We all have different types of skin, don’t we? Some have oily, some have super dry skin, some have a combination of both. No matter what our skin texture is like, there is one season that is a nightmare for our skin. People who have dry skin fear when the sun is shining in all its glory. The hot weather strips the skin of its natural oils, making it feel super flaky, stretchy, and sometimes itchy. The worst part about having dry skin in summer is having to use a heavy moisturiser in the sweltering heat.
Summer is the season to flaunt your bright and glowing skin! Enjoy all the fun and goodness of the sun but don’t let your skin take the brunt for it. Warm weather brings a whole swerve of skin-care challenges but you can be well prepared with the following simple tricks.
The sun’s rays are more intense in the summer as compared to winters. This means you should be vigilant about safeguarding your skin each morning by applying a generous layer of sunscreen. We are exposed to harmful UVA/UBA rays, yes even indoors, that can cause premature ageing, tanning, dullness & free radicals. So, make your sunscreen an important part of your morning skincare routine.
If you want to avoid that hot-and-sticky feeling that some sunscreens can leave behind, you can opt for gel-based sunscreens or other breathable solutions that feel light and leave your skin feeling hydrated.
We are often reminded of how not to over-exfoliate but that rules don’t apply to summers as it is the time to slough away. The skin needs to be exfoliated, at least twice a week to keep the glow intact.
For starters, a paste of besan and milk or malai/cream with some oatmeal or turmeric and lemon is all you need. Just rub any of these DIY masks on your face and neck in circular motions and it will do wonders. If you do have multani mitti (Fuller’s earth) at home, add a few drops of rosewater and sandalwood powder to it and it not only hydrates your skin but also reduces the appearance of acne scars and blemishes.
Aloe Vera is the key to all your skin troubles! Always keep frozen aloe vera juice cubes to rub on your face and neck before you start your morning and night skincare routine. It contains two hormones; auxin and gibberellins that are responsible for imparting anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation and irritation during summer. It is known to cure chronic skin problems like eczema.
Parched skin, who?
Excessive sweating and humidity cause dirt and pollutants to stick to our skin. But don’t worry, these easy fruit masks can provide your skin with a boost of freshness, hydration and nourishment.
Recipe 1: Mash one banana and add some milk or egg white to it. Apply it evenly on your face and rinse off with cold water after 20 minutes. Banana contains moisture, potassium and Vitamins E and C that are responsible for promoting clear glowing skin.
Recipe 2: Mash papaya in a bowl and add a few drops of lemon juice to it. You could also add an egg white and some honey to the papaya paste. Leave it on for 20 minutes before washing it off. Enriched with Vitamin A, papaya helps to remove dead skin cells and inactive proteins, thus replenishing your skin.
Recipe 3: Watermelon juice, coconut juice and cucumber juice are known for their cooling properties. These juices are power-packed with vitamin A, B6 and C and are known for their cooling properties during summer. You should not only apply but also drink these juices to get that flawless summer glow!
As we are all indoors, we tend to binge on unhealthy food and snacks. During summer, it is advisable to avoid oily, super spicy, and fried foods. Swap your chai, coffee, or aerated drinks with fresh fruit juices, coconut water, or even buttermilk.
Infuse your water with apple and strawberries or add lemon or cucumber slices, ginger and mint to give it that zesty taste. Drink at least 2 liters of water every day. Keep your meals light, full of green vegetables and fruits that are high on water content.
Hydration begins with what you eat too!
Honey and milk are natural moisturizers that one can include as natural ways to moisturize your skin during summers.
As we are all at home currently, avoid applying heavy makeup, and let your skin breathe. Use soothing ingredients like tomatoes on your skin as they are a great source of antioxidants and can be used as a mask pack along with some lemon juice; you can also make ice-cubes of the same.
No matter how tempted you are to skip moisturising your skin because it’s hot and your face gets sweaty – don’t do that. It will only make your dry skin worse. Swap your heavy creamy moisturisers with gel-based ones.
So, are you ready for the sun? 🌞
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