Summer is officially in and what are your plans for this summer? Getting sun-kissed in the beaches? Or some fun picnics with your kids to beautiful gardens, zoo maybe. Or strolling through some gorgeous cities and getting to know some new culture Summer for some is the best time for vacation, for some it is officially the beach season, some does not restrict to beaches its all about outdoor fun, mainly with your kids.
Whatever you do, summer also calls for some extra skincare. Yes! like the special care you gave your skin during winters, your skin demands some special care during summer too. After all everybody wishes to have a healthy and beautiful skin, so you have to work for it. This post covers some basic summer skincare tips, following which will leave your skin at its best. And I know you don’t want to waste a lot of your fun-time in skincare so I am making it really easy for you. I have also included some summer makeup trends you must not miss.
So here are my summer skincare tips.
H2O alone can do wonders
Not just summers, we all know it is important to drink water. But how many of us really drink the adequate amount of water which is normally said to be atleast 8 glasses of water a day, and in summer that 8 glasses are nothing, drink more and more.
Since we are talking about summer and skincare, let me remind you that summer is that time of the year when there are more chances of your body getting dehydrated. The first signs of dehydration are shown on your skin mainly lips. So drink lots and lots and lots of water. Water flushes out the toxins and gets rid of the waste that accumulate in the body.There is a reason why celebrities always claim drinking gallons of water to be the secret to their perfect and beautiful skin.
Slather on that sunscreen
Radiation from the sun is the main reason to cause wrinkles, dark spots, skin discolorations and even worse, sunburn and even cancer. So sunscreen is very important. A sunscreen with an spf of 50 or above is ideal; the more the spf the better. Slather on your sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going out in the sun and block that killer rays from touching your skin, and remember to reapply if required.
Don’t forget your body, apply sunscreen not only on your face, but on every part of your body exposed to the sun.
The right Cleansing, toning and moisturizing
Every single person in this planet knows the importance of a right CTM routine by now, so I am not even getting into that. What changes should you make in your cleansing, toning and moisturizing routine during summers, that is what I am talking about.
During summer, your skin tends to be on the greasier side, so choose a cleanser that can combat that and keep the ever-lasting oil suppliers on rest, choose a gel type or foaming type cleanser.
If you are someone who always skip toner in your routine, you should start using one at least during summer. There are zillions of toners to choose from, find the one that is perfect for your skin. You can also try the lavender and honey facial toner I have posted a few days back.
Moisturizing is as important during summers as during winters, try changing it if you find your normal moisturizer is too greasy, choose a lightweight formula and one which absorbs really quick into your skin. Do not forget to moisturize your body as well.
If you prefer you can choose a 100% natural cleansing, toning and moisturising routine.
For cleanser : Blend together one cucumber with one cup coconut milk and massage this to your face which is already damp, hello clean face!
For toner ; Take juice from half a lemon. Pour this onto a bottle and add half cup water to it, shake, shake , shake. You have your toner.
For moisturizer : Take an avocado and rub it all over your face, for best results leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse off with luke warm water.
Give your skin a vacation too
As scary as it sounds, let your skin breathe. Avoid makeup whenever possible or at least use less makeup. You can also choose some foundation with less coverage or go for bb/cc cream which has some awesome benefits on your skin or keep it even more simple by using just a moisturizer on your face, a tinted one if required.
Make up tips
Since I have come to makeup, let’s talk a little bit more about makeup before coming back to skincare.
Use a primer before applying your makeup and a setting spray after you have done your makeup, both ensures your makeup stays for long. It helps to prevent excess oils and makeup meltdowns. There are some really awesome facial mists out there that you can spray on your face which helps to cool, soothe and refresh your skin after being in the sun all day. You can use these facial mists after moisturizing. The facial mists also leave your skin looking beautiful and plump.
Also rather than using a foundation with heavy coverage, use something which is lightweight. If you want your makeup to survive the hot humid climate then it is wise to use waterproof makeup such as waterproof mascara, liner etc. When choosing liners remember to bring some colors, colored liners are so in trend this year. You might have already spotted many celebrities rocking the bold or metallic blue eye-liners. The next trend to watch out this season is the bright lips trend, choose some bright vibrant colours, orange, fuchsia, or try red, which never fails. Try bright cherry lips, the best part is that cherry lips looks great on everyone and is so much in trend now. Slay girl slay!!
By regularly I don’t mean every day. There is no need for exfoliating every single day, even if your exfoliator claims to be so mild and perfect for daily use ; just use it once or twice a week.
Also make it a point to exfoliate not just your face but also your body once a week, to get that glowing and beautiful skin. And remember to exfoliate at night rather than mornings, because once you slough off that dead skin cells, the new cells are more sensitive to the killer UV rays.
Love your lips
As mentioned above, your lips shows the first signs of dehydration. So it is very important to apply a moisturizing lip balm, which has an spf of atleast 15. Reapply after every 2 hours. Also keep away from petroleum jelly or baby oil when out in the sun.
Hands and feet demand some love too
We spend more time outdoors during summer, so our feet and hands are more susceptible to a whole lot of problems. We make it even worse by not giving proper care to our hands and feet. Always exfoliate giving attention to the rough areas like the knees and elbows and use a proper hand and foot cream every day. Don’t forget the apply sunscreen in these areas too when out in the sun.
A regular mani-pedi session is also inevitable during this season.
Try foot soaks for your feet. Just immerse your feet in warm water or try the Listerine- Apple cider vinegar foot soak using 1 cup Listerine, 1 cup apple cider vinegar and 2 cups of warm water.
We all know that the skin around the eyes are so fragile, also the harsh UV rays can really damage your eyes and cause problems like cataracts. Moreover sunglasses are always so stylish, so wear one and rock it! If you are using an eye cream continue using your eye cream , just make sure the texture of your eye cream is light and fast absorbing.
Include fresh fruits and vegetables more in your diet. Cut down on oily, salty or spicy foods and say no-no to junk food. Instead munch on some delicious summer fruits like watermelon and cantaloupe which are rich in nutrients and anti-oxidants. You can also swap that trouble-maker carbonated drinks for some nutritious fruit juices. Healthy choices are endless, choose wisely.
• Try to stay indoors at the peak hours, when the sun’s rays are the strongest, between 10am to 4pm.
• If you have to stay outdoors in the sun for a long time, choose appropriate clothing. There are different stores selling clothing that has UV protection factor, UPF , depending on how much sun’s rays are absorbed by that particular clothing.
• Wearing a hat which has a wide rim can give more protection.
• If you like to get a tan, choose a self-tanner instead.
Keep these tips in mind and don’t let your summer fun-time be a harsh time for your skin