The sun is shining outside as we enter into August. Now unless you have kids and firmly in the middle of school holidays… many of us will be gazing out the window longing for our lunch breaks to get a few minutes in the sun. Well I am going to share with you some of my little tricks for getting that Sun Kissed Glow on your skin without having to put in the hours outside.
1) Nourish Your Skin from the Inside Out.
To get radiant beautiful skin you need to make sure you are supplying your body with all the vitamins and anti-oxidants it needs to glow. My little trick for getting all the good stuff in me with none of the hassle is to pick up some Pack’d Smoothies and throw the ingredients in the blender to get a tasty smoothie with minimum faff and maximum impact.
When your skin is nourished you naturally glow.
2) Scrub, Scrub and Scrub
To get that beautiful baby soft skin that looks stunning in a summer dress you need to start buffing your beautiful skin with a body scrub. My favourite is a home recipe and if you love coffee your are going to like this:
Coffee Sugar Scrub:
- ¾ cup solid organic virgin coconut oil
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup dry ground coffee
Use the whisk attachment on your mixer to blend sugar and coffee grounds together – about 2 minutes until it’s fluffy. Then add ¾ cup solid coconut oil and whip mixture together for another 1-2 minutes. Press down in a tupperware or kilner jar.
You now have a beautiful and natural scrub which used in the morning will bring that great smell of freshly made coffee straight to your shower.
3) Get Organically Tanned
I love having a tan! It makes everyone just look that extra bit healthier. However the sun rays can be harmful to your skin. Even more harmful when the only time you have to top up is at lunch time when the rays are most harmful. My little trick is to use Tan Organic. It is by far the most natural looking (and smelling) tanning lotion I have ever come across. The results give you that natural sun kissed look which makes you feel that extra freedom when wearing a dress and showing off your pins.
As its naturally certified you know it isnt harbouring any nasties.
Get Organic with your Skin – both inside and out.
Everyone looks better when hydrated.
You eyes sparkle, your skin glows and your energy improves.
In Summer you naturally lose more water from hot commutes and general rise in temperature. For this reason you need to make sure you stay hydrated.
Jazz up your daily water by adding strips of cucumber or slices of strawberry.
Detox your water by adding some lemon and cayenne
Ice up your water for that extra coolness.
Whatever way you like it just make sure you are getting plenty of it.
5) Top Up on Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Turmeric has been known to contain numerous antioxidants as well as antibacterial properties. Giving you amazing benefits for your skin, hair and health. Rachel Nazarian, M.D., at Schweiger Dermatology Group. “Studies have also shown that ingestion of turmeric helps protect against the aging effects of sun-damage UV radiation and the formation of wrinkles and dark spots.”
Whether you sip it in a beautiful tea like Pukka Tumeric Gold Tea Bags, supplement it in a capsule Pukka Tumeric LifeKind or incorporate it in your cooking using delicious spiced from Wunder Workshop Golden Turmeric Powder get this beautiful spice into your skin to have gorgeous, glowing and protected skin.
Below is a recipe for my favourite way to cook with Turmeric:
- 2 medium organic butternut squash
- 7 cloves organic garlic, chopped
- 6 inches fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped
- 6 medium organic onions
- 2.2 – 2½ litres homemade chicken bone broth
- 500g organic red split lentils
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 bar organic creamed coconut
- 2 tsp or more turmeric
- Organic baby spinach (you can also use cabbage/seasonal greens) sliced
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 2 small limes or 1½ large lemons, juiced
- 150g (or 4 large handfuls) fresh coriander, washed well
1. Peel the squash and dice into 1 inch chunks
2. Place the garlic, onion, ginger and squash into the pan with the creamed coconut and cover with just over 2 litres (8 cups) of water or homemade bone broth
3. Put the lid on and bring to a medium simmer.
4. 10 minutes later, add the red lentils, black pepper, turmeric and chilli if using, stir and let simmer on medium for a further 15-20 minutes until the lentils are soft and the squash is tender. You might wish to add the extra 200ml (1 cup) of water during cooking – it depends if you like your stew thicker or thinner.
5. In the last few minutes, add the sliced cabbage/greens and stir through. If using spinach, just add when you turn off the heat so it wilts
6. Turn off the heat, add the sea salt and pepper, the juice of the lime or lemon and check for seasoning and consistency – it should be like a thick stew – add more water if needs be.
7. Stir through the roughly chopped coriander and ladle into shallow bowls to serve.
There you have it. My top tips to glow this Summer without all the extra heat and hassle. What are your tips for sun-kissed skin? Any family tried and tested tricks? Please share with me below!