‘Tis the time of Beach! Summers, the most favorite of all seasons for its holiday glory and refreshing nature is finally here. The time where everyone prefers Pina Coladas over coffee, Cottons over Synthetics and Staying indoors over going out because of the scorching sun.
While every single one of us loves those tan-lines, our skin might not be that easy to comply with. Along with all its chilly goodness, summer also brings patchy skin, irritations and even more oil which tends to put a damper on our moods.
With a few tweaks here and there in your skincare regimen, you can get that summer glow without forcing your skin into it.
How Does Summer Affect Our Skin?
Summer drags with itself a whole new set of problems that can aggravate us to the ends of the Earth. When Oily Skin becomes a hundred times more oily bringing with itself boatloads of pimples and Dry Skin becomes more patchy and irritated as the days go by.
Staying in sunlight for long in summers is not healthy for skin. Not only does your skin get tanned (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing), but too much sun exposure can also cause the skin to age prematurely. Melanin is a pigment found in our skin, and too much sun exposure causes more melanin to be formed. This is why a long period of exposure to the sun will result in a shift of skin color or even tanning. This is why every dermatologist abides by using Sunscreen.
How To Take Care Of Skin In Summer?
1. Use Light Moisturizers
No matter the weather, one should never forfeit using moisturizer. Summers make our skin feel heavy as it is. The best type of moisturizers to use in summers is Water-Based and Gel-Based moisturizers. They hydrate to a tee and keep the skin refreshed, reducing the likelihood of clogged pores and, as a result, pimples.
2. Exfoliate Your Skin
Summer skin may suffer from dryness and dullness in addition to being oily. This is why using a face scrub or a natural home remedy like coffee grounds mixed with oil and sea salt to exfoliate your skin is so necessary. It not only eliminates both dry and dead cells from your pores, but it also revitalizes and preserves your skin’s health. Scrubbing can also assist in the removal of dirt and grime from your face.
One thing to keep in mind is not to scrub too hard. Over-Scrubbing can cause rashes and bruises on your skin and can remove all the natural oils on your face. Scrubbing your skin once or twice a week is more than enough.
3. Use Sunscreen
Sun rays affect you all around the year but during summers, the exposure levels rise high making your skin more susceptible to damage. Too much sun exposure can cause sunburns, pigmentation and sun-spots. By reducing wrinkles and fine lines, sunscreen can help to slow down the ageing process.
If you’re wearing make-up, use a sunscreen moisturizer with a matte finish if you have oily skin. If you’re not wearing make-up, use a sunscreen moisturizer with a matte finish if you have combination or dry skin. Alternatively, use a cream-based one that absorbs easily and leaves no residue. One should always use sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 in it. Do not step out in the sun without covering all your exposed areas like face, hands, feet, eyes, lips etc. in sunscreen.
4. Using Skin Toners
Skin Toners are really a blessing in disguise for Summers. When it comes to closing open pores, a good toner is definitely going to help. Due to the overabundance of Sebaceous Glands in the T-Zone, to prevent sweat and oil from clogging these pores, use an aloe-vera or cucumber-based toner. It also helps to keep your skin calm after a long day in the sun.
5. Applying Face Masks
All steps while equally important and necessary cannot relax and replenish your skin the way Face Masks can do. It’s a once-a-week effort that should be included in everyone’s skincare routine. Using Sheet Masks, Cream Masks or even Home-Made masks can help your skin a great deal.
You can also use freeze tomato, cucumber or lime juice in ice trays and apply whenever. Not only will they provide natural coolness to your skin, but will also help to cleanse away your skin, tightening it and keeping the extra facial oil at bay.
6. Eating Healthy Diet
Eating Habits play a significant role in how our skin looks and reacts to seasonal changes. Some people may not think it relevant but once you start noticing, you can never go back. One of the most critical steps is to keep your meals light. Due to the hot weather, eating heavy food may cause drowsiness and make you sleepy. Not to forget the heavy breakouts it brings along.
Make an attempt to include as many seasonal fruits, juices, and vegetables in your diet as possible. Do not miss on drinking a minimum of 8-10 glasses of water. This will not only keep your skin hydrated and glowing but also removes toxins from your body making you feel energetic.
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