Summer is a cruel season. Temperatures rise to unbearable levels and the sun beats down relentlessly on the Indian plains. You have to be particularly careful about your hair and skin in this season. In this article, we will going to learn how to look after your looks and also avoid permanent damage due to heat exposure.
As I always say, it is better to be prepared. Each season brings challenges to your looks, but once you know about them, you can always take preventive measures.
First, you need to understand how summer months can harm your skin. If you get exposed to the sun, you will experience the following:
- Sunburn: Exposure to ultra violet rays causes damage to skin cells. The skin turns reddish and feels prickly. You may also feel pain and tiredness. Excessive exposure to UV rays also causes skin tumours.
- Pigmentation: Dark patches or pigmentation can occur on your skin, which will spoil your looks and confidence.
- Wrinkles: Another danger is wrinkles. As skin dries up, it begins to fold into wrinkles. These spoil your youthful looks.
- Summer tan: Darkening of the skin results because of the sunrays. Your skin will turn a shade darker during summer.
These are the dangers that you have to take care of. Here are some easy methods to avoid the dangers and to look after your skin in summers:
Avoid exposure: The first thing to do is to avoid exposure to the sun. If you have to go out during the day, make sure you stay in the shade. This will also provide you a better hair care in summer.
Cover your skin: Cover your skin or carry an umbrella in summers. This will avoid tanning and pigmentation, and protect you from the direct rays of the sun.
Moisturize: Use a gentle moisturizer and keep your skin moisturized at all times. Remember that moisturizers are not for use in winters only. In summer it is important to prevent the skin from becoming dry and rough. A moisturizer with vitamin E and sun protection is ideal.
Water: Have plenty of water in summer. This will prevent dehydration and will also reflect on your skin as well. Doctors recommend drinking at least 10 glasses of water a day in summer.
Sunscreen: Use sunscreen which will prevent your skin from getting damaged. A sunscreen with a moisturizer is recommended and will prevent your skin from getting dry. Tanning will also be avoided. Use a SPF 30 sunscreen on your skin. If you are required to go out often, use a more powerful SPF 50 sunscreen.
Diet: I am again stressing on the importance of a good diet. In summer take particular care of your diet. It is always a good practice to include cucumbers, curd and fruit in your diet in summer.
Remember, summer is nothing to be afraid of. Yes, there are dangers in exposure, but those dangers can be managed by effective preventive steps outlined above.