The cold waves of winter are saying bye-bye and now you will get more time to spend outdoors in summer season but your skin will have to pay the price if not taken proper care of it in this season. Sun’s heat can cause premature aging of skin, spots, marks, dry skin, wrinkles and can even cause skin cancer, if preventive measures are not taken on time.
Follow the steps below to pamper and care your skin in summer before you step out and face the sun. By following these best and free home treatment, you can also get a radiant skin and look super hot.
1. PROTECTION FROM SUN
Summers is the time when sun’s heat is at its peak and can cause damage to skin. So this is important to get full protection from sun. If possible limit your stay indoors between 10am and 3pm as this is the time when sun rays are very strong and can adversely affect your skin.
If you are stepping out then do not forget to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you leave and face the sun. You can re-apply sunscreen after regular intervals if have been out in the sun for a few hours.
Also, use sun glasses while stepping out as the heat can directly hit your eyes and muscles around it which are very delicate and prone to damage easily also carry umbrella or cover your head with mask to prevent direct falling of heat on it.
2. STAY HYDRATED
Our body is composed of 70% of water and tends to sweat and lose a lot of water in the summer. It is important to replenish your body with water and take at-least 8-9 glasses of water. Liquids in the form of juices, coconut water can also be taken along with water if you want to. Drink a lot of liquids and avoid caffeine and tea and your skin will feel soft and moisturize naturally as well.
3. GIVE UP AERATED DRINKS
When we advice people to stay hydrated then they go for aerated drinks like cold drinks, soda etc. without knowing that they are very harmful for our body as they contain chemicals and high level of sugar content harmful for our skin and waist line. Try optional drinks like lemon juice, fresh fruit juices, buttermilk, green mango drink(aam panna in hindi) or coconut water to remain hydrated all the time. Drinking warm water in the morning can remove toxins from the body and clear of skin.
Wash your face twice a day to remove dirt from it and make it a regular practice of this even if you are indoor, never go to sleep without cleaning your face. Use any good quality face wash or buy a ready made cleanser from market as per your skin type.
5. EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN
Exfoliate is a procedure of mild rubbing of your skin with a scrubber to remove dead cells and improve blood circulation to the face. Market is flooded with different types of exfoliate scrubs that you can buy or can prepare one at home.
To make home made exfoliate try following procedure:
1. Take 4 to 5 tsps of gram flour
2. A pinch of turmeric powder
3. Few drops of rose water
4. Milk or curd
Mix all the above ingredients to form a proper consistency, neither too thick nor too diluted and exfoliate your skin with this. Follow this by a face mask and a moisturizer.
After exfoliating skin, use face mask on it to get a beautiful glow. You can buy a ready made kits available like VLCC, Gold, nature’s etc. or prepare a mask at home.
To make home made face masks, you can use fruits like banana or papaya and mix them with honey and rose water and then apply this on face. Another good face mask is sandalwood with rose water, you can add little rose water to it for better results and then apply on face, wash it thoroughly once it is dried.
You can use grated cucumber mixed with cucumber on face to give it a cooling effect, leave on skin for for 15 minutes or till it is dried and then rinse your face with fresh water. This is an effective way of removing sun tan and marks on face.
If have time then can visit a parlor to give yourself beauty treatment.
7. TAKE FULL REST AND SLEEP
Give your body full rest and sleep if you want it to work efficiently. None of the beauty treatments can bring any glow on your skin if your body is deprived of sleep. Lack of sleep makes one lethargic and lazy all the times. Dark circles under eyes are first common signals of deprived sleep so beware the very time first you notice them under your eyes. A daily good night sleep of 7-8 hours is sufficient for a healthy body and also take a small nap in the afternoon if needed.
Exercise is not seasonal and should be a part of our life in all the seasons. Pranayam or deep breathing and postures are good for overall fitness and weight loss. Daily 20-30 minutes of brisk walk is good for weight control and healthy heart as walking keeps body fat in control. Try sun salutation which is one of the best exercise as it not only improves flexibility but is also effective in weight loss and keep your waist line under control.
9. SEASONAL FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Eat seasonal fruits like water melon, melon,mangoes, lemons etc. are few of the seasonal fruits which are rich in water content and healthy also as they contain useful nutrients and vitamins needed for a healthy body.
Make it a practice to drink milk as it is the best health drink one can have. Milk as calcium and phosphorous along with other health nutrients needed for healthy bones and teeth. White and strong teeth and bones can impart extra beauty to your personality.
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