Summer is sometimes dry and sometimes humid and both come with their own challenges when it comes to your skin. Soak up the sun but also show your skin some love and protect it by following the best skin care regime.
Summers are eagerly awaited as they bring with them long evenings filled with fun leisure activities and splashes in the pool. Yet, an Indian summer can play havoc on your skin. Extreme summer conditions can lead to dust, humidity, and excessive heat, all of which can contribute to multiple skin problems. Sweat, clogged pores, tanning, and redness are common skin-related issues some people face during this time. Following a consistent skin care regime is an important beauty ritual that can take care of your facial skin. Studies have found that combining a good skin care regime with a healthy lifestyle is the best way to slow the signs of aging.
An overall preference for holistic wellness practices, has led us to delve into the 5000 year old system of Ayurveda—a wealth of resources for overall wellness and care. The formulations recommended by our ancient texts, can be a mix of face packs, skin scrubs and oils, each offering different benefits to balance out the damage caused by excesses of weather. Old age ayurvedic ingredients like Saffron, Gram Flour, Rosewater, Neem, Tulsi, Raw Milk, Lemon, etc help in fighting skin problems like pigmentation, blemishes, tanning acne and more. Including these in the skin care regime can help keep your skin healthy and radiant during summers.
Cleansing the Skin
A good cleansing routine is very essential in summers to remove the build-up of dirt, grime and sweat on your skin. It is always suggested to use an alcohol-free and mild cleanser for the face since the facial skin is very soft and sensitive. Neem and Tulsi based face cleansers help in removing any kind of impurities on the skin. These two ingredients effectively calm stressed skin as well.
A good exfoliator helps in removing pore-clogging dead skin cells making it look smooth and radiant. It’s best to exfoliate in the mornings before moisturiser, sunscreen, and makeup application. The exfoliator used should be mild and have minute granules. Avoid using hard scrubs which might irritate your skin. Sandalwood is a gentle and cooling exfoliant, and can be mixed with the anti-septic and healing properties of turmeric.
Toning the Skin
A toner is a great step to add to your skin care routine to maintain clear and healthy skin. During warm weather months, a skin toner can help reduce breakouts caused from sweat, sunblock, and dirt which clog our pores. Toners are also a great boon for acne prone skin as they remove oil from the skin and make it look fresh. The extracts of rose and jasmine make for great toners, as they detoxify the skin. Aloe Vera heals rashes and soothes inflamed skin as well.
Hydrate your Skin
The summer sun can both dehydrate and damage the skin, causing premature aging; so a moisturiser is important for protection. A good moisturiser helps to nourish and replenish the skin. One can opt for a gel-based moisturiser for oily skin. Even oily skin needs hydration and protection. Opt for a lightweight moisturiser to keep your skin oil free. An ingredient like honey adds natural moisture to the skin.
Protection from UV Rays
As we know, UV rays are harmful for your skin. They lead to sunburns and make the skin look patchy, tanned and reddish. An application of a good sunscreen with an SPF 30 before stepping out in the sun is a must. People with oily skin can go for gel-based sunscreens which get easily absorbed into the skin.
Include Face Packs in your Regime
Pink Lotus, Saffron, and Turmeric based face packs are good for summers. Pink Lotus is known for slow aging benefits and also moisturises and hydrates dry skin naturally. One can also use Saffron for a healthy complexion. Its anti-inflammatory properties protect and heal the skin. Turmeric is known to naturally lighten the skin, lending it an instant glow. A good face pack also helps in removing excess tanning, one must go for lemon and oatmeal based face packs for the same. Lemon lightens the skin naturally and oatmeal soothes the skin. For people who have acne problems, anti-acne face packs are the best, especially neem and tulsi based ones which have antibacterial properties.