With harsh climate changes, depletion of the Ozone layer and rise in mercury levels, people are getting more alarmed and aware. After all, all this is not beneficial to the largest organ in your body- your skin. This is because the harsh heat and UV rays can cause burning and often even give rise to cancer. Swimming is also very harmful to the skin as sunlight and chlorine present in pools form a deadly combination that can completely ruin your skin and cause burns or tanning.
Here are few summer hacks this season to keep your skin in good shape.
Drink Enough Water: In summers, a lot of water gets lost in the form of sweat, leaving the skin dry and dehydrated. Make sure to drink enough water throughout the day. A normal person requires 8-9 glasses of water minimum. This requirement varies based on how much physical activity or outdoor labour you carry out on a daily basis.
Have Lots of Fruits: Fruits that are rich in Vitamin A and E act as a natural sunscreen for the skin. Make it a point to consume loads of fruits during summers to nourish the skin from within. The more your skin is nourished, the better it will look and feel. The summer fruits generally have high water content. Hence, one should eat season-specific fruits like watermelon, musk melon, litchi etc.
Take Bath in Normal Water: Many people these days have developed a habit of bathing in hot water throughout the year. The hot shower dries out your skin and thus, one should only shower in lukewarm water during the summer months. Normal or cold showers are not only relaxing in the hot weather, but also help keep skin pores tighter.
Protect Yourself While Stepping Out in Sun: Try avoiding going out during the peak hours when the sun is directly overhead. Whenever you go out, make sure you cover yourself properly. Make use of a hat or a scarf to cover your face. Wear clothes with full sleeves. Also, make sure to avoid dark coloured clothes as they absorb more heat. Rub sunscreen on any exposed area generously before stepping out.
Protect from Suntan or Sunburn: The UV (Ultraviolet) rays of the sun are notorious for causing sunburn or a suntan. If you feel that a particular area of your skin has turned red, or that there is a burning sensation, it means that UV rays have damaged that part of your skin. To treat that area, it needs to be cooled down. If you get tanned and are worried on how to remove tan from face, there are some effective home remedies. You can apply a pack of sandalwood, turmeric and rose water on it. Once it dries out you can simply rinse it off. You can also apply aloe Vera on the affected area and leave it overnight. Dabbing the area with raw milk and leaving it overnight also helps in treating it.
Skin is an important organ and needs special care and attention, especially in the summer months. Keep practising these simple hacks and keep your skin looking and feeling great even when the sun is directly above your head!