Mumbai: Summer is here and it is time we prepare to face the challenges of this season. Follow these few easy summer guide and enjoy the season to the fullest.
How can you protect your skin from getting sun tan?
If you are getting out of your office or home between 10am – 4pm, your skin is exposed to harmful UV rays, so using a good sunscreen with a minimum of SPF30 is a must. The key with sunscreen is to re-apply it throughout the day at equal time intervals of 2-3 hours.
It should be applied thoroughly on all the exposed area of the body at least 15 minutes before heading out in the sun. Prolonged exposure to sun can lead to dark spots or patches. Covering your eyes with sunglasses and applying a sun protecting balm on lips before heading outdoors is essential. A waterproof sunscreen should be used by people who perspire excessively.
It is imperative to ensure that our skin is cleansed and refreshed so as to avoid any oil and dirt deposits. This in turn will prevent clogging of pores and causing black heads, pimples or acne.
What body treatments one should follow during summers?
It is essential to take care of our skin during the harsh summer months. HydraFacials are a must to prevent dull skin due to harsh heat. A simple toner to use at home is a cool Rose Water. Regular manicures and pedicures ensure proper exfoliation and hydration of hands and feet. Body scrubs and packs followed with light moisturiser for your entire body helps in maintaining a soft and supple skin throughout the summer season.
How to be healthy during summers?
Your diet essentially decides how you look and feel. Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables that has comprises of antioxidants helps in maintaining the nutrition level. Avoid dehydration as it causes electrolyte imbalance due to excessive sweating, which in turn affects our skin.
Drink lots of water and other fluids such as tender coconut water and buttermilk to stay hydrated and beat the body heat. Avoid fried and oily food as it can cause lethargy and make the skin look unhealthy.
Which vegetables will be good for your health this season?
An excellent mix of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, cereals and pulses should be eaten as it provides a fine balance of all the nutrients that our body requires. Cucumber and tomatoes are good as summer salads; onion should be avoided as it increases the body temperature. Capsicum and cabbage shreds are good for taste and are fibre enriched. Watermelon and muskmelon are good fruits to eat in summer as they are high in water content.
*Disclaimer: This article has been contributed by Neeti Chopra, Skin and Hair expert, Unwind Salon & Café, New Delhi. The facts and figures appearing in this article do not reflect the views of Deccan Chronicle, and Deccan Chronicle does not assume any responsibility and liability for the same....