The Problem: A red, sensitive complexion
The Fix: Green tea
Green tea is an amazing antioxidant that reduces sun damage. A DIY green tea facial mist an easy way to soothe an angry complexion. First, make a pot of green tea and let the bags brew for an extended period of time. Then, let the tea cool and pour it into a spray bottle. Keep it in the fridge and give your face a spritz whenever your skin feels irritated!
The Problem: You burn like nobody’s business
The Fix: Tomatoes
Tomatoes contain a potent antioxidant called lycopene, which acts as a natural sun protectant and can decrease your chances of turning as red as, well, a tomato. So yes, go ahead and ask for extra baby tomatoes on that side of your salad (or pasta). (But still use sunscreen, obviously.)
The Problem: Stressed out strands
The Fix: Walnuts
Walnuts are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, biotin, and vitamin E. Biotin (also known as vitamin H) is a b-complex vitamin that helps your body metabolize fats and proteins, as well as promote healthy skin and hair. The vitamin E in walnuts helps protect your cells from DNA damage and promotes hair growth, while omega-3 help replenish your scalp’s natural oils.
The Problem: Dry, sun-damaged hair
The Fix: Avocado
Using avocado as a face and hair mask is an old trick—the fruit’s full of good fats and vitamins B and E, which replenish moisture. If you’re not much of a DIY-er, try using avocado oil instead of trying to make a messy mask in your kitchen. Heat four tablespoons of the oil in a saucepan on low heat until it is warm. Then use as a hot oil treatment before showering.
The Problem: Dark spots
The Fix: Greek yogurt
Give your skin a break with a gentle yet effective mask made of plain Greek yogurt. This mask fights multiple summer beauty woes: it moisturizes and helps with acne. Plus, the lactic acid can gently exfoliate, as well as reduce discoloration and pigmentation. Customize your mask for your skin’s needs; add honey for extra moisture or pumpkin puree for extra exfoliation
The Problem: Random breakouts
The Fix: Strawberry
This sweet fruit packs a powerful punch in the fight against acne. The Vitamin c in strawberries help keep acne and blackheads at bay, and the naturally occurring salicylic acid fades acne scars and blemishes. Want an extra boost? Mash a bunch of strawberries and add a squeeze of lemon for a DIY face mask. The lemon will brighten and absorb excess oil!
The Problem: Puffy “I had one too many margaritas last night” eyes
The Fix: Chia seed oil
This all-natural oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which instantly hydrate, reduce puffiness, and help decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Have you heard of any of these summer beauty cures? Share your favorite superfoods below!