Whether you are checking off your Summer 2018 bucket list or just living your best life, we have a few tips on how you can stay your on top of your health, wellness and beauty.
Protect Your Skin From Environmental Factors
While summer means more time spent in the sun and outdoors, it is vital that you make sure your skin is protected from environmental factors. Most of us are unaware of the damage the environment can have on our skin. Changes in the weather and chemicals in the environment could lead to acne, clogged pores, redness, dryness, allergies and skin irritation. Yikes! Before you head outside, apply a light lotion that can act as a barrier from the environment. Our favorite is the all-natural, small-batch Skin Sorcery Actif Protection Complex, which contains Hyaluronic Acid, Resveratrol, Argan Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, DMAE, Coenzyme Q10, Vitamins A, E and K1, Squalene, Omega 6 and 9, MSM, Oleic and Linoleic Acid that can reverse the visible effects of age and environmental damage. The nourishing ingredients also soothe your skin and protect it from further damage due to environmental factors.
Try a Liver Cleanse
Did you know that poor liver function could lead to unwanted weight gain and unsightly skin spots? With all of the pool parties to attend and cocktails to indulge in this summer, our overworked livers could use a major health boost more than ever. A liver cleanse is one of the best ways to take care of our largest internal organ. First, start by limiting our exposure to toxins like alcohol, medications, air pollutants and food additives. Then, increase your consumption of foods that naturally aid in liver detoxification like turmeric, burdock, ginger, cayenne, parsley and beet root. We love adding New Liver by Exsula Superfoods to a liver cleanse, as it does only contain those liver-cleansing ingredients, New Liver also provides good-for-our-liver nutrients like vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants to support healthy liver function.
Pay Attention to Your Gut
While we believe you should listen to your gut feeling, we were (mostly) referring to your gut health. With 4th of July coming up, you are probably as excited as we are for summer time barbecue. If the idea of grilled meat, greasy chips and tangy dips have you worry of digestive issues, you are not alone. Digestive problems like acid reflux, gas and bloating are extremely common in the summer. From dehydration to increased consumption of picnic and party food, our digestive system may undergo additional stress. A simple way to support digestive health is by taking digestive enzymes before a big meal. We adore Super Human Enzymes by Elemental Wizdom, which contains plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free enzymes that can assist in the breakdown of carbs, fats and protein. These powerful enzymes can also provide relief for digestive troubles such as indigestion and constipation. Yes!
Treat and Soothe Sunburn
Whether you will be laying on the beach or hiking a beautiful mountain this summer, practicing "safe sun" in the sizzling weather is crucial. Putting on sunscreen to prevent sunburn is important, but what do we do when the damage is done? Dermatologists recommend that we cool down at the first sign of sunburn. This means getting out of the sun immediately and applying a topical solution to calm the skin. Aloe vera is absolutely amazing to use on burned or aggravated skin. If your sunburn is painful, you may consider an over-the-counter cortisone cream to calm redness and reduce pain and swelling. If you prefer a natural solution to treat sunburn (we know we do), magnesium oil does wonders to soothe irritated skin. An easy and affordable choice is TransDerma Magnesium Oil with Aloe Vera. Users rave about the effectiveness and ease of use of the product. Magnesium oil softens skin and lessens pain, while aloe vera soothes burns. Talk about the ultimate dynamic duo! Plus, the convenient 4 oz. bottle makes it a great hiking companion.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Dehydration can be a real bummer. Most of us are more active outdoors in the summer as we enjoy the beautiful weather and soak up the sun. This can cause us to dehydrate very quickly. Dehydration occurs when our bodies lose too much water and salts. Dizziness, fatigue, muscle cramps, headache, decreased urine output and dry lips and skin are some of the most common symptoms to watch out for. Before you find yourself having one or more of these signs, stay hydrated by drinking extra fluids like water and sports drinks to replenish electrolytes. If you are worried about the high levels of sugar and food colorings in sports drinks (don't worry, we are too!), try mixing Crystal Salt Rocks by Jeveda in a glass of water, which can increase hydration and can prevent electrolyte imbalance.
HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!