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The Natural Way to Plan your Summer Trip | Your Must-Haves

It’s that time of year again, where the days are longer and the excitement of fun in the sun is in the air. Summer always makes me think of my childhood.

As a child, I was always in awe of lightning bugs and their green glow, trying to catch them late into the evening, long after the sun went down. Running outside to the ice cream truck, getting to pick out what I wanted, and paying for it myself like a boss from that money made from my own enterprise running a lemonade stand.

There were afternoons playing war with super soaker water guns and water balloons with friends in the sprinkler. Pool days, swimming = summer in my mind. My favorite days were lived in my swimsuit. Finally, was the long-awaited road trip,  getting in the car for that one summer family trip. I’m sure we all have our own memories. They might be similar, but either way, there is just something special about summer. Don’t you agree?

Those pool days were the best too. I remember that each time I would come in the house my mother would lather me, or rather slather me in sunblock and bug spray to ensure my safety. She told me it was my “armor” as I went on my adventures. While annoyed at the delay in my play, one can never have too much “armor” on childhood adventures.

As an adult, I still look forward to summer, but for different reasons. Lounging by the pool in the backyard is definitely one of them, drinking a nice glass of wine by the fire pit with friends and family in good conversation, and I still get goosebumps when planning that special summer trip. This summer my husband and I are going hiking in Redwood Forest National Park outside of San Francisco. I’ve already started packing and we don’t leave until the end of July! The kid in me always comes out. Too excited!

But growing up changes how you view what you slather yourself in. I remember the sunblock my mother used smelling slightly like coconut and very oily. The smell was indeed strong! Nothing natural about that smell. Now I choose the products that are right for me and my family – high-quality natural ingredients. In Soap Hope’s marketplace of over 3,000 items, you’ll never find parabens, petroleum derivative, artificial flavors, artificial colors, or anything that doesn’t meet the Good, Better, Best Standards.

As we venture into our own summer trips, travels, and adventures this year make it as natural as possible. If you’re all about making lists, then you know how magical they can be. To bring a little magic into your summer and save you time, I’ve put together a great short list of items to get you started as you shop and pack.

MY SUMMER ESSENTIALS
If you don’t pack anything else, pack these.

Sun Protection
A summer trip without sunglasses is a crying shame and so is not to slather that beautiful skin with sunscreen periodically.

First Aid supplies
Bring along bug repellent, bandages, lip balm, ointments, and hand sanitizer.

Toiletries
My don’t leave home without essential makeup, makeup bag, dry shampoo, deodorant, and a nice travel bag to put all your items in.

Food
If you want to avoid greasy, unhealthy food and save some money, pack your own snacks. I know I do! I recommend these non-messy containers to pack your fruit, pretzels, granola bars, crackers, etc. Also, be sure you have plenty of water with a beverage container.

For me, I keep packing simple, I know you’ll have items to add to your own personal checklist, but I hope this gave you a good start. Be sure whatever you put on your list its good for you, your family, and your body.

I’d love to hear from you and have you share some of your summer essentials.

The Myth of Natural Anti-Aging Treatments: 5 Tips for Your Best Skin at Any Age

Are there any natural anti-aging treatments that actually work? That’s what we’ve set out to find in this article.

The skin care industry is flooded with natural anti-aging products that promise to lift, firm, smooth, highlight, and perfect our skin. It is nearly impossible to sort through every product that promises a younger look or “your best skin at any age.”

But there’s good news! Healthy, natural skin isn’t limited to the young. It can be achieved through more than just expensive skin care treatments.

Maintaining healthy, natural skin is simpler than it may seem. It can be achieved at any age by simply taking care of both the inside and outside our bodies.

Natural Anti-Aging Tips - In Your Body

Natural Anti-Aging Treatments – In Our Bodies

Hydration:

Did you know that most people are chronically dehydrated? It’s true.

By some estimates, up to 75 percent of Americans suffer with chronic, mild dehydration. It’s a condition that interferes with cell growth, digestion, brain function, memory, and you guessed it, even the appearance of your skin.

We’ve all heard the old “eight glasses of water a day” adage. The truth is that you may only need half that! But, it can be difficult to know exactly how much water your body truly needs to stay hydrated.

