Summer is a time for beach days, pool parties, and vacations. It’s also a great time for a skin care makeover. Longer hours of daylight and hot, dry, or humid weather can affect our skin differently than the colder and darker days of winter. Taking care of our skin is important all year round, but with summer quickly approaching it’s time to make some skin care adjustments so we’re prepared for the seasonal change. Since the weather is different in the summer our skin care needs are a bit different. To help get you in the summer skincare spirit we’re sharing some of our summer skin care must-dos. So you’re able to keep your skin gorgeous and glowing all season long.
How Does Summer Affects Your Skin?
As the weather gets warmer and humidity increases in the environment, your skin’s sebaceous glands start producing excess sebum (natural oil). The oil secreted gets stuck on the surface of the skin, leading to stickiness, grease and blocked pores. Acne breakouts are the most common problem that occurs in summer. People with oily skin are more prone to it as the bacteria and oils in the skin mix with the sweat causing clogged pores and acne.
When your skin is exposed to the harmful UV rays, melanin] production increases in order to protect your skin from sun damage. Melanin has photo protective qualities. Excess melanin results in darker, tanned skin. Other problems can include itchy skin, prickly heat, sunburn and rash due to sensitivity to the sun.
How To Take Care Of Your Skin In Summer?
Drink A Lot Of Water -
One of the best summer skin care tips is to drink at least 2 liters of water every day. Being hydrated makes tour skin look fresh because a dull skin won't go away even with a maximum highlighter. This is a great habit for not also beauty related problems but all the problems in general.
The sun’s UV-A and UV-B rays can be very harsh. Besides giving you a stubborn tan, they can cause premature aging, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. A good sunscreen with SPF 30-50 is vital for the summer months for all skin types, even if you stay indoors most of the time. If you go swimming, we suggest you apply sunscreen multiple times.
Stay Away From Sugary Drinks-
Sugary aerated drinks make you feel sluggish due to the excess sugar. Additionally, they don’t add any value to the body as they have no hydrating qualities. If anything, they make you unhealthier and aid in weight gain. So opt for a nimbu paani instead of a cola.
Eat Cooling Foods-
Go for fruits and vegetable this summer. Avoid sugary beverages that are brimming with calories. Ensure that you rather than having soda you go for vegetable juices and normal choices like nariyal pani to hydrate yourself and feel fresh.
Go For A Good Skin Care Routine-
Maintain a skin care regimen and follow it religiously. Choose gel-based (for dry skin) and water based (for oily skin) rather than cream-based products as the former are lighter and non-greasy. Cleansing, toning and moisturizing twice a day will help keep your skin clean and fresh.
Exfoliate For Healthy Skin-
Use a face scrub at least twice a week to remove excess dirt and oil from the skin. Only, remember to use a scrub suitable for your skin type and massage the scrub gently in a circular motion. Make sure you exfoliate the lips and the neck too.
Avoid Heavy Makeup-
Heavy makeup prevents the skin from breathing. Humidity and heat also impact the skin’s ability to breathe. Instead of heavy foundation and other cosmetics, you could consider using a tinted lip balm and a tinted moisturizer if you need to wear some makeup.
Wear Breathable Fabrics-
Cotton is the best fabric to wear during summer. Wear light and loose clothing. Avoid tight fitting garments in synthetic fabrics. These can increase your discomfort and make you sweat more, which in turn makes the skin itchy and can lead to infections.
Use A Good Toner-
A good toner can be effective in closing open pores. The maximum number of sebaceous glands is found on the T-zone of the face. To prevent sweat and oil from clogging these pores, use an aloe vera or cucumber-based toner as they are lighter.
A moisturizer is vital to protect your skin in summer. You can choose a non-greasy formula based on your skin type. But look for ingredients like antioxidants like vitamins A and C. If it has SPF, even better. It is best to apply a moisturizer immediately after your bath.
Go For Seasonal Fruits And Vegetables-
Include salads and vegetables like cucumber and lettuce in your food – these help the body stay cool from within. Seasonal fruits like watermelons, musk melons; citrus fruits and juices also help keep the skin healthy.
Remove Excess Oil-
In summer, oily skin can get oilier. Use a face wash suited to your skin type that can deep cleanse and remove all the dirt and grime. People with dry skin would need a non-foaming cleanser. Opt for mild, alcohol-free and pH balanced cleansers.
Some Home Remedies To Try During Summer
Turmeric has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties that helps to reduce any inflammation on your skin. Besides, it helps to brighten your skin and adds a natural glow to it. Add a teaspoon of turmeric in a bowl and mix it well with three tablespoons of lemon juice. Apply it on your face and let it sit for 20 minutes. Later, wash it off.
Tomato helps to improve your skin texture with its Vitamin content. Also, it helps to restore your skin’s natural shine, thus making it glowing. Smash a half tomato and make sure there are no lumps. Add honey to it. Apply this paste on your skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. Later, rinse it off with warm water.
This Multani mitti face pack for normal skin in summer is quite a commonly known remedy. This one is full of radiance and freshness and brings in radiance and instant glow in no time. If you have any party or event to attend, this powder is the best one to try out in a short time. Make paste of multani mitti and rose water. Apply it on face & leave it for 20 to 25 minutes. Wash with cold water.
Honey & Yogurt
Honey retains the natural moisture of your skin while yogurt brightens it. Take a cup of yogurt in a bowl and add one tablespoon of honey to it. Mix well and apply it to your skin. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and then rinse using cold water.
Known for its antioxidant and antibacterial properties, aloe vera has a soothing effect on your skin which is great during the summers. It hydrates your skin too.
Apply aloe vera pulp directly on your skin and massage it gently for around 20 minutes. Keep it for about 10 minutes and later wash it off.