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Expert Roundup: DIY Recipes for Healthy Summer Skin



Detoxifying Exfoliant  

You should exfoliate before going out in the sun to rev up circulation, facilitating the elimination of toxins and impurities that may be trapped in the skin. In addition to detoxification, exfoliating leaves the skin luminous, smooth and soft in texture, and it removes any excess dead skin, allowing for better absorption and easier application of sunscreen or lotion.



  • Ingredients for Henriksen’s “Shower Smoothie” dermabrasion resurfacing treatment: 4 oz of Epsom salt, 4 oz coffee grounds, 1 tsp eucalyptus oil and enough sesame oil to form a smooth paste
  • Mix the Epsom salt and coffee grounds in a medium bowl, then add the oils and stir thoroughly until you have a smooth, but not runny paste
  • Moisten your skin in the shower and then turn off the water. Use the entire palm of each hand to vigorously scrub your body for several minutes, from your neck to your feet
  • Afterward, just rinse and glow. Your skin will feel smooth, and you’ll notice an immediate lifting and constricting of the skin

Purifying Exfoliant

Exfoliating is key to maintaining fresh, soft skin over the summer months. This is a great, simple recipe to help clean the oil from the skin without stripping it of its natural, healthy oils. This is fantastic for all skin types.

- Zondra Wilson, President/CEO of Blu Skin Care


  • Ingredients: 1 tbsp of oatmeal, 1 tbsp of flaxseed
  • Blend the ingredients in a food processor of your choice, then mix with a little bit of water; just enough to make a paste
  • Gently massage the mixture into the skin for 30 seconds and rinse

Prevent Heat Rash

Heat rashes are simply caused by physical heat or rise in body temperature and the production of perspiration. In an occluded area of skin (like the groin or under the breast), the combination leads to breakdown and maceration of skin. To avoid these problems, try to keep cool when working outdoors or during recreation. When heat is unavoidable, the simple maneuver of using absorbent powders in the vulnerable areas (such as the groin or breast folds) will prevent the buildup of perspiration, thereby avoiding the chafing and heat-driven rashes we can see in the summer.

Robert J. Casquejo, PA-C and Owner of Skin and Cancer Center


  • You don’t have to be fancy with the powders – something as simple talc or baby powder can work extremely well
  • Be sure to apply copiously on the vulnerable areas of the body, like the groin or under the breast, and reapply if you are spending excessive time in the heat

After-Sun Lotion

Whether you are off for a weekend of fun at the beach or recovering from an overdose of sun we suggest whipping up a quick and soothing “After Sun Lotion” using just a few easy ingredients, including: lavender oil, aloe vera gel, olive oil, coconut oil and shea butter. Lavender has a fresh floral character with soothing undertones that is used for tranquility and serenity. The best part about making your own After Sun Lotion is that you control exactly what goes in it!

- Susan Hazels Mitmesser, PhD, Nature’s Bounty


  • Ingredients: 3 tbsp aloe vera gel, 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tbsp shea butter, 15 drops lavender oil
  • Mix all ingredients and apply directly to the skin until absorbed


My tip for the greatest, easiest recipes, is to keep it simple. I like to use natural ingredients like sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and pure shea butter to soften the skin. These mixtures can even be used to offer extra skin protection when needed, like when skin will be subject to the elements and get wet and raw!

- Samantha Addonizio, KYI - Know Your Ingredients


  • Mix sweet almond oil with your favourite scent. Apply to skin during or immediately after a shower, while skin is still damp for best results
  • Whip jojoba oil into pure shea butter, and mix with your favourite scent. Apply to rough areas like the feet or elbows to soften the skin

Soothing Face Masks

“Summertime Soother” Mask

Days spent soaking up the sun can leave your skin dry, inflamed and tender. Give your skin the love and care it deserves post-sun with this DIY recipe for soothing summer skin, using simple ingredients you can find at any grocery store.

- Cecilia Wong, New York City aesthetician and founder of Cecilia Wong Skincare


  • Ingredients: 1 tbsp cucumber juice, 1 tbsp watermelon juice, 1 thin slice ripe tomato, 1-2 fresh raspberries, 1 tbsp organic plain greek yogurt
  • Mash tomato and raspberries in a bowl
  • Add remaining ingredients to bowl and gently mix until combined
  • Massage onto face. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse with tepid water

Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil Mask

Nearly everyone can benefit from a sea buckthorn berry oil face mask treatment. How often you should apply the mask depends on your skin type and also what you are trying to achieve. You might want to do this treatment more than once a week if you have dry skin or are recovering from a sunburn. If you don’t have any skin ailments and just want to pamper your face you can do this treatment once or twice a month. Even oily skin types can benefit from sea buckthorn oil treatments because these oils can help balance the skin. Using the berry oil internally will also help balance oily skin types from the inside out over time.

- Tracy Bush, Nutrimom and Seabuck Wonders


  • Start with 1-2 drops of sea buckthorn berry oil on your fingertips. Massage the oils right into the skin on your face, paying special attention to areas that need help
  • Let the oil absorb into the skin for 20-30 minutes then wash off the excess oil with warm, soapy water

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