The mango season is bestowed upon us which means it’s that time of the year when the refreshing nimbu paani gets favoured over hot piping masala tea. Summer is here in all its glory and so it’s time to pull out those breezy cotton clothes and bright umbrellas.
Along with vacations and mangoes, Summer does bring a lot of heat and along with it, some skin issues too. Breakouts, dullness, dryness, rashes and acne are quite common around the month of peak April and May which calls for an extra skincare regime. And no, it’s not that hard to inculcate these small yet significant changes in your skincare routine while you gorge on those delicious seasonal fruits.
From increasing water intake to favouring certain homemade packs, here are some skincare tips that may come in handy this summer.
INCLUSION OF ALOE VERA IN YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
Antioxidant and antibacterial in nature, Aloe Vera has a soothing effect on your skin which in turn leaves it hydrated for a longer time. Not just that, it leaves a calming sensation on your dry skin and works effectively on sunburns and rashes. Petition to make Aloe Vera the hero ingredient of summer- where do we sign up?!
NOT WITHOUT THE SUNSCREEN
Stepping out in this scorching heat without applying an SPF or sunscreen is a big NO! Not only do the harmful sun rays leave your skin in an extremely oily or dry condition soaking up all the water, but they also give you a stubborn tan that you cannot get rid of. Summer’s harsh rays are the major reason for causing premature skin ageing with those spots, lines and wrinkles. A good sunscreen suitable to your skin type will protect you from all of this and so much more. Moreover, applying sunscreen multiple times can be good for your skin as it locks all the moisture and leaves your skin fresh and hydrated.
EXFOLIATE, RINSE, REPEAT
It is always better to keep your skin fresh in summer by religiously washing your face hands and feet each time you step in from the outside. Exfoliating at least three times a week with a good sunscreen can eliminate the excess dirt, sweat and oil logged in your skin pores due to the heat and pollution from the outside. Wash your face at least twice a day to have clearer skin.
SWITCH MILK-BASED LOTIONS WITH WATER-BASED MOISTURIZERS
Milk-based lotions are an idea for winter that helps in fighting the dryness the cold winds bring. Summer calls for water-based moisturizers that are light on your skin. Since our pores are clogged with excess sweat and oil thanks to the humidity this season brings, water-based moisturizers counter these elements without causing your skin to turn all oily and sweaty.
DEVELOP A SUMMERTIME DAY AND NIGHT SKINCARE ROUTINE
This may seem like a lot of work but trust us, it’s not! Use good gel-based and water-based products depending on your skin type and texture to leave the dryness, rashes and oiliness at bay. Cleanse, tone and moisturize each time before stepping out and before calling it a day. You can also use hydrating serums and overnight sheet masks at night to replenish your skin cells. Not to forget the fact that by doing so, you will wake up feeling fresh and relaxed!
GO EASY ON THE MAKEUP
Summer calls for minimal makeup as going heavy on those foundations and cakey bases will not allow your skin to breathe. Layering will make it worse for your skin to deal with humidity and heat outside thus clogging your pores with sweat, oil and harmful chemicals. Also, hello acnes!
BEFRIEND THOSE DADI K NUSKES
Those valuable lessons from your grandma may come in handy during summer. Before making a hole in your pocket for expensive products, raid your kitchen to make some homemade DIY face packs. Rubbing a peel of Papaya skin can add to the summer glow, while ingredients like honey, yogurt and turmeric can help you lock and retain moisture leaving a supple skin. On the bonus days, treat yourself with multani mitti packs!
Here are some home ingredients that can help you achieve a flawless glow in summer. Go ahead and make your DIY face maks!
HYDRATE YOURSELF WITH SEASONAL FRUITS AND LOTS. OF. WATER!
Skincare is not just an external process and ultimately, what’s on the inside will also have a lasting effect. With summer stealing the water content of your body, it is essential to have a lot of seasonal fruits and vegetables that are enriched with water content.
Fruits like watermelon and musk melon keep you cool and hydrated from within thus ensuring an ample water supply. Nothing beats the heat like refreshing nimbu paani or coconut water.
Apart from this, hydrate yourself with LOTS of water, seriously, we cannot stress this enough. Because as Geet from Jab We Met said, ‘Paani ka kaam toh sirf paani hi karta hai!’
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