It’s that time of the year when the good ol’ Hot Cuppa is replaced with Iced Tea, satin and synthetic fabrics are put away for cottons, and knee-high boots are swapped with open sandals. Summer is here and the scorching heat can be quite harsh on your skin. So just like your wardrobe and food choices, your skincare needs a seasonal change too. It’s time to swap those night creams with light-weight moisturisers and hydrate your body and skin with plenty of water.
Check out these 5 tips to have healthy, glowing skin this summer!
Exfoliate for that Glow
Exfoliate is a term we all may have heard our dermatologists use, but what is exfoliating? It is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your body by using a granular substance. Our skin naturally sheds dead skin cells every minute of the day and if you don’t get rid of these dead skin cells, your skin will appear dull and dry, no matter how much TLC you do to it. In fact, the summer heat and sunlight steals your skin’s hydration and creates dead cells so exfoliating your skin once or twice a week with a body scrub is not only good, but great for your skin. Say hello to fresh, glowy skin!
Cleanse and Tone to Remove the Dirt
Your skin generates more sebum in summer to maintain its temperature, thus leading to clogged pores that cause acne. It also makes your skin oily and greasy so cleansing your skin 2-3 times a day is necessary to remove all the dirt and impurities. Using a gentle face wash that not only cleans but also leaves your skin feeling fresh and hydrated is necessary. After cleansing, use a toner to tighten the skin and open up the pores. This will ensure that your skin is clean from the dermis to the epidermis.
Suncreen is Your Best Friend
We can’t stress on this enough. Using a sunscreen is not only good but very important. The UV rays of the sun are damaging for your skin any time of the year but all the more in summer because the rays are much more strong during this time. Wear a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, at least 15 minutes before you head out. Reapply every 2-3 hours or when it gets washed out. Choose your sunscreen depending on your skin type—for oily skin, gel based sunscreens are ideal, for dry skin, use a cream based moisturising sunscreen.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
Drinking plenty of water is the first step to hydrating your skin. When your skin is appearing flaky and dull, it’s time to increase your water intake for that glowy, smooth skin. Consuming at least eight glasses of water daily is adviced, although your body may require more depending on your daily activities. So, up your water game and see the change for yourself.
Go for a Lighter Lotion
Summer is a time when you should ditch the thick nightcreams and moisturisers for lighter lotions. Go in for something that is fast absorbing and lightweight, but don’t ditch it completely because no matter what the weather, you need to seal in some moisture that your body loses through the day. - Niharika Keerthi and Pic credit: Pexels.com