Summer is a time when you need to take extra care of your skin because a variety of factors can damage it. The sun rays are the harshest during this time of year and you’re at a higher risk of UV radiation. The high temperature and humidity can result in extra oil production, while moving in and out of air-conditioned rooms dries your skin.
From oily skin and acne breakouts to infections and dry skin, exposure to the sun is the biggest culprit. The UVA and UVB rays can damage the fibres beneath your skin. Over time, these fibres, known as elastin, break down and your skin will sag, stretch and lose its elasticity. Apart from leading to older looking skin, the ultraviolet radiation can also damage your immune system, putting you at risk of skin cancer.
Care for your skin this summer!
Wondering how to make sure your skin stays healthy this summer? Follow this guide to ensure healthy, glowing skin.
Apply sunscreen every day!
Applying sunscreen is most important during summer. Sunscreen lotions not only prevent you from getting tanned, they also keep you protected from harmful UV radiation, lowering the risk of skin damage.
Choose skin products wisely
Understand your skin type before you choose products – even sunscreen. If you have oily skin, make sure that you pick oil-free products in order to avoid aggravating it. Those who suffer from dry skin should choose products that contain moisturising properties.
Use a toner
While using a skin toner is a good idea all through the year, it’s especially important during summer. Applying a mild toner after your bath every day will keep your skin moisturised and will also ensure balanced pH levels.
Wear hats and long-sleeved clothing in order to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. These additional clothing items provide shade and act as barriers, lowering the sun’s harmful effects on your skin.
Drinking water (or not drinking enough) has a direct effect on your skin. Dehydration will lead to sallow skin, and making sure that you sip on water through the day is the best way to beat that.
Fruits for skin
Fruit based peels and masks restore and rejuvenate your skin. Not only do they flush out toxins and remove excess oil, they are also natural, which means that you won’t have to worry about side-effects. Grind dried orange peels and mix them with lime or turmeric and use the mixture as a face mask to ensure healthy, glowing skin. Another remedy you can try is mixing the pineapple and papaya pulp with honey and applying it to your face. It will moisturise your skin and help remove dead skin cells.