The season of mangoes has arrived, when hot beverages get replaced by icy cooling summer drinks, the cotton outfits replace the synthetic clothing and umbrellas are used for protection from the sun rays instead of rain and snow . The scorching heat of summers starts affecting us. Along with heat strokes affecting the body, it also puts an impact on the skin and thus our skin demands more care and protection. So, skin care in summer season is essential.
Humidity increases in the environment and the sebaceous glands in the skin start producing excess sebum and oil. Acne becomes a common issue as it results when the oils combine with bacteria and clog the pores and this is certainly not all. UV rays of the sun adds to the list of issues. Skin starts producing melanin when it comes in direct contact with sun which leads to tanning and makes the skin dull and uneven. Exposure to sun for higher duration can also lead to sunburn, rashes and premature ageing.
But don’t worry, we have got your back! Here is a list of top 9 tips` that will help you glow through the entire season:-
1. Use Right Products for Skin Care in Summer Season
Our skin changes with different seasons and weather conditions. Summers generally are hot and humid, lead to more sweat and sebum production. It leads to clogged pores and results in bacterial infections and acne breakouts. To combat this issue, you should make use of a good face wash for removing the excess oils. Skin care should be a bit modified in the summers. You should always opt for a light weight moisturizer that plays a dual role of moisturizing and being light and gentle on the skin.
A good quality toner is also very important for maintaining the pH of the skin. The pH of our skin on the face is between 4.7 to 5.7 which is slightly acidic and pH of water is 7 which is neutral. Any product that has a pH of more than 9, can be very drying and stripping on the face. That is why you should choose your products wisely. Use cooling clay masks to calm and soothe your skin. Exfoliating your skin is also very crucial to keep your pores clean. Including antioxidant serums in your skin care regime is also a good idea as they are hydrating.
2. Use Plenty of Sunscreen
Sunscreen for face is an extremely important part of the skin care regime in the daytime. It has numerous benefits and shields the skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Sunscreens prevent tanning, sunburns and premature ageing. It also prevents dark spots and discoloration from sun damage. You should avoid going outdoors between 10 to 2 in the daytime because sun is at it’s peak in those hours. The main type of UV rays are- UVA, UVB and UVC.
Although UVA and UVB pose threat but UVC are the most harmful of all. Unprotected exposure to UVA and UVB rays can cause damage in the skin cells and can even lead to skin cancer. Since now you know the importance of sunscreen, order one for yourself now and make sure to use it regularly. Make sure to use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or above. Also use a lip balm that contains SPF for protecting your sensitive lips.
3. Make Water Your Best Buddy!
I already know that you know this, and still make excuses! So here I am again to tell you the same old thing. This summer make water your best buddy and see the magic happening. Drink adequate amount of water everyday to keep your body hydrated and have 1L of water for every 20 Kgs and calculate the adequate amount for your body. 70% of our body is made of water which makes it’s intake a lot more important. Water aids in flushing out the toxins from the body.
The intense heat in the summers often leads us to drink the sugary and caffeinated drinks which are really harmful. You should avoid these at all costs and find natural and healthy alternatives to them. Summers bring with it many such options like sugarcane juice, tender coconut water, lemonade, mango shake etc. so ditch Coke and Pepsi and opt for these health friendly options.
4. Eat Healthy
This pandemic has taught us the importance of health very well. The nature has always followed the rule of “Survival of the fittest” so it is high time that we start taking our health seriously and not for granted. Summers are the time when we should have cooling food and drinks. You should include green tea, citrus fruits and their juices in your diet.
Green leafy vegetables, nuts and whole grains are great options and including salads and fibre rich food in the diet helps in improving the digestion. You should always opt for seasonal fruits like mangoes, plums, apricots, watermelons etc. instead of the fancy exotic fruits and vegetables like dragon fruit, kiwi, berries. Seasonal fruits have the ability to provide maximum benefit to your body by getting absorbed properly. Our face is the mirror of our body and thus everything wrong in the body starts showing on the face. Eating healthy is certainly the most underrated tip for skin care in summer season.
5. Don’t Forget About Your Eyes, Lips & Feet
Protect your eyes from the harsh summer sun by wearing sunglasses when you step outside. Our under-eye skin is thin in comparison to the skin on our face and thus needs extra care and hydration. Under-eye creams can cost you a lot these days and trust me, they are not even worth it. The best thing you can do is to apply the same moisturizer generously in the under eye region that you apply on the face. Remember to be very gentle while you apply anything in the under eye area and use your ring finger to massage the cream since it has the lowest pressure of all the fingers.
Lips are also very sensitive and need to be taken care of regularly. Exfoliate and apply lip balm with SPF regularly. We also tend to forget about our feet and end up getting dry and cracked heels. Exfoliation of feet is important to get rid of the dead skin. Apply a hydrating cream after exfoliating to avoid dryness and prefer wearing open toed sandals.
6. Wear Minimum Makeup
Wearing less makeup is the best in summers, it helps prevent the mess and hassle. Try using light weight foundation, water-based primer and powder sunscreen. Make sure that your makeup is non-comedogenic that will not clog your pores. Never forget to wear sunscreen under your makeup. Use a cleansing balm to break down your makeup and remove it properly.
Please avoid using makeup wipes as they do not remove the makeup completely leading to clogged pores and is not environment friendly. It cleans the skin superficially but the pores remain dirty and lead to acne. You can also opt for double cleansing but make sure you don’t end up drying your skin. Don’t make the mistakes that people often make. Make an extra effort to remove the kajal using ear buds before you sleep. It may give a smoky look the next day but can cause problems like itching.
7. Wear Breathable Fabric
Skin care is not just about face. Skin being the largest organ covers the whole body. Problems like back acne (Bacne), rashes, melasma become prominent in summers. Tight clothes lead to uncomfortable skin and causes rashes along with irritation. Wearing light fabrics like cotton and khadi helps the skin to breathe. Avoid wearing synthetic clothes. Try choosing comfort over fashion for once this summer.
8. Give a Shot to Home Remedies
Maybe it’s time to realize that your grandma was right when she said that solutions to skin problems can be found in the kitchen. Use cooling ingredients like Aloe Vera which is soothing for the skin. Here is the recipe for a simple yet effective DIY face mask.
Gram flour is a common ingredient in our households. Along with amazing nutritional content, it can also do wonders for the skin. Mix gram flour with a teaspoon of honey, a pinch of turmeric and some curd. Spread the paste evenly on the face and neck. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off using cool water. Use a good quality rose water as a toner after washing the pack. Never apply lemon juice and essential oils on the skin directly because it can cause irritation.
9. Use a Good Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C has endless benefits for the skin as well as the body. Choose a good quality vitamin C serum and start using it this summer. Vitamin C helps in combatting hyperpigmentation and is also believed to lighten acne scars. Using vitamin C in the morning helps in significant reduction of free radicals. Use the serum after toner and don’t forget to top it up with a sunscreen. Vitamin C is a type of skin care ingredient that will make your skin more sensitive to sun after use. Not applying a sunscreen after vitamin C serum can thus do more harm than good.
These are some tips for skin care in summer season. I hope you make the most of these and benefit for them. I look forward to your comments below! Do let me know if I forgot to add something. Happy Summers!