Summer Skin Care Routine For A Healthy Skin
Summer’s here, and while you must be excited about a brand-new wardrobe comprising sundresses, sombreros, sunglasses, shorts, and relaxed cotton blouses, you’re probably not looking forward to all the skin woes which show up, patch by patch as the mercury rises. As oily skin gets oilier and dry skin undergoes some unpleasant changes, it’s time to buck up and develop a solid summer skincare routine.
Say no to acne and say hello to glowing skin as you sip on pitchers of fresh homemade lemonade. Here are some easy-to-implement summer care tips for the perfect skincare in summer.
1. Always use sunscreen
We’re going to start with one of the most prominent and most basic summer skincare tips. The summer sun (especially in India) can be harsh on the skin, and we aren’t talking about tanning. Too much exposure to the sun’s rays can cause an increase in melanin which can discolour the skin. Pick out sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 to keep you protected at all times. Peeps with oily skin can opt for a gel, as it is much lighter and non-greasy.
2. Stay hydrated
The solution to all problems seems to be drinking water, and summer skincare is no exception. Regular water consumption replenishes the skin and keeps it hydrated, thereby increasing its elasticity. This leads to moist, glowing skin. Who doesn’t want that? Always keep a water bottle handy. This is one of the easiest and most effective summer care tips.
3. Eat seasonal cooling foods
Keep your body relaxed by incorporating plenty of salads and fresh summery foods such as watermelon, musk melon, cucumber, lettuce, tomatoes and lots of citrus fruit. This will prevent breakouts and nourish your skin from within. Avoid heavy meat and spicy foods.
4. Wash your face often
Skincare in summer can be a bit tricky as you may need to switch up your products. Invest in a mild, alcohol-free PH balanced face wash. Those with oily skin should make sure they’re using a deep cleanser to keep excess oil and grime off. If you have dry skin, go for a non-foaming cleanser. Wash your face three times a day to keep it looking and feeling clean and fresh.
It is essential to get rid of dead skin. Find a scrub that works for your skin and exfoliate around twice a week to shed off all the dead layers. Do this both for your face and your body to ensure healthy, supple skin all over. This should be done all year round but if you’ve gotten lazy over the winter months, make sure you make it a part of your summer skincare routine at least.
6. Tone & Moisturise
Toning unblocks clogged pores and is essential for summer skincare as sweat and grime tend to close the pores. Make sure you invest in a light alcohol-free toner; those containing green tea, aloe vera and or cucumber are especially good for the hot summer. Follow this step with a moisturiser.
Even if you have oily skin, moisturising is a step that cannot be skipped. Look for a non-greasy lotion that contains Vitamins A and C.
7. Get a Vitamin C serum
An essential part of a good summer skincare routine is the suitable serum. A good Vitamin C serum should be used all year round but is especially beneficial during the summer months. It can help with collagen production and, in general, keep fine lines in check. Apply this post-cleansing (and toning) and pre moisturising.
8. Go easy on the make-up
Make-up does not always do wonders for the skin. So, whereas it’s a good idea to keep your make up light all the time, it becomes increasingly more important in summer as makeup along with sweat can clog the pores and lead to irritation, itching and breakouts. Keep a lookout out for non-comedogenic make-up. A light foundation and oil-free primer should be adequate for your base needs.