Did you know the skin is the largest organ in the human body? The skin acts as a protective barrier isolating the organism from the surrounding environment. It protects and helps to keep the structures intact. It also acts as a communication medium with the environment.

If the skin is so important as both our contact and protection from the outdoors, how can we protect it correctly? Weather extremes can affect us the most. This is why we need to pay special attention to our body during winter and summer, which is when the body suffers alterations. An increase in oily discharge from the skin can affect the epidermal layer. This can lead to dullness, less shine and stains. In second place, due to the susceptibility of harmful UV rays, there is a general increase in the formation of patches and wrinkles. To overcome the defects of the season and the loss of collagen, it is important to comply with certain rules of great skincare.

In addition to daily cleansing and added skin moisture, during the hot months, we need to take extra measures. This is why I am going to give you some simple tips you can get from home without purchasing special products. (Of course, if you want to use them, even better!).

-To keep your body and skin hydrated, drink at least 2 liters of water per day. You can include herbal teas and natural fruit, but nothing hydrates better than water. It also helps to eliminate toxins from the organism. If you find it difficult to drink water during the day, spice it with a little bit of flavor by adding slices of lemon and cucumber! You can also include herbs or raspberries!

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-Every time you go outdoors, use sunscreen and apply at least half an hour before exposure. Be sure it has a high SPF factor of at least 30. The same applies to our lips. Use a moisturizer with sunscreen to avoid dry and cracked lips. If you are on the beach or swim outdoors, apply protection every 30 minutes. Children more than anyone need this protection to prevent blisters and burns.

-Another problem during summer is swelling of the hands or feet. Soak in water and salt to improve circulation.

-Do not use tight clothing! It is not good for the skin or blood circulation! Use light clothing and light colors especially during the day! The same applies to shoes. Avoid closed or tight fitting footwear! Shoes with hard material that keep our skin from breathing should also be avoided. Use sandals and open shoes made of lightweight fabric or light leather.

-Use hats to cover your head and keep your scalp from burning! To avoid this and protect your face at the same time, use a broad brimmed sun hat.

-How do you know if you are dehydrated? We do not always get thirsty! If your head hurts or if you feel your hands and lips are dry, you may need more water in your body!

-According to dermatologist, Dr. Jeannette Graf, one of the most efficient ways to exfoliate your skin during summer is exfoliating your dry skin before a shower. Pay special attention to knees and elbows. And finish with a body cream or oil after drying off with a towel.

-Invest in a good hydrating water based cream, not an oily one. Use the cream daily and even more after being in contact with the sun. Creams with Aloe Vera extract are a great option. If you have a plant at home, the gel extracted from the Aloe is wonderful to cure burns and refresh the skin! You can also use a mixture of honey and potato starch (The white water that springs from the potato) to calm burns. Honey also helps skin rashes!

-Take a cold shower! It is ideal after sun exposure and excessive sweating to keep the skin non occluded and avoid acne.

-Ice bags can soothe insect bites and stings.

-Cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumber are very good for the skin. When we eat them, they act as a tonic to moisturize our skin!

-If your skin is too dry, you can use olive oil or tonics with oil to hydrate the skin, especially in the most affected areas.

-Finally, white wine seems ideal for summer because it’s cool and refreshing. But red wine is much better! Why? The tannins and other nutrients in the skin of black grapes help reduce inflammation from burns with an antioxidant effect!

I hope you can use these tips! And may your skin glow more beautiful than ever!