As per the season you have to change your habits, routine and health regimes too. Prepare yourself for summer well in advance. It is time for going out and hitting the sunny and sandy beaches. I am sure all your short dresses and swimming costumes are out by this time and you are ready to change straps sandals with closed shoes. But be ready to change your daily routine too.
Moisturize your skin
Just because it is summer does not mean that you can leave out on moisturizing the skin. Dryness and heat can harm the skin making it dehydrated. This can result in dull and wrinkled skin. Always remember to use a summer friendly moisturizer before going to bed at night. It is best to use water based, non-greasy moisturizer that does not stimulate oil secretion but hydrates your skin with the goodness of Vitamin E.
Bathe twice a day
You should take a bath twice a day in summers to get rid of body sweat and dirt accumulation. This maintains your personal hygiene and keeps you away from rashes, infections and body odor.
Use a clarifying shampoo
Lots of dirt and sweat accumulates on your scalp and hair strands during summer. Wash your hair with a deep cleaning shampoo to avoid having dirty and irritating scalp.
Use light coverage makeup
Avoid using high coverage makeup during the day time because it clogs the pores and does not allow the skin to breathe in summer.
Exercise in cooler temperature
Don’t skip your exercise plan because it is too hot to work out instead start your exercise early in the morning when sun is not so hot or exercise indoors, either at home or in gym where temperature can be controlled. If you are not an early bird then you can exercise even in evening or night. Drink plenty of water while exercising; carry a water bottle with you if you are going out for jogging or exercising.
Drink enough fluids
During summer; you sweat even more; so hydrate yourself by taking plenty of water. Avoid drinks which are high in caffeine. Iced tea, fresh juices, coconut water, lemonade there are plenty of options to hydrate you. Don’t indulge in ice-creams too much as it is fattening and high in sugar content. Take water which is just in right temperature, taking very cold water can lead to sore throat.
Always apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or more, whenever going out in the sun. In summer your skin doesn’t get as dry as winters so avoid using too much moisturizer; it might lead to pimples and oily skin. Don’t forget to scrub while taking bath. Start scrubbing from feet coming towards the shoulders. Use gentle scrubbing action on face. Remember to get a pedicure once or twice in a week to keep your feet beautiful and soft so you can show off your feet in open sandals.
It is advisable to have a shower whenever you have come from sun or had sweat a lot. It will not only refresh you but avoid bacterial growth on your skin too. Always exfoliate your skin while taking bath. It will remove dead skin cells and help in the growth of new healthy skin.
Avoid eating oily and full cream dairy products during summer, it is heavy on your digestive system instead eat lots of salad and fruit. Eat plenty of fresh leafy vegetables, seasonal fruit and fish. Indulge in foods which are high in omega 3 fatty acid and antioxidants. Eating right food in right weather prepares you to combat the negative effects of seasonal changes. Red tomatoes, cucumber, oranges, carrot, salmon, walnuts are few food items which is highly recommended in summer.
Insects and flies
Due to high temperature, growth of insects and flies also increases and it can affect your health. Use mandatory precautionary methods to avoid insect bites. Use repellant creams while outdoors and use mosquito nets or spray inside the house. No need to say with your personal hygiene; cleanliness at home and in neighborhood is also very necessary.
Last but not the least, dressing right not only make you look smart but help you in keeping yourself comfortable too. During summer try to wear full sleeves to cover your arms as it is the most vulnerable part for tanning. Wear light colored loose outfits because they are comfortable and help air to pass through your skin, so you don’t sweat so much and your skin cools off fast. Wear hat to cover your face from direct UV rays. Invest in high quality sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Lemon and aloe vera face pack
Known for high citrus amount with rich medicinal and cosmetic values lemon makes way for one of the best ingredients with multi-significant properties. Not only does lemon works as a magic for treating various skin and hair related issues but it is also an antioxidant agent. Being a rich source of antioxidant lemon helps in combating against pigmentation, making our skin clean from within. It acts as a good bleaching agent and has vitamin C, making our skin look young and radiant. Just like lemon, there is another ingredient which is just like lemon in terms of benefits that is Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera which is stemmed succulent plant produces six antiseptics which have the ability to combat against any types of bacteria, fungi and viruses that we get into contact through pollution, dust and other reasons.
Curd and gram flour face pack
Curd is such an ingredient which is not only known for its beneficial values in the development of bones, but also in curing skin and hair problems. Rich in calcium, magnesium and other nutrients this dairy product helps in strengthening bones. Also curd plays an important role in exfoliating our skin and provides nourishment to our hair just like a good conditioning agent. Curd is also good for removal of stubborn tan.
Turmeric powder, yogurt and honey face pack
Another ingredient which is very good for antibacterial and antiseptic purpose is turmeric. It is very good for treating cuts and burns and also for treating many skin infections as used in Ayurveda since ages. Then there is yogurt which is known for its soothing moisturizing effect leaving our skin soft and super subtle. Another ingredient is honey which is again acts as moisturizing agent for our skin. Together these three ingredients can work as an elixir for our dead lifeless skin!
Benefits of turmeric powder, yogurt and honey face pack
A pack of turmeric powder, yogurt and honey acts as a good agent for making the quality of our skin better with time. Turmeric helps in lightening our skin complexion over a certain amount of time by removing the tan. During summer, our skin needs constant hydration due to the harsh rays of sunlight and humidity. Turmeric helps in this. So all we need to do is, make a nice face pack out of the above mentioned three ingredients. So in a mixing bowl firstly take the three ingredients in an equal proportion and apply it onto our skin and keep it on for about 15 minutes until the concoction gets dry. Then wash it off with lukewarm water. Applying this pack regularly will not only improve the texture of your skin but it will also nourish the skin pores from within.
Benefits of lemon and aloe vera face pack
For removal of tan the most effective way is to make a beauty pack out of lemon juice and Aloe Vera. Lemon juice will work as a bleaching agent by lightening the skin and Aloe Vera will act as a soothing agent to the skin. All you need to do is follow a simple regime.
- Firstly, take two leaves of Aloe Vera and cut it from the base. Then take the pointy edge and slide is against each other.
- Now gently peel off the pulp from the leaves and mash it well in a small mixing bowl
- Now add about 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice to the mashed Aloe Vera mix and mix well.
- You can also apply a bit of honey to the pack but it is completely optional.
- Now apply the mix to the affected area and let it get dry for about 20 minutes and rinse it off with cold water.
- Repeating this pack will make your skin’s texture smooth, gently remove the tan and also help in the removal of dark circles around eyes.
Benefits of curd and gram flour face pack
A pack made out of curd and gram flour is a time-tested solution for the removal of tan and also as an exfoliating scrubber by the exfoliation of dead cells of the skin. Since this is a home remedy it has no side effects. This pack can be applied anywhere on our body. To prepare this pack all we need to do is follow a simple regime.
- In a small mixing bowl take curd and gram flour in equal proportion.
- Add water to the mixture in accordance to the desired thickness of the pack. You can also add lemon juice instead of water for a better result.
- Now apply this mixture to your face, neck and other body parts like hands and feet for about twenty minutes until the pack gets dry. Now rinse it off with warm water. Following this routine twice or thrice a week will result into a glowing and happy skin!