Excessive Heat Warning

SPICED SUGAH / PHOTO BY EMARI TRAFFIE
SPICED SUGAH / PHOTOS BY EMARI TRAFFIE

PHOTOS BY EMARI TRAFFIE

Last week in Los Angeles we experienced Southern humidity at its finest. I am originally from Mississippi and the heat felt like that's where I was this past week! Temperatures were border line unbearable and after sweating profusely for hours (indoor and outdoor), it was just plain offensive and I wondered how I got through it as a child.  Especially, after being outside for hours during a Spiced Sugah content shoot Saturday. Just the thought of hot summers in the South make me want a glass of ice water. The shoot resulted in 16 epic photos but we could barely breathe and I have never seen water intake sweat out of a body so quickly.

Today, however I think it's safe to say, it is cooling off. It's 10 a.m. and I didn't wake up running to the air conditioner vent with cotton mouth. That's a really good indication that today might be chilled. I did notice after oil pulling, that my skin was flakey and DRY! This was shocking considering over the past week of the heat wave, I chugged gallons of water and literally could not use a drop of oil on my face or body without looking too oily. This was solely because the heat would not allow my skin to absorb the oils. Instead my pores stayed open and continuous perspiration became the norm. I caught on to this pretty fast after my favorite royal blue ET (the movie) vintage Tshirt was ruined by oil stains. After this happened, I vowed to stop putting on oil until regular temps were back in effect. I maintained a healthy 90% veggie based diet (some fish) per usual and my energy levels were decent but the heat was definitely getting to me. Taking detoxing bentonite clay baths helped some (clay removes oil, dirt, and toxins from the skin). I would hop out the tub with high expectations, and yet my skin was slightly sweaty. After towel drying, I was clearly glistening from perspiration (detox bath = more sweat). This was an obvious enhancement of the weather. Once dressed, I could go all day moisturized in 102 degree weather with a heat index of 90 with bare skin inside or outside. No ash or dryness in sight for a week straight. So why on earth was my skin dry this morning ? Wasn't I hydrated ?

 
SPICED SUGAH / PHOTO BY EMARI TRAFFIE
SPICED SUGAH / PHOTO BY EMARI TRAFFIE
 

 

The short answer is no, I wasn't. Dehydration is a common battle with humans with normal weather so a drastic increase of temperature pretty much sets us out to dry. Body dehydration shows itself in your mouth and skin first. The saying goes, if you are incredibly thirsty, you are already mildly dehydrated and the body is making you aware. So the 8 glasses of water ritual was made to be spread throughout the day. (to prevent thirst) But during hotter and colder months, dehydration is at an all time high and usually goes ignored. Not knowing hydration is vital for proper bodily functions. Water is the main component of our body so you can imagine how our bodies react when we do not have the proper amount we need. Early stages of dehydration side effects; fatigue, constipation, dry lips, headaches, dark urine, joint & muscle aches, and crankiness.

I accepted that my new found love for napping, was induced by the heat and accelerated dehydration (we lose water when we sleep). I fought the urge to doze, ate more fruit and veggies, (most are 80% water) and made a point to start paying closer attention to my body and listening to what it was saying to me and not what I assumed based on habit.

SPICED SUGAH / PHOTO BY EMARI TRAFFIE
SPICED SUGAH / PHOTO BY EMARI TRAFFIE
SPICED SUGAH / PHOTO BY EMARI TRAFFIE
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We all have been taught to categorize ourselves into 1 of 3 skin types. Those would be oily, dry, and combination. I never loved the idea of this due to how boxy the skin types are, but almost every single skincare line uses this system. Some, very effectively and many disastrously. Only three skin types for billions of uniquely different people?C'mon that is insanely vague and the reason thousands of people are not properly caring for their skin. I stop and talk to strangers all the time about skincare and you would be surprised (or maybe you wouldn't) how many people have no clue what to use or do for their skin! A lot of women and men adopt the skincare habits of their family, friends, or they take advice from the sales person in the mall. Depending on the weather, diet, stress levels, hormonal levels, water intake, and what products we are using (Spiced Sugah for life), our skin fluctuates from type to type. This requires different things depending on what our skin is showcasing at that particular time. DO feel the need to alter your routine to fit your skin that particular day, week, or month. Never forget less is more. Your skin needs to be cleansed, fed, and moisturized, no matter the skin type. Consistency is key. Your skin took time to get in whatever condition it is in so it takes patience and time to change, fix, and elevate. Most organic cold pressed plant based oils and essential oils can throughly regenerate any skin type without complications or adverse reactions. Your skin is a reflection of you! It is one of the first things people notice about you when they see you. Your skin also communicates to let you know when something internally is unbalanced. In my case, unusually dry skin was a big red sign indicating dehydration. So I doctor with fresh aloe juice & Spiced Sugah vitalizing face tonic https://www.spicedsugah.com/shop/qt8uefh64a7dn5s7ma7i62emtqq2b2 and by the next day my skin will be back to normal. Regardless of what products you use, pay attention to what works for you!

 

 

Rushing,

Sugah

SPICED SUGAH / PHOTO BY EMARI TRAFFIE

Lauren Pennington