Summer is here and you are ready to sizzle in flirty maxis, sleeveless tops, mini dresses and beach shorts. But wait; is your skin ready to flaunt your summer diva look too? The rising mercury level in the weather can take a toll on your skin, leaving it lack luster and prone to skin ailments, this situation lets us think ‘how to get glowing skin?’. Avoiding outdoors is definitely not a practical way out of the skin trouble. So, we bring you simple skin care tips to make your skin smile and keep it fresh and radiant all day long under the raging heat of the sun!
Sunscreen is your saviour
Don’t even think of stepping out of your home without applying generous layers of sunscreen on your body. Ideally you should apply sunscreen at least 20-30 minutes before you go in the sun to get it absorbed nicely into the skin. In case you are going to stay outdoors for more than a few hours, then toss the sunscreen lotion in your purse and reapply as and when necessary. Also pick up a sunscreen that not only suits your skin type but also contains high SPF number and protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
Cleansing, toning and moisturizing are also must
Cleansing your skin twice a day will keep the dirt and oils off your body while toning will have a cooling effect on the skin. Your moisturizer should be the one with a higher SPF number so that it can give you an enhanced protection over and above the sunscreen apart from keeping your skin hydrated.
A bonus tip: Keep rose water bottles or facial mist sprays handy to maintain the glowing skin.
Exfoliate to rejuvenate
Exfoliation is a skin care process, where you use body scrubs in circulation motions on your face and body to get rid of dead skin and open up the pores. Exfoliating your skin also helps in improving the blood circulation, thereby leaving your skin supple and radiant. Various brands of body scrubs are easily available in the market and can be used 1-3 times a week, as per your skin type.
Shield yourself from sun
Don’t let your skin rely solely on sunscreen lotion. Cover yourself adequately with cover up clothes to prevent skin exposure to sun. Also, don’t forget to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and a broad brimmed hat, head scarf or an umbrella to shield your face. Eye creams and lip balms can also work wonders to retain the clear skin during the summer.
Care for your hands and feet too
Summer is the time to go sleeveless and step into those dainty, open toed sandals. So, buy a DIY manicure-pedicure kit or hit your neighbourhood salon to get it done. A foot scrub and feet cream will also come handy to keep the dead and dry skin at bay.
Revive dull skin with fruit facials
Who wouldn’t like the feel of juicy pulp of fruits moving tenderly on their face? Fruits such papaya, banana, peach, strawberries and guava are packed with natural vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and work wonderfully well to pamper your skin. Just squeeze the pulp out of these fruits, apply evenly on your face and wash off after 15-20 minutes to get a baby soft clear skin.
Avoid excessive make up
You wouldn’t want to recreate a vampire look with your eyeliner sliding down your cheeks and make up melting away to the heat. Hence, keep it simple and natural this summer. If at all you need to apply the makeup, a mild touch of primer, tinted moisturizer and bronzer should do the trick for you. Skip the pencil or liquid eye liner for powder eye liner and lipstick for a light lip gloss.
Wear summer friendly fabrics
Wear fabrics that are natural, airy and allow your skin to breathe. Muslin cotton, linen and silk clothes would feel fabulous and cool on your body. Read the labels carefully while shopping for your summer wardrobe.
Drink plenty of fluids
No matter what the season may be, your body needs to stay hydrated round the year. Drink at least 2-3 litres of water every day to replace the dipping water level your body and flush out the toxins. Ditch the bubbly drinks and drink more of fresh fruit juices, fat free buttermilk, nimbu paani, aam panna and green tea.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
A balanced diet coupled with a 30 minute exercise about 5-6 times a week and 7-8 hours of sleep goes a long way in keeping your skin in the pink of its health.
Say cheers to gorgeous skin!
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