Your skin needs special care all year round. Be it any season of the year, your skin requires special treatment all year round, which differs from season to season. Summer sounds like the time of the year to bath in the sun and enjoy. However, if you live in places where the temperature is very high or too much exposure of the skin to the sun, can lead to many skin issues including premature wrinkles and even skin cancer.
Here are few steps you can follow to take extra care of your skin in summer, which can help you prevent skin problems.
Hydrate Your Body
Due to sweat and staying in the sun for long hours, you can get dehydration. So, the safe way is to keep yourself hydrated and drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily. You need to adjust the amount of water intake according to your build and weight. If you drink caffeinated beverages, you should double your water intake.
Hydrate Your Skin
Use hydrating masks at least twice a week to keep your skin hydrated. In summer, your skin gets dry, so moisturising is a must. Use a moisturiser suitable for your skin type and apply a generous amount of it. Using toners, hydrating and cooling sprays and the occasional spritz of rose water can help your skin cool down and hydrate.
Make Friends with Sunscreen
You can never wear enough sunscreen in summer, the more is less with sunscreen. There are many types of sunscreens available in the market with different levels of SPF and you should try and test, and find the one that works for you best. Wearing a sunscreen doesn’t immunes you to the sun damage, you should still protect yourself from the sun.
Reapply sunscreen every two hours, use a lip balm with sunscreen in it and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from sun damage. If you have oily or sensitive skin type, you can still find a sunscreen in the market that works for your skin type.
Protect Yourself From Sun
In summer go less frequently out in the sun. Avoid going and staying out between 10am-3pm. Every time you go out, cover your uncovered body parts and your hair as well. It’s better to protect yourself from the sun than to treat sunburn and sun damage later.
Exfoliate Your Skin
As much as your skin needs sun protection, it needs exfoliation as well. Exfoliating dead and rough skin bring out the smooth and soft skin underneath and who doesn’t love smooth skin. Just make sure to apply a moisturiser after you exfoliate to lock in the moisture and softness of your skin.
Treat Sun Damage
If you forgot to apply sunscreen or stayed in the sun too long, you will be facing sunburns. However, you don’t have to suffer in pain and you can use over the counter medications and soothing gels to treat burns and inflammation.
Apply a generous amount of soothing cooling cream to burned areas or use aloe vera gel, which is best for inflammation. If you get damage from sun and sunburns often, include anti-ageing products in your skincare regime to avoid skin problems and premature wrinkles.