The sun can boost brain levels of serotonin which is the neurotransmitter directly associated with good mood. Sun induced smiles are so wonderful. The best part is this happens simply when you see sunlght. So while taking a stroll outdoors for an hour is ideal, just ten minutes of fresh sunlight and a little glimmer in your eyes will help more than you know.Today, I’d love to share some glorious, all natural, summer skin savers, many of which you may have in your cupboard. These ingredients are all from nature and may help keep you healthy in the sunshine. Treats like apricots and pomegranate with refreshing tea and aloe coolers create healing elixers that will give you that summer glow naturally.
Green Tea contains Camellia Sinesis (its plant of origin) which is rich in polyphenols. Polyphenols are compounds that demonstrate protection from uv sun damage and prevention of oxidative stress. In fact it had been proven that applying green tea to the skin reduced the number of sunburn cells! I suggest making a toner from your extra tea bags because this summer we need all the skin saving shortcuts we can find.
White tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant just like green tea, however white tea leaves are harvested earlier in spring, air-dried and foregoe the heating process of green tea. This fact makes white tea one of the richest in cancer-fighting anti-oxidants in the world. Many have proven white tea is anti-aging and can help keep the skin youthful. I adore Arcona’s White Tea Cleanser as I mentioned previously.
Aloe is the perfect summer soother. As Emma, mentioned earlier Aloe is “Scientifically known to draw oxygen to skin” Aloe had wonderful anti-inflammatory properties and heals burns and wounds. Aloe is also made into a juice that cleanses and purifies the inner system giving an outer glow of purity.
Mix the pure juice with a little splash of lime, honey or agave syrup and H2O or sparkeling mineral for a refreshing summer cooler.
Pomegranate like green and white tea is full of polyphenols and contains ellagic acid known for antiinflammatory and antibactrerial properties. Some have said pomegranete can ward off colds or shorted the duration. Pomegranate extract, when added to sunscreen fortifies it into a super protective agent. Actually it shows about a twenty percent improvement in the SPF thanks to new research on the topic.
Apricots help keep one youthful! Recently I learned about anti-aging snacks reading this article and discovered apricots are an amazing anti-aging fruit. Carotenoids are antioxidants found in this fruit that protect the body.