Only 54 days to go until it’s officially Summertime. Of course, in the South we’re already running our air conditioners right now. And when the heat takes over, with it comes dry skin, acne, bug bites, heat rashes, and sunburn. There’s nothing we can do about the weather, but we can help you feel a little more comfortable with these suggestions for how to cope with Summer skin problems. Lucky for you, all you need is probably already in your pantry.
- Aloe Vera and Honey Mask for Acne and Sunburn
Make a mask of one part honey and one part aloe vera gel for dry, irritated skin. Aloe and honey are both anti-inflammatory and moisturizing. They’re also both great to heal blemishes, rashes, and burns. Be sure to leave the mask on for at least 15 minutes, but the longer the better. You could use this mask on your face, or even your whole body, to both prevent and treat Summer skin issues by keeping your skin moisturized and nourished.
- Apple Cider Vinegar as a Toner
Dab some vinegar with a cotton ball onto areas that are red and irritated like pimples, rashes, and sunburns. Vinegar reduces the redness, stinging, and itchiness of damaged skin. Leave it on all night. You’ll probably want to do this at night or you’ll risk other people thinking you smell like a salad.
- Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer
Coconut oil makes a superior moisturizer compared to most lotions since it both moisturizes and protects skin without any toxic chemicals. You can also use it as a shaving cream if you slather it on before you step into the shower. Since it’s full of nutritious fatty acids and has antibacterial and antifungal properties, it’s great for all kinds of skin types. Plus, it smells amazing.
- Arrowroot Powder to Prevent Chafing, Heat Rash, and Odors
Instead of talcum powders that contain chemicals and preservatives, you can use arrowroot powder. It absorbs odor and moisture and helps prevent the uncomfortable rubbing that causes chafing.