Skin Care in Summer

This article has been written by Sanskrity Sinha for METROMELA.COM

Summer brings with it problems like sun tan, sun burn, prickly heat, fungal infections and sun allergy. MetroMela therefore spoke with Dr. Mukta Mukta Sachdev, Dermatologist, BangaloreSachdev, Consultant Dermatologist at Manipal Hospital to suggest a skin care routine for this season. Here are her tips.

Moisturize – Moisturizing is important for your skin as it needs repeated hydration since you sweat during the summer. Oil free, water based moisturizers which also contain an SPF work well during the season.

Exfoliate – Use of a mild scrub, exfoliating creams or microdermabrasion creams helps in the summer months. However don’t go overboard and be gentle with your skin. Do not use these products more than once or twice a week.

Use of astringents and toners – These products help in cleansing, make up removal and removing the grease and dirt following excessive outdoor activities which increases in summer.

Washing and cleansing – Use mild face wash more frequently during the summer as it will help in preventing oil and sebum accumulation. You may need to change your face wash and use one that is more suited for oily skin in summer season.

Sunscreen – It protects your skin from harmful UV rays. Apply to dry skin at least 15 minutes before going outdoors and reapply after swimming or perspiring. Don’t forget to apply to all exposed areas. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of approximately 30 and above. It is important to reapply your sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours and make sure you use an adequate amount over the sun exposed areas. Typically, one ounce of sunscreen lotion is enough to cover exposed areas of the body properly. The added advantage of sunscreen is that prevents premature aging of your skin.

Lip balm with SPF – For lips, use a moisturizing lip balm with SPF which keeps your lips hydrated and prevents them from burning and chapping.

Parasols, Umbrellas, Sunglasses and Wide Brimmed Hat – Use proper UV protective sun glasses to protect your eyes and prevent wrinkles. Umbrellas and Parasols are also recommended for protection from the sun. A hat, aside from providing shade for your face, can also help protect hair from being damaged by the sun. Sun erodes the outer layer of hair and can lead to coarse, wiry or brittle locks. Choose a comfortable-fitting hat with extra covering that drapes down the back of your neck, and sit in the shade whenever possible. Spray on sunscreens are available for hair protection. Leave-in conditioners and sun sprays offer sun protection before, during and after outdoor exposure.

Spring water spray – This refreshes the skin and soothes the irritation which intense heat can cause.

These rules apply not only to women but also for men’s skin. Men’s skin is actually more oily than women’s skin and therefore they should be taking more care of their skin during the summer.

This article has been written by Sanskrity Sinha for METROMELA.COM


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