Summer may be about lawn, trips to the beach and cold coffees but the scorching heat also does more harm than good to our skin, rendering it dull and lifeless. However, with a few easy tips and a simple routine, you can keep your face looking fresh and glowing without suffering from dehydrated skin which is a common complaint in this weather.
Drink lots of water
One of the best ways to keep your skin hydrated in the summer months is by drinking plenty of water. It balances out the fluids in your body and is a naturally low-calorie drink. You tend to sweat a lot in these months because of which you constantly lose water from the body. So if you want to maintain your freshness, load up on water because it gets rid of toxins and replenishes your skin. And if you want to add a little bit of kick to your ‘boring’ water, mix things up by throwing in a few lemon slices, some mint leaf sprigs and/or cucumber slices. It tastes great and is still a calorie-free drink.
A well-balanced diet is the basis for good skin. Eat lots of leafy green vegetables, fresh fruits and super foods such as chia sees and flaxseeds. These are high in antioxidants (natural anti-ageing supplements), fiber, vitamins and minerals. Also, the high fluid content in these foods is easily absorbed by the cells. If you want to go the extra mile, add skin, nail and hair supplements to your diet.
Exfoliate and moisturize
For optimum results, you must exfoliate at least twice or thrice a week to remove dead skin and improve blood flow to the face. Make sure you choose an exfoliator that is suitable for your skin type or you can try a do-it-yourself remedy with ingredients such as turmeric powder, yoghurt and lemon juice – all of which can be found easily in your kitchen. Finish your skin care routine with a moisturizer; that’s right, a moisturizer even in the summer months. Look for non-greasy, hydrating facial moisturizers to keep your skin soft and supple.
Stay away from too much salt, sugar and fizzy drinks
Do yourself a favor and stay away from empty calories found in fizzy drinks and fruit juices that are loaded with sugar. It not just adds to your weight but also dehydrates your skin. Similarly, food that is high in sodium – read junk food – also causes dehydration so it’s best to limit your intake of sodium-laden foods. Follow these simple tips and you’ll have radiantly glowing skin in no time.