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Every season has its dangers for your skin. Here’s what should you do this summer:

High-Factor Sunscreen Isn’t Optional!

Everyone knows about the dangers of too much sun, but it’s a vital point that can’t be repeated often enough. Not only does sunburn cause short-term problems from pain to peeling, it also toughens and wrinkles your skin over time. And of course, frequent sunburn increases the risk of skin cancer.

Always splash on the sunscreen whenever you’re planning to go outside, even if it’s not particularly sunny. The strong summer sun can still burn through cloud cover, and you also never know when conditions can change and catch you out. If you’re planning on enjoying some beach or pool time, use waterproof sunscreen. And if you’ll be outside for more than half an hour or so, take your sunscreen with you so you can reapply it regularly.

Cover Up

You don’t have to be sunbathing to suffer from too much sun. The harmful rays can be reflected from buildings, cars, and other objects even when you’re in the shade. Protect your face and eyes by wearing a hat and sunglasses, and keep as much of your skin lightly covered as you feel comfortable with. Always wear clothes made from breathable material such as cotton, rather than synthetics which will trap sweat and cause itchiness and rashes.

Emergency Repair

If you do get too much sun, work quickly to remove the heat and limit the damage. Use a cooling moisturizing cream containing aloe vera to start treating any sunburn as soon as you can. Avoid extra sun exposure until the irritation has passed. The longer you leave even mild sunburn, the more chance you have of blistering and peeling.

Protect Your Lips

Your lips are probably the tenderest part of your skin that sees daylight, and summer offers several dangers for them. First, they can burn easily in the hot sun. Second, they can quickly dry out in a warm breeze. Avoid both these problems by using a lip balm with built-in sun protection during the day, and a moisturizing version during the night to prepare them for the next day’s heat.

Stay Hydrated

Summer warmth can leave you dehydrated quicker than you think, and by the time you notice a raging thirst, it’s already too late. Take regular sips of water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated, and stop your skin becoming dry and flaky. Importantly, this advice isn’t only for when you’re in the sun. On a hot day, when the air conditioning is working overtime, the dry indoor air is just as much of a problem as the hot, arid outdoors.

Eat Healthy

Summer is a season for salads and other light meals, and luckily this kind of food is exactly what your skin needs to stay healthy. Not only does it provide plenty of vitamins and minerals, it avoids the heavy oils which can leave your complexion greasy and easily irritated by the sun.

Exfoliate Regularly

Hot weather makes it easy for your skin to pick up dust and grime, not to mention the sweat that healthy skin produces in warm conditions. If your pores become clogged, you risk acne outbreaks and pimples. Make sure you exfoliate regularly, using a natural antibacterial scrub containing an essential oil such as lavender.

Go into Moisturizer Overdrive

Lastly, whether your skin is naturally dry or oily, in the summertime you need to step up your use of moisturizer at night. In warmer weather, you probably sleep with lighter blankets and leave more skin exposed. This can dry it out overnight, especially your hands, feet, and face. Use plenty of moisturizer on all these places before sleeping to prevent waking up with dry, flaky skin.

Some people love hot and sunny weather, while others spend the warmer months longing for frosty mornings and roaring fires. But whichever way you feel, if you want to greet fall’s arrival with your skin in great condition, follow these tips to look after it properly throughout the long days of summer.

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Bring on the Bees! Flowers to Attract These Beneficial Insects

Most farmers know the importance of having beneficial pollinators, like honey bees, near the garden or farm–so much so that many farmers also become beekeepers, hosting beehives on their properties. Bees and other insects are important for pollination, especially fruit trees and bushes, like blueberry, cherries, and most stone fruit trees that cannot self-pollinate. However, maintaining beehives can be difficult for small farmers or home gardeners who have little space and little time to spare. Instead, imagine a garden full of lush, colorful blooms that are as attractive to bees as they are to us! Include the following flowers in your garden for an open invitation for
the bees.


Plant calendula to attract the bees with its sweet nectar, and reap the many benefits of this beautiful flower. Calendula comes in many varieties, ranging from yellows to oranges to pale pinks. These bright blooms quickly attract the bees (and butterflies, too!) while also acting a trap for some pests, such as the leafy green destroying aphids. Not to mention, calendula is also edible, traditionally used stews and teas. Calendula is also great for making salves and adding into any bouquet, making this flower a top choice for any garden.


This flower is toxic to humans and other mammals, keeping the deer and rabbits away. But, the bees and the hummingbirds love the nectar of the foxglove! Foxgloves come in just about any color and are often grown by market gardeners as a cut-flower for spikes in bouquets. Foxgloves provide brilliant blooms to enliven any garden or farm and are easy to grow. Grow in full sun with lots of water in rich soil. If you enjoy having them around, these flowers will self-seed, providing blooms and bees for years to come.


Yarrow is a perennial herb that will bring the bees to your space starting early in the summer. Yarrow often comes in pale, pastel colors and has many uses. Most flower farmers grow yarrow for bouquets while many home gardeners use yarrow as a medicinal herb used in treating fevers, common colds, and other inflammatory-type illnesses. Yarrow is easy to care for in the garden, requiring water only in times of drought and minimal to no fertilization. This low-maintenance plant is certainly an essential in your bee garden.


Sunflowers are the highlight of most gardens, with their tall-reaching blooms that follow the sun throughout the day. Bees, too, can’t seem to stay away from the prolific pollen produced from these bloomin’ beauties. Sunflowers grow best direct seeded into well-draining soil in an area that receives full sun throughout the summer. Some varieties of sunflowers will self-seed, and you will have yourself an endlessly growing sunflower field to keep the bees comin’ over the years.

The list of bee-attracting plants does not end there. For other options, think herbs! Add lavender, mint varieties, thyme, rosemary, chives, borage, and even oregano to bring in the bees. Simply imagine herbs and flowers with attractive scents and colorful blooms, and it’s likely to be these pollinator’s dream.

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