A good summer skincare routine can preserve a wonderful face. And yes, your face is wonderful. 🙂
I’m a big fan of creating my own skincare routines based on what I’ve learned from studying herbs, essential
oils and how different food ingredients impact our skin. Most importantly, a great skincare routine includes a great diet, and I always tell people that I eat what I put on my face. Does that sound weird? Maybe, but it works for me. That, great sleep hygiene, a steady stress reduction routine (since cortisol inhibits collagen) and my new found love, face yoga. Also, it’s okay if you don’t do the “natural route” and get Botox, fillers or whatever else is out there. You do you. There’s no right or wrong here. Personally I hate needles, artificial stuff, procedures and anything that resembles a doctor’s office, so I will be aging the old-fashioned way. At least for now. Maybe I’ll be the facelift queen in the future, who knows. Life changes and we change.
I digress, as usual…
Before I list the steps for this particular skincare routine, let me say that staying out of the summer sun is vital for preventing skin discolorations, spots and fine lines. I don’t go in the sun much at all during the summer, but when I do, I always have a massive hat and sunglasses. ( In a future blog, I’ll write more on what I do/use for sunscreen, because I know there are growing concerns about the toxicity of popular brands, even ones that are recommended by dermatologists.)
So, let’s get to it. Here are the steps for my summer skincare routine:
1) First, I exfoliate with used coffee grounds.
I take a pinch of wet coffee grounds from my coffee pot and exfoliate my face in a gentle, circular motion. This can get messy, but one only needs a pinch. I only exfoliate with coffee grounds these days.
2) Mix a tiny amount of Organic Tomato Paste with a tiny amount of Unpasteurized Manuka Honey
I don’t need much to do this, and neither do you. I mix it as well as I can, and always make sure the honey is unpasteurized, so its enzymes maintain their activity. The honey might be difficult to mix, but it is fantastic for the skin, especially for any scratches, scars and burns. (Click here for my blog on why Unpasteurized Manuka Honey is phenomenal for your skin, especially for any fresh scars.)
Tomato paste contains lycopene, a carotenoid or plant pigment that makes tomatoes and tomato paste red. Lycopene has high antioxidant activity. Studies have shown that when eaten, it significantly reduces UV-induced erythema (redness/inflammation) compared to controls. Tomato paste has a higher level of lycopene than tomatoes or tomato juice, which is why I use it. I also eat a lot of tomato paste throughout the year. May your inner chef get creative with it. 😉
After thoroughly mixing, I rub it on my face. I don’t look pretty, but that’s not the point. It doesn’t have to look pretty to work. I leave it on for approximately 30 minutes.
3) I rinse with cold water & rub an ice cube ( till it melts) over my face in a circular fashion.
I use ice on my face daily. It reduces signs of redness and helps reduce some of the elements of inflammation. Rubbing ice on your face and neck is also a good practice for your mental health. If you find yourself getting stressed, anxious and “hot-headed” during the summer days, grab an ice cube. When someone says, “He/She needs to cool off,” it can be taken quite literally.
4) The last step of my skincare routine, is to rub a little Helichrysum Italicum and a little Spikenard oil on my face.
I rub it in a circular fashion, outward towards my ears. Helichrysum Italicum is used in a lot of store-bought cosmetic products, but I like to use the oil itself. I also love the way it smells, and find it very calming and refreshing on hot summer days. It gives you a golden tint, which I like, though too much can make you look like you’re in liver failure. 😉 H. Italicum contains many flavonoids, or intricate carbon structures that have a variety of antioxidant, anti-aging and antiviral activities. H. Italicum is a powerhouse, with documented activity against Staph Aureus ( a bacteria responsible for many skin infections) and even the Herpes Simplex Virus.
I add in Spikenard oil ( from the Valerian flower family) because it’s been shown to have a fabulous anti-inflammatory and wound healing profile, and it mixes well with other oils.
That’s it for my summer skincare routine. Stay tuned for future posts on sun protection, homemade exfoliation products that aren’t messy, and my face yoga routine.
Hope you follow me ( and Blooming Wellness) on Instagram where I often post health tips/charts, more skincare routines, and also listen to my Causes Or Cures Podcast. I’m grateful that I’ve had so many interesting people on my podcast, many experts in their respective fields. More to come, so check it out!