Holiday Hacks For Great Summer Skin

It may feel a little bit like we have had our summer over here in the UK, but we should have some more warm temperatures coming up. One of the things that many people forget is that during the summer, or skin needs to be taken care of slightly differently than in winter or colder months. There are some subtle differences in the care that your skin needs in summer, but it is good to pay attention to them to make sure that your skin is looking as good as it can be.

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Protect Your Pout

 

Our lips can get dried out in the heat of a sunny day (so this is especially important when you’re on holiday and out in the sun all day). So make sure that you look for a lip balm to use as a base that has sunscreen in it, and make sure that you reapply it regularly. There are many products out on the market that do have SPF in as a lip balm. But one that works for your lips, as well as other areas on your face is from La Prairie and their Ultimate Protection Stick. As you might imagine it is a little pricey, but if you’ve got it in your budget, then it can be worth it, especially if you’re prone to dry skin on your face and lips.

 

Keep Cool

 

When you’re on holiday, it is important to keep as cool as possible. You don’t want to overheat your skin as it can lead to some other problems with your health. Plus, it can lead to quite leathery looking skin if you never give your skin a break from it all. A face spray mist is a good idea to have with you. They help to cool your skin as well as giving it a quick burst of hydration. So if you are going away on holiday soon, that needs to be in your beauty and skin essentials.

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Use Sunscreen

 

This is pretty much a no-brainer in summer, right? And especially on very intensely hot days. When we damage our skin from the sun, it can lead to it breaking and getting dehydrated, as well as possibly some further complications later in life. So always use a sunscreen! One of the best ways to protect yourself, at least on your face, is choosing a foundation with a built-in sunscreen. Pretty much all of them have it these days but do check for cheaper brands.

 

If you suffer from acne, then the sun can be a help to your skin. The UV rays can help it to heal. So you need to check that the sunscreen you are using just blocks the sun’s harmful rays and not the ones that can help your skin. Having said that, there are options for you. For acne sufferers, gels such as duac, can be bought online and they can work as a base to help clear your skin, before applying your normal foundation (with SPF). Have you ever had to use anything like that before?

 

Cold Showers

 

After a hot day out on the sun, and even after a busy commute, having a hot shower can make your skin dry out even more. It also delays the cooling down of your skin too. So the best thing to do is to have cool showers after a hot day. There are many benefits to it. It will help to cool your skin, as well as help to stop you from sweating excessively (gross in two ways; smell and dehydration). It also helps your skin to close its pores, which is more likely to lead to clearer skin, especially if they have been open in the heat all day. Left open can lead to more spots. So something to think about, right?

 

Drink Red Wine

 

In summer you might prefer something colder, but there are reports that red wine can act as an anti-inflammatory. So if you have some mild sunburn, something that is naturally found in the skin of red grapes can decrease the redness and help it to heal. I mean, you could have a bowl of grapes instead. But red wine sounds like a better option. Cheers!

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Wide Brim Hats

 

Not only do these look good, but they are actually going to help to keep you safer in the sun. Smaller hats, like a baseball cap or a trilby, aren’t going to protect you from the sun coming in at all angles. So if you’re heading away on your summer holiday, this is a must in your suitcase. Team with a pair of oversized sunnies and you’ll be looking and feeling good all holiday.

 

Eat Plenty of Water-Based Fruit and Veg

 

We all know that drinking plenty of water is not only good for our skin but is a vital part of staying hydrated over summer. But another way to get some extra water into your body, without having to drink more and more water, is to eat a diet that is full of watery fruits and vegetables. To me, that is pretty perfect, as there is nothing more that you want than some watermelon on a hot day! All members of the melon family are good choices, as well as things like cucumbers, iceberg lettuce, strawberries, celery, pineapple, and spinach.

 

Treat Sun Spots

 

If you’re my age, it probably won’t be too much of a problem. But as we age, we can find that the sun can give us some dark spots, or sun spots (melasma) after being out in the sun for a while. There are fade creams out there that can be applied at night to help, though. Clinique has one that I’ve heard good things about, so that might be worth a try if you do suffer. It is best to treat them as and when they occur rather than just leaving them.

 

Are there any other summer skincare tips and tricks that you would add to the list?

