Just like how we alter what we eat with the weather, our skin requires a change in the routine too. Summer comes along with its own share of beauty boons and banes. To ensure that you are at you remain healthy on the outside too this time around, we have roped in Spa Expert and Founder of Estetico- The Facial Bar Seema Nanda who elaborately answers some pertinent skin questions of the season.
How does the skin react to the summer weather?
Ans. Climate changes your skin for better and worse. Summer has a huge effect on it. For many, this season brings the possibilities of clear, easy-to-handle skin. The humidity of weather softens skin and brings back the moisture lost in winter. Some attribute their improved complexions to increased sun exposure. Moreover, not one and all say summer helps their skin.
- Acne gets worse as the weather gets hotter. One of the reasons would be that excess heat and humidity escalates sweat production, resulting in more oil production, further leading to clogged pores.
- Swimming pools usage in summer can have negative effects on our skin. Chlorinated chemicals can cause acne called chloracne.
- Extreme heat and humidity can also spread bacterial and fungal infections.
- Heat rash…During hot and humid weather, clogged sweat ducts trap perspiration under the skin leading to heat rash. Tiny, itchy bumps in skin folds appear. Wear lightweight fabrics that allow sweat to evaporate. Avoid heavy creams that might block sweat ducts.
- Overgrowth of a fungus called Candida albicans in warm, moist conditions can add to a vaginal yeast infection.
- Heat increases oily skin problems. It’s uncertain if skin actually induces more oil when the climate is warm or whether it just seems glossier on a scorching summer day. Hot weather heats up the oil on your face, making it oily and visible. Blot excess oil without clogging pores using oil absorbing sheets and face wash suiting your skin type.
- In a dry climate, skin naturally becomes dry causing dullness and flakiness. Dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface act as a shield, preventing the nutrient absorption entering the skin. In the literal sense, your products won’t penetrate into your skin. When the air around you is drier, be sure to exfoliate regularly.
- When the climate is both hot and dry, the biggest skin concern is wrinkles. When dry, ageing lines are much more prominent. Studies link high rates of pollution to the development of wrinkles and brown spots due to free radical damage. Protect your face with a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Pop in a daily antioxidant supplement to control free radical damage throughout the body.
- It’s important for the skin to have time to adjust to different temperatures.
- Change skin care products before the weather changes. Switch to heavier products like creams to prepare for winter and lighter lotions and serums for summer.
What does one need to keep in mind when it comes to summer skincare?
Ans: It’s important for the skin to have time to adjust to different temperatures.
- Change skin care products before the weather changes.
- For a healthier, smoother and younger looking skin give yourself a boost by adding Vitamin C to your diet.
- After washing your face, you must immediately apply a light moisturizer.
- Appling sunscreen should become a part of your daily routine. Smear sunscreen 30 minutes before heading out in the sun. Re-apply liberally after every 2 hours if you continue to stay out in the blazing sun. For combination and dry skin, use a matte-finish sunscreen. For oily skin, use a gel-based sunscreen.
- Incorporate aloe vera into your daily night regimen. Use it to combat the side effects of heat. Aloe vera helps to soothe and cool your skin. This natural goodness is also an antioxidant that protects skin from sun damage and other skin irritations.
Are they any natural ingredients, products that can be applied to the skin?
Ans: A little indulging and care can get you smooth and glowing results. Having dry skin is not a serious condition but it can be problematic because it is usually accompanied by itchiness and scaling.
Chronic drying of the skin may need your dermatologist attention, but some home remedies for dry skin can combat dryness…
In half a cup of milk, soak 3 to 4 almonds overnight. Grind into a fine paste and apply on your face before going to bed and wash off the next morning to divulge soft and even skin!
- Mix 3 tablespoons of mashed-up papaya with ½ cup of yoghurt and apply. After about 15 minutes, wash off with lukewarm water.
- Mix one egg yolk with 1 tsp of olive oil, half tsp of rose water and a few drops of lime juice. Apply the mixture to your face every morning for 15 minutes for a soft radiant skin.
- Mix 2 mashed bananas with 2 tbsp. of honey. Apply on your skin and leave it on for 20 minutes. Your skin will become extremely soft and bright.
Seema Nanda is the Founder of Estetico-The Facial Bar. With an expertise of around 15 years in the spa industry, she brings valuable beauty insights to the table.