Summer is perfect for lounging by the sea and sporting a beautiful tan. But summer also presents beauty challenges that are tough to resolve.
Surging summer heat can play havoc with your skin and hair, and causes breakouts and red skin. The best thing that you can do is protect yourself from harsh rays of the sun as far as possible and pay more attention to your personal problem areas.
Heat causes the maximum damage when you stay exposed to it for a long time. Avoid sun exposure during peak hours to limit drying of hair and skin allergies. Remember the tried and tested advice – stay hydrated and eat healthy. In addition to that, invest in quality beauty care solutions that address summer needs.
Here are a few tips for you to best take care of your beauty and health this summer.
1. Hair Care
Summer heat and humidity robs hair of essential moisture and makes it frizzy. Dry, brittle hair also looks dull and lifeless, and is prone to breakage.
It is necessary you give intense conditioning and moisturizing treatment to your locks to help them retain moisture and volume. Shampooing everyday can rob your tresses of natural oils making them vulnerable to sun damage. Limit washing your hair to two or three times a week. Use a mild and daily-use shampoo that is gentle on your hair.
If you do not want to compromise on shampooing, then finishing off with washing your hair in cold water to help prevent cuticles from drying out. Cold water does not strip hair of natural oils and helps retain protein complexes that nourish hair shafts.
Intensive moisturizing hair packs are great options for summer months. They not only protect but also strengthen your hair to withstand the damage inflicted by the harsh sun.
2. Stay Hydrated
Ensure you drink plenty of water to counter the loss of moisture from the body through sweating and physical exertion. Water loss speeds up when you consume too much alcohol or if you are suffering from certain health conditions as well.
Internal loss of moisture manifests itself in dry and brittle hair, and in parched skin and lips. A body that is suffering moisture loss will also find it difficult to withstand hot summer sun.
Tiredness, dizziness, nausea and headache are all effects of dehydration. Prolonged exposure to the sun and poor hydration will age your skin leading to the formation of wrinkles and crow’s feet.
So to help your beauty fight summer sun, you must first guzzle required amount of fluids daily. The amount of fluids each person should consume on a daily basis may vary according to your personal requirements, but at least two liters of nourishing fluids are essential.
3. Stay Safe From the Sun
Who would not like a lovely tan come summer? But skin specialists and doctors warn that a tan need not necessarily be a sign of good health. A tan is brought about by prolonged exposure to ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays that act on your skin cells to cause darkening.
When you are out in the sun for long periods or when you consistently undergo tanning treatments that give you a fake tan, it makes you extremely vulnerable to cancer, now or later down the road. It also affects the natural texture, tone and beauty of your skin.
Also, wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat that will provide the necessary protection to your hair and face. Go for long-sleeved tops and full-length pants that prevent unwanted exposure to sunlight. Keep in mind that the same applies to young children as well. Safe sun protection habits are best learned as early as possible in life
4. Treat Your Skin to Extra Care
It is very important that you take extra care of your skin in summer. Though your diet plays the most important role, quality skin care products will help your skin retain its glow under the harsh summer sun.
Do not forget to exfoliate in summer, especially because the dullness you see on your face could be partly due to accumulated dead cells. Ensure you do not dry out your skin and use a product that will unclog skin pores gently and prevent breakouts and blackheads from appearing.
Skin toners from reputed brands will remove excessive oil and sebum as well as soothe irritated skin. This helps to reverse sun damage considerably and protects skin in summer. Toner helps remove makeup and heavy skin products like sunscreen, and gives you dirt and grime free skin.
There are a range of skin-loving, light and summer-ready moisturizers to choose from. They replenish lost moisture, fight free radicals that cause ageing and also come with UV-protection. This helps skin retain youthfulness and not give in to redness and puffiness during hot summer months.
The best beauty brands are very expensive but most big companies give out free product samples, coupons, discounts and fabulous offers from time to time. Signup for newsletters, like or follow brands, and join communities to know about offers and special discounts.
Taking care of your hair and skin is a year-round job. You cannot afford to lag any time because pollution, environmental factors, less than perfect diet and hectic lifestyle do not really do much good for your beauty. So protect your skin and give it the best nourishment you can, both from within and without, and you will be happy with the result for years to come.
Korie Cantor a writer and blogger. She has a diverse background in fashion and beauty products. She loves sharing her opinions on the latest issues affecting women and money saving tips. Follow her @koriecantor