Top health and beauty tips for summer 2014

Summer 2014 is just around the corner, and that means another season of summer fashions, beach wear and time in the outdoors! If you’re like most people, you want to look and feel your best by the time summer comes around. This is a time when friends are planning weekend trips, barbecues, summer parties and so much more. You’ll be showing off your body at the beach and wearing less makeup in the hot weather, so you’ll want your skin to glow! So if you really want to feel confident, energized and healthy this summer, it can be as easy as following these top health and beauty tips:

Natural products

You might find many beauty products in your bathroom that contain chemicals you can’t even pronounce. There are many beauty products on the market today that are loaded with questionable and potentially harmful ingredients. If it looks like it was made in a lab, toss it out. Instead, replace your conventional beauty products with natural ones that will give you a real glow. You can use coconut oil for so many purposes, both in the beauty department and the kitchen as well. Use it as a gentle face or body, hand or foot moisturizer. Argan Oil is another great natural product for the face that will leave it moisturized and non-greasy. For healthy hair, mix together an egg yolk, olive oil and a mashed avocado, work through your hair then put a towel on to sit for half an hour or so. Rinse out and you won’t believe how soft and silky your hair is.

Eat colorfully

Ever wonder where that natural glow comes from on some people who look like they put in absolutely no effort? Chances are, they’re eating a colorful and healthy organic diet. You really are what you eat, so consider carefully what you choose to put into your body. Organic veggies and fruits will give you the vitamins you need to get your skin really glowing. Other foods for beauty include whole grains, which provide a good dose of selenium, the nutrient which gives your skin its elasticity. Make sure you also get a healthy portion of monounsaturated fats and omega-3 because these give skin and hair a healthy glow. Think about including foods like nuts, avocados, fish, eggs and olive oil into your diet. The Mediterranean diet is a great model for the beauty diet!

Find fun ways to be active

In order to get that great summer body, you’ll want to get your body moving and sweating, but to keep your happy glow, make sure you’re only doing exercise that you want to be doing! Slaving away on a treadmill might give you a sweaty glow, but it might not light you up with joy from within. So plan some fun activities with friends that help you bond while getting your body in great shape. Go hiking on the weekends, join a volleyball team or Zumba class. Yoga is another great way to get your body toned, increase flexibility and give your mind a rest while you are at it.