Summer is not an easy time for your skin. Summer is the time you want to go out and enjoy the sun with your dear ones. Summer means lots of out-of-doors time. It is a beautiful time to spend some quality time with your family. In the warm summers, your skin deserves special attention as exposure to sunlight damages the skin in many ways making it dull, dry, and tanned.
Some of the common skin complaints raised during the summer are acne, oily skin, suntan, sunburn and heat rashes, enlarged pores, under-eye dryness. Hence, it is very important to take extra care of your skin during the summer season.
Skincare for summer
Aloe Vera – After a long day in the scorching heat, applying aloe vera gel on your skin helps to soothe and cool off your skin. It acts as an antioxidant and protects your skin from damage and other skin related problems. Add this in your daily night regimen for better results.
Keep your skin hydrated – Make sure you drink 10-12 glasses of water every day to keep your body and skin hydrated. Water helps in achieving that permanent glow, removes toxins and enhances well-being. Apart from this, try and keep an overnight pack on your skin. For example, the hydrated seaweed gel helps in leaving your skin with the much-needed hydration.
Exfoliate – Exfoliating your skin in order to keep it rejuvenated all the time is as important as keeping your skin hydrated. It helps to remove dead cells, increasing blood circulation, which in turn helps to achieve glowing skin. You can use exfoliation gels or face scrubs for the same. You can make one at home, take 1 teaspoon of rice flour, add 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel, a pinch of salt and 2 teaspoon yoghurt. Mix this into a paste & apply it for 5 mins and then scrub the dead skin off.
Tomato puree – It works gently on the skin and is beneficial in removing tan from the skin. Besides replenishing the skin with oils, it evens the skin tone and helps in making the dry skin bright and glowing. It can also be applied to hair for that extra shine and can protect hair from sun damage.
Skin Lightening Recipe
Take a lime and cut it into two. Rub one half on the face gently. Squeeze the other half in a cup of water, add a little bit of rock salt and drink it. Do it for 6-8 weeks regularly and observe the remarkable improvement. This lightens and clears the skin.
Mix one tablespoon oatmeal powdered with a little yogurt to make a paste. Add the juice of cucumber or grapes into the paste. Massage this pack into the tanned areas and leave for 30 minutes. Rinse off and apply moisturiser mixed with 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil.
Cucumber Overnight Brightness Pack
Things required to make the pack:
- Firstly, take out the cucumber juice by using a mixer. Now add rosewater and glycerine in equal quantities to the cucumber juice. Make sure that the paste should neither be thin nor too thick.
- Now apply it over your face at night before going to sleep.
- In the morning, wash your face with clean water and pat dry. After some days you will see an amazing change in the complexion of your skin.
Tips shared by Dr Blossom Kochhar