Summer is just around the corner, and while it means fun times enjoying outdoors, it also means more sun exposure to the skin which may lead to more damage. Summer also means a lot of sweat, sun, and the result is clogged skin which is dull, tired. Read on this guide to know some simple tips to get glowing skin this summer naturally.
1. Hydrate with water
a little titbit: Hydra = Water. Hydration means replenishing water.
The key to glowing skin is proper hydration. Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself properly hydrated. Remember, your body needs water to perform essential operations, In case, it is dehydrated, it will retain water to meet the needs. And skin gets lesser priority than essential operations, meaning your skin will lose the moisture and look dry and dull.
Drink plenty of fluids to ensure your body is properly hydrated, and skin gets ample moisture. If you find plain water boring, try some cool shakes to add the ting.
This summer, water is indeed the best thing you can gift your skin. Don’t forget to pack a bottle in your bag when stepping out.
2. Moisturize with light skincare products
Summers are the time to switch to lighter, water-based skincare products. Due to sweat, grime, and sun, our skin gets easily clogged in summertime. It is better to avoid heavy, buttery skin products and use more of lighter consistency one to ensure it’s not heavy.
If you don’t want to use multiple layers of products, use a sunscreen with moisturizer like this. Or use a moisturizer with sun protection. Either is fine, as long as you moisturize and protect your skin (more to come on this).
Don’t forget a good night cream in your summer skin routine. It is necessary in summers as it can repair the damage caused to the skin throughout the day. I have used this and have had a good experience.
3. Protect with sunscreen
As good as the sun feels on our skin, avoid going out in the sun without proper protection.
In summer, the sun is stronger and harsher, so it may cause more damage to our skin. Always remember to wear a good sunscreen with at least 30 SPF. It is better to use a wide spectrum sunscreen which can provide protection from both UVA and UVB., like this one.
As much as possible, stay indoors or at least avoid going out during peak sunny times. If you absolutely have to go out, couple a broad-spectrum sunscreen with full sleeves dress and a hat to protect you from direct sun exposure.
4. Exfoliate remove dirt and dead cells
Summer brings sweat, at least in India where it gets really hot. Dust in the air tends to stick more to sweat thereby blocking your pores. This may cause more black or whiteheads.
So how to get rid of this and open up pores? By exfoliating!
Exfoliation helps to remove dead cells, grime, and dust which may clog your pores. Using a gentle scrub (could be homemade, or store-bought) massage in gentle circular motions. Don’t be too harsh on your skin as it can cause more damage.
Along with getting rid of dead skin cells, exfoliation also helps to remove tan and add glow to your skin.
5. Tone with natural toners
Toners help in balancing the ph of the skin and take care of an uneven skin tone. In summers, try to use natural toners like ACV, or rose water, witch hazel to take care of any uneven skin tone as well as refresh the skin.
Take a cotton ball and spread any of the above toner on clean face. Enjoy the refreshing feeling.
6. Refresh with facial mists
What to do when you are on the go and can’t wash face even though you really, really want to? Well, use facial mists!
Facial mists are an awesome product to use this summer. They provide relief from summer, hydrate the skin and refresh on a hot, sunny day. They are generally gentle and unlike soap, won’t dry out your skin. So, that’s another plus.
It’s super easy to use facial mists and highly convenient when you can’t wash your face with water. Keep a bottle of facial mist in your bag, and spray on whenever your skin feels tired, dull. It will add an instant glow to your skin, all the while refreshing you on a hot day.
Simple facial mist recipe:
- Distilled water
- Lavender essential oil
- Amber colored glass spray bottle
In an amber-colored glass spray bottle, mix equal parts distilled or filtered water. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil and give it a good shake. Spray as and when required.
7. Get glowing skin with healthy food
You might have heard, we are what we eat. And this is the most solid fact of life.
In summers, try to avoid oily, spicy food. Instead, favor, light, healthy food. As per Indian tradition and Ayurveda, oily and spicy food cause more heat in the body. Since, in summers, the temperature is already high, this extra heat causes breakouts.
Light food is easy to digest and can provide more nutrition without causing extra load on the digestive system.
On the plus side, it is always better to eat healthily. And by doing this, you will be blessed with glowing skin as well as a fitter you. So enjoy your glowing skin as well as those super abs (one day!)
Longer summer days make it easier to incorporate exercise into our lifestyle. If you are a beginner, start with walking to get into exercise. If you are used to exercising, continue doing so now in summers.
So here were my tips to get glowing skin this summer. Do you have any other tips to share? Share with us in the comments.