Proper hydration adds support and firmness to your skin. It increases your body’s ability to flush out waste, and it has many other benefits for your entire body that we don’t have time to mention.

If you’re unsure how much water your body needs, remember this simple formula:

  1. Take your weight in pounds and divide it in half.
  2. The resulting number is how many ounces of water you should drink in a day.

Remember to drink more water in especially hot weather or when exercising, and limit your intake of sugary and caffeinated beverages that can actually contribute to dehydration.

Nutrition:

Good nutrition offers many anti-aging benefits for your skin, not just for the rest of your body.

When you eat the recommended daily amount of fruits and veggies, you’re not only taking in essential vitamins and minerals, but you’re also contributing to your daily intake of water. Raw fruits and vegetables like strawberries, cucumbers, and tomatoes are made up of more than 90% water. Plus, they are high in vitamins and antioxidants that keep you looking and feeling fresh.

Natural Anti-Aging Tips - On Your Body

Natural Anti-Aging Treatments – On Our Bodies

Hydration:

Hydration is not only an important natural anti-aging treatment for the inside of your body. It’s extremely important for the outside of our body as well.

Our bodies lose moisture throughout the day, but we often lose the highest water volume at night while we sleep. Here’s an explanation of how this happens, according to HowStuffWorks:

Dreamy Youth Day & Night Face Cream from Pacifica
Dreamy Youth Day & Night Face Cream

Overnight, there are two processes that cause you to lose water gradually. The first is respiration. Each time you exhale, you lose a little bit of water (exhale onto a cool piece of glass and you can see this moisture). The second is transpiration through the skin, also known as sweating. Over the course of a night, both of these processes eliminate quite a bit of water.

Daily moisturizers like Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day & Night Face Cream can help your body retain more moisture throughout the day or night by rehydrating skin cells that have been stripped of their natural oils due to the constant barrage of harsh elements like the sun’s UV rays.

Protection:

Sunscreen, or more specifically natural sunscreen, is one of the most important natural anti-aging treatments for your skin. In fact, it may actually be the most important form of skin care protection for your face.

Even if your face is exposed to the sun for only a few minutes each day, it can still lead to premature wrinkling and sun spots, and it can increase your risk for skin cancer.

Many natural skin care makers have come to understand the need for SPF protection in their products, so make sure you are using a natural, broad spectrum daily moisturizer that has SPF protection as part of your daily skin care routine.

Tinted moisturizers and beauty balms like Pacifica’s Ultra CC Cream not only include SPF protection, but they are available in both tinted and clear versions to match your skin tone, mood, and lifestyle.

Cleansing and Exfoliation

The options for facial cleansers are endless. Gone are the days when we used harsh chemicals and drying products to find the perfect anti-aging treatment. Gentle is the word of the day now, especially when it comes to maintaining your best skin at any age.

Pure Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub from Deep Steep
Pure Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

Oil cleansers are quickly growing in popularity as a gentle cleansing solution for your face. Oils are especially good for sensitive skin since they cleanse the skin without stripping it of the natural oils that are present. Badger Balm Unscented Face Cleansing Oil cleans your skin without the irritation of artificial fragrances.

For a more advanced anti-aging treatment, try exploring the world of masks and scrubs. These products exfoliate your skin, helping to shed dead skin cells and improve the regeneration of new skin cells.

Argan Stem Cell and Chlorella Growth Factor Cell Stimulating Facial Mask from Acure
Cell Stimulating Facial Mask

If you’re just starting an advanced skin care regimen, start simple with once or twice weekly exfoliation. Deep Steep’s Pure Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub combines the luxe moisture of pure coconut oil with the exfoliating power of a scrub for soft, deeply hydrated skin.

If you’re not a fan of the abrasiveness of a natural scrub, try a product like Acure’s Cell Stimulating Facial Mask. It goes on like a mask and rinses like a foamy cleanser, leaving behind softer, brighter skin.

Give Your Skin a Little TLC

No matter how you choose to approach your personal skin care routine, Soap Hope has gentle, natural anti-aging options for everyone. But looking and feeling your very best can be achieved without cleansers, oils, or exfoliants. Embrace your beauty – inside and out – at every stage of life. YOU are beautiful.