Summer is the season when you have to take special care of your skin.
I know you must be irritated with this summer and must have complained about the scorching heat and its side effects on your skin. In summers your skin pores open up to keep you hydrated and there it causes a host of bacteria attack and skin issues. Oily skin gets oilier, and dry skin gets patchy. There are breakouts and pimples, rashes and roughness, and that acne just wouldn’t go away!
Today, I have jotted just a few simple changes for you to include in your everyday skincare regimen that can ensure that you are all set to glow through this season too. So, just like your wardrobe, your skin care too definitely needs a seasonal change.
- Face Care
Summer months warrant a special skin care regimen – one that hydrates and keeps it clean and grime-free. To keep your face clean of dust and sweat through these hot months make sure you splash your face with water at least 3-4 times every day. No need to use a face wash every time, clean water would do just fine.
- Beat the heat – Use weather appropriate products
Summer months need products that let your skin breathe naturally. Go for lighter lotions and serums. Water-based moisturizers work best for normal skin types. For oily skin, gel-based moisturizers are preferred. For extra oily and acne prone skin, stick to facial sprays with minerals that are good for your skin.
- Go the CTM way!!
Exfoliate your skin at regular intervals. Exfoliation removes dead, dulling skin debris to prevent congestion and improve hydration from toners and moisturizers. You may think your skin cannot get dry during summers but that’s a myth. Moving in and out of air-conditioned areas alone can cause your skin to dry out. Make sure you follow the age old principle of CTM – cleaning, toning and moisturizing at night before sleeping. You need to use a toner to help close these pores.
Tip: Makeup will last longer on an exfoliated skin!
- When in doubt, apply and re-apply!
Don’t forget to wear sunscreen! You must pick a sunscreen that gets absorbed in your skin easily. A minimum SPF of 30 is recommended and you must apply it 15 – 20 minutes before you head out into the sun. Sunscreen application can go a long way in minimizing sun related spots and could even help delay the onset of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Natural remedies
Never underestimate what your grandma said! There are ingredients in your kitchen which can help to soothe the skin during summer. Lemon and tomato are very good for keeping your skin fresh. A quick way to use tomato is to juice tomatoes and freeze the juice using your regular ice trays. Use this as a gentle scrub every alternate day and let the juice dry on the skin before washing it off. The lycopene in tomato does wonders for the facial skin.
- Don’t forget the eyes and lips
The sun rays are the harshest between 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. during summer months. If you go out then make sure that your eyes are covered with sunglasses and lips protected with a balm with good SPF.
- Eat and drink right!!
What we eat has a lot to do with how we look and feel. Eating heavy food is bound to make you sluggish in a weather like this. Additionally, it can make your skin oily and susceptible to breakouts. Go for seasonal fruits and vegetables. Try vegetable juices and natural alternatives like coconut water to hydrate yourself and feel fresh.
- Wear Cool
Cotton and lighter fabrics are a must to tackle the heat. Tight clothes can cause irritation and make sweaty parts of the body itch more. Prolonged conditions lead to rashes and sometimes even serious skin infections.