Yes, summer time is here. And with it, a whole host of skin care issues too. Oily skin gets oilier, and dry skin gets patchy. There are breakouts and roughness and sunburns, oh my!!
Just a few simple changes in your everyday skin care regimen can ensure that you are all set to glow through the summer season. Here are few summer skin care tips that can come quite handy.
Sweat and dirt and debris from time spent outdoors can lead to increased breakouts during the summer. A gentle exfoliating mask or scrub used two to three times a week will remove dead skin cells and debris that can clog pores leading to pimples.
Give this simple and hydrating Cucumber Scrub a try! In addition to being very hydrating, cucumber has silica which is a rich source of nutrients that replenish the skin. It also contains Vitamin A which protects against UV damage and slows signs of aging by encouraging healthy skin cell production. It keeps the skin moisturized and hydrated internally.
1 Cucumber, peeled and gently mashed
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Instructions: In a small bowl, mix cucumber and sugar together. If desired, let chill in the freezer for 5-10 minutes for a more cooling effect. Apply mixture to your face (avoiding the eye area) and gently scrub, then let sit for 10 minutes. Wash off and pat dry.
It’s time to put away the heavy moisturizing creams you used in the winter. Summer months need products that let your skin breathe naturally. During the day go for lighter lotions and serums. A hydrating mask, like this Avocado & Honey mask is great to add to your evening routine to restore moisture lost during the hot summer day. Coconut oil replenishes the moisture, while honey repairs the chaffed and scaly skin. Avocado provides nutrition to your skin with a delicious smell and freshness.
1/2 ripe avocado
1 teaspoon coconut oil
2 tablespoon honey
Instructions: Mash avocados to a fine creamy texture and add honey and coconut oil to it. Apply it all over your face and leave for 15 minutes until dry. Wash off with warm water and dab dry with a towel.
Studies indicate that most people do not apply nearly as much daylight sun protection as they should. Most sunscreens are meant to be re-applied every two hours! Today’s sophisticated formulas and technology let you select sun protection that works with your skin condition. That means you can choose oil-free, mattifying formulas, extra emollient formulas for dry skin, or chemical free formulas for sensitized, reactive skin.
I highly recommend doing your research before grabbing just any old sunscreen. All sunscreens are not created equally. In fact, a 2018 report from Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that nearly 67 percent of sunscreens didn’t work. That is to say these sunscreens provide inadequate sun protection and/or they contained harmful ingredients.
My top 2 sunscreen brands: Coola Suncare and CounterSun by Beauty Counter. Both of the these brands are mineral based sunscreen that do not have chemical SPF filters due to their high potential for skin irritation.
Curious about how your current sunscreen ranks on the EWG list? Find out here.
4.After Sun Care –
One of the worst things about summers is the scorching sun that tans and burns your skin in a just a few hours, even if you’ve put on sunscreen. In addition to your skin initially being red and painful to the touch, as your skin heals the peeling and flaking skin can be itchy! And a person who has repeated sunburns in their life is far more likely to have premature aging of the skin. This can lead to lines, wrinkles, and sunspots even in younger people.
In the event that you do get a sunburn this summer, try this super soothing after sun Aloe Vera Mask. Aloe vera is naturally anti-inflammatory, as well as very hydrating for the skin. Yogurt contains lactic acid which is a natural exfoliant and promotes the growth of new skin cells. It calms and cools down the red skin and deeply moisturizes the dry and flaky skin. And gram flour controls oil secretion and absorbs excess oil and sebum.
2 tablespoons aloe vera leaf gel
1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
2 tablespoons gram flour (Chickpea flour)
Instructions: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and apply the aloe vera face mask to cleansed face and neck. Give a gentle massage to your face and keep it for 20-30 minutes and rinse it off with normal water. Apply 3-4 times in a week to get the desired result.
5. Use a Natural Brightening Mask-
If you’ve been on your skincare A-game all summer, and want to take your complexion to the next dewy, glowing level – I highly suggest giving this Tomato & Honey brightening mask a try! The acidity in tomato helps to get rid of dull, rough skin and promotes cellular renewal. Tomatoes also contain a powerful anti-oxidant ‘lycopene’ which protects against free radicals – free radicals are responsible for wrinkles and age spots! Honey is both calming and moisturizing for the skin
1 Tomato, cut in half, and pulp removed
1 tablespoon honey (organic raw is best!)
Instructions: mix tomato pulp and honey together. Honey makes it a little sticky so that it stays on your face for a while. Apply it evenly on your skin. You might experience a little tingle or feel itchy because of the citrine in the tomato. Wash off with cold water after 10 minutes and you’ll be surprised to see the effect.