~ Author Preeti Poojara
Winter is officially over and we welcomed spring by celebrating Holi. It is time to stash away your heavy woolens and spruce up your wardrobe with shapely florals. Similarly change of season also requires some changes in daily beauty regime. Those winter care lotions and maximum moisturizers are no longer needed. Rather it’s time take stock of your SPFs and cleansers.
Apart from sun tan and sun burn, dull skin, frizzy hair and parched lips are some of the common problems that appear with rising temperature. Heat and sweat may cause acne and pimples. Eczema is another skin problem caused by stress and heat. Scaly discolored skin that may be itchy on not itchy may occur around elbows, knees, underarms or neck. Inflammable heat rashes may irrupt with the rise in temperature and humidity.
There are some very simple solutions to fight all these discomforts caused by the warm weather.
You must be aware that there are two types of UV rays in the atmosphere. They are UVA rays and UVB rays. UVA rays not only cause tanning, but they also affect skin’s elasticity and speed up aging process. Stronger UVA rays may make you prone to C- Skin cancer. UVB rays are relatively less harmful as they have an effect on the top layer of the skin and do not penetrate deep under the skin’s dermis. However, they can cause sun burn. So, it should be your top priority to invest in some good quality SPF 30 or higher.
The new and improved SPF products in the market are effective to prevent sunburns. Sunscreens with SPF 30 or higher should be applied 2-3 times a day depending on your exposure to sun. They protect you throughout the day from harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreens also help in preventing blemishes and blotches; suppress signs of aging; and improve elasticity and smoothness of skin. But, in case you forgot to apply sun protection and sun burn appears, use ice cold compresses to soothe your skin.
If you have acne prone or oily skin, wash your face frequently. Maintain the ph balance of the skin by applying toner after washing your face. Toner can be followed by a light moisturizer. You can apply moisturizer with SPF on your hands, neck, back of the ears and other exposed body parts, too. Avoid using retinol and other formulas that make your skin sun sensitive. Also, make an appointment with your beauty salon to exfoliate those dead skin cells caused by the dry winter spell and brighten up your complexion. A relaxing spa session can be rejuvenating.
Hot humid air can wreck havoc with your hair and make them frizzy and dull. To control the frizz during warm weather, avoid two toned coloring and highlights. Use sulfate free shampoo and ammonia free hair color. Avoid high heat hair treatments during summer. While styling your hair, do not use styling kits and gadgets that require high heat. Ceramic blow dryers with diffuser cause much less heat damage and give smooth tresses. If possible, allow your hair to dry naturally.
It is advisable to trim your hair before summer. Short hair not only provides relief from the heat, but trimming can remove split ends. Heat can make the splits progress upwards faster. Besides, trim gives fuller and healthier look to your hair. If dandruff is your problem, use medicated shampoo instead of anti-dandruff shampoo. Anti-dandruff shampoo may make your hair dry and brittle. Hair mask instead of usual conditioner can give a healthy shine to your hair. A sealing serum can protect your hair from weather damage.
Parched lips are not only cold weather concerns. Hot and dry weather can also cause puckered lips. To maintain the moisture and smoothness of your lips, use lip gloss with SPF. You may bypass menthol flavored lip balms and go for lip balms with shea butter. Shea butter and bee wax keep your lips smooth and create protective layer. Coral lipstick or raspberry shade in lipstick gives that young and fresh look in summer. A thin line of mascara with dewy skin gives natural and refreshing look.
Bright complexion and glowing skin can be achieved by making some lifestyle changes. Food that is rich in vitamin A, E and C has anti oxidant qualities, which help you fight damage caused by free radicals. Berries also have anti-oxidant properties. Nuts have natural oil component, which makes your skin supple. Bell papers are rich in vitamin C and anti-inflammatory agents. They also promote the production of collage, which gives firm looking skin. Leafy greens are loaded with natural estrogen that enhances your feminine beauty. Include broccoli and sweet potatoes in your diet to get pretty looking skin. Yogurt is full of protein and calcium, which gives moist skin and strong bones.
This summer stay healthy and look beautiful.
“Tell them dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,
Then beauty is its own excuse for being.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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