Summer means staying out in sun, fewer clothes, and more time outdoors. This can spell disaster for your beauty routine and sometimes damage your skin beyond repair. Your skin needs extra care in summer but most people tend to neglect it when it needs maximum looking after. And it’s not just about slathering on the sunscreen. Sunscreen is essential, of course, but there are many other things you need to do in order to ensure your skin remains splendid. Read on to get tips and tricks so that you can show off your skin in summer.
Tip 1: Drink lots of water
This can’t be emphasized enough. With so many activities on your outdoor itinerary, it may be difficult to remember to drink the required amount of water. Your body needs to remain hydrated and moisturized because it loses lots of water through perspiration. Water rejuvenates and refreshes your system and its effect can be seen in the form of skin that is glowing and looks well nourished. Water is also essential to flush out harmful toxins from your body and keep it clean from inside. Keep a bottle of water handy and keep sipping at regular intervals. Sports drinks and fruit juices can also do the trick, but nothing beats a long cold draught of refreshing water. This makes sure your skin remains hydrated. And yes, carbonated drinks and caffeine don’t help; in fact they make the matter worse.
Tip 2: Use more sunscreen
Sunscreen is a form of skin insurance against sunburn, skin cancer and other forms of damage that occur due to excessive exposure to the sun. But don’t just apply measly amounts of sunscreen—use plenty of it or it won’t be nearly as effective Also you need to use one with high SPF levels—and the higher the better. Sunscreens with high SPF levels offer more protection from dangerous UV rays and prevent early ageing.
Tip 3: Keep your skin moisturized
Moisturizer is not just a winter thing. Sweating dehydrates your skin and makes it dry, red, itchy and irritated. It also makes the fine lines and wrinkles under your eyes more visible. A moisturizer containing plenty of Vitamin C works best for summers. Vitamin C counters the harmful effects of free radicals on your skin; repairs damaged skin and hydrates it for that soft, supple look. Also make sure you use an oil-free moisturizer. The combination of sunscreen and moisturizer provides an effective barrier to sun damage. Regular exfoliation helps in removing dead skin cells and keeps you looking fresh and rejuvenated.
Tip 4: Stop and eat
Yes, we know that you don’t have time to cook and eat healthy food, but you too must know that to have good skin, you must have proper wholesome meals. Your body needs essential nutrients that replenish the levels of collagen in your skin. Fruits, green leafy vegetables, fish and nuts contain protein, iron, carbohydrates and vitamins that keep your skin glowing with youthfulness.
Tip 5: Less is more
If you must wear makeup, try and keep it minimal. Heavy makeup clogs the pores of your skin and prevents it from breathing. It can also cause acne or pimple breakouts. A good moisturizer and a touch of lip gloss are usually sufficient for summer.