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

3 Beauty Tricks Using Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Olive oil is packed with monounsaturated fatty acids which are considered to be a healthy dietary fat. Olive oil can help prevent many disease and illnesses including cardiovascular disease which is one of the leading cause of deaths in the United States. Not only can you incorporate olive oil into your diet, but you can also integrate it into your daily beauty regimen!

Here are three beauty tricks that are quick, easy, and inexpensive using extra virgin olive oil. (Make sure it’s extra virgin!)

1: Makeup Remover

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Extra virgin olive oil can be used as a makeup remover. It’s soft enough to even be used as an eye makeup remover. It is noncomedogenic (meaning it will not clog pores), it moisturizes the skin and conditions the eyelashes. Simply pour some of the oil onto a cotton pad and wipe the makeup away.

2: Body/Lip Scrub

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For the body scrub: Mix one part extra virgin olive oil and one part sugar. You can use this on your hands, feet, or body while in the shower. Be careful not to slip while in the shower! The sugar will scrub away any dead skin cells on your body and the olive oil will help moisturize and condition your skin. Be sure not to use SALT. Salt will be too rough and drying on your skin.

For your lips: Mix one part extra virgin olive oil, one part sugar, and one part honey. Again, the sugar will act as a natural scrub while the oil moisturizes. The honey is also a natural antiobiotic and has some healing properties which can help soothe any cuts on your skin.

3: Hair Mask

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After shampooing your hair, apply some extra virgin olive oil on to your hair and leave it on for 5 – 10 minutes. Rinse and style as usual. After a few weeks you will notice your hair regain some shine and strength and will have an overall healthy look.

Have fun with your inexpensive beauty product!

Ivy ~

Resources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/food-and-nutrition/faq-20058439

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lcod.htm