Approved by the best, your summer care sorted - face, hair & body.
Just a few weeks back, our skin was dry & demanded re-application of moisturizer every few hours. A few weeks later, our face seemed to get oily within a few minutes after the face wash. The weather is getting warmer & we are dripping in sweat.
Our winter sweaters are packed in bags as we adapt to this new season, and our fabulous short dresses take the front seat. But only prepping our clothes is enough as we welcome the new season? What about your skin & hair care? Have you updated that too?
If not yet, then read on to figure it all out.
In India, where the summer weather is dominated by excessive heat, harsh rays of the sun & humidity - the sun damage done to our skin & hair is real.
Summer brings reasons to jump into the pool, ice creams, holidays, and also the tan, sunburn, acne, rash, pigmentation, etc.
And just as how we change our clothing style from winter to summer, similarly, shifting from our winter skincare to summer is essential and necessary. The care it requires is different.
So let's prepare ourselves for summer care by making some changes in our skincare routine, food & lifestyle.
How does summer affect the face, hair & skin?
Summer means warmer weather & increase in humidity; this results in excess oil production - sebum. This oil gets sticky on the face & clogs pores—results lead to breakouts which lead to bacterial infections, pigmentation, tan, uneven skin tone, etc. Add to it the sweat the outcome is our worst nightwear ever - the acne.
Add to your skincare :
A good face wash.
Mild, gentle, and lightweight are what your summer products must be. Especially your cleanser. Opt for a foam-based, three-pH-balanced face wash that can draw out excess oil from the skin.
Wash your face twice daily, and if your skin is oily, thrice is good as it tends to get more oily during summer. This will help remove all the dirt & extra oil from the face.
Opt for a good skincare routine & religiously follow it.
The skincare routine is not one fit for all scenarios. See what suits best for you & incorporate it into your daily routine. Make an AM & PM routine. Cleanse, tone, and moisturize is your everyday thing. Add scrub & masking as a weekly ritual & depending on your skin type, add serums, etc.
Don't skip your moisturizer.
Sweating may want you to cut on your moisturizer, but don't. Instead, shift to a light moisturizer. As it shall not feel heavy on the face & not add to your sweat. It shall neither turn your skin greasy nor make it look oily, keeping your skin hydrated.
Add toner to your routine.
Make sure to keep your pores closed to prevent oil accumulation. Especially our T zone is most prone to oil accumulation. This is where an excellent light, refreshing toner comes to the rescue. Toners based on aloe vera, cucumber is light and leaves your skin refreshed.
Make sunscreen your best friend.
We always have that one person we take with us everywhere we go, right? This summer, make it your sunscreen. Apply it 15 minutes before you step out & reapply every 3 hours. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30-50 would be an ideal option. It will save you from skin issues, be it tan, premature aging, lines & wrinkles, pigmentation, cancer, etc.; this will get you all covered literally. Opt for gel-based sunscreen as they are lightweight & non-greasy & easy to wear.
Vitamin C serum.
It is an antioxidant for the skin, which is non-greasy and has proven that it works. Add this to your night care regime & while you sleep, this shall repair your skin. It helps tackle the damage that the sun has done. Works on the pigmentation, and fine lines & also adds a glow to the skin. Apply 2-3 drops cleansed cleaned face just before the moisturizer.
What you eat so are you.
These are not just phrases or texts of the books but proven facts.
Include antioxidants in your routine. The benefits are immense - It keeps your skin hydrated & works on the damage the sun causes to your skin, it boosts collagen, etc.
Food - indulge in citrus fruits, have curd, and lots of green leafy vegetables like lettuce, cucumber, broccoli, etc.
Your liquid intake - add lots of juices and coconut water, drink 3lts of water daily. This will make sure your body & skin is well hydrated.
Indulging in seasonal fruits like watermelon, muskmelon, and oranges will help flush the toxins.
Also, remember, avoid eating oily fried food as it heats the body & then shows up on the face in the form of acne.
Wear breathable clothes.
Not that summer affects the face & hair only. The body does have a toll too. Wear easy & breezy clothes. Avoid dark colors as it absorbs sunlight. Instead, wear light-colored clothes. This will not only keep you comfortable but also reduce sweating.
Do not overdo things.
Like too much makeup, too much washing your face or scrubbing - is a big no. Let your skin breathe & go all minimal. If makeup is necessary, swap to tinted moisturizer. Also, avoid being outdoors in the sun for long hours & specifically during the peak hours of noon.
