As the weather gets a bit warmer, your body’s sebaceous glands produce more natural oils that can leave the skin feeling sticky and greasy and can lead to blocked pores.
Here’s our top tips to help you glow this Summer!
- Maintain a good skincare routine – Choose gel-based (for dry skin) and water based (for oily skin) rather than cream-based products as the former are lighter and non-greasy. Cleansing, toning and moisturizing twice a day will help keep your skin clean and fresh.
- Wash your face to remove the excess oil – In summer, oily skin can get more oily. Use a face wash suited to your skin type that can deep cleanse and remove all the dirt and grime. People with dry skin would need a non-foaming cleanser. Opt for mild, alcohol-free and pH balanced cleansers.
- Include antioxidants in your skincare routine – Antioxidant serums protect your skin from environmental damage, help boost collagen and helps remove free radicals to prevent damage to the skin. Vitamin C serum is a good option for summer as it is a potent antioxidant and helps reduce pigmentation caused by harmful UV rays.
- Exfoliate for healthy skin – Use a face scrub at least twice a week to remove excess dirt and oil from the skin. It is important to remember to use a scrub suitable for your skin type and massage the scrub gently in a circular motion. Make sure you exfoliate the lips and the neck too.
- Keep your skin hydrated – Hydration is so important at all times during summer. You can use a hydrating face mask after you wash your face at night for some extra hydration while you sleep. Splash your face frequently with water or carry a facial mist to freshen your skin regularly.
- Wear sunscreen – The sun’s UV-A and UV-B rays can be very harsh. Besides giving you a stubborn tan, they can cause premature aging, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. A good sunscreen with SPF 30-50 is vital for the summer months for all skin types, even if you stay indoors most of the time. If you go swimming, we suggest you apply sunscreen multiple times.
- Avoid heavy makeup – Heavy makeup prevents the skin from breathing. Humidity and heat also impact the skin’s ability to breathe. Instead of heavy foundation and other cosmetics, you could consider using a tinted lip balm and a tinted moisturizer if you need to wear some makeup.
- Use a good Toner – A good toner can be effective in closing open pores. The maximum number of sebaceous glands are found on the T-zone of the face. To prevent sweat and oil from clogging these pores, use an aloe vera or cucumber-based toner as they are lighter.
- Moisturize well – A moisturizer is vital to protect your skin in summer. You can choose a non-greasy formula based on your skin type. Look for ingredients like antioxidants like vitamins A and C. If it has SPF, even better. It is best to apply a moisturizer immediately after your bath.
- Drink more Water and fruit juices – Your water intake in summer should be a minimum of 2-3 litres a day. Coconut water, watermelons, and fresh juices are a good way to stay hydrated. Drinking water also helps to flush the toxins from the body. Include yogurt and buttermilk in your diet.