Achieve that natural summer glow — without damaging your skin:
PROTECT YOUR SKIN
Go beyond sunscreen with SPF clothing, towels and hats. Mott50, available at The Skinny Dip, offers stylish options with SPF 50, as does Athleta at Mount Pleasant Towne Center. Charleston-based Zags makes colorful, lightweight blankets and wraps with SPF 50.
OUCH! STILL GOT BURNED?
Soothe a sunburn with this cooling DIY treatment: Squeeze aloe into fun-shaped ice cube trays. Freeze overnight. Rub onto red skin for instant relief. You also can use yogurt to soothe sunburned skin.
GET A SUN-KISSED GLOW WITHOUT THE WATER DAMAGE
Slather on the sunscreen, especially while you’re at the beach or by the pool, but still show off bronze skin when you’re out on the town later with sunless tanners. There’s a hot debate in our office over which is better: Tan Towels or St. Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse.
OUCH! APPLIED TOO MUCH?
Buff away excess color with a DIY scrub of water and baking soda. Leave on your skin for at least 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
We love the fresh fruit and vegetables that are in season during the summer in the South.
FARMERS MARKET SMOOTHIE
Blackberries and blueberries, both good sources of vitamin C and fiber, are perfect for morning smoothies. Add a banana, a scoop of almond butter, a handful of kale or spinach, and sprinkle in some chia seeds for a breakfast you can take on the go.
A SWEET WATER SOURCE
Stay hydrated with slices of watermelon. Did you know they are 92 percent water? Don’t forget to have a contest to see who can spit the seeds the farthest.
WE ALL SCREAM FOR PEACH ICE CREAM!
We say ice cream is a good source of calcium. Use fresh peaches to make your own and you get some vitamin C and fiber. Plus, you can use natural ingredients and control the amount of sugar you use.
You’ll need: 5 quarts of mashed peaches, juice from 5 lemons, 1 quart of whipped cream, 1 tablespoon almond flavoring, 1 cup sugar
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Pour mixture into freezer canister of ice cream maker and freeze according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.
For more peach recipes, visit The South Carolina Peach Council website at www.scpeach.org.
Some like it hot. Several Charleston yoga studios specialize in hot yoga. Devotees say the heat helps improve flexibility and increases the number of calories burned.
All classes are heated to 105 degrees with 35 percent humidity. The studio’s classes include hot flow, hot power and 26 & 2, or Bikram yoga.
CHARLESTON POWER YOGA
The power vinyasa and power hour classes are heated to 90 degrees.
The yoga studio features infrared radiant heat that simulates heat from the sun. Try the candlelight vinyasa flow class where the room is heated to 85 degrees and candlelight provides a relaxing environment to to wind down at the end of the day.
And some like it cold. Use these accessories to keep your cool during and after a workout.
COLUMBIA’S COOLHEAD BALLCAP
This cap does triple duty by keeping your hair out of your face, the sun out of your eyes and your body from getting too hot with Omni-Freeze ZERO technology, which speeds up the wicking process and feels cool next to your skin.
MISSION ENDURACOOL INSTANT COOLING TOWEL
Soak in water, wring out and snap to activate the cooling properties of this sports towel.
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