As the encroaching sun rages up, it is important to protect the skin to avoid unwanted skin problems. Summer months definitely demand a change in the beauty regime and skin care to help de stress and detoxify the skin.
Effects of summer:
Summers are associated with excessive heat that disturbs the critical balance between oil and water in the body. It is true that too much of perspiration clogs the skin pores and enhances exposure to the harmful UV rays which could result in premature aging, sagging and appearance of wrinkles on the skin. It is important to stay away from the sun from 10am to 4 pm, when the rays of the sun are the strongest. There are a number of other skin care tips that help protect the skin from summer.
Best skin care tips for summer:
1. Using moisturizer:
The needs of the skin would change as the temperature gets altered. Those old and thicker moisturizing creams that were used during winter months become tough to absorb by the skin. Therefore it is important to switch over to lighter emulsion creams with different formulae to offer the skin its desired hydration and moisture. For those with oily skin, it is important to use an oil-balancing moisturizer to avoid greasy looks and finish on the skin.
2. Moisturizers with enhanced SPF:
To offer the protection the skin deserves, it is important to use a moisturizer that has an SPF of 15, for everyday use. For fairer people, this has to be topped up by an additional sunscreen. It is important to carry the sunscreen always and use it every few hours, especially over areas that are sensitive to sun such as lips and nose. Lips are important portions to be protected from the skin as they lack melanin and are more prone for damage. Regular use of lip balm would help avoid wrinkles and premature aging.
It is quite important to exfoliate the skin in summer season as this helps to enhance blood circulation in the face and remove dead skin cells. Any cosmetic scrubs that are available in the market could be used or home preparations could also be considered to exfoliate the skin. Exfoliation should be followed up with a face mask or moisturizer.
4.Frequent cleansing of the skin:
Frequent and adequate cleansing regime is recommended to avoid blocked skin pores. It is also important to keep the skin purified and balanced by removing all perspiration and make up that gets build up on the skin during day. At night, it is important to cleanse the skin and exfoliate to remove dead skin cells, toners would help remove any residues left and helps in re-balancing the skin.
5. Avoiding aerated drinks:
It is the common tendency to reach out for aerated and oil cold drinks in summer to quench thirst on really hot summers. But these drinks are completely made of sugar which is not good for the skin and the body. Aerated drinks should be replaced with water, fresh fruit juices, fresh lime or tender coconut water to help stay hydrated all day. Diuretics such as caffeine and alcohol should be avoided as they dehydrate the system.