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Posted on May 15, 2014 |

Skin care tips for summer

Skin care tips for summer

Skin care tips for summer

 

  • It’s most important to keep your skin clean in the summer. Shower twice a day, making sure you keep the folds and creases of your skin clean.
  • A cool water shower cools the body and skin temperature and retains oils and moisture in the skin.
  • Treat your skin gently in summer. Use a gentle face wash suited to your skin type to cleanse your face twice daily.
  • Avoid the sun between 10am and 4pm as sun’s rays are most powerful during 10am and 4pm.
  • Always use a good sunscreen regardless of whether you are in or out of the sun. For Indian skin use a broad spectrum sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection and at least SPF 15.
  • Being Indians, our lips are prone to darkening and pigmentation. Do use a lip balm with sunscreen to prevent darkening.
  • Seek shade when you’re outdoors.
  • Wear a hat, preferably with a 4-inch brim all around, to effectively cover your face, neck and ears. Use protective gear like sunglasses with UV-blocking filters are very important, goggles, caps and umbrellas as much as possible, especially between 10 am and 5 pm.
  • Wear loose cotton clothes with long sleeves and long pants, making sure they’re made of tightly woven fabrics so your hands and legs are protected from the sun.
  • Persons who perspire more can dust some anti fungal powder such as in all the skin folds and on the feet and soles to prevent fungal infections and smelly feet.
  • Splash cold water on all sun exposed areas, when you come indoors.
  • Avoid make-up during summers less make-up is best. Under the intolerant sun natural looks are best.
  • We must all remember to do is to drink plenty of water or fluids during the summer so that the body remains hydrated and healthy.
  • At least 8 glasses of water are needed. If possible, carry a water bottle with you and remember to drink at least once every 30 min.
  • Drink cucumber juice, coconut-water, carrot juice or green tea as these also protects skin from the harmful effects of sun rays. Fresh fruit juices such as lime or lemon juice, water melon juice etc. also keeps you well hydrated.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially those which are rich in vitamin C, which plays a major role in keeping the skin looking healthy. Eat more oranges, melon, broccoli, tomatoes and blueberries.
  • Have plenty of coloured fruits and vegetables as they are powerful anti-oxidants and fight the free radicles caused due to the sun and heat damage like carrots, papaya, pomegranate, beetroots and watermelon.

 

  • Eat vitamin E-rich foods, such as almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and avocado. Vitamin E helps keep the skin moist and prevents its dehydration.

 

  • Zinc is an important mineral that is involved in the production of collagen and helps to repair skin damage. Zinc-rich foods include oysters, liver, lamb and baked beans.

 

  • Avoid highly salted foods, and avoid adding extra salt to your food; high salt intake leads to water retention and bloating.