It is that time of the year when mid-day tea gets replaced by lemonade and loose cotton clothes are the only fabric you can put on your body. Summer in India is not the best time of the year, the sun is harsher, the climate is humid and you are sweating excessively. It makes you feel tired and exhausted all the time, especially if you don’t drink enough water. However, that’s not the only downside that comes with summer - breakouts, uneven skin tone, sun spots, tans are all common summer skin problems. However, following a summer skin care routine can help minimise these problems and keep the glow intact.
There are a few summer skin care rules that everyone knows, like applying sunscreen and drinking lots of water or covering your head with a scarf or hat. But these are not enough. If you want healthy and radiant skin throughout the season you need to follow a summer skincare routine and adopt a few lifestyle changes. Don’t know what to do and where to begin? Leave that to us! In this article, we will reveal 10 tips that will ensure healthy and radiant skin from head to toe throughout the season.
- Face Care
- Use The Right Cleanser
- Apply Lightweight Moisturiser
- Wear Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen
- Avoid Heavy Makeup
- Body Care
- Use Body Lotions With SPF
- Wear Loose Cotton Clothes
- Drink a Lot of Fluids
- Shower Twice a Day
- Feet Care
- Exfoliate Once a Week
- Use a Pumice Stone
- Do Some Heavy-Duty Moisturising
- Let Your Feet Breathe
To form your summer skin care routine, the first start with your face, include products that will deeply cleanse and protect your skin during this harsh season.
Use The Right Cleanser
During summer, your skin gets easily greasy due to the hot and humid climate, and when it gets mixed with sweat it can clog pores and lead to breakouts. Therefore, it is very important to use a cleanser that removes deep set dirt effectively. If you have acne prone skin, be extra careful, a clay or charcoal based mask would be best for you.
Apply Lightweight Moisturiser
Unlike winter when your skin is dying for some moisturisation, in summer a lightweight moisturiser is enough. However, do not remove moisturiser from your summer skin care routine, no matter what your skin type, as this could make your skin problems worse by making your oil glands work overtime. Invest in a soothing or calming gel based formula that easily gets absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy or sticky feel behind.
Wear Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen
A lot of summer skin problems can be avoided just with the use of sunscreen. Therefore, no summer skin care routine is ever complete without a broad-spectrum sunscreen. It will protect your facial skin from both UVA and UVB rays to keep the glow and radiance intact and prevent problems like uneven skin tone and sun spots. Make sure you reapply the sunscreen every three hours for maximum effectiveness.
Avoid Heavy Makeup
Summer is not the time to try heavy makeup looks. Try to remain makeup-free as much as possible, if you wish to get an even base, just apply a CC cream or lightweight matte foundation. Heavy foundation and products can clog the pores of your skin and trap dirt, oil and other impurities leading to breakouts. Opt for simple, minimal makeup looks in this season if you want clear skin.
Taking care of your face and ignoring your body? Not fair, the effects of the sun and weather are equally harsh on your body as on your facial skin. Therefore, create and follow a summer skin care routine for your body too.
Use Body Lotions With SPF
Just like your face, your body too needs to be moisturised during summer. But avoid using the same body lotion you used in winter as part of your summer skin care routine, as it will be too heavy for the skin to absorb and may lead to stickiness. If possible, invest in a body lotion with SPF, this way you will also protect your skin from the harmful UV rays while moisturising it. Apply the lotion as soon as you step out of the shower for best results.
Wear Loose Cotton Clothes
The only way to survive summer is by wearing breathable fabrics that allow sweat to evaporate instead of trapping it. Wear cotton dresses and kurtas during this season and believe us, your skin will thank you. It will prevent infections and keep your skin healthy throughout the season.
Drink a Lot of Fluids
Your body can get dehydrated pretty soon in summer, it is important to drink a lot of fluids throughout the day to stay hydrated. Apart from drinking water and juices, make sure you also eat water-rich foods during this season. Eating antioxidant-rich foods like tomatoes, lemons, bell peppers, turmeric, green tea, garlic etc., can keep several summer skin infections at bay and make your skin look healthy and radiant.
Shower Twice a Day
Allowing sweat to dry on your skin and washing it off the next day is not a good idea. By then, the bacteria has already stayed on your skin long enough to cause issues like breakouts. This is the reason why back and chest acne are common during the summer season. In some cases, this could even lead to infections. To prevent this, shower twice a day along with an appropriate summer skincare routine. Take a quick shower at night before going to sleep or soon after you have sweat excessively while commuting or working out.
Summer is sandals season, which means your feet are exposed to the sun as well. To protect your feet from the harmful effects of the sun, prevent dryness and keep infections at bay, make sure you follow the tips mentioned below.
Exfoliate Once a Week
Wearing sandals and flip flops allows dust and other impurities easy access to your feet. This can lead to dull and uneven looking feet, and it is important to slough off flaky and dead skin cells from your feet. Exfoliating them once a week will leave you with smooth and soft feet. This will also prevent bacterial growth and keep infections at bay. Therefore, make head to toe exfoliation a part of your summer skin care routine.
Use a Pumice Stone
Calluses are a common feet problem and can make your feet look unpleasant. It is a result of poor foot care, ill-fitting footwear, pressure and repetitive friction. Using a pumice stone every other day can prevent calluses and keep your feet soft. It will also allow your foot cream to absorb into the skin better. Make sure you are gentle on the rest of the feet and only apply pressure on the calluses.
Do Some Heavy-Duty Moisturising
Your heels can easily dry out during the summer season, making your feet susceptible to dryness. It is important to take good care of your feet even during summer. Apply some heavy duty moisturiser or oil on your feet at night before going to sleep. You can also wear socks to keep the moisture trapped in. This way, you will wake up with soft and nourished feet every morning. Don’t forget to wash them thoroughly in the morning.
Let Your Feet Breathe
While wearing socks and shoes is okay during summer, don’t wear them for long durations as it can trap sweat and make your feet stink. Not just that, moist environments are the perfect setting for bacteria to grow and cause fungal infections. Wear comfortable footwear and dry your feet well before putting on shoes during summer. If you like painting your toenails, make sure you give them some time off by leaving them bare in between your pedicure sessions.