Many find that exposing their bodies and shedding winter layers can cause anxiety. You must show off your pale, prickly legs. Your well-insulated midsection should be able to fit into a swimsuit or a bikini. This was something I experienced recently while at Bondi with my daughter. I was overdressed and poorly equipped for the beach. It hit me suddenly that summer was here and I wasn’t ready for it!
As you all know, I am passionate about what you put on and within your body. It is worse to smother yourself with chemical-laden products than to do nothing. In the months leading up to summer, I hope that you nourish your body with safe, natural, and healthy foods.
1. Chemical-Free Tanning
Indoor tanning beds are slowly falling out of fashion. Although spray tans are popular, they are often not the safest. Spray tans contain many toxic chemicals, including hormone disruptors like parabens or oxybenzone.
2. Increase your intake of Fatty Acids
Did you know that Omega 3 fatty acids can help improve the skin’s moisture and protect it against sun damage? While we often think of topical creams as a way to moisturize our skin, the proper fatty acids can improve your skin’s quality. Algae and Krill are all rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. The epidermis’ skin cell membrane is strengthened by Omega-3 fatty acid. A stronger cell membrane allows cells to hold water and create moisture. This improves the skin’s texture and longevity. Fatty acids can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help prevent premature ageing.
3. chemical-free Sunscreen
This is something you may have heard me mention before. Sunscreens often contain the most toxic chemicals, which can be absorbed into the bloodstream and cause adverse effects. Environmental Working Group lab studies on several sunscreen chemicals have shown that they can mimic hormones and disrupt hormonal systems. Dioxybenzone, oxybenzone, and other chemicals are the worst. Use a sunscreen with a high mineral count (i.e., Zinc oxide) over a chemical sunscreen.
4. Detox Body Oil to get rid of those bumpy bits
I’m more of a proponent of accepting our bumps and lumps rather than trying to create a perfect body. That being said, I have sold a lot. DNA Elements Detox Body Oil To improve skin tone and reduce cellulite. This oil contains Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, vitamins B, E, and A.
5. Boost your Antioxidants
Summer is when the sun shines more, which is bad news for your skin. Free radicals are created by UV radiation from the sunlight. Free radicals can cause cell damage and alter gene material. They can also lead to premature ageing through the faster breakdown of collagen. Many foods contain antioxidants that help fight (a5d neutralize) free radical fighters. Sumac is one of the foods high in antioxidants. Acai Berries, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Maqui Berries Rosehip and Raw Cacao.
6. This Summer, Say No to Plastic Water bottles
Plastic was not designed to break down, but unfortunately, the majority of plastic we use ends up in our oceans. According to some reports, a large amount of plastic is floating in our oceans. Plastic is found in the bodies of 35 to 45% marine life. This plastic can be harmful and becomes part of our bodies when we eat fish. It’s heartbreaking to realize that we are doing this for our planet. This video shows you what is happening in the oceans. This is what I found on the Living Ocean Website, an incredible charity that raises awareness about the human impact on oceans.
Plastic is not only harmful to the environment, but it can also cause harm to our bodies. BPA is a weak, synthetic estrogen that can cause havoc in our hormonal system. Many of the bottles we use contain BPA. To reduce plastic exposure, breastcancer.org recommends that we always have a glass, ceramic or metal water container. This is what I like personally. Eco Vessel Glass Bottle Made from recycled glass and with break protection
Self-love is the best product that a woman can use to make her look beautiful. The most beautiful women I’ve met are those who love themselves and accept their bodies. There is no need to use miracle creams, make-up or fancy bikinis. Many of us dwell on our imperfections and compare our bodies with our past years or unattainable magazine bodies. We must also examine our attitudes about ourselves to live a toxic-free life. Our bodies do a tremendous job for us. They carry us around every day, and they also carry our children. Without them, we would not be here. We still focus on what they don’t look like, what they can’t do and what they are.
My plea is to you not to criticize your body in front of your children. Our children are their reference point. They take in everything we say, and if they feel that my body is not good enough, this will reflect on their thoughts and beliefs. Children are becoming increasingly afflicted by eating disorders, body shame, and anxiety. Let’s set an example and respect our bodies.