The "dog days" are here- it's been hot in Maine for 2 weeks so I imagine it must be steaming in other parts of the country. Our skin needs a bit of extra love with heat, humidity and sun exposure.
The Benefits of Scrubs
We all know how important sunscreen is but how do you get it off your skin? After I shower my arms are still covered with a greasy white film. Scrubs are perfect for removing sunscreen film. They gently exfoliate and remove old skin as well as sunscreen and leave your skin looking polished and fresh. At Dulse & Rugosa we add just a bit of nourishing oils so at this time of year it's often not necessary to moisturize after your shower.
Scrubs can be made with sugar or salt, both make excellent exfoliants, it depends on your skin type and what you want from your scrub experience. Sugar is gentler because it has "round" granules. If your skin is sensitive sugar is for you. Salt, can be a bit tougher and really helps get rid of dry skin buildup. Another benefit of salt is it helps removes toxins from your body.
All our scrubs contain a blend of oils, hand harvested botanicals and wildcrafted Maine seaweeds. The addition of Maine seaweeds means you are detoxing and restocking all your trace vitamins and minerals every time you exfoliate. Regular use will leave your skin looking smooth and polished and function better because scrubs help increase circulation.
Scrubs are designed for shower use. Try not to take super hot showers because the heat can dry out your skin.
Heading to the Beach?
Before you head to the beach make sure you pack a wide brimmed hat. I don't like hat head but keeping the sun ray's off your face is important. And pack a salad. Salads are a treat this time of year with all the fresh tasty produce but there is some scientific evidence that taking Vitamin C and E orally can help prevent sunburn. The WebMD sight list this combo as "possibly effective". Who really knows- but a salad rich in citrus, tomatoes and some nuts is sure to be tasty. For some more food ideas to help ward off sunburn check out this article "12 Superfoods That Can Help Prevent Skin Damage". If you do get a sunburn, try our Seaweed Packs for Sunburn and Stress. We recommend wetting the seaweed and placing it directly on your sunburn, cooling, refreshing and oh so healing.
Wine and Chocolate for Great Skin!
After the beach, sip some wine.
White can be especially refreshing but reds are more healing. Reds contain "resveratol"a natural phenol. This is important because resveratol is an antioxidant and helps capture free radicals. Free radicals are bad because they go after stable molecules and cause havoc. Which means red wine is a health drink! If you want some summer red recommendations check out this article What Kind of Red Wines Should I Drink This Summer? A chilled Beaujolais sounds yummy! To be really healthy add some dark chocolate, rich in "flavanoids". Falvanoids are plant based compounds rich in antioxidants. Of course, moderation, moderation, moderation especially with wine and chocolate or you'll be needing our Hangover Smelling Salts the next day.
Have fun in the sun!