Summer is about to come and it can bring some skin problems like rashes, tanning, and sunburn. You should be prepared for it in advance if you want to maintain the same glow in summer too.
Follow the CTM
Everyone should follow CTM (cleansing, toning, moisturizing) routine twice in a day throughout the year. First cleanse your face, after that apply toner and then apply moisturizer to restore oil.
One should always apply sunscreen when you are going out. Choose a sunscreen lotion with SPF 30 as it is best for Indian skin types. Apply sun screen 20 to 30 minutes before stepping out and ensure you wear sunscreen every day, even when you stay indoors. During summer the UV rays of the sun are at its prime and if you go without a sunscreen, you will surely get tanned. Also, you need to reapply your sunscreen every 1-2 hours as it’s effect will decrease steadily due to factors like sweating. Use an ample amount of it and don’t skimp on it to stay safe. You have to use about a teaspoon just for your face and about a shot glass worth for the whole body if needed.
But do not avoid Sunlight altogether
All this is important but do not consider yourself allergic to the sun. A little sunlight on the skin is good and even essential. It provides vitamin D and also improves mood. So, do not avoid it altogether but always follow proper protective procedures to keep your skin safe from the harmful UV radiation which is the sunlight.
Exfoliate 2-3 times in a week
Exfoliation is necessary if you wanna avoid dull skin. It removes dead skin cells and allows new cells to appear. Simply put some sugar on a tomato slice and use this to exfoliate. You can also use lemon with sugar. Always apply moisturizer after scrubbing. Just exfoliate your whole body using a body scrub while you are showering. For the face, you can use a facial exfoliator. Alternately, there are tons of scrubs and exfoliator remedies out there which you can make yourself easily right at your home using natural and healthy ingredients.
Since hair tends to be moisture-deprived during summers, overuse of any kind of chemical and hair styling tool should be avoided. Shampooing often results in loss of shine and moisture. Consider switching to a gentle shampoo and use a deep conditioner to replenish the loss of moisture. Massage your hair with a mixture of coconut oil, castor and olive oil regularly to keep your hair nourished.
Start with wearing an open sandal in the summer to keep your feet dry and give them a chance to “breathe”. Your feet are subject to sunburn just like the rest of your body. Use sunscreen during the day and during the evenings apply a lightweight moisturizer.
Drink enough water
It is very important to keep your body and skin hydrated if you want to look your best, especially in the hot and scorching summers. Make sure that your drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily to keep your skin nourished and hydrated all day long.
Apply a face mask
Try to use a face mask once in every weekend to replenish your skin from within and get that flawless glowy look naturally. After taking it off, massage in a face skin serum slowly in circular motions to get the best results.
The home-made fruit face mask
The watermelon-cucumber face mask provides intense hydration and nourishment to your skin. Take a few dice watermelons and cucumbers and blend it all in a blender. Strain out the solution in a container. Soak a toffee sheet mask in the solution, apply this face mask on your cleansed face. Keep it on for about 10 minutes and relax for a while. Massage in a face serum for the best results.
Use less makeup
Using minimal makeup in the summers is the most ideal option. A natural look suits best in harsh sunlight. If using makeup, try to opt for stuff which has an SPF while also not giving up on the normal sunscreen. Protect your lips too by utilizing a lip gloss or balm which also provides an SPF of at least 15.
Wear lighter and cooler fabric clothes
Wearing tight clothes, with unbreathable fabrics like leather, etc will not be ideal in the summers. Those will cause you to sweat a lot and can cause all sorts of irritations and redness on the skin. Hence, go for breathable and light fabrics such as the summer classic- cotton. Also, slightly looser fitting clothes will be better as they will allow your skin to breathe and have space.
Wear sunglasses and other accessories like hats
The skin around our eyes is very delicate and sensitive and thus is quite prone to damage from the UV rays of the sun and other external elements. Thus, it is also prone to quicker aging and occurrence of things like wrinkles and dark circles. Excess exposure to the sun can also lead to serious eye issues like ocular melanoma and cataracts. So, it is important that you have a good pair of UV blocking sunglasses to protect both your eyes and the skin around it.
Follow a healthy diet
Many people’s skin is prone to breaking out in the summer due to so many stressing factors like sunlight, heat, humidity, etc. So, you should strive to follow a healthy and balanced diet which include lean foods which have the essential nutrients without the empty calories. Also, cut down on sugars and sodium down to a reasonable level. Eat more veggies and fruits as they will provide you with all the essential nutrients while also keeping your body hydrated.
Having anti-oxidants in the body is always good for it but they are crucial in the summers. The antioxidants will protect your skin from various forms of damage like protecting it from sunburns. You can get antioxidants from eating watermelon- the quintessential summer fruits. It is packed with anti-oxidants, electrolytes for energy, and lots and lots of water to hydrate the body and keeping it moisturized.
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