Summers can be very brutal. When the temperature soars, the heat and humidity can make already active oil glands hyperactive. You eventually end up with excessive sebum around the T-zone, itchy rashes, sunburn, and premature signs of aging, pimples.

    This is why you need a proper skin care routine as your first line of protection towards harmful UV rays from sun. In this article, we will show you how to take care of your skin and keep it glowing during summer days.

It’s that time of the year when hot tea becomes a little less favoured and lemon-water will become a go-to option. Very soon, anything synthetic will be a no-no and cotton will be your go-to fabric everywhere.

Umbrellas come out to give your sunscreen company, suede shoes get packed away. We would raid our fridge for a certain king of fruits and crib each time our AC breaks down even for a minute. You may have guessed it, we are talking about summers. Summer is upon us in all its glory. And with it, a whole lot of skin care issues too. 

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! Just a few simple changes in your everyday skin care routine can ensure that you are all set to glow through this season too. Here are few summer skin care tips to follow.

  • What does summer do to our skin?

The irritating summer heat can be unforgiving on your skin. The pollution, hot sunny summer sun, heat, and humidity cause many skin problems. Tanning, dry patches, overactive sebaceous glands, sunburn, pigmentation, blemishes, and acne and many more.

    These are a few issues that you may face during summer. That is why you need to take care of your skin during this season. You also need to update your skin care products and routine with the changing seasons. Below, we have discussed some changes that you need to make in your skin care routine. Keep reading!

Too much sun is really bad for your skin. Not only  you get tanned but over exposure to sun rays can cause premature ageing of skin too. Our skin contains a pigment called melanin and too much exposure to sun causes more melanin to be produced.

 This is why too much stay under the direct sun can cause a change in your skin colour or even tanning. This is also why sunscreens are recommended irrespective of your skin-type.

Following are some of the common skin problems that one can suffer during hot summer days.

1.Tanning

2.Acne breakout

3.Rashes

4.Sunburn

5.Dehydration

6.Bacterial Infection

7.Melasma

8.Cuts and scrapes

  • Tips to Keep Your Skin Glowing in Summer:

1.Do Not Forget Sunscreen:

When our exposure levels are higher, Pick sunscreen that suits into your skin and gets absorbed. A minimum SPF of 30 is recommended and must be applied 20-30 minutes before you head out into the sun.

 If you are going to be swimming, then keep re-applying as and when it gets washed out. Sunscreen application can go a long way in minimizing sun related spots and could even help delay the onset of fine lines and wrinkles too.  

 Changing the brand you use every 6 months. And yes, people with oily skin must apply sunscreens too. “For oily skin, gel-based sunscreen is preferred, while combination and dry skin should use a sunscreen moisturizer with a matte finish if putting make up on it. Alternatively, use a cream based one which gets absorbed well without leaving a residual layer.

This is something that you absolutely cannot forget during summers. Sun protection for your face, hands, legs, and any other exposed parts of your body is vital. Excessive UV exposure can permanently damage your skin and cause sunburn, wrinkles, fine lines, skin cancer, and premature aging too, so take care.

  • Add Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet:

 Healthy Eating is a must during summer. Consume lots of fruits and vegetables. They contain essential vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that boosts collagen production, reduce inflammation, and protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun.

Another essential part of keeping your body healthy and glowing is to have a healthy intake of food. You should pay proper attention to your diet. You may consider vitamin C as it protects your skin from environmental damages.

 The organic diet help repair the skin and neutralize free radicals. Seasonal foods such as pineapples, citrus fruits, fresh berries, vegetables, and seafood are rich in essential vitamins and can boost collagen production.

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 as it contains water content.

 Stay away from sugary drinks that are full of calories. Make sure your intake of water is an optimum 8-10 glasses at least. Try vegetable juices and natural alternatives like coconut water to hydrate yourself and feel fresh.

  • Keep Yourself Hydrated:

Drink plenty of water and don’t forget to carry a water bottle with you wherever you go. Keep sipping from your bottle. This is important to keep your skin hydrated which will flush out toxins from your body, and feel refreshed during the hot summer days.

It is vital to keep yourself hydrated as you sweat excessively in the summer. Drinking a lot of water not only keeps you hydrated but also boosts your overall health and skin outlook. 

4.Go Easy on Makeup:

When it comes to makeup during summer months, go for minimal. That’s because your skin needs to breathe when the weather is super too hot and humid. If you absolutely cannot do without your foundation, go for a tinted moisturizer with SPF and layer it with face powder to avoid any patchy spots.

Moisturize your face and prep it well so it will not look patchy on your skin. Always try to use gel based products as it will hydrate your skin too and it will not make your face oily or greasy. Makes you look fresh every day. And use a good face mist so you will refresh everyday and it will also help to make your foundation non oily or patchy.

5.Exfoliate:

Using an exfoliator is a great idea to slug off dead skin cells during hot sunny days. This will ensure soft, supple, and radiant skin. You can either use an OTC product or quickly make your DIY exfoliating mask. 

During summer, your skin works hard to keep itself healthy and heal any irritation or sunburn. Help your skin in this process by exfoliating it gently. Exfoliation helps buff away the dead skin cells, leaving your skin looking radiant.

You can use any homemade sugar scrubs or market scrubs that are gentle for your skin or simply scrub your skin gently with a washcloth. However, make sure that you do not over-exfoliate your skin.

 6.Update Your Moisturizer:

                          Your skin needs constant hydration to keep it soft, supple, and radiant. Locking skin’s moisture level is of utmost importance even during summer. You may reduce the usage of a moisturizer during summer, however completely stopping its usage is not recommended.

