July is a hard month for aging skin and hot flashes, but we have just the right MSM skincare products and menopause relief products to help. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that we have a little advice from our years in the industry!
We like to keep it simple, easy, and practical, so we’re giving you our top four skincare (and overall self care) tips in celebration of the 4th! We hope these not only allow you to make the most of this hot summer holiday — but enhance your self care routine for all of your seasons of life.
1: Protect Your Skin, Naturally
It’s true, it feels like we’ve been waiting all year for the bitter cold of winter to pass. Spring brought a gentle breezy wave of warmth — and now it’s way too hot.
While sunshine gives you a dose of Vitamin D and brings out your summer glow, too much of it can wreak havoc. From sunburns to the eventual fine lines and wrinkles, too much sun is tough on the skin — short term and long term.
So, to protect your skin from the sun (naturally, of course), we recommend:
- Sunglasses: to prevent dark circles and crow’s feet
- Hats: to cover your entire face (have fun with this one!)
- Umbrellas: to shade the rest of your body and keep you cool
- Reef-safe sunscreen: to protect your skin when you’re in direct sunlight (don’t forget to reapply)
Reef-safe sunscreens avoid toxic ingredients that are known to harm aquatic life. You might be surprised to know not all sunscreens avoid these ingredients. Check out the Reef-Safe Sunscreen Guide from Save the Reef to see ethical sunscreen recommendations, and common toxic sunscreens to stay away from.
At the end of the day, it’s in your skin’s best interest to take breaks from the sun! Cooling down inside with the AC cranking is your best form of defense. Plus, we know that’ll help all our menopausal friends out there in more ways than one.
2: Make Use of MSM Skincare
We’ve said it before, but methyl-sulfonyl-methane (MSM) is a skincare miracle! We’re shocked by how many people have never heard of it before discovering our products. Often referred to as nature’s beauty mineral, MSM is one of the richest forms of organic sulfur.
What does that have to do with your skin? Simply put — a lot.
We could go on and on about the benefits of MSM. In fact, we do just that in this previous blog article. But, to summarize, MSM works to kill bacteria and replenish the collagen and elastin in your skin. This powerful combo results in smooth, supple, and glowing skin.
MSM skincare products have been known to treat skin conditions such as:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dry and sensitive skin
As the heat of the 4th brings extra sweating, oil production, and warmth for bacteria to spread, having skincare products that both moisturize and treat acne is essential. That’s why MSM skincare products are so special – sulfur is known to be more gentle than other acne-fighting ingredients. It kills bacteria while strengthening your skin barrier with the help of Vitamin E.
3: Keep It Cool
While it’s true that the dog days of summer bring a lot of smiles, memories, and nostalgia, they also come with heat rashes, dry skin patches, and hot flashes (oh my). Don’t worry though, we have products designed to combat all of these things!
Our MSM skincare line and menopause relief products all contain cooling aloe vera gel. After prolonged sun exposure, we always recommend winding down with aloe vera. It has antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory qualities. Plus, it’s cool to the touch and rich in vitamins C, A, E, and B12, antioxidants, enzymes, and minerals — such as folic acid, copper, calcium, magnesium, and zinc.
Whew, that’s a mouthful of amazing benefits. Why not pair them with the other soothing and calming ingredients you’ll find in our products?
Specifically, the organic sulfur in our MSM skincare products works to restore the collagen and elastin in your skin, while the Vitamin E works to protect against free radicals and fight the signs of aging.
Plus, don’t forget about the wild yam you’ll find in our menopause relief products. This powerful ingredient works with aloe vera to provide an instant cooling sensation and lasting calming effect — whether you’re dealing with hot weather or unpredictable hot flashes.
4: Stay Hydrated
While our MSM skincare products nourish and moisturize your skin, it's also important to take care of the rest of your body — especially in the heat of July!
It's essential to stay hydrated during these grueling summer months. So, if you’re one of those people who doesn’t typically prioritize your water intake, use the 4th of July (and this article) as an excuse to start!
Independence Day is a celebration, and celebrations usually involve a few adult beverages (if that’s your thing — if not, that’s great too!). That being said, excess alcohol intake can lead to flushed skin. Plus, it can actually worsen the effects of skin conditions like rosacea.
Water can help your body process and flush out toxins, like alcohol, potentially minimizing their effects on your skin and body. After all, your body is made up of about 60% water, so drinking enough of it can help your body utilize fiber, regulate its temperature, and deliver oxygen to your cells.
So, yes, while it’s not proven that drinking water can magically heal dry skin, it definitely has its lasting benefits. Plus, all of these things help with mitigating those horrible hot flashes!
As a pro tip, focus on eating water-based whole foods on the 4th in addition to actually drinking water. Some of these foods include:
- Fruits (hello, watermelon, peaches, and pineapple!)
- Bell peppers
- Leafy greens