Yes, summer is here and with it, a whole lot of skin issues too. Oily skin gets oilier, dry skin gets patchy, there are breakouts, pimples, tanning, rashes, roughness, and acne just wouldn’t go away! So today we discuss about summer skin care routine for healthy and beautiful skin.
An itchy rash or sun burned skin can quickly sideline summer fun. You can help keep your days carefree and easy going by learning how to prevent these summer skin problems. Just follow few simple changes in your everyday skin care regime which can ensure you a glowing skin through out this season too.
Skin Issues in Summer
Summer is the time when lot of skin issues come into play. The following are few issues that effects your skin health.
- Skin Tanning And Sun Burns
Sun tanning or simply tanning is the process when skin colour is darkened or tanned. It is most often result of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight.
How To Reduce Tanning?
To achieve the best possible result , you must exfoliate your skin before sun exposure. The act of exfoliation removes the dead cells from the uppermost layer of the skin and allows for fresh skin to appear. Removing the dead cells can even your skin tone, remove pore-clogging dirt and oil, and even prevent acne.
You can scrub or buff away the dead skin cells by doing cost-effective physical scrubs like sugar, oatmeal, and salt. Applying sunscreen also reduces the intensity of tanning.
Winter is much worse for dry skin than summer. That’s because steamy summer humidity keeps moisture in the air. Here are the common culprits of summer that can make your skin go from smooth and supple to parched and scaly.
Due to over exposure to sun, using harsh soaps and solvents, bathing and swimming in chlorinated water, taking hot shower, not drinking enough water, air condition also pulls out moisture from the skin making it dry.
How To Reduce Dryness?
Remember to keep moisturizing this summer — after showering or even after washing dishes.
- Heat Rashes Or Prickly Heat
Heat rash are caused by blockage and inflammation of sweat ducts in heat and high humidity, which cause tiny red spots, an irritating itch and prickling sensation. As a result redness and mild swelling of the affected area occurs.
How To Reduce Rashes?
Try to keep your skin cool by using fans, cool showers. To avoid excessive sweat build-up, you must bath regularly. However, use gentle skin care products. Rubbing cucumber slice or raw potato over rashes and keeping it for some time helps in reducing rashes.
Hot sun rays causes thickening of the outer surface of the skin. This causes pores to be clogged once more, leading to an accumulation of sebum and the appearance of pimples a few weeks later.
How to Reduce Acne?
Protecting your skin from sun and also maintaining a healthy skin care regime makes your skin free from acne and other skin issues.
Summer Skin Care Regime
As the above mentioned skin issues come into play during summer. You have to follow a perfect summer skin care regime to have a healthy and glowing skin
1. Switch To Cotton Wears
The summer sun can cause you to sweat, get dehydrated and even break out into a heat rash. However, you can prevent some of these problems by dressing smart and wearing the right clothes to beat the heat.
Cotton absorbs the sweat from your body and allows it to evaporate into the air. It works like a towel, wicking the moisture away from your skin and discouraging the growth of bacteria and yeast. This makes it the perfect fabric for summer, because it keeps you cool and prevents infections.
You should avoid synthetic fabrics as much as possible, because unlike cotton and other natural fabrics, most synthetic fabrics do not breathe. So when you sweat, the sweat doesn’t dry off like it should.
2. Hydrate Yourself Well
Importance of water
Two third of our body is made up of water. Water is an essential element in our life and is most effective for the health of the body. It detoxifies the body and also solvent for many nutrients. Water helps to maintain the elasticity of the skin and prevent the premature formation of wrinkles.
It also helps to maintain the body temperature, especially after exercising in the heat. Water maintains the proper circulation of the blood in the body. It carries away the heat from the internal organs to prevent serious problems like heat stroke.
It also lubricates the joints, protects the spinal cord and many other delicate tissues.
Why to drink enough water during summer?
During summer when the temperature hits high there is fluid loss from the body. One feels thirsty too often and also gets dehydrated in the heat. Exercises done in the heat leads to low blood sodium which dilutes the blood and can lead to serious diseases.
Water is the best solution to quench thirst, prevents fluid loss after exercise and dehydration. It is difficult to live without water. Water is life as we can’t stay without drinking water. Especially in hot summer days this becomes a necessity.
Summer is the season when we sweat too much due to humidity in the air. Thus, we become exhausted very easily. Drinking water is a necessity in such a situation. You should stay hydrated during the summer and that reflects in your skin too. The individuals carrying on with workout on a regular basis also gets exhausted.
3. Include Lot Of Fresh Fruits In Your Diet
Best way to reap the benefits of fruits and vegetables for good skin and hair is to incorporate them in our diet.
