The summer months can be a bane, especially for people with normal to oily and combination skin. In summer, sweat and oil secretions increase. These are deposited on the skin and hair, making them look greasy and also attracting dirt and pollutants. The skin loses its glow and looks dull. Cleansing and refreshing the skin are important during summer to remove sweat and oil deposits. In fact, this is the time of year, when the skin is prone to clogged pores, blackheads, pimples and acne. Avoid heavy creams and moisturizers, which can clog the pores. Even for normal to dry skin, a moisturizing lotion would be more suitable.
Skin fresheners and astringent-toners
Skin fresheners and astringent-toners play a crucial role in a skin care routine during summer. They restore the normal balances, keep the pores unclogged, stimulate blood circulation to the skin surface and keep the skin glowing. Rose Water is one of the best known natural skin tonics. It is also a natural coolant and ideal during summer. Keep a small bowl of rose water in the refrigerator. This way, it is chilled and ready for use. Wipe the skin several times a day with it, using cotton wool.
Vitamins are essential for both good health and beauty. For a smooth skin, lustrous hair, bright eyes, slim figures, we need a vitamin rich diet. Vitamin C, for instance, is most important, as it strengthens the immune system and delays degeneration and, therefore, the formation of early visible ageing signs. Actually, Vitamin C is vital for maintaining healthy collagen, the supportive tissue of the skin, which helps to keep the skin healthy, firm, strong and youthful. Avoid overcooked and fried foods. Vitamins are so sensitive that cooking destroys more than half their value.
Exposure to the sun leads to sun tan, sun burn and many other effects. Apart from tanning, the skin is also exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun, which has several long-term effects, like early formation of lines and wrinkles on the skin. Sun-exposure can also lead to dark spots or patches. A broad-spectrum sunscreen provides protection from both UV-A and UV-B rays of the sun. So what is the answer? At the moment, physical protection is the answer. This can be done by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen. A sunscreen is a product which forms a protective cover between the skin and the sun’s rays, while a broad-spectrum sunscreen is one which provides protection from both UV-A and UV-B rays of the sun. Sun exposure can also cause loss of moisture from the skin. Most sunscreens have built-in moisturizers. So, it is not necessary to apply both moisturizer and sunscreen, unless the skin is very dry.
The sunscreen should be applied about 20 minutes before sun-exposure. A sunscreen with SPF 15 to 20 is adequate for most skins, but if the skin is more sensitive and tends to burn easily, one should use a sunscreen with a higher SPF of 30 or 40. It is essential to apply sunscreen, not only on the face, but also on all exposed areas. The back of the neck and arms are extremely vulnerable to sun damage too. For extremely dry and dehydrated skin, a sun block cream should be applied. For normal to dry skin apply a sunscreen lotion. For normal to oily and combination skin, look for an “oil-free” sunscreen, or apply a sunscreen gel.
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Exfoliation is the process of removal of dead skin cells and is an integral part of skin care. It helps to improve skin texture, making the skin clearer, smoother and brighter. It also helps to produce an even colour tone. In oily skins, exfoliation helps to deep cleanse the pores and keep them free of clogged oil, thus preventing problems like blackheads, pimples and acne. Exfoliation of the skin is done with scrubs or cleansing grains. These are grainy substances which are to be rubbed gently on the skin and then washed off. Usually, the grainy substance is mixed with a liquid or other ingredient, so that it can be easily applied on the skin. Exfoliation can also be done with “peels.”
Shahnaz Husain is a renowned beauty and wellness expert. She is the Founder, Chairperson, and Managing Director of The Shahnaz Husain Group.
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