Summer has finally arrived! Summer sun brings summer fun. Warm months are perfect for spending time together, so usually people jet off on holiday for some well-deserved relaxation. While for many of us, summer brings the temptations of ice cream and flavoured crushed ice (gola), overdoing the tan flaunting our beautiful curves and rocking the colourful summer dresses.
But apart from all the fun and good things, when we think about summer we do get nightmares about the summer heat, lots of sweating, dryness, skin problems like tan, sun burns, pimples, heat rashes, blemishes and much more.
With the blazing sun of the summer months, you need to know how to look after your skin, hair and body properly and look fresh and vibrant.
Every year, summer take a toll on the skin. The heat, pollution, humidity, etc all wipes off the natural glow, and sometimes, invites infections. To avoid all these hassles, and to keep your skin radiating like before, here are the some easy tips you can follow this season.
1. Exfoliate your body
The ground rule of basic skincare is to exfoliate your skin. Your body sheds skin cells at an amazing rate every minute of every day. If you don’t get rid of them, they’ll just set in on your skin making you look dull and dry. No matter how much lotion you use, you’re never going to have glowing skin if you don’t exfoliate. Grab a body scrub and hit the shower. Gently rub your exfoliator in circular movements on your entire body and rinse clean. Continue to do this 2-3 times a week for year-round beautiful skin. Use natural ingredients to exfoliate your skin, which may include coffee, sugar, etc
2. Sunscreen is a must
Remember, sunscreen is the most important product you must use. Exposure to sun can damage your skin which can form wrinkles and fine lines. Prolonged exposure can also lead to dark spots or patches. Throw away last year’s unused sunscreen for a new bottle. Sunscreens aren’t meant to last forever, and seeing most people don’t use as much as they should. Buy a new sunscreen that has UVA and UVB and comes in SPF 30 to SPF 70. Re-apply it every 1-2 hours when you are exposed to sun to ensure a summer full of fun.
3. Update your moisturizer
If you think your skin doesn’t need a moisturizer during the summer months, you are wrong. The only difference is that the heavy moisturizers that you used during the winter months will not work during summer. You need to use a light moisturizer when the weather is warm. Pick a non-greasy and lightweight moisturizer that will help to lock in the essential moisture of your skin.
4. Consider changing your face wash, tone your skin and add some antioxidants.
Cleansing your face is the most basic skin care routine that you need to follow, irrespective of the season. During summers, the climate is already hot and humid. Your face tends to produce more oil during this time, so you need to change your cleanser accordingly. Toners are a must-have during the summer months. A good toner keeps your skin oil-free and clean. It also reduces the appearance of pores. Invest in serums, moisturizers, and sunscreens that come with an additional punch of antioxidants. For instance, vitamin C protects your skin from environmental damage.
5. Go for minimal make-up and cool off with a face Mist.
When it comes to makeup during summer months, go minimal. That’s because your skin needs to breathe when the weather is super 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. Do not forget your lips. Instead of lipsticks, use tinted lip balms with SPF. Avoid heavy eye makeup. Stick to a simple kajal instead. Use a mist, as a cool face mist works wonders on a hot and humid summer day. It helps in soothing sunburns and inflammation and makes your skin look fresh and dewy.
6. Trust natural remedies only
Go natural! Do not trust commercial products to help you take care of the skin. Remember, these chemical packed products will only damage your skin in the long run. Instead, there are ingredients in your kitchen that can help soothe your skin during summer. Bring lemon and tomatoes to your rescue.
7. Do not forget your eyes and lips
Your eyes and lips are the most exposed and the most neglected areas of your face. Whenever you step out of the house, make sure your eyes are covered with sunglasses as this will prevent the formation of wrinkles around your eyes. Don’t forget to apply a moisturizing eye cream both during the day and at night. Use natural products that contain hydrating ingredients such as honey, and cucumber. Massage the area around your eyes every night to relax the muscles. Make sure your lips are loaded with sun protecting balm. Wash your eyes and lips with cold water once you come from outside.
8. Do not forget your feet
Your skin doesn’t end at your neck. Most of us tend to forget our feet. Now that you have replaced your winter boots with summer sandals, you need to take care of your feet as well. Give yourself a pedicure at home. Use a scrub to remove the dead and dry skin cells. Moisturize your feet and don’t forget to apply sunscreen lotion on them. Apply a good coat of nail colour on your nails to protect them.
Now is the season to let go of perfect, sleek hairdos and embrace that loose, natural look. Lets talks about how to protect your hair from the heat, sun, and humidity without turning it into an endless battle.
