When you hear the word summer, what comes to your mind instantly? Beach picnics, volleyball, swimming in the ocean, energizing and fresh smoothies, fresh fruits, light and breezy summer dresses, crop tops, and shorts; but, the list does not end just yet. You forgot to mention the skin problems that summer brings with it for all skin types.
Summers come bearing gifts like acne outbursts, folliculitis, oily and sticky skin, dry and patched skin, skin irritation, sun allergy, sun burns, fungal infections and heat boils. However, you can avoid all these with a little effort and self-pampering that your skin and body deserve.
In this article, we have put together the perfect naturally inspired skincare routine for all skin types. Give this informational piece a quick read and get on with your summers with a healthy, glowing and flawless skin.
Sunscreen Is a Must
The harmful UVA/UVB rays can damage skin if the body is exposed to the sun for long spells, for instance, during beach trips or tanning routines. Sunscreen is, hence, a vital product that every skin type requires to protect the skin from UV rays. Skin damage of this sort can lead to premature aging and skin cancer in the worst-case scenario.
The organic option for sunscreen is coconut oil that will give your body and skin the moisture it requires throughout the day. You may choose a scented version of the oil, depending on your mood or aroma preference. Another gluten-free option is the Sun Bum Original Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion
Keep a Healthy Diet
A skincare regime is not all about using skin and beauty products to maintain summer glow. A healthy summer diet is essential to keeping a healthy and glowing skin. Avoid foods that are high in grease, sugar and carbs as they can cause acne problems and skin outbursts.
Make sure your diet has enough fruits, especially citrus options like oranges, lemons and grapefruits. Make fresh fruit juices and smoothies to give your body sufficient moisture to keep yourself hydrated. Drinking water is also vital to keeping the body hydrated during summers in order to retain the moisture that is lost in sweat.
Exfoliate Your Skin
Before going into the shower, make sure to rub off all the dead skin on your body. Skin tends to become dry during the summer season, so exfoliation becomes necessary, especially for skin around the knees and elbows. You can use a body scrub to scrape off dead skin.
An organic homemade recipe for a tropical scrub will come in handy during summers. Simply combine raw sugar, coconut oil, mango and orange essential oils to prepare a DIY body scrub. Use a damp cloth or loofah to scrub off dead skin from the body after applying the scrub and step into the shower.
Dry skin becomes flaky in the summer season and, thus, calls for a good moisturizing routine. Make sure to moisturize your skin on a daily basis, even sometimes twice a day. Choose moisturizer options that contain aloe vera and vitamin E in order to provide your skin the required nourishment.
If you have coconut and green tea available at home, prepare your very own moisturizer using these simple ingredients. Simply mix whipped coconut with green tea and apply to your skin. This DIY moisturizer is a quick and organic fix for all kinds of skin damages caused by the sun.
Other options for good moisturizers consist of the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion and CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion for normal and dry skin types. Choose a moisturizer according to your skin type and keep it hydrated and protected 24/7.
Scalp Protection for Shiny Hair
Another major problem during the summers is itchy scalp and dry hair. Shampoo regularly to keep your hair silky and clean. Make sure to use a sunscreen spray on the scalp to protect the sensitive areas from sun exposure. A damaged scalp can cause dryness and hair fall problem if not taken care of.
Do not take your body for granted, especially areas that are not exposed directly to the sun. These may be covered but have an equally good chance of sun damage as the other more exposed body parts.
Exercise Can Do Wonders
Healthy skin is also a consequence of a worked-out body. When you exercise daily, the blood flow in your body is heightened and so is the circulation of oxygen. This helps with skin rejuvenation and enables the body to repair any and all types of sun damage, from acne to skin tissues.
Exercise in this case does not refer to a hard-core workout session, but something as simple as taking a brisk stroll in a nearby park or jogging track can do the trick. It may even take the form of sports such as swimming, volleyball and badminton. Body movement is key that can come from simple aerobics to yoga, anything that you personally choose to do every day to keep the blood flowing.
Rest Your Body
Another important skincare routine for your skin is sufficient sleep. This is not confined to any particular season; sleeping is crucial for the body, skin and mental health of any living being in every season. If the body receives sufficient rest, it remains active even during the most lethargic seasons like summers.
A good amount of sleep ensures production of melanin and helps repair damaged skin cells. As a result, you wake up to a fresh and glowing skin and a revitalized complexion. If the body is rested well, its immune system is strengthened that helps with fighting the bad bacteria in the body, which can otherwise cause acne and other skin outbursts, especially during summers when the bacteria is relatively more active and detrimental.
Simply follow these steps to achieve a glowing, healthy and flawless summer skin against all the sweating, sun burns and active body bacteria.