It's that time of the year when chai becomes a little less favored and nimbu-soda is available almost everywhere. Very soon, anything synthetic will be a no-no and cotton will be your go-to fabric. Umbrellas come out to give your sunscreen company, suede shoes get packed away. Yes, summertime is here. And with it, a whole host of skincare issues too. Oily skin gets oilier, and dry skin gets patchy. There are breakouts and pimples, rashes and roughness, and that acne just wouldn't go away!
Warmer temperatures mean it is time to change your skincare routine. The sunny Indian summer can be pretty harsh on your skin if you don't take care of yours. So, just like your wardrobe, your skin care too definitely needs a seasonal change.
To avoid all these hassles, and to keep your skin radiating like before, here are the eight easy-peasy tips you can follow this season.
Sunscreen is a must
Throw away last year's unused sunscreen for a new bottle. Sunscreens aren't meant to last forever and seeing most people don't use as much as they should. Buy a new sunscreen that has UVA and UVB products and comes in SPF 30 and SPF 70. You should be using a shot glass full for your body and a full teaspoon just on your face. Reapply it every 1-2 hours that you are in the sun to ensure a summer full of safe sun fun.
You have so many choices when it comes to adding a little summer tint to your skin, and the tanning bed shouldn't be one of them. Using a sunless tanner will give your skin a beautiful start to summer. Even if you're not a fan of sunless tanners all over your body, you can happily use them on your face. If you alternate your facial moisturizer with one that builds a bit of color, you'll have a healthy glow that will make it look as though you just spent the weekend on the beach. Most facial tanners build color gradually, by alternating with your regular moisturizer; you'll never get too dark.
Moisturize your skin
Moisturizing is essential. Simply moisturize, there are no two ways about it. You may think that winters are over, and skip that part of your regimen, but no, not happening. The problem with summers is the extreme heat that dehydrates your body and makes your skin dry. Dry skin is prone to damage and dullness, and you need to butter it up to make up for the moisture loss. The moisturizer acts as a barrier for pollutants, bacteria, and sunburn. Choose a non-greasy, gel/water-based moisturizer that contains vitamin E, and slather it every day on your skin to keep it moisturized and supple.
Don't Forget Your Lips
Yes, your lips need sunscreen, too. Since the sun can be extremely drying, keep them soft and smooth by using a rich lip balm with SPF 15 or higher, for example, Mantra lip balm. Don't forget to reapply it when you're outside.
At last, drink a lot of fluids
Yes, drink up and loosen up. We mean water, lots of it. The problem with summer is, it makes you sweat a lot, making your cells lose water quickly. To maintain moisture levels in your body and not feel weak or faint due to dehydration, you need to keep a check on your drinking (water) game and get it right.