We all love summer don’t we? Summer marks the beginning of celebration, vacations and holidays (who can say no to summer holidays :p)! We must welcome the season in full spirit with fun activities at the beaches, and flaunting our beach bodies. Minus, oops…the sun damage, of course.
Yes, along with the heat comes the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun that can damage our skin and cause acne, hyperpigmentation and other skin problems.
With the scorching heat above our heads, all our skin does is scream for sun protection, but we keep ignoring it. Let’s put an end to it right now. This summer vacation, pack your summer essentials to protect yourself from the scorching heat.
It is important to keep our skin game going to avoid unnecessary rashes, sunburn, tan and stubborn acne.
Read along to find out why our skin needs skin protection against the sun this summer.
- The relationship between the sun and our skin
- Skincare routine to follow this summer
- Homemade tips for glowing skin
Let us first see what damage the sun creates for our skin.
What Does the Sun Do to Our Skin?
We all know how important sun rays are for our body. We get the maximum amount of Vitamin D from the sun, which is essential for the overall functioning of our body. That being said, exposure to the sun has its own side effects.
As the temperature increases and so does the humidity, our skin starts producing excess sebum in the form of sweat through our sebaceous glands. This causes greasy and blocked pores.
It usually results in increased inflammation and acne breakouts. People with more oily skin are prone to acne as the bacteria and oils in the skin tend to clog the pores. Also, when your skin is exposed to harmful UV rays, there is an increase in melanin production, which results in tanning and hyperpigmentation.
This is why protecting our skin, especially in summer, is the need of the hour. So, how do we take care of our skin?
Top Skin Care Tips to Follow This Summer
Hydrate your skin
Keeping your skin hydrated is the key element in summer skincare. Drink plenty of water (3-4 liters a day) to replenish the water levels in your body. In addition to this, use a hydrating face mask once a week to relax the skin and give it a fresh look (try it at night for best results). Splash your face regularly with water or a hydrating mist.
This is one of the mandated skincare tips for summer, which everyone should follow, regardless of their skin type. Applying sunscreen creates a sun shield, which protects our skin barrier from the harmful rays of the sun and prevents tan. Always choose a sunblock above SPF 30 for full protection. Re- apply it every two hours, even if at home.
Wash face to remove excess oil
This is an underrated yet important step to follow especially during summer. Washing your face with a gentle face wash will remove dirt, dust, impurities and sweat that got stuck to your face when you went out. This is because skin tends to get more oily during summer.
Pro tip: if you have dry skin, go for non-foaming cleansers.
Add antioxidants to your routine
Any summer skin care routine is incomplete without antioxidant serums. They are beneficial in tapping the root problem according to our skin type. There is a whole range of serums available to choose from. These serums boost collagen production and get rid of free radicals, thus preventing further damage to the skin. Continuous use of serums can make your skin look younger, fresh and free from acne.
Maintain a good skincare routine
Opt for a good skincare routine and practice it religiously. Choose organic products that are light and gentle, either gel-based or water-based —and not cream based. Go for fragrance-free products to avoid allergic reactions. Always do a patch test before using any product. A basic routine should include cleansing, toning and moisturizing.
Moisturizing — a must
Follow the moisturizing mantra of applying a lightweight moisturizer twice a day. Don’t forget your neck, hands and legs too! Moisturizer is essential for your summer skincare regimen. Choose a non-greasy formula suited to your skin type. Look for antioxidants such as Vitamin A and C for extra nourishment. It is advised to moisturize right after a bath as it gets easily absorbed.
Now, let’s have a look at some of the best tips to get glowing skin in summer naturally (for all those sun-kissed photos at home)!
Homemade DIYs for Glowing Skin This Summer
Aloe vera gel
With aloe vera one can never go wrong. It is packed with antioxidants and antimicrobial properties that make it the perfect ingredient to soothe your skin during summer and provide hydration. Apply aloe vera gel on your skin and let it stay for at least 20 minutes before washing it off with cold water.
This age old beauty hack never gets old! If you experience any inflammation or acne problems, turmeric mask is the right pick for you. It also brightens your skin while soothing it. All you have to do is mix one tablespoon of turmeric with two tablespoons of lemon juice and create a mask for your face. You will see the difference in no time.
Sandalwood and almond oil
Almond oil is an effective ingredient for keeping the skin bright and fresh. Sandalwood brightens your skin tone and keeps it healthy. Make a sandalwood paste and then add almond oil to it. Mix the paste well and apply it on your skin. Leave it on for fifteen minutes, and wash it off.
You can try these masks once a week. Don’t forget to follow it up with a moisturizer.
As for the skincare routine, choose products that are free from sulfates and parabens. Go for mild and organic products with no side effects — just like UnbottleCo, which believes in sustainable skincare and hair care for the long run! Some of their products are:
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