No doubt summer is the most awaited season of the year to flaunt those sleeveless and short dresses in the midst of the blistering heat! It’s also the perfect time to bring forth a bevy of fresh colours, breathtaking fashion trends and add a plethora of fruity products to nourish your body and skin.
While this may all sound very exciting, during the summer season, we tend to head outdoors more than usual, and hence, end up being constantly exposed to the sun’s harsh waves. Being in the sun all the time has big disadvantages, some of them being frequent skin breakouts, lasting sunburns, rashes, dryness and increase in the accumulation of dust, grime and dirt.
This article will guide you on how to ditch those skin issues and get glowing hydrated skin all summer long!
KEY FACTORS TO A GOOD SUMMER SKINCARE ROUTINE
Here are the preliminary stages for skincare to combat a weather-beaten face which can preserve the natural glow without calling out for sweat beads. These factors should be practised religiously to ensure that you get the required results from your skincare products. Otherwise, no matter how many products you use, if your base is blemished, you won’t get the glowing skin promised.
Make summer fruits and vegetables your best friend
Water-rich fruits like watermelons, oranges, pineapples, lemons and grapefruits are packed with vitamins that protect against sun damage and leave you hydrated inside out. Apart from that, a generous dosage of all types of berries, coconut water, cucumbers, tomatoes and leafy greens (used in salads) help in collagen production, prevent acne, sunburn and even heat strokes. They can get rid of body toxins.
Keep yourself hydrated
Maintaining the glasses of water per day regime may sound like an old cliché. But it is extremely important to flush out toxins so that you reduce inflammation, redness, acne spots and overall skin irritation, and hence, pave the way for bright, glowing complexion.
Don’t even think about the number of times you’ll have to head to the loo — we get that! But once you stick to this routine, it becomes a natural process for your body. Besides water, incorporate smoothies and fresh juices into your diet. Lemonade’s the best and most affordable bet for detoxification, sun protection and reduced skin stress.
Catch some zzz’s
Sleep-deprived skin is the worst and sometimes, the major reason behind extremely dull skin. Getting 8 hours of sleep provides your skin with a well-rested appearance. It also improves your skin’s quality and imparts an overall happy, glowing look which no skincare product can ever provide. Denying yourself sleep leads to increased severity of acne spots, scars, dark shadows and dark circles. It also speeds up the ageing process, acne flare-ups, eczema and all those horrible conditions you want to run away from.
To get a good night’s rest, avoid eating a big meal right before bedtime and drink a glass of water right before you’re headed off to bed. Turn the lights off, keep all your gadgets away and make sure the sheets are lightweight and clean for both better sleep and clean skin.
Things to avoid
Fingers have often been pointed towards oily and spicy food, coffee, smoking and alcohol and the trouble they bring along for the skin. Oil-ladled spicy food acts as a direct threat to your body’s digestive system and if that’s not working properly, forget glowing skin. The other 3 habits can lead to dehydration, damaged skin health and even serious illnesses!
Stop now if you want healthy, glowing skin! Instead, reach for green tea which fights DNA damage and combats signs of ageing. It also has plenty of anti-inflammatory properties, supports new cell growth and works to provide your skin maximum glow, not to mention keeps it in peak condition!
Work that body out!
While it may not be hard to get a sweat-glistening glow in summer, we want a natural glow rather than a sweaty one! Workout daily, even if you must start slowly! Exercise increases blood flow which contributes to healthy, vibrant even-toned skin. It also improves skin elasticity. Avoid working out during peak hours as it leads to increased skin ageing and makes the skin even more susceptible to sun damage. Even swimming is great to get your skin in tip- top condition and free from wrinkles.
IMPORTANT STEPS IN A PROPER SUMMER SKINCARE ROUTINE
Cleanse: Washing your face is a great way for a grime-and-oil-free kick as part of your morning routine. As the skin tends to get oilier in this season, we advise a double-cleanse and opt for a mild cleanser that preserves your skin’s natural oil barrier. Buttah Cleaner is a good choice for all skin types.
Exfoliate: Keep this to a minimum and only when your skin’s looking extra unpleasant. This is a wonderful method to slough off dead skin cells and resurface a fresh and brighter face. Avoid harsh physical scrubs. Instead, use a light chemical exfoliant which gives instant glow without any effort on your part. The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is not only unabashedly affordable, but it also tames dull skin like a pro, thanks to its penetrative abilities.
Mask: Trust us! Sheet masks are one of the quickest ways to get hydrated, moisturised and radiant skin. However, if you find them to be tacky, you can also go for the old-but-gold mud masks. Celavi Essence Facial Sheet Masks and Aztec Indian Healing Clay are worth trying out! Even a simple egg white with lemon mask will get the job done well.
Tone: Never skip toner for the life of you! It brightens, evens, tightens and does so much more than we let on! The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid is the ultimate bad boy you need to get a summer-appropriate face! For a cost- free option, use an ice cube to handle pores and dullness.
Sun protection: Never say never! Sunscreen is vital for UV protection which also acts as a neat little trick behind the perfect glowing summer skin.
Moisturise: Nothing beats a good moisturiser that isn’t sweat-inducing. Try gel-based or water-based moisturisers for a lightweight yet highly moisturised feel that will give you a ‘lit-from-within’ type glow.
Serums, essences and sleeping masks: If you are unfamiliar with these terms, get yourself acquainted with them as these are the major gateways to hydrated summer skin. Having these with SPF worked in will be a major plus for your skin!
Steam: A beautiful method to unclog your pores and bring about firm skin.