Self-care routine for a smooth transition to summers
Whether it is dry and windy outside, or scorching and sweaty, skin is the largest organ that comes in direct contact with the environment. It, thus, deserves special attention, not only seasonal, but also while we transition between seasons.
A skin expert has suggests top tips for maintaining a healthy skin and hair care routine during this transition period.
Skincare when under the sun
Sunscreens are a must in all seasons, 365 days a year especially in a country like India. Sunscreens should be applied 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and repeated every three hours if you remain outdoors. Sunscreen does not substitute, but only complements the physical sun protection by umbrellas, goggles and scarves.
Moisturisers are the food for our skin. Moisturised skin looks and feels good, whereas dry skin is dull, lusterless. While intensive moisturising is the key to sail through winters, summer needs a transition from thick moisturising cream to water based moisturising lotions, which are lightweight. Serums are a good idea for the face.
Scrub it out
Exfoliation once or twice a week is a good idea to open-up the pores. Homemade scrubs, professionally administered microdermabrasion, or peels, all help in achieving the same. Contrary to popular belief, scrubs should not be used on active acne, even microdermabrasion or polishing should be refrained from. Exfoliating skin cleansers are a better idea than harsh scrubs. All this must be followed by moisturising.
From the mousse-based and cake-based thick makeups, shift to lotion based make ups which can be removed with water. In summers, it is even more essential to remove make-up before hitting the bed. Carrying wet wipes while out of home is a good idea in summers.
While dandruff is rather a rule in winters, summer comes with sweat. Hair needs to be washed often to control the sweating of the scalp, hair should also be adequately conditioned to prevent the frizz and damage due to repeated shampooing.
Wear dry, loose cotton clothing. Change your clothing including undergarments 2-3 times a day. Apply dusting powder on sweat prone areas to prevent bacterial infections, fungal infections and body odor.
Food, water and exercise:
Increasing fluid intake during the summers is of utmost importance. You can consume coconut water at 11 am, Buttermilk post lunch and fresh lime juice at 5 pm to keep electrolyte levels maintained, besides 2 litres of water. Summer fruits like melons are inherently water-rich, they should be consumed on an empty stomach either first thing in the morning or in between the main meals (never with the meals). Raw or steamed vegetables in salad form before cooked meal, help provide all the requisite antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals one's body needs.
To exercise and remain active is also important; these do not need any transition but a continuity in all seasons. Keep yourself hydrated, apply your sunscreen, wear a smile, and welcome the heat.