Summer is in full swing here, with longer days, vacations with fun in the sun, and, occasionally, scorching heat waves. Last week, temperatures soared to triple digits all over the South. We're well-acquainted with many different ways summer can be a challenge for skin care. Here are a few tips to protect your skin this summer.
Stay Hydrated & Eat Healthy Foods
Skincare starts from the inside out! Staying well-hydrated is important year-round, and especially during summer. Drink plenty of water to replenish fluids lost to the heat and eat a balanced diet brimming with fruits, veggies, and lean proteins to nourish and rejuvenate your skin from within. Luckily, summer is when some of the most delicious fruits and vegetables are in season, so enjoy!
Be Sun Savvy
Remember, sunblock isn't just for the beach! Find a broad-spectrum SPF that works for your skin, and wear it whenever you're out in the sun. Wearing a hat, staying indoors or sticking to the shade during peak hours (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) can also shield your skin from harmful UV rays and prevent sunburn and long-term skin damage.
Prevent Poison Ivy Exposure
"Leaves of 3? Let them be!" Learn to recognize poison ivy to minimize the risk of exposure during hikes, camping trips, or even yard work. If you accidentally come into contact with poison ivy, take immediate action! Unless you're extremely sensitive, you usually have about an hour to remove the urushiol oil that causes itching and rash. Start by rinsing the area with rubbing alcohol. Then thoroughly scrub the exposed area three times using a washcloth and your favorite soap, using plenty of friction to help remove the stubborn oil. Don't forget to wash your clothing in warm or hot water, with an extra rinse cycle for good measure.
Use Natural Scents to Deter Pests
Did you know bugs hate the scents in our essential oil scented soaps? In addition to their other nourishing properties, these essential oils add extra protection against mosquitoes, fleas, or ticks. Of course bugs are persistent, and the bug-repelling properties only last as long as the scent does, so consider bolstering your defenses with a natural bug spray that contains similar essential oils applied to your clothing.
Soothe Sore Muscles with Bath Salts
Summer yard work can be taxing, and outdoor fun can also leave you dehydrated and drained. Whether your muscles are aching from gardening, your favorite sports, or enjoying the great outdoors, you deserve a little end-of-day TLC. Try soaking in a bath with our mineral-rich bath salts - your body will thank you!
Use Natural, Nourishing Soaps
The heat can make you sweat more, but over-cleansing with harsh soaps can strip your skin of natural oils and lead to dryness. Our cold-process, all-natural goat's milk soaps are rich in fatty acids and nutrients. The right soap will cleanse, nourish, and moisturize your skin while helping maintain your natural oil balance.
Moisturize with Healthy Lotion
Your skin may need some extra moisture to combat the effects of air conditioning, sun, and heat. We're excited to announce that our goat's milk lotion line is coming very soon! Keep an eye out for more details, and you'll find out soon how to get nourishing lotion in scents made to blend with your favorite Southern Natural soaps.
We believe in a holistic approach to skincare at Southern Natural. Take care of yourself and your body by taking a proactive approach. You can enjoy a healthy, fresh summer glow while avoiding damage from heat and sun.