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It’s almost time for lots of summer fun and sun! While the warm months of the year are great for homesteading, the time spent outside can wreak havoc on your body. Despite our best efforts, our hair and skin can become damaged by the sun.

The result of working outside every day can end in painful irritation and embarrassing appearance for your hair or skin. Here’s how you can treat and prevent damage to both.

Hair

Oil treatment

Got fried ends? The first thing you need to do is smooth the frazzled follicles with oil.

Microwave three tablespoons of coconut oil until it’s just warm. Slather the warm oil on your hair, from scalp to tip. Allow the oil to sit for 30 minutes before gently washing and conditioning.

Skip the styling

You probably aren’t curling your hair before you slop the pigs, but we have to say this anyway! Skip heat styling to prevent damage to your already-damaged hair. Look up heat-free styles instead, like ponytails and braids, which are also farm-friendly.

Trim it

Your hair needs a trim every few months anyway, but it especially needs trimming after repeated sun exposure. When the ends of your hair are damaged and brittle, that can lead to breakage on the entire strand. By trimming your hair regularly, you’re preventing damage.

Homemade hair care

The following recipes can help you look and feel great without paying a fortune:

Anti-Dandruff treatment

¼ cup of vinegar
1 cup of water
After conditioning hair, use the mix as your final wash. For smooth, soft and dandruff free hair.

Avocado Hair Conditioner

1 avocado
3 tablespoons of coconut milk

Combine mashed avocado and coconut milk, apply to hair and comb it through, leave it sit for 10-15 minutes then rinse as normal

Honey Treatment for Split Ends

2 tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp of honey
1 egg yolk

Combine olive oil and egg yolk together in a bowl, beat the egg yolk into the mixture. Massage onto hair in small sections, wrap hair with cling wrap or shower cap for 30 minutes then rinse and style as normal.

Egg Shampoo

1 egg
1 tsp of olive oil
1 tsp of lemon juice
1 tbsp of castile soap
½ cup of herbal tea
2 drops of essential oil of your choice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Shampoo hair as normal.

Skin

Exfoliate

Sometimes your skin needs a good scrubbing to remove signs of sun damage. Combine ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon with one tablespoon of honey. Mix the two together and massage on your face for 60 seconds. Rinse and moisturize for a fresh face.

If you want to get rid of dark spots on your arms, some people swear by soaking them with lemon juice for 10 minutes.

Moisturize

Damaged skin craves moisture. Try rubbing in coconut oil and aloe on sun-damaged arms or legs.

For a facial moisturizer, combine 3 tablespoons coconut oil, 3 tablespoons shea butter, and a few drops of vitamin E. Apply twice a day to stay hydrated.

Sunscreen

Keep in mind that you need to wear sunscreen every time you step outside, regardless of the time of year or weather. Sun rays are always hitting our skin and causing long-term damage. Add an SPF 30 sunscreen to your morning routine so you never forget to prevent damage.

Banana Hand and Foot cream

Banana
honey
lemon juice
1 tbsp of margarine

Combine all ingredients together, and smear or hands and feet before going to bed ( wear gloves and socks to bed) then rinse off in morning

Easy fingernail Treatment

1 Egg yolk

Beat egg yolk in a bowl and soak fingernails for 5-10 minutes and rinse.

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I get terrible dandruff when the weather warms up and the humidity is at an all time high. Store bought dandruff shampoo works, but it really dries my hair out. I’ll have to try your DIY recipe to see if it helps.

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sunflower

I love the recipes! It’s the right time to start trying them out, before the summer, so I can be ready when it gets tough on my hair. I’ll try any treatment before I’ll go for a haircut because I love my locks. Even just skipping the styling can be a bit much for me.

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Rebecca

I’ve found that it’s important to protect your scalp because it can also get sunburned, and that hurts! I put sunscreen on my scalp before I go out, but you could also wear a hat to protect your scalp. Remember to reapply your sunscreen every two hours for best protection.

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Sherry

I’m glad to have read these simple methods to keep my body moisturized and healthy. I try to use products that have natural ingredients instead of the chemicals that I cannot even pronounce. The recipes given were all natural, so I will definitely try them.

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Cassie

I always use oil on my hair because it’s quite dry, but I never quite know what to do with my dry skin. I really like the banana recipe. I will definitely try it soon!




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