Beauty and wellness questions for the summer | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

There is no single sure-fire way to wellness. What may be effective to some may not produce the same results in others. But one thing is certain; if your regimen works for you, then it doesn’t hurt to recommend it to someone else.

Here are answers to some of your pertinent and timely summer-related concerns.

Is it fashionable to sport a bronze tan during summer?  How do I achieve this and still avoid sunburn?

First of all, if you are of medium-dark complexion, you shouldn’t worry too much about sun-damaged skin. Your body produces enough melanine to protect your skin from being scorched. A suntan is a direct result of the body’s defensive reaction to sun exposure.

Regular but brief exposure assures you of a gentle tan and becomes golden brown after more days of constant sun bathing during the hours before sunrise  until 9 a.m., and 4-6 p.m.

Do not even consider sunbathing at high noon. This is the time when the ultraviolet rays of the sun are shortest. This means a direct hit on the body and a more severe burn. If you want to build up a tan without drying your skin, simply apply virgin coconut oil directly on your exposed body before sun exposure. Never rush a tan.

Wear sunglasses, as the skin around your eyes is extremely sensitive. This also prevents you from squinting, which causes wrinkles. Do not neglect your lips, either. They, too, suffer from sunburn. Rub a lip protector at all times.

Sunburn first aid

Sunburn is accompanied by mild swelling and pain similar to first-degree burns.

Second-degree burns from sunbathing often have blisters. The skin may appear wet due to the loss of plasma through the damaged skin.

Aloe vera—This soothing and calming plant can give instant relief. Even if you don’t chill the plant, you can apply the transparent, fleshy substance directly on the skin.

Cold water—Would you believe that submerging the burned area in cold, not ice water, can ease the pain?

Apple cider vinegar—To remove the sting, spray the vinegar or rub gently on the affected area.

Honey rub—It may be sticky, but this golden nectar works wonders. Acts as an antibacterial agent and eases swelling.

Olive or wheat germ oil—To keep the skin moist, drink one tablespoon daily, mixed in juice or taken straight. You may also rub it on the affected area.

Vitamin E—Puncture a capsule and apply on your face or damaged area for healing. Note:  Avoid Vitamin E if you are taking blood-thinning medication or have liver disease.

How can I lose weight to fit into my sexy swimsuit this summer?

Drastic action for drastic deadlines. It’s almost summer and you want to sport a sexy swimsuit! If you’re serious, try these:

1. Go vegan, not simply vegetarian. Eat three raw salads daily.

2. Drink copious amounts of water.

3. Take one cup of apple cider vinegar daily before breakfast. It will curb your appetite.

4. Drink psyllium fiber in water 30 minutes before meals.

5. Always have a cup of fresh ginger after meals.

6. Brisk walk 20-45 minutes daily without fail.

7. Meditate to release stress. If you’re stressed, you tend to binge-eat.

You may not see results immediately. But as the weeks pass, you will become smaller and smaller.

8. Eat carbo only during the day. Follow the sun. Once it’s about to set, don’t put any carbohydrates in your mouth.

9. Remember to take a multi-mineral, multivitamin supplement daily with your salad. If you are tempted to cheat, distract yourself with something physical to do. Or else, drink two  glasses of water; chances are you are only dehydrated.

My menstrual problems are painful and accompanied by cramps. Help!

Dysmenorrhea or menstrual cramps are considered the most common menstrual problem. If you have PMS (premenstrual syndrome) like bloating, weight gain and irritability, know that there is always hope for relief. High levels of estrogen and prostaglandins are suspected to be the cause of cramps.

Balance. Your life should include exercise and relaxation, too, not just all work.

Drink. Water, that is. By keeping your bowels and kidneys open, your body can be in a state of natural detoxification.

Juice up. Beet root or beet juice is an excellent way to treat the problem. Beet juice mixed with apple or carrot juice treats the liver and improves blood circulation.

Black cohosh, chamomile:  Relieve excessive periods. Drink as a tea.

Peppermint: Make a tea and drink up, as it eases menstrual- related conditions.

Foot bath: Soak your feet in hot water for seven to 15 minutes. This draws the blood from the female organs to your feet. Works on the pain immediately.

Visualization: See yourself in your ideal paradise. Imagine that you are already there.

Affirmation: “I claim my paradise on earth now.”

Love and Light!

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