Summer means that you can ditch that bulky winter clothing and revel in the sun. Sun can be fun and the sun rays make us feel good, look good in the short term , but are you aware of the dangers caused by sun to your skin?
Skin damage by sun leads to pigmentation, wrinkles, tanned skin, skin burns and over exposure to sun even leads to melanoma, a skin cancer. So it is very important to protect your skin from the sun. Try using sunscreen lotions, moisturizers, exfoliators and hydrate your body enough to protect your skin. Try these best ways to protect your skin in summer.
Do Not Over-Expose
Sun is indeed an ultimate source of Vitamin-D, but the very harmful Ultra Violet (UV) rays from the sun can cause damage to your skin in just as little as 15 min. Therefore avoid sunlight intake between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. as it is harshest during this time. Moderation is the key, so keep your sun exposure to the minimum to prevent the damage to your skin.
Apply a Sunscreen
Apply a sunscreen lotion or a sun-block religiously to all bare skin at least 20 minutes before going outdoors as it takes some time for the sunscreen to get absorbed into the skin. Choose a sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection, along with a SPF of 30 or higher. To remain protected, reapply sunscreen as and when needed.
Dryness is the bane of a beautiful skin. Buy a good quality moisturizer and keep applying it as and when you feel your skin needs it. Don’t go for a heavy-duty one; buy a light-weight, non-greasy moisturizer so you don’t weigh your skin down. In fact, apply it even before you go to bed to keep your skin soft and smooth.
A vital practice you should follow in the summer is exfoliation. It will remove those dead, dulling cells off your body to avoid pore congestion. It also helps in hydration enhancement from moisturizers and toners. Exfoliate before you apply lotion or makeup. In fact, makeup stays longer and better on exfoliated skin. Remember to use an SPF-rich hydrating lotion post exfoliation to save your skin further.
Summer is the time your body needs more water than regular. Under the scorching sun, your skin will become dry and dehydrated. You would need to keep it hydrated by drinking lots of water. Drink at least 6 – 8 glasses of water every day. It will also purge your body of accumulated toxins and helps you maintain the moisture balance of your body and skin.