5 Tips for Glowing skin in summer
Warmer temperatures mean it is time to change your skin care routine. The sunny summer can be pretty harsh on your skin if you don't take proper care of your skin. So, just like your wardrobe, your skin care too definitely needs a seasonal change. Here's a holistic list of summer skincare tips that would help all skin types
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 regimen – one that hydrates and keeps it clean and grime-free. Make sure you keep your face clean through these hot months. A lot of people encounter breakouts 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. Exfoliation is 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, rose 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.
Use weather appropriate products
The thick creams you were using through the winter months won’t do you any good now. Pack them away or use them for very dry areas of your body like the feet. Summer months need products that let your skin breathe naturally. Go for lighter lotions and serums. Products that block pores can cause more problems. Water-based moisturizers work best for normal skin types, for oily skin, gel-based moisturizers are preferred while for extra oily and acne prone skin, stick to facial sprays with minerals. Natural moisturizers like glycerin and rose water added to the bathing water helps a lot and applying plain curd for 10-15 minutes on all dry areas of the body before bathing works wonders too.
Stick to the basics
You may think your skin cannot get dry during summers but that’s a myth. Moving in and out of air-conditioned areas alone can cause your skin to dry out. This is applicable not just to facial skin but the entire body. Make sure you follow the age old principle of cleansing, toning and moisturizing at night before sleeping. Sweating can cause our skin pores to open up. You need to use a toner to help close these pores. Sticking to the basics during summers is even more important given the UV rays of the sun that could result in premature ageing and wrinkles.
Importance of sunscreen
Don't forget to wear sunscreen! UV rays can be harmful for your skin any time of the year, but more so in the summer months when our exposure levels are higher. Pick a sunscreen that gels 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. Sunscreen application can go a long way in minimizing sun related spots and could even help delay the onset of fine lines and wrinkles. For oily skin, gel-based sunscreen is preferred, while combination and dry skin should use a sunscreen moisturizer with a matte finish if putting makeup on it. Alternatively, use a cream based one which gets absorbed well without leaving a residual layer.
There are ingredients in your kitchen which can help soothe the skin during summer. Lemon and tomato are very good for keeping your skin fresh. A quick way to use tomato is to juice tomatoes and freeze the juice using your regular ice-trays. Use this as a gentle scrub every alternate day and let the juice dry on the skin before washing it off. The lycopene in tomato does wonders for the facial skin.