Ten tips for staying beach ready

Ten tips for staying beach ready

Author -  Good Health

Summer’s here so we’ve put together a summer survival guide with tips on how to stay beach ready. The hot summer months can take a toll if you’re not keeping hydrated and replacing lost energy stores. This time of year really calls for some more prep in nourishing your hair, skin and nails. See our tips below to keep in mind when hitting the beach this year.

1. Dry brush your skin daily.

Skin is the largest organ in the body and we also detoxify and eliminate toxins through our skin. Dry brushing your skin regularly with a body brush helps your body function better. Initially your skin may feel sensitive – but after a few times your skin gets used to it. Skin should be pink afterwards to show that the circulation has increased. Our tip is to always brush towards your heart and follow with a shower.

2. Use Coconut oil on your hair and skin.

Sun and surf can really dry out your hair and skin. To treat dry hair; apply organic extra virgin coconut oil to your hair. Leave the oil in overnight and shampoo it out the next day.  This leaves your hair feeling soft and healthy. It’s a good idea to put a towel on your pillow to avoid oil getting on your pillowcase though!

To care for your skin, a small amount of oil can be used as a natural moisturiser, plus it makes for an excellent night cream. It might seem obvious, but a good tip is if your skin feels too greasy and looks oily, you’ve applied too much.

3. Moisturise from the inside.

Flaxseed oil or Evening Primrose oil taken internally like in a capsule form keeps your skin moisturised from the inside out and helps keep cells healthy. Taking either oil daily can help balance your mood and PMS symptoms too for women.

4. Hydrate with pure water.

Aim to drink about 2 litres a day. This not only keeps you feeling more alert and energised but it helps to curb your appetite too and flush toxins out of the body. If you are finding that you’re always wanting to snack, check how much water you had that day. You actually thirsty not hungry. It’s a common mistake!

5. Drink greens.

Spirulina or freshly made green vege juice is the best for getting in your greens. There’s something about green drinks that just make you feel healthy and full of vitality. If you don’t like the taste of green vege juice, try adding freshly juiced ginger and lemon into the mix as it will mask any ‘green’ taste.

6. Eat fresh fruit and veges that are in season.

Summer fruits are typically high in potassium. This lets your body know it’s hot outside and helps to regulate your vitamin D production. We recommend trying to eat lots of different coloured veges at every meal. Lots of colour means lots of antioxidants which means more protection against oxidation, commonly known as wrinkles. That’s reason enough to embrace a food rainbow, we think!

7. Keep up the exercise.

Even though it’s hot, it’s important to keep active and try not to reduce exercise over summer. Your body will thank you for it and the endorphins will make you feel great, we are big fans of beach swims, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking as a way for a workout that has a real summer feel!

8. Wear a nice sun hat when you’re outdoors. 

After an easy fix? Don a hat. No one likes a peeling nose! Less sun damage to the face will pay off over time and your skin will continue to look healthy when you get older and you will avoid premature wrinkles.

9. Give yourself a regular pedicure.

Prepare your feet for the warmer weather and the footwear that comes with it. Wearing summer shoes tends to dry out your nail bed and heels, so they require more attention at this time of year. If you have dry heels, ask your local beauty supply store or beauty therapist if they sell professional ‘Peddy paddles’ – and give yourself professionally finished smooth feet and follow with a rich foot cream. Your feet will love you for it.

10. Take antioxidants and liver support supplements.

Antioxidants protect your body against the damaging effects of too much sun and keep you looking healthy. Liver support supplements help to keep your liver working optimally during the festive season when we are more likely to over indulge in good food and wine. Vitamin C, Grapeseed extract, Resveratrol, Milk thistle (Liver Tonic 17500) and Magnesium are all great. While Magnesium is not a ‘liver’ supplement, too much alcohol depletes your body of magnesium. After a night out remember to drink a big glass of water and take a magnesium tablet and a Vitamin B complex. You’ll feel much better in the morning.

So with all that in mind, get out there and enjoy it!

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