Retaining healthy skin in summer becomes a daily struggle with the scorching heat, pollution and humidity. No matter what your skin type is, upping your skin care game is a must during this season in addition to staying out of direct sunlight as much as possible and using an umbrella during the day.
Here are a five easy-to-follow skin-care tips to keep your skin healthy and glowing this summer:
Hydration is key:
All the skincare in the world is of no use if your skin isn’t hydrated. Dermatologists recommend drinking plenty of water during summer to help wash out toxins and prevent dehydration.
Drink at least eight glasses of water a day and always carry a bottle with you if possible. More importantly hydration is known to help recover skin from sunburns!
Sunscreen is your holy grail:
Sunscreen is your holy grail if you want to save your skins from sun-burns and lasting damage. According to dermatologists invest in a sunscreen with UVA and UVB.
For exposed skin always go for sunscreen with SPF-30 or higher. More importantly, remember that it needs to be re-applied every couple of hours, so if you plan to stay out for long, make sure you pack extra sunscreen.
Less make-up is more:
During summer keep your make-up as lightweight as your wardrobe. Your pores have higher chances of clogging during summer and break-outs become a common phenomenon.
Swap out your heavy cleansers with gentle, foaming options. If you must use make-up, make sure it is non-comedogenic (the kind that doesn’t clog your pores).
Go for oil-free primers, lightweight foundation or BB creams, preferably with SPF for a light base followed by pressed powder.
And remember the golden rule: clean skin means healthy skin! No matter what the season, make sure you thoroughly clean and moisturize after getting home.
Moisturisers in summer? Definitely yes:
People often mistakenly assume that moisturizers are meant only for winter. Fact is they should be used year round as it not only hydrates but also provides your skin with a protective layer.
Dermatologists recommend going for a lightweight moisturizer with SPF 30 or higher to avoid that heavy sticky feeling. Again, avoid thick moisturizers, especially if you have oily, acne-prone skin as they clog your pores and prevent them from breathing.
You can also invest in a Vitamin C serum as they help prevent hyperpigmentation and go a long way to give your skin a healthy glow. Just layer on a few drops between cleanser and moisturizer and you’re good to go!
Also, make sure you keep your body moisturized with a good body lotion to keep it soft and supple!
Exfoliation is one of the ground rules of basic skincare as out body sheds skin and if not removed make your skin look dull and tired. No matter how great a moisturizer or lotion you use without exfoliation you won’t achieve that glowing skin.
Use good body scrub for your body and a separate scrub for your face depending on your skin type. Do it no more than two-three times a week as you don’t want to over-exfoliate your skin.