As summer sets in each year, the toll it takes on your skin is a foremost concern. The sweltering heat, humidity, dust and pollution gather together to wipe out your glow and invite infections. Here’s what you can do to keep that glow and step out in the sun without worrying too much!
Drink adequate quantities of plain water to keep your body and skin well hydrated. Water also has a moisturizing effect on your skin and helps combat dehydration. Stay away from excess exposure to the sun as it leads to dehydration and fatigue. Under unavoidable circumstances, be under the sun for a maximum of 20 minutes and then move to shady places.
Pay Attention to Your Diet
It is important to strengthen your immune system and it is best obtained in dietary supplements that are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants taken in right measure protect cells and encourage cell growth. Fruits, green leafy vegetables and nuts are the best source of antioxidants and work wonders on your skin tone.
Exfoliate Your Body
Exfoliating your skin is an integral part of your skincare regimen. The cell turnover or shedding of dead cells happens at a rapid pace as you age. It therefore becomes important get rid of them, clear your pores to get that fresh and radiant skin. The best way to exfoliate is to use scrubs that contain natural substances as you shower. It is generally advised to do this a couple of days a week but do remember that everything has to be done in moderation!
Never Skip the Sunscreen
Applying sunscreen daily is absolutely essential. Applying it correctly helps avoid UV rays and prevent damage that the sun can do to your skin. The following pointers will aid optimum results.
- Use liberal portions and give yourself at least a minute to apply it
- Get outside after 15-20 minutes of proper application
- It is good to repeat application every 2 hours
- If some sunscreen does not suit you, try not to shy away, get the advice of dermatologist to recommend one that suits you
Find a Shady Spot
As the mid-morning (10 am) to late afternoon (3 pm) sun tends to emit strong rays, try avoiding exposure to it during these periods. If it is not possible to avoid, it is always good to find shady spots to stay in to reduce damage.