Oh, the glorious days of bronzed skin and the warm breeze are back. It’s the time to wear shorts and sandals and hit the beach to soak up on some much needed sun. From pool parties to patio dining, summer weather calls for a change in our lifestyle; we love to opt for activities that involve staying outdoors.
Hot, sunny weather means being smart about getting the right sun exposure and protecting your skin from harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. Follow our summer care tips to help stay protected outdoors.
Load up on sunscreen
For blissfully unaware people, sunscreen might just be a buzzword, but for health conscious people it’s the first layer of protection you need before stepping outdoors. Sunscreen works like armor against the harmful UV rays and it helps protect your skin from getting sunburned.
Broad-spectrum sunscreens with SPF 30 or higher provide better sun protection. Make sure to always apply and reapply after every two hours. Sunscreen is not just for the face but should be applied on neglected areas such as ears, neck and around the eyes.
Seek shade when you can
While sunbathing sounds tempting, skincare experts strongly advise against it. The glowing sun can do more damage than good during its peak hours. It is advisable to seek shade during 10AM to 4PM when the sun is strongest. While sunscreen helps protect against UV rays, it is only a first layer of defense against the harmful rays. Other protective measures include covering up with clothing, wearing a broad-brimmed hat and wearing UV-blocking sunglasses.
Drink to beat the heat
Skin’s ability to retain moisture is compromised during hot summer weather. Now is the time to drink water and juices to maintain your skin’s health and to avoid getting sunburnt. Dehydrated skin can look fatigued, flaky and red.
What’s on your label?
It is always a safe bet to read labels and ensure that your skin care products do not contain harsh chemicals. Argan oil, green tea, vitamin A, C, and E are helpful ingredients and can help maintain the moisture in your skin.
Cleanse it twice
Heat, sweat, and oil can have an adverse effect on your skin during summer time. Wash your face with cool water to adjust the skin’s temperature. Apply a gentle gel cleanser at least twice a day to clean pores and avoid inflammation. Apply a lightweight, non-greasy moisturizer with SPF to keep the skin protected.