The not-so-endless days of summer may feel short, yet it’s a long enough time period to wreak havoc on your skin, hair, and nails. That’s due to the harsh of effects of heat, sunlight, saltwater, and/or chlorine-infused pool water. But instead of wasting your precious vacation dollars on pricy spa and salon services, whip up one of these DIY beauty treatments instead.
1. Get Rid Of Green Swimmer’s Hair
It’s actually a myth that hair becomes green from the chlorine in the water, as it’s a bleach-type product. In actuality, it’s the copper in the water that actually turns tresses a pea-green hue. The oxidised metals in the H20 bind to the protein in the hair shaft, which then stimulates a color change. Here’s what you can do to get rid of it:
Mix roughly a teaspoon of baking soda with a generous amount of shampoo to create a paste. The baking soda is responsible for lifting the green tint. Lather well into hair and leave on for approximately ten minutes before rinsing off. Follow with a good conditioner or hair mask.
2. Heal Your Peeling, Sunburnt Skin
Not only is the molting, snake-like skin that comes after a sunburn unsightly, but it’s also puts you at risk for increased scarring. That’s due to the fact that burned skin does not typically peel at the same rate. With that in mind, resist the temptation to pick and peel. Instead, treat the affected areas with the following DIY remedy:
Soak a washcloth in cold milk and use it as a compress. For your face, soak think cotton squares or rounds and apply and create your own DIY mask. The cool milk pulls heat away from the skin while antioxidant rich vitamins A and D assist with the healing process. The lactic acid in the milk works to gently exfoliate dead, flaky skin.
3. Banish Sun Spots On Your Hands
Pesky sun spots can become more prominent on your hands during the summer because the thin and delicate tissue takes a beating — this is why it’s also important to wear SPF on your hands, folks. Note that the following hand mask will have to be conducted on a regular basis as the results are progressive — not immediate.
In a small bowl, mix 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of honey, and 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Stir the ingredients together until they are thoroughly mixed. Apply the mixture to clean hands and nails, rubbing it in in a circular motion. Once your hands are both covered, allow the mask to sit for 5 to 10 minutes — place plastic baggies over your mitts to prevent drips. The citric acid in the lemon helps lighten dark spots and other discolorations on your hands.
4. Put Life Back Into Your Face
Salt water, sun, dehydration, and dietary changes can alter the constitution of your skin, so give yourself a spa treatment with a refreshing papaya face pack. Papaya is a natural exfoliator (bromelain) with anti-aging properties. This tropical super fruit is also touted for its moisture boosting properties. Unlike other DIY masks, this one only requires one ingredient to be effective!
Mash a few pieces of papaya until you get a smooth paste. If you’re really dry (or have some breakouts), consider addings some moisture-binding and antimicrobial honey to the mixture.
Apply the paste to your face and neck; take cotton squares or rounds and place over all of the treated areas to prevent drips. Chill for about 15 minutes and rinse with tepid water. Follow with a skin-appropriate moisturizer.