Summertime Fun & Travel: Good For the Soul, Bad For the Skin
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Renowned, natural skincare expert shares secret list of healthy alternatives to name brands
(AYRIAL) Memorial Day Weekend/beginning of June marks the start of the summer travel, swimming and sun tanning seasons. The fun hot weather activities also mean facing damaging sun rays, mosquitoes, dehydration and many other not-so-fun realities.
Linda Collinson, who has been in the natural health and wellness beauty business for nearly 40 years, says many of the common or commercial tools to protect from those summer health threats can make the damage, especially to your skin, even worse.
Collinson says there are healthy alternatives to protect yourself without damaging your skin. She has 4 secrets for you to try this summer:
- Damaging Dehydration (inside and out) – Summer means HOT! Which means it is much easier for you to become dehydrated. Besides drinking a lot of water there are a few other (and tastier) hydration options, including: nutrient and water dense foods like salads, berries, oranges, tomatoes. Linda also says to try and minimize the amount of caffeine you take in and drink cool, not cold, water. Also pick a non-chemical lotion.
- Too Much Sun Is Bad For Your Skin, But So Is Sunscreen. If you look at the ingredients of most commercial sunscreens you will read chemical after chemical, which is never good for your skin. Instead of the name brand sunscreen, try using plain almond oil. The natural properties of almond oil is equivalent to 7 SPF. Of course a little more help will be needed for protection.
- Avoid Common Bugsprays. Summertime means mosquito season. Sale of bug sprays take a significant jump this time of year and that is sure to increase more with the concern about Zika virus. Linda says the problem with bugspray is that it needs skin-harmful chemicals to work. Instead of the common bugsprays Linda suggests using eucalyptus oil to keep the mosquitoes away. Also, wear light clothing and try to avoid being outside at sunrise and sunset, insects’ favorite time.
- Where You Swim Can Make Your Skin Health Take a Dive. If you have the choice, Linda says swim in the ocean as opposed to a pool. Salt water actually has some positive properties for your skin and hydration. The biggest problem with pools is the chlorine, another damaging chemical for skin. If geography forces you to pick a pool, scrub your body down with a natural bristle brush when your pool day is done and before you get into the shower. The brush will help remove much of the damage the chlorine can cause.
Linda Collinson had always suffered from sensitive, irritated skin and thought maybe there was a natural treatment. Through intensive research she found that commercially available products all contained ingredients that actually contributed to her dry, irritated skin – most products contained mineral oil, a petroleum product that does the opposite of hydrating the skin. In 1981 Linda created LaCrista (meaning the best) Natural Skincare to market her natural skincare formulas that worked so well for her very sensitive skin.
Linda landed her products on the shelves of WalMart, Sams Club, Giant Food, The Cosmetic Centers, and other notable retail stores in the U.S. and abroad. To learn more about Linda Click here:
Linda is back at it with the release of her updated natural lotion, Dewberry Lotion www.dewberrylotion.com
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