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Go Out with a Radiant Skin and Bouncy Tresses

With summer around the corner, bad hair days and skin woes have arrived with a bang. Here are some tips to have a rocking season ahead with a healthy mane and nourished skin

Published: 21st February 2014 08:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st February 2014 08:38 AM   |  A+A-

Secrets to Glowing Skin for the Season

The torrid summer months that are notorious for wrecking havoc on your skin is back. Sun tan, pimples, burns, blemishes, there are unending aches that you have to tackle. But don’t panic. Once you are determined to give some extra care to your body and pamper it with love, you will have a glowing and nourished skin in return.

Keep in mind these basics to have a gorgeous and radiant skin during the summer:

Use Sun Protection

Always apply sunscreen lotion when you are out in the scorching weather. Since the harmful rays can penetrate easily, use the lotion even during cloudy days. Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before you go out. If you stay outdoors for a long time, reapply every three hours. At the same time be careful not to overload your skin with chemicals. It is wiser to get your activities done in the cooler hours of the day.

Prevent Overexposure

Always carry umbrellas for extra protection. Wear wide rimmed hats and sun glasses while you are walking through the road. Use full sleeves so that you can protect your arms. Avoid wearing shoes and closed footwear during summer. Wear low-heeled sandals or flats that allow air circulation.

Examine the Skin Regularly

At least once a month check for signs of sun damage on your skin. Keep watch on moles that hurt or have changed shape or size that itch or bleed.

Treat According to Your Skin Type

The skin which dehydrates easily, and have a few breakouts can be considered dry. Dry skin is sensitive to heat, therefore wash the face daily with warm water and cleanser. Also use toner to avoid dehydration. Use a cream-based lotion to hydrate your skin and keep it rejuvenated.

Oily skin is more prone to pimples, blackheads and whiteheads than other skin types. It is more coarser in texture too. Since such skin tends to attract more dirt than dry skin, wash your face twice a day with a gentle non-foaming cleanser and warm water. Rinse with warm water. Use an alcohol-free toner to help remove additional residue. Although the skin is oily, it is advisable to moisturize it with a light moisturizer daily, or your skin will become dry underneath.

The skin that changes with seasons is normal skin. It can be both dry and oily at times. In such case wash the face with cleansers that are designed for normal skin type. Wipe an alcohol free, hydrating toner all over the face. Apply moisturizer more frequently to dry skin.

Use Home-made Beauty Packs

Smoothen your face with masks made of fruits mixed with cream or yogurt. The best fruits are well-ripened bananas or strawberries. Cover your eyes with cucumber slices and apply the mask. Another effective pack is mint, turmeric powder and water. Apply them on face for 15 minutes and wash thoroughly. Your face will turn soft.

Drink Plenty of Water:

Water intake keeps the body hydrated and healthy, so drink 6 to 8 glasses of water regularly throughout the day. Always remember that lesser intake of liquid content can cause dry skin, frown-lines, spots, and a lack of natural glow. Water can hydrate your skin and flush out toxins that ruins your complexion. Include more seasonal fresh juices like water melon juice, coconut juice and lime juice that can keep you hydrated.

Eat Well

A healthy skin can be acquired by eating right, and the season is an ideal time for making necessary changes to your diet plans. Eat healthy food. Consume plenty of fruits and vegetables, in salads, and as part of dishes too. Ensure that you’re getting all the antioxidants and nutrients your skin needs. Don’t forget grains too in the diet. Cut down on processed foods and sugar as they tend to create unbalanced blood sugar levels and therefore contribute to premature aging. Avoid junk food completely. Include more sugar-free yogurt, nuts, seeds and fresh fish in your diet.

Protect Your Strands this Summer

The season of sun and sweat is back. Along with it, comes bad hair days. With the city’s proximity to the sea,  warm air and humid climate adds to the scorching heat, taking a heavy toll on the health of hair. During this season the long black tresses for which Malayali women are famous for, lose its shine and moisture. Split ends and dandruff turns out to be an everyday problem. But this summer, put an end to those bad hair days. With some extra care, your hair can look great on the steamiest days. Here are some hot-weather tress-taming tips:

Get a summer haircut

During the summer, it’s always best to get a haircut. The sun will do extra damage to hair that’s already dry, so if you remove those dead ends, your hair will look stylish and will be in better shape. So, at least once during the summer, try to go to your hairdresser and ask for him/her to thin your hair. That will leave it smooth and it’ll take less time for it to dry! Also, remember to trim the hair in case one has split-ends. These can also trigger frizz.

Avoid extensive use of blow-dryers: After shower, if one uses hair dryers to dry the hair then be careful while using it. Hair dryers damage hair easily. It dries up scalp and makes hair weak, dry and thin. Instead, try drying the hair naturally. One can also wash their hair in the evening and leave the hair to dry up by itself.

Use the Proper Shampoo

Hair gets dirty faster and one has to wash their hair more frequently. Using a clarifying, or anti-residue, shampoo once a week to clear away product buildup and chemicals is good. Switch to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. While choosing the shampoo one should also make sure that it is sulphate-free shampoo.

Do Not Expose Hair to UV Rays

Do not expose hair to direct sunlight during the hottest period of the day - UV rays not only damage the skin but also hair. To protect the hair one can use fashion accessories such as hats, scarves, and turbans. Applying a hair care product that contains UV filters (these can be in spray, gel, or cream formulas) is good to protect hair from sun damage and help keep color-processed hair from fading. Keep in mind that products always need to be applied to damp hair. Otherwise, they’ll sit on the surface and won’t sink into the hair.

Comb Your Hair

When combing your hair, you massage your scalp at the same time. This improves blood circulation, and scalp and hair are supplied with more beneficial substances. Frequent combing in the summer helps hair “breathe” and stay clean longer. But while brushing, brush carefully. When wet hair is most fragile, so don’t use a brush. Applying a detangler and then using a wide-tooth comb can help to minimize breakage.

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