A lot of us have our typical beauty staples that transition from season to season flawlessly. But when summer is in full swing, and especially as it comes to an end, our skin needs all the extra love. For the past couple of months, we’ve been walking barefoot on the beach, letting our skin get a little too much sun (oops!), and allowing our hair to soak up all the salt water. If you’ve been doing a lot of the same, don’t worry, we’ve got your back! We are sharing our favorite at home beauty remedies for summer skin that don’t break the bank.
1. First things first, hydrate
Photo via Joyful Healthy Eats
We all hear this a thousand times throughout the summer but it really is a game changer when it comes to refreshed skin and hydrated hair. Our best tip? Find a water bottle you love. We’ve tried water bottles that leave us with more water on our shirts than in our mouths, and also water bottles that spill in our purse. Neither are good, and both end in a less than ideal situation. If drinking water has always been hard for you, try spicing up your regular old water for something more flavorful. Give our favorite Cucumber Lemon Basil Water a shot.
Cucumber Lemon Basil Water
10 slices of lemon
10 slices of cucumber
4 cups of water
10 leaves of basil, muddled
2. Banana face mask
Not only is this fruit a daily addition to our smoothies, but it’s also pretty crazy how great bananas are for the skin. The delicious fruit is full of vitamins A, B, and E, so it’s no surprise that this banana face mask is particularly popular around IBT HQ as a complexion corrector. With only 3 ingredients and about 5 minutes prep time, there’s no excuse not to whip up this face mask! It will rejuvenate, exfoliate, and hydrate. This mask is perfect for post-sun skin care or a tired and dull complexion.
Banana Face Mask
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup of Quaker Oats rolled oats (optional)
1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
3. Pretty juice
Photo via Kris Carr
We’ve mentioned before how summer is the best time to pick up fresh produce, so why not figure out a way to add it to your beauty regimen? We’re known for grabbing fresh juices at lunch around here, but sometimes making your own at home is way more satisfying. Plus, you know exactly what’s going into it! This recipe is loaded with antioxidants to help protect from environmental stressors. Did you know you need more antioxidants when you spend time in the sun? Now you do! Try this Pretty Juice to get them all!
4. Oil it up
Photo by Sanaz Photography
We all have different skin types which means summertime has different effects on all of us. Making our own facial oil is one of our favorite things to do all year long but especially when the weather heats up towards the end of summer. Sun can dry out the skin, causing some people to produce extra oil, and causing others to show signs of aging.
Knowing which oil to start with is key. If you’re feeling drier than normal, coconut oil is your best friend. Known to soothe, it’s also a good oil to use after you’ve been outside. If you are oilier than normal this time of year, hazelnut oil will moisturize without making you greasy. It also has properties to keep any oily skin patches you may be experiencing in check and can minimize the appearance of large pores. Jojoba Oil can work well for a broad spectrum of skin types. What makes this oil perfect for summer is that it reduces water loss without completely blocking any pores. Try out this ratio:
1 ounce of a carrier oil of your choice, such as coconut, hazelnut, or jojoba
15 drops of essential oil of your choice
5. Scrub, scrub, scrub
Recipe via Bev Cooks
It seems like a no-brainer during summer to make sure we’re exfoliating, but often times we don’t make time in our routine for this simple beauty hack (guilty!). Although there are a ton of great scrubs sold on store shelves, creating one at home allows you to put exactly what you want in it. Plus, it’ll last forever (OK, a long long time)! Not only will this important step leave your skin feeling oh-so soft, but the yummy smell from these homemade scrubs will last all day!
Coconut Coffee Scrub
1/2 cup of used coffee grounds
1/4 cup coconut oil (straight from the jar, no melting.)
What remedies have you tried & loved?