Yes, the summer heat can wreck havoc on your skin, leading to dark spots, pigmentation, wrinkles, and tanning. Luckily for you, we have some expert advice on beating the heat this summer and staying beautiful. Here’s a definitive guide offering tips on skin care, hair care, and makeup.
Moisturizing is absolutely essential. Simply moisturize, there are no two ways about it. You may think that winters are over, and skip that part of your regimen, but no, not happening.
The problem with summers is the extreme heat that dehydrates your body and makes your skin dry. Dry skin is prone to damage and dullness, and you need to butter it up to make up for the moisture loss. The moisturizer acts as a barrier for pollutants, bacteria, and sunburn.
Choose a non-greasy, gel/water-based moisturizer that contains vitamin E, and slather it every day on your skin to keep it moisturized and supple.
For any treatment or cream to work on your skin, it needs to be clean. For that, you need to exfoliate at regular intervals to slough away the accumulated dead skin cells that are clogging your pores and forming a layer on your skin.
Exfoliation also makes your face a better canvas to apply makeup on. Make sure you alternate between homemade and market-bought exfoliators to maintain a balance.
Also, do not exfoliate every day because that can cause over scrubbing of the skin and lead to redness, rashes, and breakouts. Exfoliate your skin 2-3 times a week using a circulatory motion. Preferably in the evenings, and not right before you go for a swim or out in the sun.
- Drink Up
Yes, drink up and loosen up. We mean water, lots of it. The problem with summer is, it makes you sweat a lot, making your cells lose water quickly.
To maintain moisture levels in your body and not feel weak or faint due to dehydration, you need to keep a check on your drinking (water) game and get it right.
Ideally, drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day and include lots of fresh juices and fruits with high water content in your diet.
- Use Sunscreen
Do you step out in the sun without wearing a sunscreen? You should not, because it is a necessary step you need to follow in summer and every other season to protect your skin.
Protect your skin with sunscreen before it gets damaged by the sun, because, let me remind you, prevention is better than cure. Sun rays are a cause for many skin issues, such as dry skin, brown spots, and fine lines.
Choose a sunscreen with SPF 30 (at least) and apply it generously on your skin. Reapply it every few hours.
- Choose Non-Comedogenic Products
Anything that blocks your skin pores is a big no-no. Because clogging of pores leads to skin irritations, infections, and the most dreaded one – acne breakouts!
Your daily use skin care products have to be non-comedogenic, because pore blocking products can cause dead skin cells and bacteria to pile up on your skin.
Also, you are continually sweating in summers, and you do not want that to combine with the oily and pore blocking products on your skin and result in more havoc.
- Stack Up On Aloe Vera
Aloe vera comes to the rescue for a lot of skin problems. During summers, especially, it turns into a soothing balm, cooling off your skin after a long day in the sun.
Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory and moisturizing. It calms the skin and nourishes it intensely. It also contains antioxidants that protect your skin from damage.
Either pluck fresh aloe vera and scoop the gel from the leaf to apply it to your skin, or you can choose from the many aloe vera products available in the market.
- Wax Your Bikini Line
Summers would pull you to the pool, and that calls for waxing your bikini line. Now don’t wax it immediately before jumping into the pool.
Get it done a few days before your pool party, and do not scrub the area immediately after the waxing session. Treat it gently, and you are good to go for a swim in your fabulous swimwear.
- Follow A Healthy Diet
It all comes down to that, doesn’t it? A healthy diet – an excellent mix of fruits, vegetables, nuts, cereals, and pulses. A fine balance of all the nutrients that your body requires.
During summers, increase the intake of raw or boiled food. Include as many fruits and veggies in your meals as possible – go for salads, smoothies, and juices.
Make sure you are getting enough calcium as well. Also, nuts are an excellent addition because they are excellent for your skin.
Now that we have taken care of the skin, let’s get to the hair.
- Shift To Clarifying Shampoo
Summers cause a build-up of sweat on the scalp, leading to irritation. Sweat attracts pollution and dust, which builds up in your hair. You need to clean it off regularly with a deep cleaning shampoo.
Also, summers are the time you go for swims, and the chlorine present in the pool penetrates your hair strands, which makes them brittle and dry. To break down the build-up and clear up the chlorine, you need a clarifying shampoo.
- Deep Condition
The high humidity and heat during summers damage your hair texture and build. It causes dryness and a lot of frizz. Deep condition your hair to add life back to it and provide it with the moisture it needs.
The best way to do so is by giving your hair a warm coconut oil treatment. Heat a cup of coconut oil, massage it into your hair and scalp, wrap your head in a warm towel and leave it on for an hour. Wash the oil off, and you can feel your hair getting soft and nourished.
- Spritz Your Scalp
Summers heat up your head. It is a good idea to spritz your scalp with cool water from time to time or you can choose a styling hairspray that provides a great hold on your hair while making it smell great.
- Use Light Shades
Summers are the time to shift to lighter shades of makeup – be it lipsticks, eyeshadows, nail polish, etc. It is all about going au naturale during the summer season.
Your skin already gets a beautiful sun-kissed glow during summers, and all you must do is enhance it with pleasant and light shades of makeup.
- Try Cream Eyeshadows
Cream eyeshadows are a boon in summer. They do not melt quickly. They stay longer and are water-resistant.
Also, powder eyeshadows easily mingle with the oil and sweat on your face and clog the pores. Shift to eyeshadows and stay safe.
- Primer All The Way
Do not forget to use a primer in summers. It will hold your foundation well and keep it together as summers are the time when your foundation can easily melt and get blotchy.
Primer is a shield between the foundation and your skin’s oils – it prevents the oils of your skin from melting the foundation on your face.
- Choose Waterproof Eye Makeup
It’s common sense to choose waterproof eye makeup in summers because you do not want your kohl or mascara running down your face.
Choose a nourishing mascara or kohl that moisturizes the tiny hairs as well.
- Apply Bronzer Right
Highlight the natural hues of your skin. Apply it lightly on your forehead, cheekbones or near your mouth for that extra oomph.
Make sure you apply less because that is more than enough. You just need a little to highlight your features and blend the harsh lines on your skin.
- Focus On Lip Care
The skin of your lips is very sensitive. The hot sun during summers dries the delicate lip tissue and leads to thinning, scales, and spots.
Get a luscious lip balm with SPF and slather it generously on your lips to protect them from the sun.
Summers are a great time to go outdoors (not during peak afternoons though). While you enjoy a pleasant walk or a quick swim at the beach, your skin and hair shouldn’t suffer. The above tips are perfect problem-fixers and will help you enjoy your summers more.