Up the ante on your 'summer fresh' with our favorite product and DIY treatments for eliminating all of your skincare and hygiene woes.
Ultimate Summer Scrub
Turns out, tomatoes are the ultimate skin super fruit! Rich in the anti-oxidant lycopene, tomatoes help shield skin from UV damage, unclog pores, prevent breakouts and aid in hyperpigmentation. To cool and replenish skin after a day in the sun, try this DIY tomato and sugar scrub to exfoliate and perk up dull skin.
What You'll Need:
1 Medium Tomato
2 Tbsp. Granulated Sugar
1 Bowl Instructions
Cut the top of a tomato 3/4 inch thick from the stem. Pour the sugar in a bowl and holding the stem of the tomato, dip the raw edge of the tomato in the sugar and swirl in the sugar until the face of the tomato is fully coated. Place the sugarcoated side of the tomato to your face and gently exfoliate in circular motions. Once you've exfoliated your entire face, allow the scrub to sit on your skin for 5-10 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. Follow with your favorite moisturizer. Repeat weekly.
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Opt for a Skintox
Charcoal isn't just for grilling anymore. These days, women are drinking it and applying it to their faces to unclog pores and draw out toxins. Origins Clear Improvement Purifying Body Wash is made with lots of skin treats like purifying clove and bamboo charcoal, hydrating olive oil, wintergreen and skin softening wheat germ. Not only will this garantee that your skin is summer-ready, but the spearmintand rosemary scent will ensure that you smell like a dream.
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Quench Thirsty Skin
It's no secret that papaya is the ulitmate summer fruit (hello, breakfast smoothies!), but they are also packed with skin perks. For a boost of hydration and a natural way to unclog pores, mash papaya into a paste, add a tablespoon of honey and apply to clean skin. Let it sit for 25 minutes before rinsing with cool water to reveal glowing skin. To treat dry skin like elbows and heels, swap the honey for a tablespoon of milk and repeat.
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Prevent Ingrown Hairs
I'll bet you never knew your razor could benefit from a lubricant? Turns out, addidng a few drops of olive oil to your razor blade may extend the lifespan of your razor and your next shave! The oil will keep the razor sharp and prevent it from rusting, thus allowing for a closer, longer lasting shave without the worry of ingrown hairs.
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Body Refreshing Spritz
Let's be honest, body odor isn't anyone's friend. But, as temperatures rise, you're likely to sweat more than usual, and trying to mask it with fragrance is not the solution. To ensure that you stay super fresh, try spraying/wiping down those areas most affected by heat and humidity (underarm, groin and feet) with this bacteria fightining solution. Mix 1 teaspoon of peroxide with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle or bowl and carry it with you for a refresher, or use it right before a workout session to stay fresh all summer long.
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Refresh Your Feet
Admit it, your feet could use a break. Give your feet and your psyche a boost with Priti Deep Rosemary & Mint Organic Foot Spray. With calming properties like rosemary and peppermint, a spritz or two of this magial spray can put some pep in your step and re-charge your mental batteries. To top it all off, it's completely organic! Eco-friendly aromatherapy? How could you possible resist?
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Tackle Those Heels
What good is a killer bikini if you overlook pedi care? Make sure your feet stay sandal-ready all summer long with Dr. Scholl's DreamWalk Express Pedi. The must-have electronic foot smoother buffs and smooths dry skin allowing for the perfect pedi from the comfort of your own home.
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Next Level Protection
Between summer and fall, your skin care regimen should undergo a few modifications. Contrary to popular belief and the infamous "black don't crack" adage, brown skin is still susceptible to UV damage. And, while SPF is definitely a big deal during sunnier months, your skin has more to worry about than just UV rays. Brown spots, wrinkles, dryness and even breakouts, are often the result of free radicals and environmental toxins in the air. Spray Murad Environmental Shield Essential-C Toneronto clean skin for an extra layer of protection to hydrate, sooth, tone, and strengthen your skin from surrounding elements.
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If you were ever to be stranded on an island, cucumbers should be one of the items in your (beauty) survival kit. The seedy green fruit does it all! Not only are they great for soothing puffy eyes, but they also have antioxidants with hydrating and brightening properties (perfect for eyes and underarms). If brighting and soothing aren't enough for you, wiping a slice of cucumber under your arms after bathing can kill any remaining bacteria and ensure that you stay fresh longer!