Gazala takes you through simple tips that will help you keep your body fresh and hydrated this summer ensuring that you can step out in style without worrying about the harmful effects of the sun on your body.
Summer is a large part of any Indian’s life. From the very anticipated “summer holidays” that take you away from the merciless heat to planning schedules that keep you away from the sweltering heat, we Indians have our ways to deal with the scorching summer heat. It is imperative to adopt a lifestyle that will make summer more comfortable for our skin and body as often summers are a time when we are subjected to breakouts, dehydration, dull skin etc. Here are some tips to keep your body happy this summer.
- Water should be your new best friend.
How often have we heard this? The importance of sufficient water intake cannot be overlooked. It is not only essential to keep you looking fresh, it is very important to keep your body fit and hydrated. Cutting down on water will not only leave you parched, it will make your skin dull and prevent the flushing out of toxins leading to breakouts, dry lips etc. So go on, drink up the spirit of life and include lots of juices, fresh fruits, and vegetables to keep your skin supple and rich.
2. Follow a healthy diet
No matter how much you do externally, without a healthy diet one cannot achieve a healthy lifestyle. The heat will want you savouring ice creams and something chilled all the time, but if you want healthy skin that’s not where you want to head. Add lots of nuts, fresh fruits, and vegetables to your diet. Include salads, boiled vegetables and food with fewer spices if you are aiming to glow this summer.
Load up on vitamins, minerals, and calcium in your diet to ensure that you do not fall sick as this is a common occurrence come summer.
3. Summer without sunscreen?
No summer routine can be complete without using sunscreen. If you are heading out in the sun, a layer of sunscreen is significant to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Black spots, dryness, fine lines are a few issues that pop up when sunscreen is not a part of one’s daily routine.
However, it is not just your face that needs a layer of protection, but your hands and legs too. Don’t forget to use a good and lightweight sunscreen on any exposed area to prevent uneven tanning, black spots, and dullness of skin.
4. Nature to your rescue
Instead of opting for artificial sources to enrich your skin go for natural home remedies that will leave your skin happy and hydrated. Opt for face packs made out tomato, lemon, mint leaves, aloe vera etc as they are a fantastic way to help relax your skin without worrying about any side effects. Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties aloe vera is a great way to keep your skin moisturized. Lemon is one of the most reliable de-tanning agents that you can easily use. Mixing lemon juice and tomato is another simple and effective hack to open pores and leave your skin feeling rich and oil free.
Go on, try these home remedies to relax and give your skin the tender love it deserves.
5. Stick to a routine
Cleanliness is a key to a healthy life. It is no exception with skin either. Use a face wash that suits your skin type and will leave your skin feeling fresh and clean. Apart from this, exfoliating your skin is very important in order to remove the dirt and dead cells from your skin allowing your skin to breath. Follow this up with the usage of a lightweight moisturiser to keep your skin glowing and soft as the heat can make you look haggard and dull.
6. Hair care for the summer
While this would need a lot more elaboration, no summer hacks could be complete without a mention of hair care. A sweaty scalp attracts dust and pollution making it significant to wash your hair more frequently. If you enjoy a dip in the pool to beat the summer blues ensure to use a clarifying shampoo to combat the effects of chlorine on your hair.
Conditioning it often using the right conditioner for your hair type will leave them looking healthy as you step out in the sun.
7. Go light on the makeup
While a layer of sunscreen is a must, if you enjoy wearing makeup, opt for something light and waterproof. Very heavy makeup tends to become patchy in the heat leaving you with a sweaty, messy affair on your face.
Use colours that are lighter and brighter uplifting the summer glow on your face. It is also advised to use cream based eyeshadows as they do not melt away easily.
8. Don’t forget your lips
It is often misconceived that our lips need care only during the winter when they tend to become dry and start chapping. Summers call for just as much love to your lips as winters do. Keep yourself hydrated to ensure soft and fresh looking lips. Spotting, scaling etc can also be caused if you step out in the sun without taking care of your lips. Use a lip balm with SPF to prevent the sun from damaging your lips. Use light and moisturising lipsticks during the day to prevent drying of lips and to make them look fresh and bright for the summer.
9. Be summer ready
Whether it’s your nail paint or shades of your lipstick, opt for colours that are cool and pleasing to the eyes in the summer. Pick something that screams summer instead of opting for darker shades that are more suited for evening wear or for the cooler parts of the year.
10. Let your skin breath
This is the most important part of taking care of your skin in the summer. If you have sensitive skin, or even otherwise use fabrics that let your skin breathe. Coarse and rough materials make summer an uncomfortable and even disastrous affair for your skin. To ensure that you let your skin breath by using the right clothes suited for summer, and by keeping your skin clean and exfoliated.
These are some wholesome tips that will help you make your summer more pleasant for your skin and body. Geared with these tips you can step out in the sun without worrying too much about the harsh influence of the weather on your skin.