Summer brings sunshine and plenty of opportunities to head outdoors for fun with family and friends. But while those joyous moments make the season special, all that sun exposure can wreak havoc on the skin without the proper precautions, something women of color often forget.
Whether you’re dining outdoors, going for a swim, sweating out a bike ride or just spending a few moments soaking up some sun, it’s important to ensure you’re taking care of your body so you can enjoy those rays all season long.
As an important aspect of overall health, staying hydrated also helps maintain your skin’s water content. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially as temperatures rise and you spend more time outdoors. Another delicious way to avoid dehydration – leading to energy drain, in mild cases – is to eat fruits and vegetables with high water content. One example is watermelon, which is 92% water and can help restore fluids.
Prioritize skin protection
Whether you’ll be in the sun for a few minutes or a few hours, it’s paramount to protect skin by applying sunscreen. On days when the UV index is 3 or higher, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends applying a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Another option is to wear light, loose clothing that covers as much of the skin as possible while staying comfortable in the heat.
Refresh your face
As one of the parts of the body that sees the most sun exposure, your face is perhaps the most important area to care for during the sunnier months. An at-home, all-natural DIY facial offers a brightening, hydrating way to treat yourself.
For a true glow-up from the comfort of your own home, try this quick and easy solution: Mix 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt, which helps exfoliate and purify, with 1 tablespoon of watermelon juice, for hydration. Apply mask to your face and neck for 10 minutes, then rinse off and pat skin dry.
Keep your whole body in mind
While your face is likely to see a lot of sun, that shouldn’t mean neglecting the rest of your body. This gentle body scrub can give you that glow you’re looking for with a sweet, fruity scent as it exfoliates and polishes your skin.
Combine 1 1/2 cups white sugar, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1/4 cup watermelon juice. If you’d like, add 1 teaspoon microplaned watermelon rind zest and 1 tablespoon olive oil.
Gently rub a handful of scrub on your skin when you’re in the shower, then rinse thoroughly before patting your body dry when you get out of the shower. Scrub should be stored in an airtight container, where it can last up to one week.
For more skin care solutions and other health and nutrition information, visit Watermelon.org.