There are a few lifestyle changes I make every year when summer starts. We all want to look and feel our best during the summer months, and my little mental checklist makes me feel at least a little more in control and prepared during swimsuit season. Here’s my list of healthy habits for summer-ready skin from head to toe.
It’s relaxing, makes you drip sweat (and toxins!), and helps your skin glow. Need I say more? Infrared saunas also help to relax your muscles and improve circulation. Lately, after my workouts, I’ve been stopping by a little spot near my house that has one, and I’m quickly becoming addicted. My muscles aren’t as sore, my eyes and skin look healthier, I’m more relaxed, and most important, l just feel better overall.
Research has shown infrared saunas to help balance cortisol, your body’s primary stress hormone. They also go a long way toward relieving tension and relaxing your muscles. Plus, the heat generated by an infrared sauna will cause your core temperature to increase, which can also lead to an increased heart rate—the same increase in heart rate that you experience when exercising. Infrared saunas can penetrate the skin more deeply, increase metabolic rate, and help the body burn anywhere from 200 to 600 calories in a half-hour session! I know…sign you up?
That’s not all: These saunas will also improve skin tone and reduce signs of aging by stimulating better circulation, blood flow, and increased collagen production—all of which improve the look and health of your skin. The last thing you’d want to do after your sauna is apply skin care products that contain the toxins you just sweated out, so thank goodness for nontoxic Drunk Elephant! The C-Firma Day Serum contains anti-aging ChronoPeptide, which transforms into vitamin D and mimics the vitamin D we get through sun exposure. Which means, you guessed it: The infrared sauna and Drunk Elephant make quite the duo when it comes to fighting the signs of aging!
When I first heard about dry brushing I was intrigued, but I just couldn’t see myself taking the time to do something like that every day. It wasn’t until my husband gave me a gift certificate for a massage on my birthday that I finally decided to go for it and buy a dry brush while I was there. The woman who sold it to me said it would take care of everything from exfoliation to cellulite reduction. It sounded a little too good to be true, so I went home and did some research. As it turns out, dry brushing is the real deal. Our skin, the largest organ, is responsible for 10 to 15 percent of detox elimination, so dry brushing gives your kidneys and liver a break by helping the skin regenerate more efficiently. It helps to smooth and tone your skin, rid your body of dead skin cells, and boost circulation. And yes, it truly does help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Suddenly, finding three minutes a day doesn’t seem like too much to ask, right? Happy brushing!
I use DE. What, like you’re surprised? I like to think of it as a juice cleanse for your skin. Since formulating the line, I’ve given up not just makeup, but also essential oils, fragrance, phthalates, chemical screens, and silicones. The difference is immediate, and it’s the perfect summer skin solution, because less makeup in the heat is a great thing. Plus, less to travel with!
I like alternating between indoor and outdoor workouts. I like to switch things around and surprise my body, so I’ll lift weights and go on long, fast walks as well as do the StairMaster and do exercise videos at home. I switch it up, as long as it’s something I’m doing daily. It just feels better to put on a pair of shorts when you’ve been active, and it gives you that much more confidence and energy. Not to mention the natural mood-boosting effects!
I like to keep healthy options on hand, so when I get hungry, I can reach for something fast. Some go-tos include: avocado for green smoothies, pre-cooked brown rice pasta, precut fresh vegetables and fruits, cooked chicken breasts, and almond and pecan milk. I’ll also make sure I have premade green juices , so if I don’t have time to make a smoothie from scratch, I can add raw protein powder on the go. Some favorite snacks include broccoli or brussels sprouts slaw with homemade vinaigrette, chickpeas in balsamic and olive oil, dark chocolate, and a big bag of frozen papaya and strawberries. I also always make sure to have grass-fed butter! I love it, and it can go in my coffee to make it bulletproof.
I try to avoid dairy and gluten for a flatter tummy, and I always load up on probiotics for glowing skin. A healthy gut contributes to a better mood, better sleep…better everything!
All in all? Summer beauty (which for me includes looking and feeling my very best) ultimately includes some serious self-care. And who couldn’t use a little more of that?