Staying in air-conditioned rooms for long hours dehydrates the skin; swimming for long hours makes our skin black due to chlorine & sun. Avoid it whenever possible.
Six products to fit in your bag this summer
Facial mist - freshens your skin.
Sunscreen - a shield against the sun's rays
Sanitiser - clear your hand of sweat
Lip balm - with SPF to protect your lips
Wet tissues - remove dust, dirt & oil & keep your skin clean
Water bottle - keep you hydrated (yes, water is a beauty product).
Things to be mindful about
Splash your face with cold water frequently & before applying sunscreen.
Minimum intake of 3 liters of water.
Say yes to drinks like buttermilk, coconut water, lemon water, and no to aerated ones like cola.
Avoid makeup or opt for very minimal.
Have your bath twice.
Bring out your summer accessories - hat, caps, scarf, sunglasses, etc. & protect your hair & skin.
Avoid midday sun as the sun rays are at their peak & harmful as well.
Prefer to stay in the shade as much as possible.
You can also use umbrellas while out in the sun.
Use blotting paper to remove excess oil from your skin.
DIYs, especially for the summer skin
Lemon & coffee
Lemon has vitamin C, which helps brighten & even the skin, and coffee helps exfoliates the skin by removing dead skin. It works as a great scrub.
Mix 1 teaspoon of coffee & 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply it to the face, massage a little with your fingertips, leave it for 15 minutes, onto your skin & then rinse it off with cold water.
Aloe vera is known for its soothing & calming qualities. It leaves the skin hydrated.
You can use raw aloe vera, slit it in between & directly apply it. Face. Massage it or not & leave it for 15 minutes, followed by rinsing it off with cold water.
Turmeric, gram flour & rose water, or lemon juice
Turmeric Is known for its antibacterial properties & the glow it gives. Gram Flour helps exfoliate & rose water helps cool the skin. Form a paste of gram flour either with rose water or lemon juice, add a pinch of turmeric & mix all the ingredients. Apply it to your face for 15 minutes & wash it off with cold water.
Tomato & honey
Tomato helps fight the tan & honey hydrates & moisturizes the skin
Mix tomato pulp & a half teaspoon of honey. Apply it to your face as a mask & leave it for about 20 minutes & rinse it off with cold water. You can also substitute tomato with yogurt & follow the same process for a soothing face pack.
Chandan & rose water
Both have a cooling effect. Make a paste of it & apply it to your skin, leaving it for 20 minutes & then washing it off with cold water. It helps cool the skin and the sunburn.
While you put on these masks you can place cucumber slices on your eyes for eye care.
Let's summarize our summer to-do list.
Remember, less is more.
SPF, SPF, SPF.
Plenty of water, seasonal fruits & vegetables in our diet.
Light-colored dresses & light-weighted products are on our shelves.
Incorporating summer hair care is equally essential. The high temperature, humid air & sunny days make our hair dry, dull & our scalp oily. The extra moisture in the air causes frizz.
Therefore, what we use, what we eat, & how we manage our hair is essential to prepare ourselves for the summer. To maintain the health of the hair, make the following changes.
Add to your haircare :
Light hydrating shampoo & conditioner.
Your hair is already taking a load of sweat & dust. You keep it easy for your hair. Use light shampoo & conditioner. It will not dry up your hair; instead, keep it hydrated. Being in the sun can dry out the hair leaving it dull. A good conditioner will help hydrate & nourish the tresses. Remember to rinse it off with cold water instead of hot water.
Chop the extra.
Summer is a season to go short with your hair. It's trending, but it helps get rid of the split ends & also, and you won't have to struggle a lot with the heat and sweat. Trim it off or be bolder & chop it off. It won't just refresh your look but also get you rid of the split end, leaving it healthy & manageable. Don't worry; hair is in a growing phase during summer & your hair will grow back.
Cover it up.
The direct sun rays on the hair can take out all the moisture from the hair & also burn it, leaving it lifeless. To reduce the impact of the scorching sun, you can wear a hat while you are out in the sun or cover your hair with scarves. These shields against the sun, so incorporate them into your care list.
Choose your hairstyle wisely.
Opt for easy hairdos instead of perfecting sleek, tight hairstyles. Tie your hair back or choose a ponytail. Braids, buns, and twists are other fun options. These are the best during summers as it helps avoid sweat & frizz. Also, it would help your hair to be untangled & reduce splits.
Naturally dry your hair.
