Yeia sou! I love when you stop by for some KEFI-Positive Energy! Here we’ll talk about how to get KEFI from the sun — and safely, with tips on how to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
It’s my favorite time of year, and by osmosis the season gives me energy. Let’s look at how we can personally seize the season, and protect our skin.
Soak up the sun — safely
Whether you are sailing in the Greek isles or sunbathing by your community pool, you will enjoy the day better when you take the time to protect your inner and outer self.
Let’s take a closer look at how to do this….beginning with the Greek word δέρμα or skin.
According to the National Cancer Institute, skin is the largest organ of the body, with a total area of about 20 square feet. The perimeter 20 feet covers on our σώμα (soma) — body — is rather significant, comparable to the size of some kitchen floors. Therefore it is imperative for us to keep our skin as healthy and vibrant as possible. Our skin protects us from the elements. Healthy skin will help regulate body temperature, and permit the sensations of touch, heat, and cold. As we are now in the “heat” of summer, it would behoove us to better care for our skin. Let’s take a look at what dermatologists – δερματολόγος (in this case the etymology is medicine/doctor of the study of skin) do every summer to protect their skin and their patients.
Tips to get glowing skin: inside and out
1) Replace old layers with new.
Twice a week, scrub your skin with an exfoliating scrub to brighten it. This also allows lotions and serums to absorb more deeply. If your skin is sensitive to this, reduce exfoliation to once a week.
2) Combat the outdoor heat reaction to your skin.
Switch from a cream cleanser to a gel variety, which is lightweight yet still soothing. For oily skin, try a foam cleanser. In the summer, make it a habit to wash your face every night due to the fact that you are spending more time outdoors and thus exposing your skin to additional pollutants, which can attach to moisturizer and make-up. This combination will clog your skin and show more wrinkles unnecessarily aging you.
3) Wear topical non-chemical sunscreen.
Dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone, a board-certified and world-renowned healthy aging expert, educator, author and philanthropist, says protect your skin with topical non-chemical sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens are more likely to cause allergic reactions or irritate the skin, but the formulations are often lighter and easier to apply. The “outing” of many harmful and chemical-based sunscreens have caused me to research safe protection from UV rays without forfeiting the vitamin D. Dr. Perricone’s Photo Plasma is an excellent oil-free moisturizer, which protects male and female skin with a broad spectrum SPF 30. Every morning I apply this safe sunscreen moisturizer, which is light and leaves my skin hydrated. Additional choices of safe sunscreens can be found at LIVESTRONG.
4) Apply organic and essential oil-based lip balm to hydrate and moisturize your lips.
Oftentimes when your lips are chapped or dry it is because you’re body is dehydrated. More on drinking water below. Use best lip balm out there for moist lips. I love this Peppermint and Wild Orange lip balm.
5) Make anti-inflammatory foods a part of your daily diet.
The Greeks had it right when they created the Mediterranean diet. Fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats — like cold water fish, extra virgin olive oil, and nuts — will repair your skin from the inside out. BONUS! Eating these foods heal signs of aging, like wrinkles.
As a wise sage once said..”You are what you eat!”
Cool and refresh skin during this season of dehydration by eating earth- and water-based food choices, which heartily grow in summer. Try:
These are also good for joint repair:
- black olives
- white beans
- sweet potatoes
Incidentally, cucumbers have a dual purpose in that they are a low calorie and delicious to eat, but they can also be beneficial for soothing skin when applying a round slice over each eye to reduce puffiness and swelling.
6) Drink green tea.
Green tea has a component called Epigallocatechin gallate, which protects the skin from the sun’s damaging rays. You can also topically apply the tea to your skin (face) to receive the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. My all-time favorite tea: YOGI- Green Tea Blueberry Slim Life. This tea has a subtle flavor. It’s a perfect post-dinner drink;somehow it satisfies my sweet tooth to the extent that I am able to pass on dessert.
7) Moisturize from the inside out.
Keep a bottle of pure spring water handy. Drink it often, to moisturize your skin and lips from the inside out. Hot temperatures dehydrate skin. Remember to keep your face moisturized and hydrated when outdoors. Keep your body hydrated by drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day. The rule of thumb is double your bodyweight in ounces. This will keep skin looking dewy and fresh, and help you stay healthy and glowing this summer.
8) Wear sunglasses on bright sunny days.
Select glasses that block 100% of UV rays and offer glare-cutting polarized lens. Squinting causes deep wrinkles in the eye area, and glasses will keep those eyes wide open.
Protect your skin for health and wellness
Hippocrates believed that you could determine a person’s wellness and health by their face. Keep yours — and the rest of your body — in healthy and vibrant condition by safeguarding your δέρμα this summer.
Καλό καλοκαίρι με ΚΕΦΙ! — Have a great KEFI-filled summer!
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She was a prevalent force at WMAQ & WBBM radio where she was the first female airborne news/traffic reporter.Kiki’s voiceover work has garnered her Omni awards for Evian water and Coca-Cola commercials.
These days Kiki enjoys energizing audiences on stage during motivational speaking engagements, and through writing. Her highly regarded “Kefi-That Life Force” column, was published previously in The Greek Star. She’s currently working on her first non-fiction book.