The scorching heat of the Indian summers calls for some strong summer skin care measures. HOT finds out how to prep the skin for the sultry days ahead…
Renowned Aesthetic Physician and Author, Dr. Jamuna Pai shares essential summer skin care tips from her debut book, ‘No One Has to Know… HOT curates the list for you…
Summer Skin Care
The common skin ailments seen during the summer are aggravated acne, oily skin, sun tan, sun burned skin, prickly heat, body odour and fungal infections. The hair and skin are the usual victims of the harsh rays of the sun and harmful polluted gases that inhabit the air. The situation is aggravated by sweat, which acts like a magnet and attracts dust particles and other polluted elements. The harsh sun’s rays cause the skin to tan and can further lead to sun burns. This, when not checked and treated in time, leads the skin to break out and causes pigment spots.
Due to constant sun exposure, which happens more-so in summers, the skin tends to get tanned more easily. A sun tan is actually the body’s defence mechanism against strong sunlight. But sun-burning on the other hand in severe forms can be quite uncomfortable. It results in redness of the skin, skin peeling and sometimes itching.
A sunscreen when applied, no matter how high the SPF is, will protect the skin from the detrimental effects of the UV rays, but not against a tan. Despite that, the use of a sunscreen is essential to prevent the damage of skin. The tanned effect on the skin should not deter you from the use of sunscreen. Intake of oral antioxidants and 1000 mgs of Vitamin C daily will also help.
Additional protection by wearing light coloured clothes which deflect the sun’s rays is important. Wear broad-rimmed hats, sun glasses and if possible carry an umbrella. Get fashionably set for the season!
A facial done regularly makes the skin look radiant by eliminating dead skin cells and thereby improving uneven skin tone, rehydrating and restoring the skin’s suppleness. De-tanning and exfoliating the skin should be the primary goal of a facial treatment besides rejuvenation. Aloe Vera soothes the skin, which can be applied to skin that is tanned and on the rashes to bring relief from itching.
Dealing with the oil
During summer, your body perspires more to keep your body temperature lower. This in turn triggers the sebaceous glands to produce more oil (sebum) to keep your skin moisturized. The sebum and the accumulation of the dead skin cells block the pores which results in comedone and acne formation…and oily skin. In many cases, topical application will be sufficient to heal the acne, but at times you may need to take oral medications. One can use salicylic acid based face wash to help reduce the oiliness of your skin. Another good bet is to use a mud based face mask as that again helps in absorbing the excess sebum that is secreted.
Excessive sun exposure could give rise to a photo allergic reaction also known as polymorphic light eruption (PMLE) on the exposed areas of the body, tanning, pigmentation and patchy skin. Avoid direct sunlight as far as possible. Apply sunscreen with SPF 20 or 30 and repeat the application every 2-3 hours. Wear appropriate clothing which covers the exposed areas of the body to protect it from sunlight.
The gleaming sunshine of the daylight calls for a change in the skin care routine to prep your skin for the daily wear and tear, and further delay the ageing process day by day. With these summer skin care tips, we’ve got you covered!