It is summer time again. Indoor air pollution is among the biggest environmental causes of skin problems, premature aging and many other ailments. It is during this time that you have to think about skin care, especially since the sun’s UV rays can be intense. In addition, indoor air pollution is also one of the causes for various disorders that can damage your skin such as asthma, lung cancer, and allergies. So, on top of keeping you healthy, skin care in summer can keep you and your family healthy too this summer. So, just what should you do to maintain beautiful skin all year round?
First, always use sunscreen lotion even if it’s sunny outside. You may have to move a bit to find a good spot for applying sunscreen lotion, but it is worth the effort. The sunscreen lotion protects your skin from sunlight, UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen lotions also contain sunscreen which helps to block harmful UV rays. So, apply sunscreen lotion even if it’s sunny and you have no plans of going out into the sun.
Exfoliating is also important during summers. Exfoliation cleanses dead cells from your skin and tightens pores. Exfoliating also tightens the skin, which can improve your skin’s elasticity. If you have had problems with your skin’s elasticity in the past, then you can look forward to an exfoliating regime. For ideal results, you can use exfoliating scrubs and masks that contain natural ingredients such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid.
To take care of your skin during the warmer seasons, don’t forget that it is a part of your body too. Hot and humid weather can make your pores prone to bacteria and thereby increase chances of acne. So, wear cotton clothes and stay away from synthetic fabrics to prevent pores from becoming clogged. Wear sunscreen and always keep your hands and feet dry. During summers, you can take extra care of your skin by using medicated soaps, toners and moisturizers on your hands and feet.
Summer also brings along with it, another important skin care routine – tanning. It is important to know your skin type whether dry, oily or a combination of both. If you have dry skin, then taking care of your skin during the summer is relatively easy as you can use sunscreens to block sun. However, if you have oily skin types, then tanning becomes a little more problematic.
When choosing a moisturizer for summer, look for one that contains petrolatum. Avoid oil-based moisturisers as they will clog pores and thus worsen acne and blemishes. You would be much better off with an oil-free, water-based moisturiser. When it comes to washing your face, try to go with gentle washing routines. You should also avoid using exfoliates as they will further aggravate your already dry skin.