Flaunt your beautiful skin this summer!

Flaunt your beautiful skin this summer!
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Flaunt your beautiful skin this summer! Dr Sangeeta Amladi, Head-Medical Services, Kaya Skin Clinic shares a few skin friendly tips.

Beat the heat this summer, maintain your beauty and keep your skin soft, supple and well-nourished with these quick summer skin care tips.

Dr Sangeeta Amladi, Head-Medical Services, Kaya Skin Clinic shares a few skin friendly tips.

Cleansing

The skin sweats more in summer leading to increased dirt and grime. Try to wash the face with plain cool water every few hours.

Cleansing is also of utmost importance, in order for grime and other pollutants to be removed completely from the skin. A soothing Cleaning Gel helps in deep cleansing without stripping away essential natural oils. It also makes the skin look and feel fresh after use.

Exfoliating

It's very important to exfoliate your skin. Your body sheds skin cells at a fast rate every minute, every day. Get rid of the dead cells before they start making your skin look dull and dry.

Exfoliate your skin at least once a week to remove all dead cells and flakes left over from the winter.

Massage gently using micro beads as opposed to harsh exfoliation with larger beads as this can injure the skin and make it sun sensitive. After about 4– 6 weekly exfoliations, bring it down to once in 2 weeks during summers.

Toning and moisturising

Toning helps to tighten the pores and prevents spots and pimples. It is recommended as a part of one’s nightly skincare routine, after the face has been cleansed. One can also refresh the skin several times a day with a chilled skin tonic.

A must for healthy summer skin is to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Staying adequately hydrated flushes out the toxins and keeps the skin looking fresh.

If the skin is dry to normal or stressed out by constant exposure to air conditioning make sure you apply moisturiser to the skin before heading out. Otherwise apply the moisturiser at night before bed time on a clean face.

Lips are most sensitive to the sun compared to other parts of the body. Relieve your lips from the painful peeling caused by the sun by applying a lip balm with minimum SPF 15 protection.

Instead of depending upon chemical-based toners, use a natural toner. Extract the juice from an aloe-vera plant and mix it with natural rose water for best skin protection from tanning and clogging. This also helps fight skin allergies, rashes and itching.

Cover your skin

For Indian skin use a broad spectrum sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection and at least SPF 15. If on vacation or outdoors, usage of sunscreen with SPF 30 is highly recommended. SPF only measures UVB protection and not UVA; hence one should look for a sunscreen that also provides UVA protection.

It takes about 15-20 minutes for any sunscreen to give out complete protection, so apply it at least 20 minutes before stepping out in the sun. The product should be reapplied every 3-4 hours, if one is outdoors for long periods of time. A sunscreen with SPF 30 effectively combats the harsh effects of the sun for up to 8 hours.

Sun’s rays are the strongest between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. so it is advisable to limit exposure to the sun as much as possible, during these hours.

Use sunglasses to protect your eyes. Try using an umbrella when you go out in the sun. This will protect your skin and your hair.

Hair care tips

Hair gets frizzy due to exposure to UV rays and excessive styling. It’s a common myth that only curly and wavy hair is at a risk of getting frizzy. Make sure to leave the conditioner on for at least 5 minutes. After rinsing, gently wipe wet hair with a towel. Rub a coin-size drop of anti-frizz serum (for straight hair) or cream (for curls).

Shower tips

A cool water shower cools the body and skin temperature and retains oils and moisture in the skin. Don’t dry the skin roughly with a towel. Gently pat it dry. Do leave some moisture on the skin so that when you apply the moisturiser the skin can absorb it fully and seal it in.

Try and catch a shower twice a day, to feel cool and refreshed.

Summer diet tips

A light summer diet is recommended, to keep one feeling fresh and hydrated all long.

Foods rich in Vitamin A aid in protecting the skin from the sun. Foods with abundant Vitamin C help in repairing sun-damaged skin. These vitamins can be found in vegetables and fruit including carrots, papaya, black grapes, and green leafy vegetables.

Water, freshly squeezed fruit juices, fresh lime water or soda, and light summer salads loaded with plenty of vegetables and fruit are all part of an ideal summer diet.

Don’t forget to drink at least 2 litres of water every day.

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