 

 

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Lost Your Motivation? How To Get Your Exercise Plan Back On Track

After Christmas, it’s all too easy to find the energy and motivation to hit the gym and get in shape. Sadly, for most of us, after a few weeks, the novelty of the cross-trainer wears off, and by the time you reach spring, your motivation levels may have plunged to an all-time low. If you’re at risk of missing out on those targets and you’re finding it increasingly tough to stick to your exercise plan, this guide should prove useful.

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Write a list

If you’re finding it hard to drag yourself to the gym or you’ve lost interest in your weekly spin class, write a list of all the reasons you wanted to start exercising in the first place. Think about why you want to be fitter or stronger or why you want to lose a few pounds. Are you desperate to feel more confident on the beach or are you tired of feeling stressed after a day at work? When you can’t be bothered to put your workout DVD on or you’re thinking of catching the train home instead of cycling as planned, read that list, and hopefully, it’ll give you the push you need.
Sign up for a challenge

Most of us work harder when there’s a goal in sight. If you really want to push yourself and be more disciplined, why not look into doing something that involves raising money for charity or taking part in a competition? You could investigate trek challenges, sign up for a charity bike ride or even set yourself a weight loss goal and ask people to sponsor you. You can go it alone or get friends, family or colleagues involved. If you’ve got other people depending on you, or you have a team around cheering you on and encouraging you, you’re more likely to put in the effort.

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Have fun

It’s no wonder you find it hard to get excited about working out if you do the same thing every time. If you’re bored of the gym, you’ve had your fill of yoga, or you can’t bear the thought of another jog around the park, try and introduce new exercises or activities into your workout plans. You don’t have to use a treadmill or an exercise bike to get fit. There are lots of sports out there you can try. Sign up for dance lessons or go swimming instead of cycling. Join the local rowing club or start playing netball or hockey once a week. Go trampolining or swap a gym session for a trip to the ice rink or the stables. As long as your blood is pumping and you’re working up a sweat, it doesn’t matter that you’re not in a gym lifting weights. If you vary your workouts, you’re less likely to lose interest, and you’ll have more fun.

Have you lost your motivation when it comes to working out? If you’re struggling, don’t worry! Take these tips on board, and hopefully, you’ll be back on track before you know it.

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Monmag Beauty Product Review – Inca Inchi Oil

I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to review one of the many amazing products from Monmag Beauty.

After a few emails with the lovely ladies at Monmag, I was selected the Inca Inchi Oil, which is a regeneration oil. You can apply by:

  • Applying it directly to the skin.
  • As moisturiser combined with face cream.
  • In addition for body lotion
The oil was delivered very quickly, and I immediately was surprised by what came. A full 15ml bottle of the oil, a little soft toy and a note with it that said “here’s a little gift for your precious one, I hope he likes it”. I thought this was really sweet of them to send a little gift for him too. He’s named it fluffy, because he picked it up with sticky hands and it made his hands fluffy – pure genius three year old logic if you ask me!
Later that night I showered and then decided to see how the oil would work on my psoriasis. I also decided to use it directly onto my skin, as I thought this would have the best effect. How right I was! 
Here is a picture of my knee before applying the oil…
Bad right? Here is a picture of my knee immediately after using the oil…
I am so thrilled with the improvement made to my skin, and how quickly it improved it too! I have been applying it directly after showers since and the skin on my knees feels a thousand times better.
I have also been mixing it with my moisturiser, and been applying it all over, and my skin really does feel incredible, I’ve also noticed the look of my skin has changed too, it looks like I’ve been away on holiday, refreshed, but without the tan (haha if only!).
I have always been self concious of my skin, because people always ask what it is, and I always feel like people are staring. Not any more, this oil really has given me so much more self confidence. I have also found that in this beautiful hotter weather we have been having, that when the skin on my face dries and cracks, a small application of the oil directly sorts it right out for the rest of the day!
I would definitely recommend purchasing this oil. I wasn’t really expecting much from it to be honest, as I’ve tried so many lotions and potions for my skin, and nothing has ever worked! 
I’d like to thank Monmag for letting me review this lovely product, and I hope to work with them again very soon!
Much love xx


Disclaimer: I was sent this product free of charge for the purposes of this review, I have not been paid for this post, but I am lucky enough to be able to keep the product after! 🙂
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