Summer season can be harsh on your delicate skin. Extra care is essential to protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Summer could make your skin look dull, oily and tanned.
A good skin care routine could assure healthy and glowing skin.
#1. Stay away from sun
Sunscreens can be used as a barrier to prevent the exposure to the harmful radiations. It is essential to choose a sunscreen with higher SPF (preferably 15 or more) in order to ensure adequate protection.
Water resistant and broad spectrum sunscreens are an ideal choice for summers. Sunscreen should be applied 15 minutes before you step out to the sun. Always use sunglasses and hats when you are outside.
These barriers help to prevent the risk of skin cancer and sun burn. Stay indoors during 11 am to 3 pm when the sun rays are the strongest.
#2. Skin friendly Diet
You can include plenty of seasonal fruits and vegetables in the summer diet. Water melon, berries and citrus fruits helps to hydrate the body and also has a soothing effect on the skin. Cucumber has high water content and there by replenish the skin.
It could also relieve puffy eyes. These fruits and veggies are rich in anti oxidants which are essential for a young looking skin. Green vegetables could also strengthen the immune system. You should avoid spicy and salty foods which may cause dehydration to the body.
Stay away from meat products and junk foods to avoid awful skin break outs. Foods rich in vitamins C and E together can prevent sunburn. Eat plenty of citrus fruits, berries, tomato, and nuts to keep sun burn at bay.
#3. Exfoliation and Steaming
Exfoliation helps to eliminate the dead skin cells that get deposited on the face. Oatmeal or brown sugar can be used as an excellent exfoliator. Exfoliation can be done once in a week.
Steam therapy helps to open clogged pores and helps to make the skin clear. Steaming once a week provides you with a soft and glowing skin
#4. CTM Routine
CTM stands for Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing of the skin. It is essential to clean your skin twice a day using cold water and a mild cleanser. It helps to clear dirt and make up residues from the skin.
A toner helps to balance the pH level and provide soothing effect to the skin. Rose water is an excellent natural toner. It also protects skin from acne and black heads.
Moisturizers help to provide a smooth and supple skin. Apply the moisturizer at night so that you wake up with a glowing skin.
#5. Stay hydrated
Water is essential for a perfect and healthy skin in summers. You should drink two liters (almost eight glasses) of water daily. Water helps to flush out toxins from the body.
Dehydration makes your skin dull and lifeless. Stay away from carbonated drinks and packaged fruit juices completely. Summer drinks like coconut water, buttermilk, mango juice etc can be consumed in plenty.
Coconut water has a high potassium content which can help to transport more nutrients and oxygen to the skin by increasing circulation.
Green tea is rich in antioxidants, which help to remove dead skin cells. Studies also prove the anti-cancer properties in green tea which helps to prevent skin cancer.
#6. Cold Shower
Avoid hot showers during summer as it makes the skin drier. Cold shower helps to soothe your skin along with preventing acne breakouts. It keeps body odor at bay.
Exercise helps to remove the toxins and presents you a radiant skin. Simple exercise along with yoga could work wonders on your skin.
Sweating while working out helps to remove the dirt from the skin. Work outs enhance the blood circulation of the body and thus results in a flawless skin.
#8. Home remedies
- A pack made of gram flour, turmeric and yogurt can be applied on the skin. It is an excellent remedy for tan removal.
- Mint face packs provide a cooling effect on the skin and also helps to get rid of stains
- Mashed papaya along with honey helps to remove dark spots and blemishes.
- A mixture of turmeric powder, gram flour and sesame oil helps in removing unwanted hair on the skin.
- Mixture of orange juice and cucumber juice helps in removing acne, blackheads and wrinkles on the skin.
- Equal amount of honey and lime juice work wonders on a tanned skin.
- A face pack of mashed carrots and honey will help to give a radiant skin.
#9. Treatment for Skin problems
Summer increases the chance for various skin issues like acne, rashes, dryness, tan and infections.
Acne occurs when hair follicles are clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells. Pimples, blackheads and bumps are the different form of acne. It is common among teenagers.
Avoid breaking the acne using finger nails. This will lead to scars. Cleanse your skin daily using cold water. Take care to remove your makeup before going to bed, to avoid clogged pores.
#11. Heat Rash
These are the red bumps and prickly rashes on the skin. Exposure to sun amplifies the occurrence of rashes. Staying indoors helps to avoid rashes. Calamine lotion also helps to relieve heat rashes.
#12. Fungal infection
A cool shower twice daily helps to avoid skin infections. Always wear comfortable cotton clothes. Topical or oral anti fungal medications are prescribed depending on the severity of the infection.
#13. Dry skin
Excess heat along with dust and other pollutants contributes to dry. Keeping the skin hydrated is the best remedy for this problem. Water based moisturizers also helps fighting against dry skin. You can also carry a facial mist or wet facial wipes while going out.
Tanning is one of the most discussed summer skin problem. Various face packs containing honey, lemon and milk are highly effective against tan. Applying yogurt also helps in tan removal.
When the home remedies are not effective, The next and most effective option skin laser treatment. Laser treatment helps to remove acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, thus providing a younger and healthier skin.