With the onset of summer we all start worrying about the harsh sun, humidity and the damage caused by continuous sun exposure. Believe me you can reverse the damage or prevent it by following a skincare or hair care routine. I always make sure to take proper care of my skin & hair during summer to keep them looking healthy. Here are few tips which can help you too –
Cleansing – I am sure you must have read 100 of times how important proper cleansing is. I have dry to combination skin which is also prone to acne. During summer acne gets aggravated because of sweat & dust. So I make sure to clean it twice a day – morning & before going to bed. I like to use a mild cleanser in the morning because skin doesn’t accumulate much dirt during the sleep/night, however for the evening I go for a heavy duty one. For that I am really liking Himalaya Herbals Neem Face Wash or in case you have oily skin you can try Oil Clear Lemon Face Wash. Their cleansers are soap free hence wouldn’t leave skin dry or irritated.
Exfoliating – Its an essential step in my skincare routine which I never miss. You should exfoliate your skin twice a week at least to get rid of dry flaky dead cells. Try using a gentle exfoliator/scrub and use it when your skin is damp. Since my skin is acne prone I like to use Himalaya Herbals Neem Scrub, Its gentle and works pretty well. Due to Neem’s anti-bacterial properties it prevents acne break outs caused by dirt & oil.
Face Mask – I apply face mask once a week, mostly right after exfoliating. During winters I like to apply a nourishing mask but in summers I love clay based mask since they are known for their deep cleaning properties. I am enjoying Himalaya Herbals Refreshing Fruit Pack which is a clay based mask. It refreshes the skin because of antioxidants & rejuvenating ingredients it has.
Toning – Toner is essential because it corrects the ph balance of the skin. Try using an alcohol free one otherwise it will dry out your skin. I personally use Rose Water as a toner and it works perfectly fine, In case your skin is oily Himalaya Herbals Refreshing & Clarifying Toner would be a perfect choice , since it removes traces of oil from the skin surface and controls oil secretion as well.
Moisturizing – Apply a light moisturizing lotion during the day to avoid clogging pores. I personally prefer a moisturizer with spf content or a sunscreen with moisturizing properties. However you can use a lotion sparingly and then apply a sunscreen. I avoid using greasy, heavy sunscreens and been liking Himalaya Herbals Protective Sunscreen Lotion which has SPF 15, so make sure to reapply it after every 4 hours or so. Sunscreen protects skin from sun damage which later causes pigmentation & ageing. So never ever skin sunscreen even if its cloudy outside ! Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
Follow similar routine before going to bed , just replace sunscreen with a moisturizing night cream. For those with acne prone skin, avoid heavily moisturizing cream which sits on the top of your skin and try a gel based formula.
I have dry hair so washing them every day is not a choice for me. I try to use as mild products as possible to avoid them from looking frizzy and lifeless. These are the products I am using at the moment –
Shampoo & Conditioner – Since during summers we wash hair more regularly and frequently, using a mild shampoo is always recommended. I am using Himalaya Herbals Gentle Daily Care Protein Shampoo & Conditioner which is gentle and doesn’t rip off moisture from my hair. It has a nice soothing scent as well. Make sure to wash your head at least twice a week to avoid build up and scalp irritation cause by sweat & dirt.
Hair Mask – I am using Himalaya Herbals Protein Hair Cream at the moment both as a pre-wash hair pack and post wash hair styling cream, and I am surprised how good the product is. It tames the frizz without making hair limp or greasy, trick is to use as less as possible (post wash).
Also once a week I like to deep condition my hair using a mix of Almond + Castor Oil and leave it on for good 2 hours. This mix restore the moisture and makes hair shiny and healthy. Castor oil promoted regrowth and almond oil nourishes them.
Don’t neglect your body, it needs some love too. Don’t think that if it doesn’t look scaly or dry, it doesn’t need moisture. Try not to apply a heavy body moisturizer as the greasy sticky feel can be a bit uncomfortable. Apply a lotion which is meant for summer time use, like Himalaya Herbals Aloe & Cucumber Refreshing Body Lotion.
I hope you all like this post. Routine is simple yet effective and products which I have recommended are affordable and good quality. You can buy these online from bigbasket.com