Top 5 Summer Essentials!

With the warm weather finally here and beach season right around the corner, here’s a list of items that will help you look and feel your best for the season!

1: Sunscreen

With the warm weather here, we’re bound to expose more skin in an attempt to stay cool. However, this exposure leaves the skin prone to environmental stress. Harmful UV rays can cause premature wrinkles and can raise our risks of skin cancer. Sunscreen helps shield our skin from these harmful rays as well as prevent dark spots and skin discolorations.

I suggest using a sunscreen such as Sun Bum with an SPF of at least 50.

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Don’t forget your lips! Sun Bum also has a coconut flavored chap stick with SPF 30 in it! It feels super light on your lips and leaves them feeling smooth all while protecting them!

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2: Facial Mist

It’s a good idea to carry some kind of facial mist to help hydrate your skin. Our face can become easily dry if we don’t moisturize enough during the hot weather.

I suggest Skyn ICELAND‘s Arctic Face Mist which contains multi vitamins.

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3: Makeup remover wipes

It’s important to remember to never go to bed with makeup on! Not only will it clog your pores, but it can also irritate and dry out your skin.

I suggest using a facial wipe such as Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes. They have towels for dry, sensitive, and oily skin.

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4: Oil blotting sheets:

For everyone who has oily skin, it’s important to blot the excess oil off the face to prevent clogged pores and breakouts!

I suggest using NYX’s blotting sheets.

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5: Most importantly…. Water!

This is the most important thing to have during the summer months. It’s important to stay hydrated so that our bodies can function properly and help us stay healthy! It also helps give your skin that natural beautiful glow!

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Stay safe, stay healthy, and have fun!

~ Ivy

Infused Water!

Infused-Water

What exactly is infused water? It is when fruits, vegetables, spices, and other additives are added into potable water so that its nutrients can be distributed into the water which can then be absorbed by the body.

Not only is infused water tasty, but healthy as well! It’s a good alternative to unhealthy drinks such as sodas.

Infused water helps reduce bloating due to water retention. It also helps flush out any toxins that are stored in the body. It’s a natural way to slim down the belly and improve the digestive tract.

Here is a list of fruits that can be used in your water:

Cucumber: Has anti-inflammatory properties and is a good source of Vitamin A, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Potassium.

Strawberry: Has anti-inflammatory properties and can also reduce your risk of cancer due to its anthocyanins and ellagic acid. It’s a good source of Folate and Potassium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Manganese.

Lemon: Cleanses our digestive tract with its citric acid. It’s also a good source of Folate, Potassium, and Vitamin C which aids the immune system with our defenses.

Oranges: Similar to the lemon, its citric acid helps cleanse the digestive tract. It helps protect the body against fungi and bacteria. It is a good source of Thiamin, Folate Potassium, Dietary Fiber, and Vitamin C which aids our immune system.

Mint: Used in teas for its soothing properties for stomach aches. It’s a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Phosphorus, Zinc, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

 

Other fruits or spices that can be used include: Lime, Green tea, Kiwi, Acai, blueberries, Basil, Watermelon, Cilantro, Rosemary, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Raspberry, Rose petal, Vanilla, Honey, Lavender, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Coconut, Mango, and Pineapples!

Enjoy mixing some of these fruits and staying hydrated!

 

Resources:

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1938/2

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2439/2

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2064/2

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/spices-and-herbs/226/2

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1966/2

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/strawberries.html