Pretty Natural


ice cold

Today it’s supposed to get close to 100 degrees F and there is no beach or pool in sight. I will be correcting papers and generally doing tasks that allow me to sit very still.

Lately my skin has been suffering from the heat. I can’t seem to get my creams and lotions applied before I begin to perspire so it’s causing a bit of disruption on the skin’s surface. I’m also so sick of running around campus in the beating sun. So today, I will relax with a few of the easiest tips I know!

Use ice! Not just to cool down, ice helps tighten the pores and can be good in this heat because your skin needs a break! These tips are very simple and will make you feel so much cooler.

Face

Before you go freezing regular ice cubes and running them over your face (which is an ok idea) try these more creative tips.

Rose cubes: Make an infusion of rose water – as easy as boiling rose petals in water and letting it cool- and make ice cubes from the infusion. Rose water is a light astringent so it gives the skin a healthy look.

Cucumber cubes: This one is my favorite. Cucumbers have a naturally high water content so just freezing cucumber slices on their own would be sufficient. They are also so great on puffy eyes, so make sure to use these cubes early every morning when you haven’t had enough sleep. I would keep cucumber cubes available all year long if I remembered to do it! To do: let sliced cucumbers sit in water for as long as desired. Then pour the mixture into an ice cube tray. You can choose to remove the pieces of cucumber from the cubes or even leave them in. These cubes are also delicious in a glass of water!

Orange cubes: I cannot stress enough the benefits of vitamin C from its original source. However, try not to get lazy and use orange juice. A lot of times the juice is concentrated and just not as fresh. To do: Juice an orange and mix with water. Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray. Voilà – Orange juice for you and your skin in the morning.

Hair

Shiny Hair: Ice cold water is a great way to seal hair’s cuticle and make it shiny. Use any of the  water recipes (except the orange cubes), chilled in the freezer but not quite frozen, and pour all over hair.

Body

Ice bath: Of course you could pour any one of the ice recipes into a bath but I’m not sure I would want to get quite that cold…

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