If you think your skin does not need moisturizer during the summer days, you are wrong. The only difference is that the heavy moisturizers that you used during winter will not work during summer. You need to use a lightweight moisturizer such as gel-based when the weather is warm.

    Pick a non-greasy and light weight moisturizer pick one with SPF for daytime use that will help lock in the essential moisture of your skin.

7. Face care:

 Your face is your identity to the world, so you should look after it 365 days of the year. Summer months though, warrant a special skin care routine one that hydrates and keeps it clean and oil-free. Make sure you keep your face clean of dust and sweat through these hot months.

         A lot of people faced break-outs and pimples in these months. If you are one of them, 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.

Use exfoliation as a method to keep your face clean, “Using a scrub once or twice a week in summers for all skin types is important but, which scrub depends on your skin type.

                            Acne prone skin needs (fullers earth), sandalwood powder, water and basil whereas if you have dry and matured skin you should use egg white, lemon, sandalwood and curd with a pinch of turmeric and gram flour too”.

8. Do Not Forget the Eye Area and lips:

The sun’s rays are the harshest between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. during summer days. Avoid stepping out around these times. If you do step out, make sure your eyes are covered with sunglasses and lips protected with a balm with SPF.

          We often forget that the skin around the eyes is very delicate and needs extra care and attention. If too much heat is making your eyes burn, then wash them with clean and cold water. A couple of cold cotton pads dipped in potato or cucumber juice can be soothing too. If the problem persists, do consult a doctor.

 This will prevent the formation of wrinkles around your eyes. Don’t forget to apply a moisturizing eye cream which doesn’t contains any chemicals both during the day and at night. Use products that contain hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, honey, and cucumber. Massage the area around your eyes every night to relax the muscles.

9. Always Take Cold Water Showers:

Overall hygiene can go a long way in tackling the heat. Having a bath twice a day will not only keep your skin fresh and hydrate, it will also help combat summer.

     If you are prone to prickly heat a bucket-bath with neem leaves can help. People who suffer from body odour can also benefit from regular bathing. Chlorine water can speed up the process of tanning, that is the reason why we tan more in the pool than ordinarily.

Make sure you bathe after a swim to get the chlorine off your body. “Soaking hands and feet in water enriched with a pinch of salt will help boost blood circulation and after that applying a cream rich in Vitamin C should help too,”.

 Avoid hot showers and steam baths during summer as they dehydrate your skin. Take a cold shower instead. It keeps your skin pores unclogged and prevents acne breakouts. It is also much more refreshing

10. Get Enough Exercise:

If the summer heat, sweat, and humidity are keeping you off the treadmill, don’t give up. Though staying in and watching a movie while sipping iced tea is a tempting option, exercise is equally important for maintaining healthy skin during summer too.

Physical activity improves blood flow, which means your skin cells get more oxygen. Thus, your body heals any tissue damage like a sunburn or acne easily.

Add some fun to your workout routine and Zumba instead. Even better, go cycling, play volleyball with your friends. Any form of exercise is good for your health.

11.Use A Good Toner:

A good toner can be effective in closing open pores. The maximum number of sebaceous glands are found on the T-zone of the face. To prevent sweat and oil from clogging these pores, use an aloe vera or cucumber-based toner as they are lighter.

A cool face mist also works wonders on a hot and humid summer day. It helps in soothing sunburns and inflammation and makes your skin look fresh and dewy. You can buy a face mist or even you can make one at home.

12.Wear Breathable Fabrics:

Cotton is the best fabric to wear during summer. Wear light and loose clothing. Avoid tight fitting garments in synthetic fabrics. These can increase your discomfort and make you sweat more, which in turn makes the skin itchy and can lead to infections.

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.

  • Home remedy for beautiful Skin in Summer:
  1. Cooling Cucumber Face Mist-for all skin type

Cucumber feels extremely soothing on the skin. For this face mist, grate one cucumber and strain the juice through a soft cloth. Mix the juice with a tablespoon of rosewater, mint leaves and, a teaspoon of lemon juice in a spray bottle. Spritz it on your face throughout the day.

B. Gentle Coffee Body Exfoliator for Tan Removal-For All Skin Types

If you have coffee grounds at home, making this body scrub. Mix a quarter cup of brown sugar, half a cup of coffee grounds, 2 tablespoons of sesame oil, olive oil, a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil, and a tablespoon of sea salt. Store the mixture in a glass jar. Use this mixture as a body scrub.

C. Soothing Cucumber and Mint Eye Mask-for everyone

A refreshing eye mask can instantly take all the tiredness away from your eye area. For this easy eye mask, blend a few mint leaves, extract the juice, and mix it with half a cup of cucumber juice.

Add rosewater to it. Dip cotton pads in this mixture and place them on your eyes. If you want, you may place the soaked cotton pads in a zip lock bag and refrigerate it for 15 minutes before using it. You will love the cooling sensation of this eye mask.

D. Strawberry and Lemon Face Pack

If you love fruit face masks, you are going to love this one too. Combine mashed strawberries with a tablespoon of yogurt, half a teaspoon of lemon juice, and honey.

    Apply this on your face as a face mask and wash it off after it dries. Make sure that you dilute the lemon juice before using it on your skin. Since lemon makes the skin photosensitive, use a sunscreen before you go out after using this face pack. Avoid lemon juice if you have sensitive skin.

E. Pore Tightening Egg White Face Mask

This is an easy home-made face mask. Mix a teaspoon of orange juice and a pinch of turmeric powder with one egg white. Apply this mask on your face. Let it dry for 15 minutes before washing it off.

HAVE A HAPPY SUMMER!

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