Summer is the time for holidays and vacations. You want to look your best and you want your skin to look and feel great. “Unfortunately, the sun sucks all the moisture in your skin, leaving it dry and dull. Taking extra care of your skin in the summer will result in happy and healthy skin that will glow from within,” says Hemangi Dhir, founder of Botnal, a natural and sustainable skincare brand.
Be aware that using chemicals can eventually strip your skin’s natural moisture and cause irritation, dullness, pigmentation and other skin problems in the long run. Read on as Hemangi shares the best ways to use natural ingredients and readily available products so your skin enjoys summer as much as you do.
The outer work
Use moisturizing and plumping serums
These not only make your skin glow, but also protect it from harmful UV rays and pollution, and retain moisture in your skin. Serums also have anti-aging benefits, so you get multiple benefits from one product.
Use lightweight gel moisturizer
Hydration is an essential part of hydration. A good moisturizer is the key to healthy skin. For summer it is important to use a lightweight or gel-based moisturizer. These moisturizers are non-sticky and do not feel heavy on the skin. If you’re not a big fan of moisturizers, this is definitely a good place to start. Don’t forget to moisturize your neck too!
Apply a good sunscreen
SPF is an everyday must-have, but you shouldn’t skip it, especially in the summer. A higher SPF protects your skin against the harmful rays of the sun and prevents serious skin damage. The summer heat causes the skin to produce too much sebum, so choose a sunscreen with a matte finish to keep the skin from looking greasy. In addition, choose a sunscreen with a high SPF such as SPF 50 or SPF 60.
Use moisturizing face masks
Give your skin an extra boost of moisture with a moisturizing face mask. Choose a mask with components such as aloe vera, honey, avocado or cucumber, as they are known for their ability to moisturize the skin. Use your mask once or twice a week for optimal results.
Use Essence and Face Mists
Essence is an important part of skin care for dry skin. An essence enriched with plant-based antioxidants helps to deeply nourish dull skin and restore its freshness and radiance. Skin moisturizing components such as thermal water, rose water or spring water are used in formulating mists. Mists provide relaxation, soothing and barrier repair, so sprinkling them on the go can quickly rejuvenate parched skin. Mists help moisturizers very well for better hydration of the skin.
The inner work
Drink a lot of water
Drinking enough water is one of the best ways to keep your skin hydrated. It’s crucial to stay hydrated throughout the day, as dry, flaky skin results when you’re dehydrated. At least eight glasses of water should be consumed every day and you should always have a water bottle with you.
Provide fruits and vegetables with a high water content
Water-rich foods like watermelons, oranges, cucumbers, and strawberries can help keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables helps you stay hydrated and promotes good skin. Your body can become dehydrated from alcohol and coffee, which can result in dry, dull skin. Therefore, drink plenty of water to offset the dehydrating effects of these drinks if you plan to indulge.
In conclusion, Hemangi says a little extra care during the summer season can ensure healthy, glowing skin all year round. “Look for natural ingredients in your skincare products, such as aloe vera, honey, jojoba oil, shea butter, and coconut oil. Naturally moisturizing ingredients keep your skin’s natural glow intact,” she advises.
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