Soak up all the wellness benefits of summer with these warm weather habits that’ll do good for your mind, body, and skin.
Eat fresh: Hit up your local farmer’s market for fresh-picked produce. Not only is it extra juicy and flavorful this time of year, in-season produce contains more nutrients than out-of-season fruits and veggies, so you’ll get peak nourishment for your body and skin. Here are some of our favorite summertime picks:
- Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries are chock full of antioxidants that protect your complexion from skin-damaging UV rays and pollution.
- Just one bell pepper contains 100% of your daily vitamin C needs and is rich with skin-smoothing carotenoids.
- Cucumbers are brimming with water that’ll keep your skin hydrated and plump.
- Lycopene, the stuff that gives tomatoes and watermelon their pigment is anti-inflammatory and wards off sun damage.
Get out: It doesn’t take much to convince us to head outside when the forecast is warm and sunny, but here’s another reason: Studies show that spending time in nature lowers cortisol and stress levels, relieves anxiety, improves your mood and boosts feelings of happiness. So practice yoga in your backyard or at a nearby park, walk or bike to work, take a stroll on your lunch break, jog instead of going to the gym, or dine al fresco. Whatever you do, try to spend at least 20 minutes outside daily (don’t forget SPF!) and you’ll be happier and healthier for it. Trust.
Up your water: Steamier weather means our body temps are higher, we sweat more, and we need more fluids to stay hydrated. When we’re properly hydrated everything works better and we feel our best—our skin is softer, our bodies are able to detoxify, and we feel less tired and more energized. Pros now recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces of water (so if you weigh 150 pounds, drink 75 ounces). That sounds like a lot, but it’s totally doable if you spread it out throughout the day. Bring a large water bottle to work and try to drink and refill a few times, then sip a few glasses at dinner. Not a water fan? Doctor up your h2O with fresh berries, cucumbers and mint leaves, or slices of citrus like lemon and orange.
Eye gel and chill: You’re taking advantage of all the summer activities, but don’t forget to slow down and prioritize some me time. Download a meditation app and get in the habit of meditating once a day—even if it’s for five minutes when you wake up in the morning. Soaking in a warm bath, journaling, or enjoying a cup of tea at the end of the day are other activities that bring on chill vibes. To take the zen to the next level, we like to pop on a pair of cooling undereye gels to depuff and soothe. We’re currently obsessed with our moodpatches because they come in three scents with different aromatherapy benefits to fit the mood: calming Down Time, uplifting Happy Place, and energizing Perk Up.