Well… Let’s admit it.. Summers are great to soak up that extra Vitamin D and get a sun kissed glow to all of those who are paler on the skin tone scale..
However, some of the others (including me) find it all a bit too much when living in a tropical weather. The so called glow turns into a blotchy, uneven tan leading to dull, unhealthy skin. Another con of extreme hot weather is DEHYDRATION.. Yes, yes I know.. I know, summers give us oily, congested skin and all we want is to get rid of those pesky blackheads and pray that a week passes by without having a new breakout.
Butttt, perspiration in excess can lead to dehydration both on the inside and outside.
So. Lets get started on these oh so very simple beauty tips and some DIYS to tackle through the extremeties with little less worry.
First one here is CLEANSER..
No matter what the skin type, summers do call for deep cleansing action.. For oilier girls, pore refining, toning or simply anti acne cleansers are the best. And for combination, normal or sensitive beauties, balancing or gel cleansers are great options.
Second comes EXFOLIATOR..
Scrubs as I mentioned in my previous blog can be of various types. Although, it is best to stick with the ones without emollients during hot and especially humid weather. Exfoliators should always be in one’s skincare routine as it does the hard work of shedding dead skin cells and providing smoother, supple appearance that cleansers can not do. During summer it is essential as these help with getting an even toned skin and reducing the oiliness on the skin’s surface. If you have sensitive skin and/or active acne, avoid physical exfoliants.
On the number three comes MOISTURISER..
Please do not come 😨 at me with your knives and forks before reading this section entirely. I know moisturiser is the last thing on most of our lists as it is just not comfortable to put on a slick layer of a cream on already greasy surface.
But, moisturisers are as important as drinking water to maintain hydration. Only thing we need to change is switching from thick creamy moisturisers to fluids and gel based moisturisers. There are lots of options in the market today. So, GO FIGURE🙂
Lastly is SUNSCREEN..
How can we ever ignore this essential product that protects our skin in sooo many ways.
Uneven skin tone
Breakdown of collagen
All these things are enough for one to include a sunscreen right away.
NOTE: WEAR LIP BALM OR LIPSTICK WITH BUILD IN SUNSCREEN TO AVOID GETTING PIGMENTED DARK LIPS.
Always carry an umbrella and wear sunglasses to protect our pretty eyes from the harsh rays.
Now let’s move on to some simple, fragrant and natural recipes for all skin types.
Refreshing Cucumber and mint Masque:-
YOU CAN USE THE GEL STRAIGHT OUT OF AN ALOE VERA PLANT AT YOUR HOME OR BUY FROM HEALTH FOOD STORES.
BLEND TOGETHER ALOE VERA GEL, CUCUMBER SLICES AND MINT LEAVES.
STRAIN THE LIQUID AND ADD ROSE ESSENTIAL OIL. APPLY WITH A FACE PACK BRUSH TO GET EVEN COAT.
100% Aloe Vera gel
Rose essential oil
Cucumber has toning and cooling effect on the skin. Aloe vera gel is one of the best after sun products to soothe and relieve sun burnt skin. It is also used extensively as a moisturiser that works for every skin type. Mint is cooling to the skin and has anti septic, anti inflammatory effect. It can also help with calming the redness and also mild lightening effect. Rose essential oil has effect both on the skin and mind as its mesmerising scent relaxes the mind , hence, used in aromatherapy.
Gram Flour and Yoghurt De tanner:-
Gram flour and Turmeric are some of the ingredients that are indegenious to Asian cuisine. Gram flour is a staple in Indian cuisine and turmeric in its fresh and dried form is used in various ways because of its innumerable benefits on skin and the body. On the skin gram flour works as deep cleanser and oil absorbing agent. Turmeric has many benefits including skin brightening. Rose water is astringent that does not irritate the skin. Lemon juice is astringent, skin brightner and has oil absorbing properties.
Honey and Tea tree acne fighter:-
Tea tree oil
Sandal wood powder
Honey and Tea tree oil are wonderful antibacterial and acne fighting ingredients. Sandalwood has been long used in India for spot treating pimples and mixed with different ingredients to impart youtful glow on the skin of brides to be. Oats being naturally anti inflammatory will help to calm down the redness and pain associated with larger papules.
Do try any of these recipes and please comment on how they worked for your skin type. Also, provide me with any suggestions on simple summer skincare tips.
GOOD LUCK xoxo…