to control something which can easily become infected if not tended to correctly. He is about to turn 13 and doesn’t really talk to me about his skin until it’s too late.

 

Aside from keeping our bodies Hydrated and drinking lots of Water, I have also made a Homemade Ginger Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub that because of its beneficial ingredients helps Beat the Summer Heat! Literally!

 

Ginger Root has natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can be helpful not only inside your body, but for your skin as well. Skin rashes and irritations are a form of inflammation and can be prevented or treated naturally with ingredients easily found at your local grocery store or even in your own kitchen. You can juice, saute, blend, or bake with Ginger as well as use it topically for your skin.

 

Coconut Oil and just Coconuts in general are one of the most versatile foods I know of. The Coconut contains a myriad of properties that can heal, sooth, and enhance your daily life, creating a healthier, new you. Among its many benefits is also its ability to moisturize your skin better than any lotion you could buy in the store. You can purchase a Jar of Organic Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil and use it to bake, cook, rub on your skin, or wash in your hair. What other products do you know that can do all that from the same jar? Constantly subjecting your skin to the harshness of pool chemicals such as chlorine, can dry and irritate already sensitive skin. Soothing your skin with Coconut Oil following your shower can help your skin lock in some of its own natural oils, leaving your skin soft, smooth, and healthy.

 

By using these two ingredients in my All Natural Homemade Sugar Scrub, I have found that our skin can bounce back quicker from a day at the pool than before using it. Following the swim for the day, the kids and myself head to the showers to wash of the chlorine and finish off with a good moisturizing scrub using my homemade Ginger Scrub. Reminding them to lotion isn’t as big of a deal when the moisturizing oils absorb into their skin from the shower.

 

Here is the recipe I use:

Ginger Coconut Oil Scrub

  • 1/2 Cup Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (any cold-pressed oil works: almond, tea-seed, sunflower, etc)
  • 2-3 Tbsp Ginger, coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/2 Cup Turbinado Raw Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tsp Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 8-10 drops Essential Oil (vanilla, lemongrass, clove, etc.)

Pour coconut oil, ginger pieces, and lemon juice into a small saucepan and heat on low heat about 5-10 minutes allowing the ginger and lemon to infuse with the oil. Remove from heat and press through a fine mesh sieve or through a coffee filter.

While the oil is still warm, mix together with grapeseed oil. Stir to combine and allow to come to room temperature. Stir in sugar and salt. Scent with essential oils as desired. Pack into a container with a lid.

To Use: Massage into damp skin and allow to sit 2-4 minutes. Using a washcloth covered in warm water, steam over face or stand in a steamy shower for a minute. Using the wet washcloth, wipe excess from skin. Rinse and repeat until oil is washed away. Use for Face, Hands, Body, Feet. 

*Note: If using for Face, use only 1x a week as your facial skin is most sensitive and doesn’t need to be harshly scrubbed as often. 

 

Remember To:

  • Hydrate
  • Pace Your Prolonged Sun Exposure
  • Wear Sun Block 70SPF or Higher
  • Watch Your Kids Around Water
  • Wear a Wide Brimmed Hat and Sun Glasses For Extra Protection
  • Wear Loose Breathable Clothing at the Park
  • DRINK LOTS OF WATER when you are OUTSIDE!

It’s Hot, especially if you live in Arizona…hello 110 degree weather in May! 

 

 

Make Your

Summertime Pool Fun

a Happy Skin Experience!

Toodles,

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