Summer has hit us, we’ve switched to sandals from boots, given up on sweaters and have changed to cotton tops, and now choose a nimbu-pani over a hot cuppa. There is one more thing that needs to change and it is our skincare routine.
Yes, we dream of flawless skin, and while winter can be your friend that helps achieve these goals, summer can drag you down before you even know it! The scorching heat and rising temperatures that make your skin oily demand extra care.
What summer does to your skin
Summers in India are hot and how! The sun is harsh and at most places the air dry, this means, that your skincare routine needs to change with the change in weather.
Too much sun can be harmful to your skin. Surprised? Yes, vitamin D is essential but what can overexposure do to your skin type. Well, for starters if you stay in the sun for too long, you will more often than not accelerate premature aging for your skin. Melanin is a pigment found in our skin and overexposure to the sun causes the production of melanin to increase, which results in tanning and sunburns.
Yes, flawless skin during the summer is not an impossible dream, but you also need to take care of it flawlessly. And here are a few tips that will help you achieve that
What Should be Your Summer Skincare Routine
For your Face
Our face has the most delicate skin as compared to the rest of our body, so it’s obvious that it requires special care. Summer calls for a new skincare routine that requires you to keep your skin hydrated at all times. It is also important to keep it clean and free of sweat, grime, and dust. If you have oily skin make sure you wash your face at least 3-4 times a day (you need not use a facewash, just clean water should suffice). Summer is also the time when people get a lot of pimples and breakouts on their face, this can be avoided by using the right kind of exfoliators for your skin.
For the Body
Breakouts are a common occurrence on shoulders and back during the summer. So while on a skincare regime, don’t ignore your body. After a long day in the heat and sweat, go home and take a quick shower, then use a body cream with an oil-free formula. Apply something hydrating that not only helps soothe your skin but also heals it to health.
Don’t Forget the Eyes and Lips
The skin around our eyes is really delicate and it is important that you take special care of it. Avoid heading out without sunglasses during the day. Sometimes, the heat from the sun can also cause your eyes to burn. On such occasions, wash your eyes with cold water. By the end of the day, you can use cucumber or potato slices on your eyes and let them absorb the heat.
Our lips also need attention. If you don’t consume enough water during summers, it is evidently visible in the form of chapped lips. Heal those cuts with a lip balm that heals and moisturizes your lips.
Things You Must Eat
My grandmother would always say that your face can tell what you’ve been eating. So what we eat has a direct effect on how we feel and look. If you eat too much of oily food in the summer, it may result in breakouts and pimples. Opt for seasonal fruits and have a lot of berries as they have amazing antioxidant properties. Avoid drinks with a lot of sugar and have a minimum of 8 glasses of water if not more. If fresh coconut water is readily available, don’t miss out on it, it’s super hydrating and can refresh like no other.
Our grandmas have been insisting on using natural ingredients for all skin and health ailments, and trust me, they couldn’t be more right about it. You have ingredients in your kitchen that if used correctly can make you look and feel like a million bucks! Even in this summer heat! Use lemons to make lemonade (which also hydrates your body) but you can also add them to your homemade face packs and masks. Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C and therefore helps brighten your skin. Tomato is another such ingredient, add some 2 tablespoons of tomato juice to one teaspoon of water and apply it to your face. Tomato helps reduce tanning, treats open pores, and brings a refreshing glow to your skin.