This summer sure has been a hot one, and after all those days of 90+ degree heat, your skin might be feeling as tight and toasty as a raisin in the sun. Luckily, there are lots of great ingredients and treatments to deliver a mega boost of moisture back into your complexion. It’s time to restore that glow and get back to feeling your best! Here are our top picks.
One of our spa therapists has had the same aloe vera plant happily basking in the Brooklyn sun for more than 13 years. While it’s pretty to look at, it also contains six antiseptics, which are super helpful for killing bacteria and soothing dry, irritated skin. If you’ve spent too much time in the sun recently, there’s no better remedy than a straight shot of aloe vera gel applied directly to the skin.
This water rich veggie is an excellent hydrator and can help to cool internal heat, which can often lead to uncomfortable red rashes. Ever wonder why spa photos always seem to capture people with cucumbers over their eyes? It’s because fine lines and crows feet are often the results of dehydrated skin. By applying cucumber slices over your eyes, you deliver moisture to the area which helps decrease any visible signs of tiredness or aging.
This calming extract is popular in both beauty products and aromatherapies because of its diverse nourishing properties. Rosewater is fantastic at soothing irritation and removing any bacteria that can come from a day at the pool or beach. Being out in the sun can knock your skin’s pH balance out of whack, but luckily rosewater does a great job of rebalancing while keeping your face calm and hydrated.
Coconut oil is easily one of the most versatile health and beauty ingredients available today. Not only is it phenomenal for cooking up your favorite recipes, it’s also an excellent natural moisturizer that’s chock full of vitamin E. You can pick up a jar right at the grocery store and apply it directly to your skin to ease dryness and give you back your glow. It’s also a wonderful natural healer for itchy bug bites, scratches, and scrapes.
The sun and heat of summer can be punishing on not only our skin but our hair too. To nourish tired, dry locks, blend up an avocado with some olive oil for a rich conditioner that will transform your tresses. Avocado’s power punch of vitamins A, E, and D make for a magical emollient that will help your hair retain moisture and relieve that dry, itchy scalp.
Vitamin C is one of the most popular serum ingredients for its amazing ability to reverse the signs of aging. If you’ve spent a lot of time in the sun, you may begin to notice dark, brown spots appearing on your skin. Vitamin C is one of the best ways to get rid of visible sun damage, plus it helps to boost collagen and make the skin look brighter and younger. Our clients love our Vitamin C facial for this exact reason, especially after a weekend out in the rays.
Spending luxurious weekends baking on the beach might sound delightful, but the long-term effects that the sun can have on your skin simply aren’t worth the short-term satisfaction of a great tan. By keeping yourself hydrated and protected, you’ll have skin that will look and feel young years longer than your friends who bathed themselves in baby oil every weekend at the beach.