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Safe Ways To Protect Your Skin This Summer

Are you taking good care of your skin this summer? 

Looking at one’s skin can be one of the first signs you can tell how well someone is aging.  Now with summer fast approach, are you protecting your skin when outside?  Some sun exposure is actually good for us as it provides Vitamin D.  

When using sunscreen, you want to make sure you use one that is not full of harmful chemicals (which most sunscreens are in my opinion).  Instead invest in sunscreen products with natural ingredients that are not full of hormone disrupting chemicals like Beautcounters CounterSun.  

Everyone ages, but there are things you can do to slow down how fast your skin is aging and  preserve a healthy and youthful appearance. 

Aging is an unavoidable part of life which when handled incorrectly can truly produce disastrous results (think of the WORST ‘botox-fail’ you’ve ever seen). While there are countless synthetic methods to ‘slow down’ the effects of aging, such as the onset of wrinkles, skin loosening, and the dulling of skin tone, they are not permanent. These temporary “solutions” cannot prevent the pending lure of your next birthday when it inevitably comes around.

Functional health care, can help guide you in the right lifestyle changes to help make your health a priority and protect that healthy skin of yours both not only by what you put on your skin, but what you put in your body! It’s been proven that the most youthful, in both appearance and mindset, are those who live the more modest lifestyles such as avoiding extremes, and maintaining a healthy relationship with food, alcohol, and exercise. How is your skin aging?


What Causes ‘Aging Skin’?

The skin is one of the most obvious areas of aging. Some of the most damaging things for skin health include:

  • Stress
  • Sun exposure
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Extreme cold weather
  • Lack of physical fitness
  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor diet

Natural health practitioners recognize that it’s difficult to recommend one treatment or solution to prevent aging in all people. That’s why it’s important to find natural products which agree to your unique skin needs in order to minimize the effects of the aging process naturally.

Functional medicine believes that no one person or illness is the same, and so becoming ‘literate’ in the area of functional health which applies to you is key to gaining mastery of it and seeing lasting results.

It is possible and their is hope, given the right tools you can maximize your health and reduce your chances of early onset of aging and keeping your skin as youthful looking as possible for as long as possible. Look at the lifestyle risk factors above that can be damaging your skin and start to make changes.  Then on the outside, nurture your skin with gentle skin care products like Beautycounter.  Beautycounter is my go to safe skin care product and the one I recommend.  Start by protecting your skin with a safe sunscreen, like Countersun by Beautycounter.

Another way can protect and moisturize your skin is with this DIY anti-aging cream below that you can make at home.  Don’t forget to also feed your body with healthy whole, organic foods to further support and nourish your skin and your body.

Naturally occurring oils are some of the best-known fighters on aging in the functional medicine world! The following recipe is a great cream you can make yourself and add to your anti-aging routine: 




  • 1 1/2 fl oz (40ml) Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 fl oz (20ml) Calendula Oil
  • 3/4 oz (20g) Cosmetic Grade Beeswax
  • A handful of Dried Calendula Flowers
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) Frankincense Essential Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) Lemon Essential Oil

See the link below for further instructions:

Instead of heading to the cosmetic isle for an expensive anti-aging cream, try this instead.

Safe Ways To Protect Your Skin This Summer

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