Summer is the time when longer sunshine hours, pollution, excessive heat, humidity affects our skin badly. So our skin requires special care and attention to protect it from heat and warmth of the sun which makes skin susceptible to tan, blackheads, clogged pores. The excessive sweating, grime and dust makes your skin dull and lifeless and lead to skin problems like heat rashes, dry skin, wrinkles, skin pigmentation, dark spots and even risk of skin cancer. So to save your skin from scorching heat and avoid ugly tan and other skin issues, you must keep your skin hydrated, fresh and healthy. Here are 8 brilliant ways to restore hydration to your de-hydrated skin and keep it glowing naturally in summer.
Top Tips For Freshest And Healthiest Summer Skin:
1. Keep Yourself Hydrated
The scorching heat of the sun leaves your body dehydrated as it tends to lose lot of moisture. And nothing works better than drinking plenty of water to keep your body hydrated from inside out. Drinking enough water will not just quench your thirst help to keep your skin soft and moisturized by flushing out toxins and waste from your body. To keep your digestive track cool and healthy, drink lots of fluids like fruit juices, buttermilk, coconut water and green tea. Green tea has anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties which will help your body fight against free radical damage and detoxifying the skin will protect it from several skin disorders.
2. Eat Water-Rich Food
The heat waves make your body dehydrated during summer which reflects on your skin. To provide your body extra hydration, enrich your diet with foods that are water-rich like be cucumber, lettuce watermelon, berries, apples, oranges sun melon or broccoli etc. which are also high in antioxidant and nutrients. Stay away from eating salty snacks and foods which can further dehydrate your body. Incorporate lot of green veggies and fruits in your diet for healthy working of your immune system and reduce stress level.
3. Apply Sunscreen
Our skin needs year round protection from Sun UV rays, but sun protection during summer is far more important, as sun rays are strongest during this season which makes your skin age fast… Apply abroad-spectrum fluid based SPF 30 waterproof sunscreen every 2 to 4 hours 30 minutes before stepping out in the sun. But reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours can make skin oily, block the pores and cause acne. Application of fluid based oil will provide your skin less oil and more water, and help to maintain proper hydration it needs. Also wear hats, sun glasses and full covered clothing etc. for extra protection. Try to stay indoors when sun rays are harshest that is from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. to prevent skin damage and skin darkening.
4. Use A Gentle Cleanser
Due to higher level of pollution, excessive sweat, dirt and pollution, keeping skin looking fresh and clear during summer month can be a challenge. Cleanse your face morning and evening using a gentle and foaming cleanser containing a cleanser with mild AH and BH acids. Papaya, aloe vera or cucumber based products are excellent for cleansing the skin gently removing dead skin cells. You can also make home -made cleanser using these ingredients. If your skin is highly sensitive use oil based cleanser.
5. Moisturize Your Skin With Water Based Moisturizer
Whether it is winter or summer, moisturizer is an essential skin care routine you must follow without a break. When the weather is hot and humid, choose a moisturizer that is water based, not oil based. The humidity and excessive perspiration may compel you to shower often in summer. Apply moisturizer right after the bath or shower when your body is still damp. This will help to lock the water molecules and keep your skin hydrated soft and supple. Many dermatologist recommend using a moisturizer with sunscreen.
6. Exfoliate For A Clearer Skin
Provide your skin a gentle exfoliation once a week to remove dead skin cells. This will help to remove all the impurities from your skin and allow the skin to get more hydration from moisturizer and toner. Perform exfoliation before applying toner moisturizer, SPF or any other makeup application. Many beauty experts recommend exfoliating using homemade fruit enzymes or acid based exfoliating masks at night because skin becomes highly sensitive to UV rays after exfoliation.
7. Repair Sun Damage
Sun tan skin may be a popular look in summer but actually it is nothing other than damaged skin. Homemade anti-tan face masks made with antioxidant rich natural ingredients like honey, lemon juice, cucumber etc. are a great way to remove tan but give your skin an anti-aging treatment and keep skin healthy and glowing during summer.
8. Cool Off Your Skin
When you go out, carry a facial mist spray with you. It will help to nourish and hydrate your thirsty skin all day long. Its benefit goes beyond a basic moisturizer. It help to sooth irritated skin, cool of the overheated skin, protect your skin from sun damage and won’t melt off even in the heat.