It’s that time of the year again – time to hit the beach/pool, out with the full sleeves and jeans and in with the sundresses, tank tops and shorts! But amidst all the frolicking in the sun, beware of how all those hours in the sun and heat are affecting your delicate skin!
But what is it exactly that damages your skin?
- These rays can penetrate the deepest layer of your skin, the dermis. They activate free radicals causing photo-damage, pigmentation and pre-mature aging of your skin.
- These rays penetrate your skin’s upper layer, the epidermis. It is responsible for sunburns and photo-allergy. These rays substantially increase the risk of deadly melanomas (skin cancer).
- These rays are ideally blocked by the earth’s ozone layer and are the most damaging. With increasing ozone depletion it is becoming even more important to protect yourself.
- Infrared Radiation
- This is the heat that you feel and too much of it can negatively affect the collagen and elastin in your skin.
But not to worry, here are a few simple steps to make your skin glow under the scorching sun.
Drink plenty of water
Hydrate your skin! It’s easy for skin to become parched during the summer months. Dehydration results in dry skin, spots, frown lines, causing an overall lack of “glow”. Drink water regularly throughout the day to both hydrate your skin and flush out toxins that can mar your complexion.
Eat healthy foods
With the summer come a huge variety of fresh fruits and vegetables so load up on salads, juices, steamed vegetables. Get creative with the beautiful variety of colors to make sure you get all the antioxidants and nutrients your skin needs. A diet rich in flavonoids will help to ensure a healthy and glowing skin. No-fat or low-fat diets will cause your skin to dry, wrinkle and age. You need essential fats in your diet to keep your skin moist and supple. Nuts and seeds and fresh fish are excellent sources of good fats.
Avoid going out during peak hours
For as much as you can avoid going out in the sun between 10am – 4pm.
Style it up
Wear wide brimmed hats, which are not only very in this season but will also protect your facial skin from the scorching sun. Wear sunglasses to not only protect your eyes but also the delicate skin around your eyes, which is sensitive to rapid ageing. A gel containing Vit E will nourish and refresh this area. Cover up as much skin as you can and wear lightweight fabric, preferably light colors.
Now this one is extremely important because you need to know how to pick the perfect kind for you. SPF stands for Sun Protective Factor, which protects against UV-B. Apart from this also look for the PA that stands for protection grade of UV-A. However, what is more important than the strength is more frequent application. If you have oily skin use a sunscreen that is water based. Don’t forget about your lips – use a lipstick/lip balm with SPF 30 or higher.
Use antifungal powders
Dust some anti fungal powder in all the skin folds and on the feet and soles to prevent fungal infections.
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser 3 times a day. If you have oily skin, use a toner for further cleansing.
Moisturizer isn’t for everyone
It is important to keep your skin hydrated however; it is prudent not to use too much moisturizer. Avoid using cream based makeup, go for a dab of compact powder and powder eye shadows.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Stress adversely affects each and every organ of your body and your skin is no different. So relax, take a short vacation and have a super summer.