It’s after Memorial Day, which means summer has unofficially started. Bring out the white shoes, it’s safe to wear them now! Throw off the pool cover and get ready to take a dip on a hot day. Summer means you might want to change up your beauty routine-summerize it! Here are some natural beauty tips for summer that will keep you cool and refreshed as the temperature rises.
You can’t avoid it–summer means being outside, and being outside means being in the sun. Sunscreen is a must, even though most contain chemicals you want to avoid–like PABA. Find a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium oxide instead–that’s a natural beauty tip for summer or any season. And remember that you need Vitamin D, so keep in mind the sun’s rays are beneficial in small doses.
If you do develop sunspots or skin discolorations, lemon juice or papaya are both really effective skin brighteners. Rub lemon juice or slices of papaya on your skin to naturally “bleach” your skin’s dark spots. This will also lighten freckles.
Summer means that fresh fruits are bountiful, so take advantage of all the delicious options that you can choose from. Berries are high in antioxidants, and peaches and nectarines are full of vitamins and minerals. When these fruits are at their peak, they’re a delicious sweet snack that contains fiber that will fill you up. Another natural beauty tip for summer that’s almost effortless–take advantage of the fresh produce at your farmers’ market, and you’ll shed pounds without even trying.
if you have blonde or light colored hair, you know chlorine can wreak havoc on it. Keeping you hair out of the water is one option, but if you really want to enjoy that swim, you can take steps to keep your hair from getting that greenish tint caused by chlorine. Before you swim, wet your hair thoroughly with un-chlorinated water. Your hair will absorb less of the pool water. After swimming, rinse your hair throughly. A rinse of baking soda and water will also helps prevent your tresses from turning green.
If you have the resources, rainwater is also a great rinse for your hair. if you live in a rural area, setting up a system to gather rain runoff makes a lot of sense. It’s eco-freindly and you’ll be surprised at what a difference it can make. Your hair will be shiny, soft and rinsed of chlorine and other minerals. If that’s not an option, make sure your shampoos are sulfate-free. You may not be able to wear a hat every time you’re out in the sun, but a natural beauty tip for summer is to try to shield your hair from the sun’s rays just like you do for your skin.
High humidity can mean your hair transforms from sleek to frizz in no time. One option (and this goes for any time of year) is to shampoo less frequently. Even if you have extremely oily hair, taking a shampoo break helps prevent frizzes. Slick back your hair into a ponytail if your hair looks really oily. And it will keep you cooler!
You can really simplify when summer rolls around. Relax, slip on a breezy little dress, and follow some of these natural beauty tips for summer.