This is that time of the year when your go-glam makeup becomes dull by mid-day, fresh lime soda is on top of the trend than coffee or cappuccino and the air conditioner has started its whole shift duty already. Yes, scorching summer is right here! Along with the climate and temperature, the function of your skin has started to change already. So, it’s time to say goodbye, to your thick and creamy moisturizer and cleanser. Here is a complete guideline about summer skincare routine. Don’t worry, these tips will take care of your skin during summer.


How summer sun affects your skin?

During summer, the exposure of UVA and UVB rays increases manyfold, which can cause skin deterioration. These rays can make your skin prone to rashes, wrinkles, breakouts, age spots, etc. These two rays are harmful to your hair as well. Also, summer brings sweat. The sweat gland can be blocked by excessive sweating or increased dead cells and can cause rashes. This kind of rashes is known as “prickly heat”. Prickly heat actually folds the skin of sweat-prone areas and turned it black. This can lead to itching as well. Also, direct exposure of your skin under prolonged sun rays can increase the melanin (our skin contains this pigment) production of our skin. This is the main reason for tanning during summer.


Why do you need to change your skincare routine during summer?

During summer, to maintain lower body temperature your skin needs to produce natural oil to keep it moisturized. Sebum, sweat, and dead skin cells can also block your pores and make your skin acne-prone. Also, oily skin is more acne-prone because excessive oil can clog your pores and increase the chances of acne and rashes.


Some summer skincare tips for all skin types:
• Cleaning is the key – Clean your skin twice a day. Try to use foam-based face wash. Wash your face at least once in the morning and before going to bed. Cleansing can give you a fresh oil-free look and keep your skin moisturized.
• Exfoliate your skin with a face scrub frequently. You can also use certain home remedies. A combination of coffee and sea salt is just amazing for exfoliation. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the pores and helps to rejuvenate your skin. But remember, do not over-exfoliate your skin. Over-exfoliation can cause bruises and rashes. Exfoliating your skin twice a week is good enough.
• Use a Refreshing Toner for an instant fresh look and that also helps to reduce oil from your skin. A toner which consists of Aloe Vera or Cucumber can be a good pick for this season. Switching your regular toner into a refreshing toner for summer is actually the key. Natural Rose Water is a great toner too.

• Try to use a dual-purpose moisturizer. Applying moisturizer and sunscreen separately must be too much for your skin. Also, separate use of moisturizer and sunscreen may clog your pores and can make your skin acne-prone. Try to use a lightweight moisturizer with SPF 30 or more, which can keep your skin moisturize and protect from tanning as well. If oil-free moisturizer becomes too heavy for your skin, then you can use a hydrating serum instead of a moisturizer.
• Apply sunscreen on all the exposed parts of your body along with your face. Sun rays are not just harmful to your face but your body as well. Protect your skin from sun rays with the shield of sunscreen. Apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before if you are heading out. Cream-based sunscreen is perfect for summer because it will absorb rapidly in the skin. Make sunscreen a part of your daily skincare routine, even when you are not going out.
• Take care of your eyes and lips as well. Make sure, your eyes are covered with sunglasses before heading out to the sun. Apply lip balm to protect your lips. The skin around the eyes is very delicate and needs extra care. Also, you can dip cotton pads into potato juice and use them in the skin around your eyes.

• Maintain overall hygiene throughout the summer season. Take bath twice a day. Chlorine can speed up the process of tanning. So don’t forget to take a bath after a swim in pool to make your skin chlorine free.
• Avoid oily and heavy food during summer. Oily and heavy food make your skin susceptible to breakouts. Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables. Stay away from sugary drinks as well.
• Stay hydrated always by drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water in a day. Try to drink healthy juices to feel refreshed and keep your skin hydrated at the same time. When you stay hydrated, your skin looks fresh too.
• Use natural remedies- Expensive products are not always the solution. There are many products which are easily available in our homes that we can use for our skincare. Lemon and tomato, Yogurt, cucumber etc. are some examples. These have many benefits like it can help in removing tan, keep your skin fresh and healthy or add a natural glow to your skin. If your skin is prone to prickly heat, you can try taking a bath with neem leaves. Use clean and cold water to wash the skin around your eyes.


Skin care routines for different skin types

Your skincare routine is determined by your skin type. So you need to choose accordingly. Here are different skincare routine for different skin types-

For dry skin:
Having dry skin is a blessing in summer. Humidity becomes the natural moisturizer for your skin during summer. So, you can say goodbye to your heavy moisturizer for the time being and can switch to any lightweight moisturizer. Do use a lightweight cleanser and sun protection lotion during the summer season. Lightweight products can get absorbed right away and won’t leave any greasy residue on your skin. If you have an inclination towards home remedies, you can use a mixture of sugar, lemon juice, and glycerin. This mixture is useful for removal of tanning. Just scrub the tanned area of your skin in a circular motion.

For oily skin:
Oily or acne-prone skin faces maximum skin problems during summer. If you have oily skin, your skincare routine must include a foaming cleanser with salicylic acid. Lightweight gel moisturizer and mattifying sunscreen are perfect for oily skin. Try to use a mud-based face mask at least once a week to get rid of excess sebum and dead skin cells. This face mask also helps to reduce excessive oiliness. Add few drops of calamine lotion to cool down your greasy sunscreen. You can apply erythromycin gel on your breakout spots at bedtime. Do not touch your breakouts, just apply this gel to minimize them. Take care of your food habits as well and drink enough water. If you have acne-prone skin, do not forget to take vitamin A, zinc, and antioxidant supplement but only after consulting a Dermatologist.

For normal skin:
Normal skin looks dull during summer due to the accumulation of dead skin cells. Gel-based face wash and lightweight moisturizer are the perfect matches for normal skin types. To look fresh, exfoliate your skin at least twice a week. It will give a fresh and healthy look. Use a hydrating face mask once a week to keep your plump through heat. You also can use home remedies to remove tan. Use a face pack of cucumber, oats, and almonds. Refrigerate the face pack so it can reduce your skin temperature and make it cool.