Think summer and heat, humidity and pollution top the list. While extreme heat and weather conditions can cause hormonal imbalance, prolonged sun exposure can lead to an early appearance of wrinkles and premature ageing. So, here are ten tips for healthy skin.
1) CREATE A ROUTINE
Summer skin care requires only a small amount of effort on your part, as long as you follow a proper regime. Regular application of sunscreen and hydrating facials are best defenses against the sun and other forms of skin aberrations.
2) APPLY PRODUCTS ENRICHED WITH VITAMIN C AND MINERALS
Look for zinc oxide as a key ingredient in your products as it will protect the skin from harsh rays. Also, look up for ingredients such as aloe vera or chamomile for a soothing effect, and products with vitamin C.
3) HYDRATE YOUR EYES
The delicate skin around the eyes tends to become thinner due to over exposure to the sun and heat. Keep the area hydrated by using a light under eye cream. When stored in refrigerator, an eye cream will aid in cooling down eyes.
4) GO FOR WATER-BASED MOISTURISER
To avoid excess oil on your face, do not make the mistake of skipping your daily mosituriser, instead apply a waterbased moisturiser during hot sweltering summer days.
5) KEEP YOUR SKIN HYDRATED
Since your skin tends to lose lot of water during hot summer months, replenish the water balance in your skin through the day. Drink at least eight to 10 glasses of water everyday to flush out toxins. Besides this, hydration also aids in delaying wrinkles and dryness caused by ageing. For an added advantage, add extra herbs and spices into your water to cool down your pitta dosha.
6) GO FOR HYDRA FACIALS
Replenish your skin instantly with a boost of antioxidants mixed with water. Go for hydra facials every once or twice a month depending on the skin type.
7) MAKE SUNSCREEN THE SECOND LAYER OF YOUR SKIN
A good sunscreen with SPF acts like oxygen to your skin. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outdoors especially between11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its peak and its rays the strongest. Don’t forget to touch up your sunscreen every three hours, if you have prolonged exposure to sun.
8) USE A TONER
Heat and humidity leads to build up of oil and sebum on skin surface. Use a toner to keep your pores closed and skin cool. Besides removing residual dirt and oil, it will also aid in maintaining the pH balance of the skin.
9) EXFOLIATE REGULARLY
Depending on your skin type, exfoliate on a regular basis. Go for exfoliation once a week if you have dry skin, else scrub off to remove the oil build up.
10) FRESHEN UP WITH FACIAL MISTS
As you layer your face with a moisturiser and sunscreen, spray your face with a facial mist twenty minutes after the sunscreen has settled into your skin. Facial mists keep the face feeling refreshed and moisturised throughout the day.