Summer is a time to relax on the beach or beside a big swimming pool, or to enjoy a long walk in an open parl. It is true that for some fun outdoor activates, the warm sunny days of summer are the best. This is the time when you get to bond with your family members and friends.
Along with the fun, summer season has some drawbacks also. It brings with it many skin and hair issues. Some of the common problems that people suffer from are sun damage, insect bites, summer acne, fungal infections, heat rashes, scalp infections, dry hair and split ends.
Here are some common summer skin problems and their solutions.
A proper skin care routine:
Be to anytime of the year, it is very essential to follow a proper skin care routine. During the summer days you need to pay special attention to summer skincare as the increase in sweat and humidity causes the skin’s pores to clog causing acne and break outs. In addition excess sweat also spreads any bacteria that are on the surface of the skin.
To prevent skin problems, try to keep your skin clean by washing your face twice daily with a gentle face cleanser. Also use a toner once daily to remove excess oiliness and keep your skin refreshed.
Dehydration, air conditioning and excessive sun exposure all lead to dry skin and to solve this problem the only way is to keep the skin moisturized. You can keep your skin hydrated with a light textured moisturizing serum. Apply it before your facial sunscreen, to restore the skin’s moisture barrier leading to proper cell function and strengthening skin’s natural defense mechanism.
After bathing, use a natural body moisturizer to restore your skin’s natural moisture. Here at www.ewg.org you can find a list of best moisturizers for summer.
Incorporating exfoliation into your skin care regime is a must to avoid dull skin! Exfoliation will remove old, dry, dead skin cells, toxins and other deposits and allow new skin cells to surface. Scrub your elbows and knees at least twice a week to get rid of dead tissues. You can get a scrubber from the market or make one at home.
At www.treehugger.com you can find some recipes for homemade scrub. You must exfoliate your skin properly once a week only and not more than that.
Sunlight is a good source of vitamin D and hence little exposure to sunlight daily is beneficial for the skin. But the problem arises when the skin gets exposed to sunlight for a longer period of time. The harmful UV rays of the sun may have a hazardous impact on the skin and cause sunburn and suntan and even skin cancer. To prevent all these, the best option is to use a sunscreen.
Apply a sunscreen of SPF (Sun protection factor) 20 or above at least half an hour before stepping out and ensure you wear sunscreen every day, even when you stay indoors. Plus, you must wear sunglasses, broad brimmed hat and appropriate clothes. However, if you have suntan, then there are many remedies to get rid of it.
For some interesting remedies, check this video.
Take care of hair:
Due to the weather, hair becomes extremely dry during summers. To improve the condition of your hair, avoid using any kind of chemical and hair styling tool. It is better to use a gentle shampoo and a deep conditioner to replenish the loss of moisture. Massage your hair with a mixture of coconut oil, castor and olive oil regularly to keep your hair nourished.
If you are one of them who are open to homemade remedies, whisk two egg yolks with one tablespoon of mayonnaise and apply this mask on your hair. Wash off after 15 minutes.
Keep your feet happy:
During summers feet often become the target of a variety of potential foot problems including fungal infections, and foot odor. Start with wearing an open sandal in the summer to keep your feet dry and give them a chance to breathe. If you are wearing shoes, use a foot powder so that the excessive moisture that can breed fungi and bacteria gets soaked properly.
Opt for a pedicure once every week and apply a sunscreen on your feet daily. Plus, before going to bed, wash your feet with a mild antifungal soap and warm water to prevent any kind of foot infections.
It’s time to take care of your skin as well as your hair to combat summer skin and hair problems before they begin and enjoy having fun in the sun.