If you were praying for warmer temperatures then your wish certainly came true with that recent heat wave we just experienced!
We love the sunshine and the sultry summer heat, but we agree that it can get a little intense at times. Not only does the severe heat leave us feeling drained and with a lack of motivation to be productive, it can also take a real toll on our skin.
Even slight dehydration can show up as skin that is dull and in desperate need of a little extra lovin’. Then, of course, there are those UV rays we need to talk about, because they account for 80% of skin aging and can increase your risk of skin cancer without optimal protection.
Wearing a good quality, high mineral SPF is our number one tip, along with staying properly hydrated and keeping sun exposure to a minimum.
If, however, you do catch too many rays or perhaps your sensitive skin flares up when the air fizzles with heat, then these DIY recipes came at just the right time!
We share 3 soothing recipes to help heal inflamed skin while adding a deep dose of soothing hydration so you can rock that glowing complexion once more!
Let’s dive in!
Oatmeal and Honey
Oatmeal is not only a hearty, filling breakfast!
It contains compounds called saponins that are natural cleansers and packed with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Oatmeal will instantly soothe irritated skin while cleansing away dirt and grime and infusing the skin with the perfect amount of moisture.
Honey adds a hydrating, brightening boost, together this is a dream team!
This recipe is divine because it includes applesauce and beautiful rosewater!
Aloe and Chamomile
It doesn’t get easier than 2 simple, yet mighty ingredients!
Aloe is jam-packed in nutrients, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids to instantly put life back into dull skin. It also adds a beautiful layer of hydration that helps to provide the utmost in soothing relief should you find yourself with a sunburn.
Chamomile brings an added layer of soothing comfort with it’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that may help to fight breakouts and even fade acne scars!
What you’ll need:
- One brewed chamomile tea bag
- 1 tablespoon fresh aloe pulp
- First brew up a cup of strong chamomile tea and allow the tea bag to cool.
- Now gently wipe the teabag all over your face, the same way you would use a cotton pad to apply toner.
- Once dry, squeeze some fresh aloe pulp directly out of your aloe plant (the stuff in the stores is full of preservatives, so fresh is best) and massage into your skin. You can also buy one aloe leaf at some grocery stores.
- Leave on for 20-30 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water and following up with your facial oil of choice.
Turmeric and Coconut
It doesn’t get better than turmeric when it comes to fighting inflammation and in this recipe you get a double dose of anti-inflammatory properties thanks to those potent fatty acids in coconut oil too.
Turmeric will soothe and brighten, while coconut oil adds the type of hydration you didn’t even know existed until you try it for yourself!
Don't have what you need? Try the Harlow Coconut Exfoliating Mask. The exfoliating properties of coconut flour will held shed dead skin and is anti-bacterial to help treat acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
What you’ll need:
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon organic turmeric powder
- Mix in a bowl until a paste is formed.
- Apply to your skin in a generous layer and leave to dry for as long as you have.
- Rinse off the skin with lukewarm water and pat dry.
- Follow up with your moisturizer or serum.