During every seasonal change, proper skin care is essential to enhance beauty care. In winter, the skin needs to be well moisturized and protected from cold. During summer, the skin needs to be carefully protected from sunrays and extreme heat. Summer can be a bane, especially for people with oily skin. Sweat and oil secretions increase, which get deposited on the skin and hair, making them look greasy and also attracting dirt and pollutants. The skin loses its glow and the hair, its luster.
– Sunscreen should be used to protect the skin from the burning rays. Sunblock can also be used to block out the sun completely. Sunscreens should always be used over moisturizer and under make-up, regardless of the skin type.
– Summer calls for deep pore cleansing, especially for oily skin. So after washing your face, use a facial scrub. Cleansing at night, before bedtime, is also very important.
– A good skin tonic is a must to cleanse and refresh the skin. A flower-based skin tonic, containing rose, is ideal. Essential oils like lavender essential oil and jasmine essential oil also act as skin tonics and also help muscles to maintain a healthy condition. The astringent action of these oils helps in binding and tightening the skin tissues and thus, arrests excessive oiliness of the skin. These oils also maintain the moisture level of the skin and act as a natural deodorant and skin tonic.
– Apply iced water with a few drops of lavender essential oil to the sunburnt skin every two to four hours. Cucumber juice is also very soothing.
– To remove the tanned dull skin, one can use seasonal fruits as facial masks as they are economical and highly moisturizing. Crush a fruit’s pulp in a blender and apply as quickly as possible before vitamins lose their potency.
– Drink a lot of water to replace the liquid lost through perspiration. It is also important to nourish the skin from within.
– To avoid heat rash, remove your sweaty clothes and hit for shower. To avoid prickly heat, and for soothing effect, dust the body twice a day liberally with equal quantities of boric powder, sandalwood powder and talcum powder.
– Chlorine in the swimming pool and salt in the sea water can make the hair dry and dull. Apply a protective barrier of Vaseline with few drops of lavender essential oil before swimming for long hours. This concoction protects the skin from the chlorine and preserves moisture in the skin and also prevents burning.
– To add shine to your hair, you can add the juice of a lemon to tea water and use it to rinse your hair after shampooing. Rinsing your hair with stale, left-over beer also adds shine to your hair.