Everyone wants to keep their skin in the best condition possible. Summer brings a new concern when it comes to skin care. The needs of the skin during hot and dry weather are very different from hot and humid weather. In the dry season, there is lack of humidity in the air and the skin loses moisture to the atmosphere. During the summer, one has to switch skin care products and make some routine changes to ascertain that skin remains the best.
Here is what you need to do to nourish, protect and maintain your skin.
A good skin toner is a must in hot weather, to refresh the skin. Rose water is ideal, as it is a natural coolant. In fact, it is due to its cooling properties that it has become so popular in tropical countries. Rose water refreshes the skin and imparts a clean and fresh feeling. You can keep a small bowl of rose skin tonic, or rose water, in the refrigerator. This way, it is chilled and ready for use. Wipe the skin several times a day with it. It can be most refreshing. If you are out during the day, carry wet tissues, which are easily available. Wipe the face with them to feel cool and refreshed.
In summer, the effects of heat increases. Try to avoid sun-exposure as much as possible, especially from noon till about 3 pm. The skin should be protected from the effects of sun exposure and the daily care routine should also be adjusted to deal with these effects. Protect the skin by applying a broad spectrum sunscreen. A broad spectrum sunscreen provides protection from both UVA and UVB radiation. Most sun-block products have built-in moisturizers.
It is essential to apply sun-block products, not only on the face, but on all exposed areas. The back of the neck and arms are extremely vulnerable to sun damage too. The sunscreen should be applied about 20 minutes before sun-exposure. If you happen to be in the sun for more than one hour, you should re-apply the sunscreen.
Honey is a powerful natural moisturiser and also has several beneficial properties. It is suited to all skin types. Honey helps to make the skin soft and smoothens out rough areas. It also helps to improve the skin's ability to hold moisture. It soothes the skin in cases of skin-sensitivity caused by dryness. Apply honey on the skin and wash it off with water after 15 minutes.
For oily skin, mix honey with egg white or lemon juice and apply on the skin daily, washing it off after 20 minutes with plain water. Both lemon juice and egg white have cleansing effects, reducing oiliness, while honey softens and nourishes the skin. If you have a combination skin, apply honey by itself on the entire face, as it would suit both oily and dry areas.
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