Summer in the city is not only brutal because of the heat and humidity. Contaminants in the air, air conditioning on overdrive, sweat, chlorine, and salt can also contribute to dry dehydrated skin on the face and body. With another full month of summer left, we decided to round up our favorite all-natural solutions to rehydrate the skin and get you back to being soft and touchable from head to toe. Here are some of our spa staff picks to help you stock your beauty closet:
Coconut Oil: We love shea butter too, but coconut oil packs a one-two punch with antioxidants that are good enough to eat – literally! Keep this multi-use product handy to condition the hair, remove makeup, hydrate dry lips, and bake a cake too.
Tea Tree: Mosquitos are no joke, but products to prevent them can be drying and will irritate sensitive skin. As an alternative, dry mixing a few drops of tea tree essence with your favorite base oil to keep bugs at bay without the harsh side effects.
Brown Sugar: Summer can make the skin really scaly. Since dead cells accumulate easier during the warmer months, more active exfoliation can give new, fresh skin a chance to get to the surface. Combine a cup of brown sugar with your favorite oil and apply it in the shower in circular motions to get that glow back.
Aloe Vera: Nothing works better to combat sunburn than good old-fashioned aloe. Run a tepid bath with some dried chamomile to soothe the irritation and then air dry. Slather on a good layer of aloe vera for instant relief from fiery, sun-scorched skin. You can also enjoy aloe’s hydrating effects in your morning smoothie!
Turmeric: This bright orange spice is having its moment in the sun right now and for good reason! It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and has been used in Indian and Asian cooking for centuries. Luckily those same healing properties make it a great healing skin remedy. Mix a teaspoon of turmeric with a tablespoon of honey for a refreshing face mask.
Apple Cider Vinegar: This beauty all-rounder has so many uses, but we especially love it as a natural cuticle softener and nail treatment. Add a few drops of lavender oil to cut the smell and soak your hands or feet for five minutes to hydrate the skin and strengthen the nails.
Rosewater: Lots of people suffer from increased acne symptoms in the summer which happens as the skin overproduces oil to avoid dehydration. We love rosewater as a natural ingredient to control oil production and maintain the skin’s pH balance. Keep a small spray bottle with you to give the face a hydrating boost any time of day.
When it comes to all-natural beauty ingredients, this is just the tip of the grocery list! What’s your favorite at-home remedy to heal tired summer skin, hair and nails? Shoot us a message on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tell us your ideas!