Summertime, means holidays and school breaks and an opportunity to spend time outdoors. As the days are longer during summer solstice, we all get involved in various activities such as sports and outdoor games, trips to beaches, sunbathing and watersports. But all this fun and harsh summer brings skin damage, increased oil secretions, loss of skin luster and exposure to harmful UV rays results in tan, patches, wrinkles, skin cancer, melasma and photo ageing.
Summer Tips For Dazzling Skin
So, here are some tips which will help you to reduce the effect of damage and have blemishless skin.
Exfoliation means removing dead and dry surface skin with the help of loofah, washcloth, gentle exfoliating scrubs, rotating brush, peels, enzymes, etc. Doing so leads to rejuvenated, soft, fresh and brighter looking skin, but exfoliation increases sun sensitivity, so restrict exfoliation 1-2 times a week for dry skin and 2-3 times for oily skin. Don’t forget to moisturize your skin with watery based moisturizer containing high SPF.
Bring Into Play- Sun Screen
Sunscreen should be applied 15-30 minutes before stepping out in sun, so that the sunscreen is absorbed in the skin. According to some dermatologists and skin care specialists, Sun Protective Factor should be high. SPF-30 is recommended during summer. It’s just not enough to apply sunscreen but it’s necessary to reapply when needed. Also, choose sunscreen which provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
Hydrate With Water
To prevent dehydration and heat stroke, keep your skin and body hydrated. Drinking plenty of water during day time will help you keep critical moisture balance and flushing out toxins. Avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol, as these are diuretics leading to anxiety. Green tea or herbal tea are options over caffeinated beverages. Sports drink helps in replenishing electrolyte balance in the body. Also, apply light and fast absorbing gels and purees for healing purpose. Rose water, water melon, cucumber and aloe vera extract are also effective healing options.
Say No To Over Exposure
Avoid going out in sun from 10 am to 3 pm, as the UV rays are strongest during this period. Exposure during this hottest part of the day for long time leads to damage. But, early morning exposure helps in your daily dose of Vitamin D and late afternoon cooler hours can help in minimizing exposure. Try to be in shade when the sun is high up in the sky.
Cover it up
Use light weight fabrics, lighter shades of color, loose fitting clothes and choose fabrics impregnated with UV- absorbing colorless dye. Cotton clothes are cool natural fabric. Wear Sun-glass which protects your delicate eyes against harmful UV rays. Wear large hats in conjunction with sunglasses. In addition to this wearing hand gloves protect them from heat.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and salads, enriched in anti-oxidants. Also, include whole grains in your daily diet too. Yogurt is also helpful to combat heat.
Hands And Feet- Take Care!
Soaking hands and feet in lukewarm water with a pinch of salt to it helps in relieving tiredness, exfoliation of the same helps in removing dust and pollution. Don’t forget to exfoliate knees and elbows as they remain darker in shade compared to other parts of body. Rubbing lemon or potatoes followed by bathing helps in naturally exfoliating and tone color lightening.
Flaunt in shorts and show off your radiating skin this summer with these useful tips!