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5 Ways to Stay Healthy This Summer

17 July 2017

The summer is upon us and it is the perfect time to get outdoors and have fun. Already on Anika May we set out 5 achievable summer goals that we believed would make the summer that bit more special. In this post we look at 5 ways to stay healthy this summer.

Avoid Sunburn

Sunburn is one way to really put a dampener on your summer holidays and day-to-day activities. Vitamin D is very good for you but too much sunlight and you could end up spending a lot of the summer indoors. Studies show that sunburn increases the chances of certain skin cancers. The easiest way to avoid sunburn is to make sure you apply plenty of sunscreen throughout the day. This way you will get all the benefits of being outdoors without having to worry about the sun.

Eat Healthy

Make the summer the start of your healthy eating diet. The summer months will be full of food markets and you can use these as an excuse to try new and exciting foods. The summer days are also perfect for outdoor cooking along with salads and other healthy dishes. If you need any inspiration Good House Keeping made a list of over 60 summer dishes. Make this summer the one where you change your diet. 

Make Plans With Friends

Long summer days are perfect to spend with friends at the beach, parks or even at the local pub. Sometimes it can feel that our lives are too busy to make plans and we can end up isolating ourselves. Use the summer as an excuse to spend some quality time with your pals. Activities like camping are a perfect way to take advantage of the warm weather and the great outdoors. 

Take Up a New Sport

Why not use the summer to try a new sport. Getting the motivation to exercise can be challenging and sometimes you need a fresh start. The clear weather is great for playing outdoor sports with your friends and family. If you’re feeling really adventurous you may want to head to the beach and try a water sport like surfing or body boarding. Nothing says summer like surf culture and to get you in the mood you could watch a film like Blue Crush. Surf culture is an important part of pop culture with different types of media using it to enhance the summer feel. One notable company is digital gaming platform Spin Genie who promote the lifestyle through their Wild Water slots game. Be sure to try something adventurous and make your summer is truly something to remember. 

Visit a New Place

Don’t stay at home during the summer. Use the free days to visit somewhere new. This could be a new country or even a new part of the UK. For example, The Guardian ran a list of the six best festivals on the UK coast this summer. Why not take the leap and visit a new place with your friends or family. Not only will it give you something to do but it will get you outdoors. If you need any more encouragement, Positive Health Wellness made a list of 8 reasons why travelling is good for your health.

We hope this list has encouraged you to have a healthy summer. The most important part of any summer season is that you stay happy.
This post is a guest post. 

How Chic Is a Natural Skin Routine This Summer?

5 June 2016

Ilkley, West Yorkshire, UK
Don’t you feel like days you spent on the beach last summer actually happened a million years ago? It’s June already and we can’t wait to show off our new bikinis at the beach! Besides our thirst for salty waves, cold lemonade, and the heat of summer, another feeling waking up is our desire to implement natural ways into our daily routine. Natural skin care is very chic these past few years, and for good reason – it is the best thing you can do for yourself.

Soak in the real nature
There is no way you are going to have beautiful, healthy, and glowing skin if you apply expensive serums and oils and barely ever leave your apartment save from going to and from work. Your skin needs the sun and wind, these are natural elements that remind us that we are alive, and add plenty of essential vitamin D into our bodies. Of course, you should always use sunscreen and limit the time you spend on the beach, but exposing your skin to the sun will give you a nice tan and feed you with vitamins, which means that you will be healthier and your skin will look beautiful. If you are worried about not getting enough vitamin D in your system, do not hesitate to use vitamin supplements and add more fish oil to your diet.
Wash the toxins out
You know that you should drink at least six glasses of water through the day to stay hydrated and health. This does not mean that you should drink water when you’re thirsty (by that time your body is already dehydrated), but try drinking a glass every few hours instead. There is only a certain amount of water our bodies can absorb in an hour, so keep a steady flow instead of drinking four glasses all at once. Making sure you are well hydrated from the inside does not exclude the need of moisturizing, though. Applying rich moisturizer every morning or evening will ensure that your skin keeps its glow, especially the skin on your face. In addition, you should use vitamin C serum, which will help your skin to keep its firmness and elasticity, especially when exposed to the summer sun.

Exfoliate and cleanse regularly
Exfoliating is incredibly important because we should rid our skin from those rough, dry layers which build up every day. Make your own gentle but powerful body scrub using coffee, brown sugar, and coconut oil, and use it at least once a week (better twice, though). However, exfoliating too often can strip your skin from its protective layers too, so don’t do it every day. On the other hand, unlike with exfoliating, you should cleanse your face at least once a day; but since you are doing it on a daily basis make sure you use a mild natural cleanser which will keep your skin soft and not strip it of its natural oils.
Natural masks
It is best to avoid ‘shady’ chemicals that can be found in pretty much any skincare product, and start making our own face and hair masks using ingredients from our fridges and kitchens. Use ingredients rich with oil for dry skin, for example avocado, honey, and coconut oil, and to soothe acne breakouts mix oatmeal, warm water, unsweetened yoghurt, and a bit of honey. If you would like to lighten your skin, simply use fresh lemon juice, honey, and a bit of papaya. In addition to being completely natural and safe, these masks are also delicious!
Remember, blindly following trends has never brought anyone anything good, and just because everyone is talking about something, it doesn’t mean that it is a good thing. Do your research, find out as much as you can about products you intend to use, and don’t hesitate to give up using a product if you notice side effects you don’t like. After all, your health should always come first, not just this season, but always.
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