1. Cover up!
Use a scarf or big brim hat to cover your head when you’re out in the sun. Not only does this provide extra UV protection, but it also helps your scalp to retain moisture. A hat reduces damage caused by wind, especially if your hair is prone to tangling, and protects colour-treated hair.
2. Put your hair up in loose, comfortable styles
A messy braid is ideal for keeping your hair under control and minimizing exposure to the sun. Tight hairstyles can be damaging because they tend to pull and break hair, especially if your hair is dry from the summer heat.
3. Wash less often
Frequent washing strips your scalp of its natural oils, which in turn stimulates additional oil production and makes you feel the need to wash it even more. Use a homemade or natural dry shampoo, such as cornstarch, in place of regular shampoo to go a bit longer without washing.
4. Reduce the heat
Try to blow-dry your hair as little as possible. It is already exposed to a significant amount of heat on a daily basis in the summer, and it will probably air-dry quickly anyways, so give the blow dryer a break and go all naturel if you can. Avoid flat-irons, too, as they will do further damage to already-dry hair. Plus, a sleek hairstyle only makes that frizz stand out more.
5. Spray & Seal
Make a mixture of water, aloe vera juice, and olive oil. Store it in a spray bottle and spray it on your hair whenever a bit of moisture and/or control is needed. Another good option is argan oil mixed with water.
6. Condition always
Rinse with apple cider vinegar diluted in water for a quick natural conditioner. Use some coconut oil to smooth, de-frizz, and moisturize your locks after washing. The oil will give some shine and, if you have wavy hair, create natural, air-dried curls. Try a natural deep conditioning treatment once a week to get that extra bit of moisture into your hair.
7. Try a hot oil massage
Coconut, olive, and avocado oils are good hair. Oil your hair a night before you wash your hair or atleast an hour before. Then shampoo hair as usual, rinse and condition. Your hair should feel moisturized afterward, but not greasy.
8. Use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush
Avoid pulling anything through your hair when it’s wet, since that’s when it’s most susceptible to breaking. Wide-tooth combs are most gentle for untangling hair, as brushes can pull and tear when they snag strands.
We all know that summer can be fun-filled and hot. It takes awareness and actions to maintain healthy body balance. Here are some ideas for staying healthy in summer.
1. Make water your best friend and stay hydrated
At least 8 glasses of water are needed. If possible, carry a water bottle with you and remember to drink at least once every 30 min. Water not only helps you feel fresh, but it also prevents dehydration and will help wash out a lot of toxins.
2. Binge on cooling foods
Healthy eating is a must during summer. Consume lots of seasonal foods, such as watermelons, pineapples, citrus fruits, fresh berries, seafood, and vegetables. These contain essential vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that reduce inflammation, and protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Your diet also decides the glow on your skin therefore, always eat seasonal fruits and vegetables that cool your body. Drink vegetables juices, fruit juices and coconuts water as this will be the best electrolyte on a hot sunny day.
3. Give yourself vitamin C boost
Vitamin C is responsible for maintaining healthy tissue of the skin that keeps the skin healthy, firm and strong. Load up on vitamin C rich foods like orange, lemon, amla, grapefruits, tomato and green leafy vegetables among others.
4. Cover up yourself
While enjoying the sun and outdoors, protect yourself from overexposure to sunlight. Wear a big brim hat and loose cotton clothes so that your skin can breathe easily. Carry Aloe vera gel for overexposure and have an aloe plant growing in your home for any kind of burn.
5. Get enough exercise
If the summer heat, sweat, and humidity are keeping you off the treadmill, don’t give up. I know that staying inside and watching a movie while sipping iced tea is a tempting option, but exercise is equally important for maintaining healthy skin during summer. Physical activity improves blood flow, which means your skin cells get more oxygen which helps your body to heals any damaged tissues easily. Add some fun to your workout routine and try Zumba, go cycling, play volleyball with your family/ friends or try hiking. Any form of exercise is good for your health.
6. Don’t cut down your resting time
Your body needs time to repair itself. That’s why no matter what schedule you maintain, try to take out enough time to rest. This is crucial because, during the summer months, the days are longer, and most of us tend to be active for longer. While your body rests, it repairs all the damaged tissues and revitalizes your immune system so that it can fight off any bacteria.
7. Always take cold water showers
Avoid hot showers and steam baths during summer as they dehydrate your skin. Take a cold water shower instead. It keeps your skin pores unclogged and prevents acne breakouts. It is also much more refreshing.
8. Stay hygienic
Overall hygiene also helps tackle the heat. Take a bath twice daily, which will not only keep your skin and body fresh but also helps you to stay away from summer infections.
I hope you loved reading this article as much I loved writing and sharing these amazing tips with you. I hope these tips rescue you from the burning heat.
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“‘Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about.”-John Mayer