Skip that “summertime sadness” – there’s plenty of reasons to smile, especially with silky, sexy skin this summer. Your flesh has probably in hibernation mode all winter, but it’s time to crawl out of the sweater cave and say hello to the sunshine! The following tips are healthy, all-natural ways to see your skin smile back at you:
1. Eating Healthy
Beauty comes from within; this is meant in two ways – both from your beautiful personality and from the foods you eat. Simply add super-powered foods such as red bell peppers, carrots, spinach, pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate (at least 80% cacao) to your daily diet for clear, smooth and younger looking skin. Yep that’s right – ADD chocolate!
2. Sugar and Spice…
Make your own exfoliating concoction at home with every-day basic ingredients from your very own kitchen. Mix one part of brown sugar to two parts of your favourite lotion to create a soothing and sweet exfoliator that won’t dry out your skin. You can add shredded ginger or ground coffee beans to increase circulation and combat cellulite. Gently scrub your exfoliator over your entire body and then rinse it off completely with lukewarm water. Be extra cautious with your face and maybe consider using less sugar granules for a softer exfoliator. Lightly pat dry with a towel and apply oil or lotion immediately afterward to lock in moisture.
3. Coco for Coco!
The magical coconut strikes again! Try drinking a teaspoon of coconut oil every day to heal your insides but it can also be applied onto your body after a shower to really moisturise the skin. For extra intense hydration, treat yourself to what we call the ‘sock and glove manicure and pedicure’ by lathering up your hands and feet with coconut oil and then wearing gloves and socks to lock in the moisture before you go to bed, this might be one for a night you are alone! It smells delicious and our skin loves to soak it up.
4. When life gives your lemons…
Lemon is a natural way to bleach the skin and remove unwanted dark spots. Apply fresh squeezed lemon juice to the affected area using a cotton swab; obviously, avoid the eye area or any open wounds. Let it sit and work its magic for 30 minutes and then rinse with cool water. Afterward, apply a natural sunscreen as lemon juice may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Lemon can also be used to combat blemishes and cleanse the pores.
5. Protect yourself
Be sure to take advantage of the warm weather and get your daily dose of vitamin D for radiant health (and skin!) but if you do intend to spend many a hour in the sunshine- make sure to lather up on an effective sunscreen.
6. Sun kissed and safe!
Want that sun-kissed glow without the worry of sun-damage? The obvious answer is an easy Spray tan. The Brazilian Butterfly range covers all skin tones and is the natural way to beautiful bronzed skin.
If you would prefer to maintain your natural tan, use a subtle self-tanning lotion such as Brazilian Butterfly’s Tan Extender. This lotion will slowly build your tan throughout the summer, as well as helping your spray tan last longer, without turning you obviously orange and Oompa-Loompa coloured!
Start your routine now to see results in just a few weeks, right on time for beautifully smooth skin this summer!