summer brings up visions of beautiful days at the beach, walks in the park, or fun times by the pool, you’re not alone. But unfortunately, your skin often tends to get the worst of it while you are having fun. Here are a few tips to make sure that both you and your skin have a good time this summer!
1. Stay Hydrated
We all know that it’s important to counter the heat and stay hydrated during the summer months. Not only does this keep you cool and ward off dehydration, it keeps your skin healthy too. Skin cells, like most other cells in your body, are made predominantly of water (about 70%) and not having enough water can throw a wrench in their functioning. Skin that’s not getting enough water will become dry, flaky, and tight. It will stop being supple and can wrinkle and crack easily.
2. Avoid The Sun During Peak Hours And Wear Protective Clothing
The best thing that you can do for your skin is to protect it from the damaging rays of the sun. Sun exposure can lead to wrinkles, brown spots, sunburn, and even skin cancer. Here are a few pointers on what you can do to protect your skin from the sun.
3. Use A Sunscreen
Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen before you go out. Sunscreens scatter, reflect, or absorb sunlight and thereby protect your skin. The sun protection factor (SPF) of sunscreen is indicative of its effectiveness. The higher the SPF, the better it works – just look for something in the range of SPF 15–30 for adequate sun protection. Also, get sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as these offer a physical barrier to sunlight and are better for your skin than chemical additive-based sunscreens. They are also more stable in sunlight and can protect from both UVA and UVB radiation.
4. Use Blotting Paper To Banish Shine
No, you’re not imagining it, your skin does get more oily in the summer. Research shows that the production of sebum or skin oils increases during the summer months and that explains the summer shine!12 Many of us use face powder to get rid of shine and sometimes end up with a signature chalky or cakey look. Use blotting paper instead to gently soak up the extra oil. If you have combination skin, just focus on the T zone.
5. Go Easy On Make-Up
Heat, sweat, and heavy makeup do not go well together. So avoid creamy, heavy skin products during the summer. In fact, as we saw, your skin tends to get more oily in the summer. So even if you have dry skin, you might find that during this time a lighter moisturizer works better for you than your usual heavy-duty moisturizer.