Take the benefit of the natural heat outside. It takes a couple of minutes to dry your hair. So why not take advantage of the heat & dry our hair naturally. Ditch your dryer & curlers. Summer brings the benefit of quick & natural drying, choose it.
Be careful in the pool.
Being in the pool can damage hair health as the water contains chlorine. Either use a cap to cover your hair or wash it off with cold water if you must dip it in. You can also apply conditioner before entering the pool as washed hair doesn't absorb chlorine water much. And after getting out of the pool, do remember to shampoo it off.
Deep conditioning treatments.
Summer makes the hair drier, rough, brittle & lifeless. Indulging in monthly hair spas will give the hair the hydration & nourishment it needs. You can visit the salon for extra pampering. But remember not to overindulge too.
Spray for the hair.
Just as we have refreshing sprays for the face, we can make hair sprays at home to give our hair the extra moisture it needs & to avoid frequent shampoo. All you have to do is mix aloe vera juice, avocado oil & water & store it in a spray bottle. Use it while you are out or when your hair feels dry.
Avoid the too much.
Summer is the time to follow less is more formula. Be it shampoo, cosmetic products, hairstyles, or treatments. The summer sun already takes a toll on the hair. Therefore, avoid too much shampooing as it can dry out your hair & scalp. Please don't use too many hair products on the hair or avail treatments during summer & keep it easy & simple. Summer heat burns the hair; therefore, avoid hair coloring during peak summer months.
Regularly oiling your hair prevents clogging of hair roots due to sweat dust & also increases blood circulation. Opt for a DIY hair mask. Once a week, you can deeply nourish your hair & scalp with homemade DIYs. It helps retain hair moisture.
SPF, dry shampoo, hair creams.
There are ample live-in-conditioners with SPF in the market that help protect against sun rays. You can opt for these if you usually have to be in the sun for a long time. These reduce the damage to the hair caused by the sun's rays. These creams also help control the frizz. Dry shampoo helps soak excess oil & grease without giving in to the temptation of washing your hair regularly.
Drink your water.
If you keep your body hydrated, it will show in your hair too. Drinking ample water will keep your hair hydrated too. Juices, healthy drinks, all these will help keep your hair hydrated & healthy.
Four products to fit in your bag this summer
Scrunchies - for keeping your hair tied up & out of sweat.
Hair spray - to work on sweat, and provide instant shine.
Hats & scarves - to protect your hair from the sun rays.
Water bottle - keep you hydrated.
Things to be mindful about
Limit washing your hair frequently.
Use a clean comb.
Trim your hair.
Use products like hair sunscreen and dry shampoo if you are out often.
Go easy on hair products.
Keep your hair detangled & tied.
Healthy eating & drinking is your best bet.
DIYs, especially for the summer hair
Eggs & mayonnaise are the go-to kitchen ingredients to replenish the hair & bring back its shine, softness & moisture. Mix 1 egg white with a half cup of plain yogurt. Apply it to complete hair & leave it for 30 minutes & rinse off with plain water.
Mayonnaise & olive oil
Both these help condition & nourish the hair. It also promotes hair growth. Mix 1 cup mayonnaise with 1/4th cup olive oil. Apply it to your hair & wrap it up in a towel & leave it for 20 minutes & rinse off with plain water.
It is our star for the summer. Not only does it protect the hair from sun damage. It hydrates, nourishes the hair & prevents it from drying. It is effortless; take some fresh aloe vera pulp & directly apply it to your hair. Wait for 30 minutes & rinse it.
Banana & Honey
Mash a banana & mix some honey. This pack can be applied to the hair for 20 minutes & washed off with water. This softens the hair & makes it manageable. It also works on the split ends & breakage. It also tackles the sun damage leaving the hair shiny & smooth.
Let's summarize our summer to-do list.
Remember, less is more; keep your hair routine simple.
SPF, dry shampoo, hair mist, buy them.
Plenty of water, seasonal fruits & vegetables in our diet.
Light hairstyles & light-weighted products on our shelves.
While hair & face are our go-to for self-care, we often forget to take care of our bodies.
Our body is equally important & summer takes a toll on it too.
But we have you sorted in this department too. Just six steps for its care.
Practice yoga asanas or exercise regularly.
Indulge in seasonal vegetables & fruits.
Drink plenty of water.
Take cold body showers daily.
Keep stress at bay.
Give the body the rest it deserves.
Indulge in some salon pamper sessions. (The last but most favorite)
And with this, we now truly feel you are ready for the summer.
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