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After months of battling the drying effects of indoor heating and the luxury of keeping minor skin issues under wraps, you’ll soon be swapping your spring attire for fashions that are a little more revealing. If you’re not quite ready to bare your skin in the summer sun, you’re not alone. Even the most dedicated skincare enthusiasts find their skin needs a little pre-summer prep work. There’s no need to worry. You’ve got plenty of time to revive your skin, and we’ve got 6 tips to help you reclaim your natural radiance.
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Skin care needs change with the seasons – preparing for summer
Now that you no longer have to protect your skin from the hazards of frigid temperatures, dry air, and multiple layers of fabric, you could easily find that the skincare routine you rely on in winter and early spring can cause irritation, bumps, and blemishes as temperatures rise. Even if you’ve already modified your routine to accommodate seasonal changes, your skin could still be showing signs of the not-so- pleasant aspects of being hidden away for the past few months. Consider how the following tips could help you restore your head-to-toe glow.
#1 – Smooth Your Skin with Gentle Exfoliation
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The outermost layer of your skin is in a constant state of renewal, a process dermatologists call “cellular turnover.” As we get older, cellular turnover slows, and skin cells begin to gather on the surface unevenly. Although exfoliating products help smooth your skin, increase circulation, and encourage skin cell turnover, tolerance levels vary from person to person.1
Over-exfoliating can disrupt your skin’s natural moisture barrier and leave the surface looking rough, irritated, and dehydrated. Yet skipping that step in your skincare routine can also cause your skin to look dull, dry, and flaky. Most people find that a gentle scrub with a soft muslin or cotton washcloth 2-3 times each week is all they need to keep their skin smooth, supple, and flake-free.2
#2 – Pamper Your Feet with a Natural Moisturizer
The skin on the bottom of your feet is much thicker than the skin on other areas of your body. That thickness increases with pressure and friction. While your feet have hundreds of thousands of sweat glands, there are no oil glands. That’s why so many people have trouble with itching, flaking, peeling, calluses, and dry, cracked heels.
To prepare your feet for summer, moisturize immediately after your bath or shower with a natural lotion or coconut oil. Re-apply a second time before turning in for the night. If you have thick, stubborn calluses on your heels, consider soaking your feet several times a week in a basin of warm milk, a cup of water, and 2-3 TBS of baking soda. Baking soda and the lactic acid in milk are gentle exfoliants.3
#3 – Maintain Healthy Hydration Levels
If you’re not getting enough fluids, your body pulls moisture from your skin to help keep internal processes working as they should. The resulting dehydration can leave your skin feeling dry, tight, and uncomfortable. You’ll also likely find that you’re more prone to flaking, rough skin, and breakouts. To ensure adequate hydration, aim for half your body weight in fluid ounces of water each day.4
As temperatures rise, you’ll want to increase that amount a bit to make up for fluids lost through perspiration. Although plain water is ideal, green tea, white tea, and herbal blends are also skin-friendly alternatives. Not only could you be rewarded with smoother skin, but improving your hydration habits could also be beneficial for your joints, muscles, and cognitive function.5,6
#4 – Nourish Your Skin from Within
If your diet is high in sugar, processed foods, or saturated fat, your skin may not look as smooth, supple, or vibrant as it could. Although an occasional splurge is unlikely to cause lasting harm, these less-than-ideal food options are known to compromise skin’s natural repair processes, increase pore-clogging oil production, and contribute to the loss of collagen and elastin.7
Just a few simple modifications to your diet now could make a noticeable difference in the health and appearance of your skin by the time you’re ready to hit the beach. To support skin health, nutritionists typically recommend eating plenty of leafy greens, salmon, nuts, and other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, and a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables.8
#5 – Add a Gentle Toner to Your Skincare Routine
Whenever seasonal changes impact temperature and humidity levels, it’s time to modify your skincare routine. The basics remain the same. In every season, your complexion benefits from a twice-daily routine that includes gentle cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. If you’re not in the habit of using a toner, your skincare routine may not be working as effectively as it could.
Unlike astringents, products that can strip the natural oils from your skin, toners help protect your skin’s lipid barrier by restoring its natural pH balance. They’re also known to help clear excess oil, remove any lingering traces of your cleanser, and reduce the appearance of your pores. When you protect your skin’s pH levels, the tissues below the surface are more receptive to the active ingredients in your serums and moisturizers.9
#6 – Invest in Plant-Powered Skincare Products
Many of today’s most well-advertised skincare products contain a range of synthetic chemicals that can cause more skin problems than they solve, ingredients that can cause irritation, inflammation, and interfere with your skin’s natural ability to rejuvenate and repair. Even more alarmingly, about 90% have never been evaluated for consumer safety.10
If you’re less than happy with the results of your current skincare routine, consider investing in safe, natural products that are kinder to your skin. Once you realize how many chemicals in conventional skincare products are developed to replicate the effects of plant oils and extracts, it’s easy to see why so many people using plant-powered products report such impressive results.
preparing your skin for summer with bota™ cbd skin care products
If you’re not quite ready to bare your skin in your favorite summer fashions, visit BOTA™ Hemp to view The Complete Guide to Natural Skin Care, read our Blog, or browse our selection of non-GMO, cruelty-free toners, serums, facial moisturizers, and body care products.
At BOTA™, we’ve combined the power of carefully selected botanicals with hemp-derived CBD, a plant-sourced cannabinoid with many potential skin benefits. As the full-spectrum CBD in our face and body care products penetrates the surface of your skin, the cannabinoids interact with important receptors found on nearly every type of skin cell, including the receptors that regulate skin cell turnover, moisture balance, collagen production, and skin cell formation.11 All BOTA™ CBD skincare products are third-party tested, US Hemp Authority™ certified, and made with a range of botanicals selected for specific skin concerns.