July Featured Products: Summer Self-Care Practices

Summer is here and as the days get warmer and longer, we could all do with some reminders about how to take care of our bodies and minds in a healthy and balanced way! As much as we may LOVE summer, our lifestyle habits during this season can be a little harmful. With high temperatures and sunny skies, we need to remember to take extra care by staying hydrated and protected so that we can make the most of beautiful weather.

Here are five great tips on how you can focus on self-care this summer!

Five Ways to Practice Summer Self-Care

1. Meditate outside

If you’re the type of person who loves to spend long afternoons in the park with friends, you aren’t alone! Summer is a great time to socialize — however, it’s important to remember to give yourself some “me-time”, too. Meditating outside can be incredibly beneficial for your state of mind. With fresh oxygen entering the lungs, the sound of birds in the distance, and a gentle breeze blowing through your hair, your backyard can actually be the best meditation station.

2. Take care of your skin

The sun’s rays can be detrimental to the skin. If you fail to protect your skin from the sun, it can start to age prematurely. Here’s how you can help protect and hydrate your skin during the summer!

● Water – it’s crucial that you stay hydrated to keep the skin supple and flexible during the summer. If you need some extra hydration around the eyes, try the amazing Dermae Vitamin C Hydro Gel Patches for an instant boost. It helps to brighten, hydrate, and improve the appearance of the under-eye area by intensely moisturizing with antioxidants and phytonutrients!
● Collagen – Taking a collagen supplement can help keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Try New Chaper’s new Glow Powder Collagen! Scientifically studied Types I, II, & III collagen help restore the skin’s natural elasticity, replenish skin tone, and fight the effects of natural aging. Bonus points: collagen ALSO helps support strong hair & nails & happy joints!
● Sunscreen – Probably THE most important tip! Always wear sunscreen before heading out — no ifs, ands, or buts about it! Our stores carry a wide variety of natural suncreens!

3. Have a picnic

Simply getting outside and soaking up some vitamin D from the sun can be a huge mood booster. Arrange a picnic with friends and family that are in your social bubble, head to a nearby park and set up camp!

Be sure to stock up before you head off. Station Cold Brew has delicious, brand new Cascara Iced Teas. Fun Fact: Cascara is actually the super fruit that surrounds the coffee bean! It’s typically discarded, but has now become the foundation for delicious Iced Teas! Why? Cascara is loaded with antioxidants… and they’re slightly sweet and floral-like! Aka… delicious!

If you’ve got vegans or vegetarians in the group, try Beyond Meat’s Brat Original or Spicy Italian plant-based sausages — a tasty sausage alternative that’s healthy AND eco-friendly!

4. Try a new form of exercise

A great way to boost your endorphins and feel happy and strong throughout the summer is finding a new form of exercise that you love. If you feel like you’re stuck in a bit of a rut when it comes to exercise, the best way to get moving again is to dive into something new. Things like yoga, barre, or Pilates are great — you can find an intensity that suits you, plus you can try them outside in the sunshine!

Looking to fuel your outdoor workouts? Ener-C’s Sport Electrolyte Drink Mix will help support muscle function and rehydration! It contains no artificial flavours or colours, and it’s vegan, gluten-free AND Non-GMO!

5. Read a new book each month

We live in a world that’s filled with electronics. Many of us forget to switch off and get lost in a good old fashioned book. Write a list of books that are fun to read and head to the park to read under the shade of a tree. See if you can get through one book a month!

How do you practice self-care during the summer?!

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