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Sep 01 2016

Repairing Your Skin After a Sizzling Summer

I hope you have all enjoyed this summer as much as I did, be it by going to the lake, walking around the park, or by simply sitting outside and catching some rays of sunlight. I know that I certainly indulged in the sun this summer (and yes maybe I did over-indulge), by going out to the lake or waiting in line at the food truck park.

I tried my best to protect my skin this summer via sunscreen, but with this summer being one of the hottest summers in history, I could feel my skin crying for help in the sizzling sun.

Exposing yourself to the sun for too long comes with some risks to our health and appearance. Excessive exposure can lead to uneven complexion, blotchy skin, wrinkles, and irritated skin, all of which ages your skin. Every minute that you spend outside accumulates damage to the skin over time and deteriorates your health.

With the end of summer quickly approaching and less exposure to the sun, now is the best time to begin repairing your summer skin. It’s time to give our skin some tender love and care, the natural way.

The essential oils listed here are ideal for skin care since they heal, vitalize the tissue, stimulate the renewal of cells, cleanse and rejuvenate the skin.

Here’s a guide to repairing your skin:

1. Exfoliate – Since you are spending less time in the sun, exfoliating can work wonders on your skin by removing dead skin cells. We want to achieve skin reparation not by scrubbing off our cells, but by gentle exfoliation.

For a facial exfoliating mask, combine the following:

1 tbs of plain whole yogurt, the lactic enzymes act as a gentle peel and the fat provides extra moisture.
1 tbs of turmeric, turmeric provides powerful antioxidant properties, as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
2 drops of frankincense
2 drops of mandarin 

Mix well, make a past and apply to face. Leave on your skin for 10 minutes, and to remove it slightly dampen your fingertips and remove the exfoliation by massaging in circular motion, removing it little by little. 

Pro Tip: Exfoliate only up to 3 times a week, only once a week if you have sensitive skin. To know that you are exfoliating the correct amount for your skin, your skin should appear healthy and glowing, not red and irritated. If your skin does become irritated or red, reduce your use or use a different exfoliating method.

2. Tone – Skin toning can help in numerous ways. A facial skin toner can help balance skin pH levels, prevent the skin from being too dry or too oily, and even help prepare your skin for other products. 

Here’s a restoring toner that can be used mornings and evenings:

Prepare ½ cup of tea with 1 bag of green tea and 1 bag of equinacea tea. Let it cool down before adding 1 tbs of raw apple cider vinegar mixed with 5 drops of lavender. Once completely cool, put into a 1 oz spray bottle and spray your face, closing your eyes. 
  • Green tea helps protect against sunburn and promote skin regeneration.
  • Equinacea helps diminish the destruction of collagen. UV rays destroy collagen, so applying equinacea tea helps future damage.

Pro-Tip: Use toner after cleansing skin and before moisturizing. This process helps restore moisture stripped from the cleansing, and helps prepare skin for skin moisturizing products that can make them even more effective

3. Moisturize – Your skin loses a lot of moisture after these months exposed in the sun, make sure to recover some of that with a moisturizer. Creating your own evening and morning moisturizer will also be a huge help. Here’s how:

Evening moisturizer:
1 ounce of jojoba oil
5 drops of frankincense
5 drops of lemon
5 drops of geranium

Morning moisturizer:
1 drop of jojoba oil
6 drops of frankincense
6 drops of lavender
2 drops of orange 
Repairing your skin after a long hot summer is vital for your skins health, and your appearance. With this guide you can help prevent those wrinkles, uneven complexion, and you can help rejuvenate your skin by restoring its cells. As summer ends, you’ll be spending less time in the sun and repairing your skin now will help keep it healthy until the next spring.

© 2016, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC

This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.



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