By Alexa Andanar
If you’re from New York (or the East Coast area in general), you’re no stranger to the scorching temperatures over the past summer months. Uncomfortable and sweaty yes, and harmful to the skin too.
For many women, this is a problem. Heat steals moisture and nutrients from the body, which leads to dry and damaged skin. Worse, heat leads to lost elasticity and premature aging.
Thankfully, women can rely on home remedies, using all-natural and accessible ingredients, that can protect and soothe the skin. Christine Zalnieraite, author and nutritionist with Beyond Body, shares some of her favorite DIY beauty masks using ingredients such as avocado, oats, yogurt, and coffee.
“Avocado contains vitamin E and C which protects the skin from sun damage and helps the skin’s vitality,” says Zalnieraite. “It also contains biotin, a B vitamin that helps with the skin’s dryness. Coffee is a natural exfoliant for the skin and when it’s applied directly to the skin, you can see a rapid change in the skin.”
Zalnieriate says most women forget to include these ingredients in their skincare routine and instead use store-bought products that are full of toxic ingredients and chemicals. Most skincare products contain toxins such as parabens, diathanolamine (DEA), monoethanolamine (MEA), and triethanolamine (TEA) which have negative health effects and may lead to hormone imbalance and even cancer.
The Moisturizing Avocado Mask
This avocado mask moisturizes and hydrates the skin. It plumps dry areas and tightens pores.
- 1 ripe avocado – peeled and pitted
- 1 teaspoon of yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- Mash the avocado until smooth
- Combine the remaining ingredients for a cream-like consistency
- Apply evenly across the face and let sit for 15 minutes
- Rinse off with warm water
The “Wake Your Body” Scrub
This coffee scrub revitalizes and exfoliates the skin. It also increases circulation and reduces the appearance of cellulite.
- Ground coffee
- ½ cup of raw sugar or sea salt
- 3 tablespoons of coconut or olive oil
- Combine ground coffee with raw sugar or sea salt into a bowl
- Add olive oil or coconut oil until it reaches a paste consistency
- Rub in face and body
- Rinse off with warm water
Health Analytics Create Personalized Plan
Beyond Body is the first hardcover book to integrate health analytics into the content, providing a personalized nutrition and health plan based on each reader’s profile.
More than 2 million people have shared their personal analytics with Beyond Body, giving their nutritionists additional insight into the reader’s health needs and goals. By understanding the individual’s personalized health, Zalnieraite says they can help people achieve their health goals. The book can also help improve people’s body and skin conditions.
Beyond Body captures readers’ health analytics from a voluntary online assessment test.
Readers answer 28 personal questions on their eating habits, work and sleep hours, alcohol consumption, personal stress levels, and health and skin conditions. The questions were created by nutritionists and physical trainers to help them create a personalized plan for each reader based on their individual habits, health and goals.
Readers can take the online test by visiting their site.