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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.