During summertime, we always love to go to beach or pools and walk in the parks. However, due to the scorching heat, pollution, and humidity, this time of the year wipes off the natural glow of our skin and even invites infections while we are having fun.
Here are the tips you can follow that will surely help you avoid all these hassles and make sure that both you and your skin have a good time this summer!
Use Natural Sunscreen
Sunscreen is a must before going out. It protects your skin by scattering, reflecting and absorbing sunlight. The sun protection factor (SPF) of sunscreen is indicative of its effectiveness. Sunscreens with higher SPF works better.
Natural ingredients like red raspberry oil, coconut oil, shea butter, and carrot oil also have their own natural SPF value. Look for sunscreens with these ingredients. You should be using a shot glass full for your body and a full teaspoon just on your face. Reapply it every 1-2 hours that you are in the sun to ensure a summer full of safe sun fun.
If you are not getting enough water your skin will become dry, flaky, and tight. It will stop being supple and can wrinkle and crack easily.
Staying hydrated will keep you cool and will make your skin healthy. According to studies, an adult woman needs to drink about 2.1 liters of water in a day while men need about 2.6 liters.
Avoid The Sun During Peak Hours And Wear Protective Clothing
Sun exposure can lead to brown spots, sunburn, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. Due to this, you really need to protect your skin against the damaging rays of the sun. Here are some of the tips that you can do:
- Wear long sleeves and long pants or skirts to minimize sun exposure.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and the skin around them
- Shade your face and ears by using a wide-brimmed hat.
- Steer clear of the sun when it’s at its peak – between 10 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon.
- Go For Minimal Make-Up
Less make-up is best during the summer. Creamy, heavy skin products are not recommended during this time. Avoid patchy skin by simply applying a face powder with SPF. Plus, a lip gloss or lip balm with SPF 15 can also protect your lips and make it fresher.
Deal With A Heat Rash by Applying Cool Compresses And Wear Loose Clothing To Deal With A Heat Rash
Heat rash or prickly heat are those tiny, itchy, red bumps that occur when the skin’s sweat glands are blocked and the sweat produced cannot get to the surface of the skin to evaporate. Wearing loose cotton clothing that allows your skin to breathe can help. You can also soak a washcloth in cool water and apply it to the rash.
Consume More Lycopene-Rich Foods
Fruits such as tomatoes, pink guava, and watermelon contain lycopene which is a powerful antioxidant that offers your skin sun protection from within.
Fade Freckles, Suntan, And Brown Spots with the help of Turmeric, Buttermilk, and Aloe Vera
Turmeric’s curcumin content can inhibit the production of melanin. Erase freckles by simply mixing a little turmeric powder with water and then apply it to the hyperpigmented skin.
Moreover, the presence of lactic acid in buttermilk can help lessen deposits of the skin darkening pigment melanin and encourage the tanned outer layer of your skin to shed. Apply a little buttermilk and watch your tan fade away.
Lastly, applying aloe vera gel can help decrease melanin production. It can lighten dark spots or tanned skin.
Soothe Sunburn by Applying Aloe Vera, Green Tea, and having a cold shower
Here are some of the tips you that might help you in case you have painful sunburn:
- Have a cold shower or bath to cool down your skin and cover it up to avoid sunlight until it heals.
- Green tea contains epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) which works as a sunscreen and reduces DNA damage due to sun exposure. You can apply cool, dampened green tea bag to the sunburned skin to heal and soothe it.
- Crack open an aloe vera leaf and applies the gel inside on sunburned skin. Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties that can ease reddening due to sun exposure and it can also help your skin heal.