Worried about sunburns but wish to head outside and enjoy the sunshine? Worry no more! We’ve got you covered.
Direct and long-term exposure to sun-rays can cause flaky, dry and tanned skin. In severe cases, it could lead to disorders like eczema, skin cancer, etc.
You can protect your skin from the scorching heat of the sun by following these simple yet effective tips and tricks.
- Make sunscreen your shield: Irrespective of whether you are going out on a shopping spree or staying back, the most basic yet critical tip is to wear your sunscreen without fail. Reports have repeatedly stressed the importance of applying a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher on all exposed skin. People often think the use of sunscreen is limited to the face and neck. However, you should apply it to your hands, feet, and lips.
- Avoid excessive make-up: It is always a bad idea if you sweat through your makeup. Thus, heavy makeup is definitely a no-no. Caking up the faces can interfere with face breathing, adding to humidity. These may cause clogging of pores.
- Adopt natural cleansing methods: Make it a habit to wash your face frequently with cold water. This will remove the sweat and dust from the face. A better alternative is to use cold milk on a cotton ball. Followed by cleansing, exfoliation is necessary to remove the dead skin. A paste of besan and milk with some oatmeal or turmeric can do wonders.
- Prevent skin tanning: Tanning is another big issue in summers that can make the skin dull and flaky. You can use tomato juice to remove the existing tan. If you’re sensitive to acids, try out sandalwood powder. You could also use a mixture of honey and lime to remove tan. Apply it to your face for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off.
- Stay hydrated: The advice “You should drink 8 glasses of water a day” has been ingrained in our heads by everyone around us. We have heard it from parents, teachers, dermatologists, neighbours, etc. The more you drink, the more toxins are removed from your body through urine. It makes your skin plump and glowy. You may either use a water measuring bottle or set reminders through apps to ensure that you’re hydrated enough.
- Rework your summer diet: Skincare Isn’t just topical, it has a lot to do with what goes inside the body. Gorge on colourful food during scorching summers. Include leafy greens and seasonal vegetables. Don’t forget to embrace the water-rich fruits. The healthier you eat, the better your skin will be. Cut down on dairy products if they cause a break-out.
The idea of updating our beauty regimen according to the season may sound tedious but it is essential that we get our armour up to have fun in the sun.
Different skin types respond differently to the heat. While oily skin becomes more greasy, dry skin may turn patchy. The above mentioned six cues could serve as a great guide to your skincare regime in summers.
So, this summer don’t forget to make water and sunscreen your best friends. Remember, “Healthy skin is always in.”