How to Take Care of Your Skin During the Summer Season
Summer is a season when you have to pay extra attention to your skin. Summer is a time when we all head to the beaches, laze around by the pool or simply bask in the sun. One important point to remember is - harmful UV rays from the sun can damage your skin.
Whatever you do during summer whether it is going to the office, shopping, dropping kids off at school or any other outdoor activity, always remember skin care is of utmost importance during summer.
Here are the things that you should do to take care of your skin during summer -
Avoid a hot shower
A hot shower may ease out the muscular pain in your body and make you feel relaxed. The downside to this is that a hot shower washes away the essential oils and makes your skin dry.
After a bath dry, your skin with a soft towel and apply a moisturizer to lock the moisture in your skin.
Avoid soaps with strong fragrances. Soaps with strong fragrances may irritate your skin.
Never forget to use sunscreen before going out. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30. If you are out in the sun for a long time, reapply sunscreen after every two hours.
When you sweat sunscreen runs off with the sweat exposing your skin to the sun. Remember to apply sunscreen fifteen minutes before going out in the sun. This will help the skin to absorb sunscreen and efficiently protect your skin.
Wash your face
During summer time, you may want to wash your face often due to the sweat and hot weather.
When you wash your face frequently, the skin becomes dry and is stripped of all the oil. When this happens, oil glands on your skin will start to produce more oil to compensate for the loss. The result will be a more oily skin.
Use soap that is gentle on your skin or a mild facial cleanser. Pat your skin dry. Keep a separate towel for your face to keep off any infections spreading from other parts of your body.
Moisturizing is very important to take good care of your skin during summer time. Even oily skin needs a moisturizer to keep it soft and supple.
Use a moisturizer that is suitable for your skin. If you have an oily skin use a water based moisturizer. This will keep your skin refreshed.The skin on your neck and around your eyes is thin and very delicate. Take extra care of these areas.
Use a facial cleanser
When you are out and about in the sun you tend to sweat a lot. The sweat along with the oil attracts dust and dirt that sticks to your skin. This will lead to clogged pores.
Use a facial cleanser suited to your skin type to remove the stubborn dirt and prevent skin disorders like blackheads, pimples, acne. Do not use an alcohol based facial toner if you have sensitive skin.
Remove all makeup before going to bed
Going to sleep with makeup on will tend to clog the pores and can cause skin irritation and inflammation. Use a gentle makeup remover to wipe off all the makeup on your face.
Other options you may want to consider
If you want to feel instantly refreshed and cool you can just spray with a face mist.There are many brands and different types of face mists available in the market.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist claims to moisturize, refresh with delicate rosewater scent. This is also good for setting makeup.
Evian Mineral Water Spray is great to spray on. It is just pure Evian mineral water propelled by nitrogen. It removes sweat and dirt and instantly refreshes and rejuvenates the skin.
Face wipes are great to keep wherever you go. When you sweat too much and constantly on the move, use facial wipes. They are great to clean and refresh your skin.
Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes, Nivea facial wipes, Neutrogena Cleansing Wipes are great to use.
Other Things to Do During the Summer
During summer remember to keep yourself hydrated by drinking water. Eat fruits rich in water content (cucumber, watermelon).
Wear a hat or carry an umbrella to shade yourself from the hot sun. Remember to take a water bottle with you when you go out.
Wear clothes that breathe and absorbs sweat, like cotton. Cotton allows air circulation and absorbs moisture than repelling it.
Whatever you do during summer protect yourself from the sun. Extreme exposure to the sun can lead to a heat stroke.
© 2012 Nithya Venkat