There seems to be a magic pill, ointment, or tincture for any affliction out there. During the summer we are prone to dry hair, burnt skin, and summer headaches. Instead of shopping at your pharmacy for a cure, try scoping out your grocery store or farmers’ market for natural ways to help get rid of your summertime ailments.
Is your hair dry from swimming all summer long? If your hair is getting drier with each dip in the pool, then you should start slurping down some freshly shucked oysters. Zinc, found in oysters and other mollusks, is essential for hair growth, and also helps keep the oil glands around the hair follicles working properly.
Have a hangover headache or need migraine relief? If you are suffering from a post-rosé hangover or a too-much-sun headache, then add some ginger to your diet for a quick cure. You’ve heard that ginger can help sooth your stomach, but did you know it can help heal a migraine also? Ginger can block the effects of prostaglandins—these are substances that cause inflammation of the blood vessels in the brain, which leads to migraines. Try adding grated ginger to marinades or smoothies for a fast migraine fix.
Is your skin dry from too much sun? If you are suffering from dry, flaky summer skin, then add some omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, walnuts, flaxseeds, and sardines help retain the moisture in your skin, giving you a healthy, youthful look.
- Assess the damage. Summer fun sometimes has health and wellness side effects; dry skin and hair are the two most common complaints. To assess if the sun has left you with dry skin, notice your complexion. If it has turned from glowing to dull, it’s time to take action. For a hair assessment, notice if your ends are broken or it feels rough to the touch.
- Recover from the summer. As soon as you notice the damage, begin a self-care routine. For dry skin, take Yoffie Life Simplify Expert Bonnie’s advice and moisturize twice a day—morning and evening. For more information on moisturizing, read Simplify Expert Bonnie’s article “ When It Comes to Skin, Moisture Matters.” For dry hair, add at least one moisturizing treatment a week. Seek out a hydrator or moisturizer specifically designed for the scalp and hair. In addition to a traditional moisturizer routine, add omega-3 fatty acids to your diet at least three days a week.
- Be prepared. Create a self-care toolbox by filling your medicine cabinet with pharmacy and grocery-store remedies. The combination is sure to aid in prevention and recovery.