The summer holidays are fast approaching. If you’re planning to head for warmer climes, there are a number of ways you can prepare for your holidays and maximise your beauty regimen.
De-bloat with Apple Cider Vinegar and lemon juice
This all-natural trick has been used by celebs such as Kourtney Kardashian for decades and has some major benefits, combine apple cider vinegar with some lemon juice for a complete cleanse. Among the many benefits of apple cider vinegar is that it helps reduce water retention because it contains acetitc acid. Adding lemon flushes your body of toxins and helps your digestive system eliminate waste more efficiently! Before your holiday, add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water, and squeeze in fresh lemon. You can even add some honey for a sweeter taste, Voila!
Take a weekly bath… with Epsom Salts
Take an Epsom salt bath, adding a minimum of two cups of Epsom salt to your bath and soaking in it for 20 to 30 minutes. The salt pulls the water out of your body and it takes all the toxins and the excess water out of your system so that you’re looking the best that you can. This isn’t something you should do every day, it’s a great once-a-week ritual that’ll help you relax, heal, and slim down.
Take an Epsom salt bath two to three days before you are due to fly out to help with holiday fluid retention (also a great hangover cure too).
Drink Lots of Water
Staying hydrated is essential for good skin health, cell turnover and everything else associated with keeping a radiant, golden glow. When skin dries out it flakes, so it will shed sooner rather than later. To ensure cells stay hydrated in the lead up to your holiday, you need to feed them from the inside as well as from the outside.
That means keeping up your water intake, especially in the sun when you lose more water through sweating.
Make sure your diet is rich in carotene and vitamin E.
Thanks to their antioxidant properties, foods that are rich in beta-carotene and other carotenoids, such as lycopene, could improve the way your skin reacts to UV rays. The best sources of carotenoids are carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, spinach, squash, broccoli, mangos, apricots, kale, peas, tomatoes and melon. Get your much needed dose of Vitamin E, contained in vegetable oils, almonds and nuts. Don’t hesitate to add these sun foods to your menu! Also remember that foods that are rich in carotenoids add an orange tinge to your skin, which gives you a natural glow.
Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate!
If you only do one thing in your pre-holiday prep – exfoliate.
Make sure you exfoliate before your holiday to remove dead skin cells and give you a smooth base for your tan.
Prepare Your Skin for Sun
The key is getting a plan in place so you can build up your colour. You can gradually get your skin used to the sunbed and UV by starting with smaller sessions and building them up.
A planned course of sunbed tanning can take away the shock of getting off the plane and subjecting your pale skin to long periods of sun when it’s had little exposure (especially with our British summers the way they are).
You’re now ready to hop on that plane and soak up some sunshine… Happy Holiday’s!!!