Solve Your Summer Skin Problems
5 Natural Solutions
We love summer’s golden glow, but problems like back blemishes and stretch marks can make us reluctant about baring our body skin. Natural skincare to the rescue! Here are some easy, chemical-free fixes that will have your skin looking and feeling great for a season of fun in the sun.
1. Bacne: These little bumps can be daunting in the summertime and do a number on your self-esteem. They are often aggravated by body heat and unremoved sweat. Excessive sebum production (from dehydration) combined with bacteria and dead skin cells clogs our pores, leading to breakouts. The best solution is to purify skin without dehydrating and irritating it. Pack an anti-bacterial floral water mist and spritz your body down as needed. Use a pure, alcohol-free hydrosol (plant water), like Lavender, Rose, or Witch Hazel.
2. Bumpy Arms (AKA Chicken Skin): Keratosis Pilaris (more commonly known as “Chicken Skin”) are red bumps found on our upper arms. This a result of dryness and irritation of the hair follicles, best treated by nourishing and soothing arm skin, to soften brittle follicles. Look for moisturizers containing calming ingredients such as camellia oil, chamomile, and aloe vera.
3. Scaly Patches: Skin tissue can become so dehydrated that it takes on a snake-like appearance. These dry patches, usually found on our shins and forearms, require more than moisturizing and call for intense exfoliation and rehydration. An efficient DIY way to do this is by daily dry brushing. Use your dry brush in circular motions to slough away stubborn skin build up, increase blood flow and prevent water retention.
4. Ingrown Hairs: Caused by dead skin buildup, ingrown hairs appear when our hair follicles are blocked and covered, causing hair to grow inwards. This is why they most often appear in our body’s folds such as the bikini and underarm regions. Not only can this lead to inflammation and infection but they can also be painful. Meticulous moisturizing prevents dead skin accumulation allowing hair to grow straight. Apply an oil or lotion to ingrown-prone areas both morning and night for smooth ingrown-free skin.
5. Stretch Marks: While these can be more difficult to treat than other skin problems, the key is in understanding the different types of stretch marks. Red, smooth stretch marks are young scars, not fully set yet, making them easier to heal. Silvery, white and textured stretch marks indicate that our skin tissue has been deeply damaged and must be treated from our skin’s dermis layer.
Treat red stretch marks with rosehip oil, which is rich in Vitamin C and essential fatty acids, and excellent for wound repair and discolouration. Silver indented streaks require a more intensive approach. Services like Microdermabrasions + Intense Pulse Light (IPL) can help treat uneven texture and encourage tissue regeneration by increasing collagen production.
Kristen Ma is an Ayurvedic skincare specialist and the co-founder of Pure+Simple, a Canadian spa chain and retailer of natural beauty products.