Include high water content fruits in your diet like watermelon, cucumber, oranges,berries, lettuce, pineapple and coconut water which will give you nutrients and anti-oxidants. Green vegetables helps to improve the immune system and decreases stress level in the body.
If you are a hard core non vegetarian, please try to control your meat intake. Meat is difficult to digest and also raises the body temperature, which can result in ugly pimples.
4. Cover Yourself When You Go Out
Stay out of the sun between 10 am and 3 pm as UV rays are the most intense at this time. The longer you’re outside, the longer your skin is exposed to the radiation. Get your exercise and activities done earlier or later in the day, when the rays aren’t that strong.
Wear protective clothing over your skin. Always use lightweight fabrics so you don’t overheat. Cover as much skin as you can. Choose materials that won’t itch, scratch, or overheat you. Wear reflective colors, such as yellow or white, to stay cool.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat as this will protect your scalp, face, and neck from too much exposure. Opt for a hat with a brim that is at least 3 inches wide. Make sure it’s not too tight to avoid discomfort.
Wear sunglasses as sensitive skin around your eyes is prone to fast aging. Too much exposure to sun can raise your risk of melanoma and cataracts. Choose sunglasses with strong UV protection and select the color of your lenses based on your needs.
5. Apply Sunscreen
All sunscreen products protect against UV rays, which are the main cause of sunburn. This also contribute to skin cancer and premature aging. Choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. The SPF number is the level of protection the sunscreen provides against UV rays.
Make sure that the sunscreen is the first thing you apply on to your skin, which will act as a block for the UV rays. Apply your day cream over that, then a foundation or BB cream.
Be it SPF 26 or SPF 50, both need to be re applied after three hours if you’re going to be under the sun for a long time. It’s always a good idea to keep your sunscreen bottle with you at all times.
6. Follow CTM Routine
Cleansing your skin first, then toning it and at the end moisturizing it, are considered as the 3 basic yet magical things that you must do to ensure a healthy glowing skin.
The main job of CTM, is to remove dust, dirt and remaining makeup from clogged pores and to give soothing, nourishment and moisturization to the skin.
Gently massage your face and eyes with a generous amount of your favorite oil or cleansing milk using your finger tips and leave it for 3-5 minutes to help it loosen off the entire residue of all the products on your face.
After that, wipe off all the extra oil with cotton pad or washcloth. With a cotton pad you are forcing the pores to gently open to flush out the dirt mix.
During summer always make sure that you choose thin cleansing milk. Even rose water act as both cleanser and toner during summer. Never use soaps on face as it makes your face even more dry. Go for mild organic face wash for a healthy skin.
Use natural chemical free toners. Green tea, cucumber and rose water are my favorite toners. They make my skin supple, tight and bright.
Splash some toner on your face after cleansing or you can spray toner onto a cotton pad and dab all over face to close the open pores and, let it dry. Follow immediately with a moisturizer.
No skin care routine is complete without this step. Moisturizing your face means using a product, which will prevent the moisture loss from your skin by creating a layer between your skin and the outside world. This will help in hydrating your skin and restoring the necessary nutrients to it.
Do not forget to choose a moisturizer according to your skin type. If your skin is dry or mature, you need a heavy moisturizer whereas for oily and combination skin, a light oil-free moisturizer would do.
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 good for your skin.
Ideal moisturizer for summer is Aloe vera gel.
7. Apply Frurit Face Packs
Homemade face packs can be made easily and also keeps your skin nourished and hydrated. You can always make face packs using seasonal fruits and vegetables.
During summer it is ideal to make face pack made out of tomatoes, honey, papaya, cucumber, oranges, lemon, yogurt etc.
Exfoliating facial scrub also works well during time. Scrub can be made out of brown sugar with honey, papaya or any other fruits. To remove the dead cells from the skin one can follow the exfoliation and scrubbing the skin will also brings back the youthful and vibrant skin.
8. Say Bye To Spicy Foods
Spicy foods excite the receptors in the skin that normally respond to heat. When you plan a meal during summer always try to use as less amount of spices as possible. The more spices you use the more difficult it gets for your tummy to digest it. Light fresh food can be the best during summers.
If you want to try spicy food, limit it to a few occasions and do not have spicy food regularly in summer. Go for salads, yogurt etc which makes your body cool from inside.
Every year, summer take a toll on the skin. The summer heat, pollution, humidity all these wipes off the natural glow and sometimes invites infections. From the harsh sun rays to the increasing dust and pollution, maintaining a soft and supple skin can be difficult.
The lazy days of summer don’t mean we should be lazy with our skin care regime, in fact it means we should be even more diligent. Keeping a few precautions in mind, you can go a long way to achieve that glowing skin and can keep your skin radiating like before.
Follow the above mentioned summer skin care routine and get a super healthy and glowing skin in summer too!