I think we all can agree that summer is simply great! It’s the perfect time to head to the beach and have a nice little picnic. But unfortunately harsh rays of the sun can do some serious damage to your skin. Honestly skincare during summers doesn’t necessarily have to be elaborate it just involves tweaking or making few changes to your lifestyle so that you can make best of your summer days without being bogged down by the heat.
Prolonged hours in the sun can lead to sunburn which causes tanning, dark spots, rashes, redness and irritations in skin. In many cases it also increases the risk of melanoma or skin cancer. A few changes in your skincare routine can go a long way in keeping your skin hydrated and preventing various sun induced skin problems.
Easy and Simple Summer Skincare Tips
How Sun Rays Harm Your Skin: The harmful rays of the sun also known as the Ultra Violet (UV) rays penetrate the layers of your skin affecting the growth of new cells and collagen, a very essential protein that provides elasticity to the skin and prevents pre-mature ageing and wrinkles.
Most anti-ageing cosmetic products contain collagen.
Ditch that tanning bed
Did you know that tanning beds increase the risk of skin cancer or melanoma by 75% in young adults. As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) exposure to UV rays either directly by sun or through artificial sources like tanning beds is responsible for 90% cases of melanoma. Yes direct sunlight is a good source of Vitamin D but only if you are exposing yourself to the morning sun. Early morning sunlight is the purest source of Vitamin D and 8 to 10 minutes of exposure is enough for your daily dosage of Vitamin D.
If you really want that tanned look apply some self-tanning lotions that do not contain parabens, oil or fragrance. Also do not expose your skin to direct sunlight, especially during the peak hours 10 AM – 4 PM because the UV rays are strongest then. For a beach outing wear wide-brimmed hats and have your picnics under the umbrella.
Apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or more
You should apply sunscreen whenever you step out during the day irrespective of the season. During summer you need a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or more since UV rays are strong during this season. Those who live in the tropics should preferably use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50. A sunscreen with strong SPF can guard the skin against UV rays and save you from blistering sunburn.
Before buying a sunscreen ensure that the base formulation does not contain anything toxic like synthetic perfume and methylparaben. If you are out on the beach or swimming keep re-applying sunscreen every few hours.
All that make-up and other skin products you use clog the skin pores so it is only wise that you exfoliate at least twice a week. Exfoliation is a simply scrubbing your face and neck area in circular motion for about 5 to 10 minutes and then washing it off. This will clear your skin from all the dirt and dead skin cells that form a layer on your skin. Avoid exfoliating everyday because then you risk drying out the skin.
Here is a quick tip to make your own DIY facial scrub
- 1 tablespoon gram flour
- 1 tablespoon yoghurt
- Mix this batter
- Apply this all over your face and neck in circular motion
- Keep it for 15 minutes before washing
Stack up on Aloe Vera
Who doesn’t love Aloe Vera? I consider it as an elixir for the skin. It is loaded with minerals and vitamins. Its cooling properties can do wonders for the skin during sweltering heat. Due to its cooling properties Aloe Vera gel can be used as a natural skin moisturize during summer. It heals the sunburned skin reverses the damage caused by sunlight. It is a natural anti-oxidant that rejuvenates the skin and makes it supple.
Choose your skin products wisely
It is really important during summer that skin and make-up products are not heavy on skin. Heavy make-up will clog skin pores which lead to accumulation of dead skin cells and bacteria resulting in acne, eczema and other skin irruptions. Opt for light lotions, creams, moisturisers or serums that are water based or gel-based and contain vitamin E. Wear minimum make-up or opt for the natural look this will let your skin breathe.
Water is your best friend
This may sound clichéd but honestly this is the cardinal rule of summer. During summers the body needs more water in fact human body is made up of 70% water. Have at least 8-10 glasses of water every day.
If that seems like a daunting task, try sipping small quantities of water throughout the day. A well-hydrated skin prevents dryness and locks-in the skin moisture whereas dry skin is at a risk of pre-mature ageing and damage caused by sun rays.
Wash your face with cold water
This is almost a continuation of the point above, washing your face with cold water at least 2 times a day prevents dirt accumulation and soothes the skin. If you have been outdoors for a considerable duration a splash of cold water will provide instant relief to the sunburned skin.
When you hit the shower, consider bathing in cold water. It will keep your skin refreshed. Bathing in lukewarm or warm water dries all essential oils from skin making it dry and prone to damage.
Set aside those denims
Summer is all about letting the skin breathe easy and it certainly can’t do that if you are wearing synthetic or heavy denims. This will only irritate your skin and lead to excessive sweating. Go cotton all the way during summers. Wear light coloured cotton fabric that is comfortable for the skin.
Amid all the summer fun, do not ignore the fact that your body needs adequate amount of sleep every single day. Since the human body tends to get more tired and dehydrated during summer days it needs its share of rest to produce collagen. As I mentioned earlier lack of collagen affects the skin elasticity making us look dull and tired.
When we sleep our body actually works to re-energise our muscles, repair muscle tissue, regulate our metabolism and reduce our stress levels.
Pay special attention to your diet
During summers keep it light on the tummy. The heat and the humidity naturally make your body crave cool foods that are light and easy to digest. It might also be a good idea to increase your intake of fibrous veggies and fruits during summer days. If your diet is light it will keep your digestive system clean and help it to detoxify naturally. Try to incorporate summer food items in your diet like cucumber, tomatoes, yoghurt, sprouts, strawberries, lemon juice that are full of nutritious fiber, loaded with vitamins and are easy to digest.
I hope you found this article informative and helpful. Do let me know what you think in the comment section below. Lastly, enjoy your summer days but don’t let the sun damage your skin!