With the temperatures going up and sun rays becoming stronger, we are again plagued with the problem of keeping our skin looking fresh and healthy.
Naturally, you want to hide indoors to escape the harmful effects of the sun, dust, pollution free radicals et al. But that need not be. With little care and attention, the joys of summer can be yours without worrying about tan, or sun burnt skin.
Protect Your Skin
One of the best ways to keep your skin looking younger is to provide it the right protection. Using right creams and some TLC will make sure it looks fresh even through the harsh months ahead. Before we go down to protecting your exterior, you need to take care of your internals to be able to fortify your skin from the inside.
Drink lots of water through the day, not only to replenish lost moisture but also to help flush toxins out of the body. Sipping cold Herb or spice teas offer added therapeutic benefit. To counteract the outside choose cooling herbs and spices such as mint, cardamom, and fennel. Milk has a cooling effect that is soothing inside as well as outside. Drinking a cup of cold milk is a great idea. You should start your summer skin protection ritual right away to make sure that skin remains fresh and flawless
Screen the sun
We all know the virtues of a good sunscreen; needless to say, that it is a must. It is the biggest defense that you can give your skin to fight the harmful UVA and UVB rays. Look for a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 20 to combat the high sun that Indian summers get. If you have sensitive skin a water-resistant sunscreen with SPF 25 will help protect your skin. If you know you are going to spend a long time under the sun, then look for a sunscreen that is SPF 30 and above.
You apply sunscreen to dry skin at least 15 minutes before going outdoors and should reapply after swimming or perspiring. Typically, one coin size of sunscreen lotion is enough to cover exposed areas of the body properly. For lips, the best protection against sun damage is a water resistant lip balm that keeps the lips moist and that has an SPF of 15. If you are planning to wear short clothes then protect your body as you would your face. Pick a spray sunblock to cover any exposed part of your body.
After sun care
Even if you are meticulous with your sunscreen, tanning is something you can’t avoid. You need to be regular with a skin care regimen. Combine milk with ingredients like almond meal and rose water to make a balancing skin cleanser that fights tan as well as soothes burnt skin. Apply cucumber water over your exposed areas including face, hands feet, and neck to soothe burnt skin and avoid tanning. At least once a week, treat yourself to a fruit or vegetable mask. Cucumbers, avocados, apricots, and papayas are great homemade masks. Puree the fruit or vegetable and blend with some yoghurt, honey, oatmeal and lemon juice (for oily skin) or rose water (for dry skin) and apply evenly to the face. Let stay for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water.
If you are too lazy to make packs out of kitchen goodies, then pick a good anti-tan mask and anti tan scrub and use them not just on your face but also on your arms and legs. Buy a good skin brightening moisturiser to apply at night. The actives prevent excessive melanin build-up under your skin, which is the biggest reason for tanning.