Who doesn’t what a healthy glowing summer skin?! Seriously though, the haze is just so terrible these past few days, my skin feels as grey. It supposed to be the last few months of summer here. Well, the temperature will get cooler in December and January. At least based on last year weather. If not, it will be hot all year round.
You are just so used to the hot weather, or the office air conditioned room that you forgot to pay extra attention to your skin. I’m guilty too, my skin was looking rather dull. That is why I signed up for an outdoor activity! I went for #soulscape at Sentosa. We wanted a whole day of fun under the sun, but doing yoga when the haze was strong was not such a good idea. Nobody expected the haze. So it was a really disappointing day. No healthy glowing tan skin for me that day, which made me rather sad. So we just have to fake it till we made it.
No. 1 a healthy glow comes from within. Drink plenty of fluids to hydrate oneself. Coconut water helps. It’s not only tasty, it’s full of minerals and electrolyte to quench thirst. No coconut water around, no problem, water and lemon is good too. Slice up half a lemon, squeeze out the juice and add them into a bottle of water. I also like to try a few different water combo. Usually I just use whatever I have lying around at home.
Water + cucumber
Water + strawberries
Water + kiwi
Water + mint
Water + everything. It just makes water taste so much nicer that you just naturally drinks more. I have one combo that I particularly love – half a cucumber, half a lemon, half a lime, 2 medium strawberries, half a carrot, a handful of mint, all into a jug of water. Delicious!
No. 2 sunscreen and sunblock. Do you know that there is a different between the two?
There are two types of sun protective lotions – chemical and physical.
Sunblock, the physical kind, sits on top of the skin acting as a barrier between your skin and damaging UV rays by reflecting or scattering UVB light.
Sunscreen, the chemical kind, penetrates the skin and absorbs the UVA rays before they are able to reach and damage your dermal layer.
Therefore, sunblocks are formulated to shield against UVB rays, while sunscreens protect against UVA. So in order to fully protect your skin, choose a broad-spectrum protection formulated sunscreen that will protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Luckily these days, products often contain a mixture of both sunblock and sunscreen.
The “A” in UVA stands for ‘Aging’. The “B” in UVB stands for ‘Burning’.
Use this formula to figure out the appropriate SPF for you: “SPF Number x Time to Burn without Protection = Time to Burn with Protection”. For example: SPF 15 x 10 minutes = 150 minutes of protection
No. 3 cut down on junk food. Oily fried food is not good for health. Not only that, they’re not good for your skin. While it is so tempting to pig out on a hot day, perseverance is the key. The rule is to eat a balance diet. Lunch junk food, dinner salad. While that may not be the perfect equation, it works for me. Some of you may disagree, but hey, you don’t have to listen to me.
No. 4 scrubs and hydrates the skin. Too much sun may lead to dry skin. So scrub away those dead skin and don’t forget to use body lotion. If suffering from sunburn, use aloe vera gel. I always wanted to try the Nature Republic one, but I haven’t had the chance. For the face – face scrub and moisturiser. A thin or gel like moisturiser will be very nice on the skin.
No. 5 if all fails, and/or natural glow is not what you want, add some shimmer. Highlight the face, well, strobing is kind of popular right now. (Or I’m outdated, and it’s no longer cool?) A good shimmering blush will perks that face up. An all over shimmer bronzer will tan up the skin, making you looks quite healthy indeed. I also like to use Nuxe Multi-purpose Oil; it just makes my skin glow in a good way.
Haze or no haze, sun or no sun, taking care of our skin is important. It’s not about wanting to achieve the perfect summer glow, it’s about how you treat your skin. Cause if you want a good skin, you have to treat your body right. It’s about the steps to get there that is important. Once you are used to those steps, your skin will naturally be healthy. It will glow! And if you find that it is not enough, you can always add bronzer!