Summer has arrived and we can already feel its warmth, especially here in the UK with a record third week of sunshine. Everyone is using every free minute to grasp a dose of free vitamin D, not to mention the production of serotonin, the hormone of happiness. Along with ‘inner beauty’ the sun can also give us an outer shine – a bronzing tan for the perfect summer look. However, to achieve a sun-kissed lasting glow, you need more than just the sun. It requires careful preparation of your skin before sun exposure, along with proper after sun care. Even eating the right food can help. Thus, in this post I will give you my tips on how to best prepare your skin for sunbathing.
The most important step to a healthy tan is exfoliation. You need to remove the dead skin cells as they reflect light and can’t tan. Removing them will increase your circulation and create an even base tone for the new tanned skin. Here you need to remember to start the process a week before sunbathing, preferably three times a week and stop once you get exposed to the sun. Exfoliation is an enemy number 1 to skin which is starting to tan.
1 ripe banana
3 tbsp granulated brown sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract or jasmine essential oil
Mix the ingredients in a bowl and smash with a fork until you get medium-sized chunks – they shouldn’t be too thin. Massage gently in the shower and leave for a 3 minutes before you rinse off with warm water.
2. Coffee Blend
3 tbsp ground coffee and raw brown sugar
1 tbsp almond or olive oil
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp sea salt
Coffee works well not just for your morning wake up but also for your skin rejuvination. It has the added bonus of not just exfoliating the skin but also reducing the appearance of cellulite.Caffeine is actually a main ingredient in the majority of mainstream cosmetics treating this skin condition. Give this blend a go and your skin will love it.
3. Citrus Sensation
1/2 cup sea salt
2 tbsp of olive or almond oil
- 2 tbsp honey
1 teaspoon citrus zest (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit or a mix)
This is a great refreshing mix, perfect for the morning showers or after a good workout. It leaves the skin feeling soft and energised.
As you can see the recipes are easy to make and don’t require much investment. Far better than buying something with ingredients you can’t trust:). Give them a go this week and in the next ‘Summertime’ post I will tell you the best tan-loving foods and how to choose the right sun-protection lotion.
With health & balance,