Stay breezy. Stay beautiful. This summer.
Dermatologist and Cosmetologist Dr. Anju Methil .
Summer is here! With the holiday season upon us, it’s time for sexy, low-effort skin and hair care ideas totally in sync with summer’s laid-back vibe. But just because you want to take down the pace of your life a notch doesn’t mean you should look like a hot mess. Enter Nykaa! We spoke to our trusted beauty advisor Dr. Anju Methil for some amazing tips that not just fight the elements—skin darkening sun rays and hair-frizzing humidity —but keep your no-fuss, no-muss vibe intact.
“It’s the time of year to have fun outdoors but prolonged exposure to UVA and UVB rays can lead to dehydration due to sweating, tanning and pigmentation. Other skin related problems commonly seen in the summer include prickly heat and a rise in the incidence of bacterial and fungal infections,” says the pretty doctor. That doesn’t mean you need to spend all your time covered up. Just follow some basic—and sensible—skin care rule.
- Drink plenty of water, coconut water and fresh juices to stay hydrated.
- Wash your face each time it starts feeling sticky and sweaty. This is the best way to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.
- Use minerals or rose water infused facial mists. Mineral mists/sprays are rich in skin soothing minerals and also heal sun burns.
- Pick a cleanser with a creamy, non-drying formula that has antioxidants. It will cleanse skin and fight free radical damage caused by increased sun exposure.
- Don’t bother with moisturizer. Because of the humidity in the air, your skin doesn’t need extra creaming. Instead use a multipurpose BB or CC Cream that evens out skin tone, sun protects and prevents breakouts.
- Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30. Reapply after two to three hours or if your sweat a lot.
- Remember, the higher the SPF the greasier the sunscreen is likely to be. This also increases the chances of a skin reaction. Besides, Indian skin don’t need more than SPF 30-50 because of natural protection from melanocytes in the skin.
- If you tend to suffer breakouts in the summer, it’s a good idea to use a facial cleanser that contains Salicylic Acid.
- Don’t neglect the rest of your body; wear protective clothing such as long sleeved cotton clothes. It’s also a good idea to carry an umbrella or wear a hat while outdoors.
- If you tend to break out into prickly heat, soothe the affected area by rubbing ice on it. Then apply calamine lotion. Sensitive skin types can also use calamine lotion instead of sunscreen.
- Fungal infections are common in summer because sweat is a good medium for fungus to multiply. To prevent this, maintain good hygiene. Bathe at least twice a day and use antifungal dusting powder on skin folds such as the underarms, groin area and between toes.
- Sunburn can be prevented by wearing protective clothing and using sunscreen. However it sun burn does occur, soothe the area with clear Aloe Vera gel and consult a dermatologist.
- Tanning is a common summer time woe. It occurs due to excessive exposure to harmful UV rays especially between10 a.m. and 4p.m. To remove suntan there’s an easy home remedy for you to try in the shower. Wet your body and rub some sugar into skin till it dissolves. Rinse off and pat dry.
- Wash your face with milk to remove a tan. Milk has lactic acid which acts as a skin lightening agent. Alternately you could also apply some tomato juice mixed with honey. Tomato has skin lightening properties while honey is a good moisturizer.
Silky summer hair rules
- Dry, brittle strands are the bane of summer. However, you can easily fix this by tying up your tresses in a bun or plait and covering up with a scarf or umbrella when you’re outdoors.
- An oily scalp can be treated with a deep cleansing shampoo followed by an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse.
- If dry locks are a problem, start by using a deep cleansing shampoo and then apply a leave in conditioner designed to penetrate cuticles and moisturize hair from within.
- Avoid heat treatments as far as possible because blow drying, curling tongs and straighteners dry out hair.
- Can’t do without your styling potion? Look at the ingredients and opt for alcohol-free formulas to minimize dry strands.
- Gals with colored or highlighted tresses should ideally use conditioners or styling formulas containing Octyl Methyoxycinnamate, a known sunscreen ingredient that prevents discoloration. It’s a good idea to buy a heat protection spray and conditioner that contains it.