1. Importance of protecting yourself from the sun and risk of sun exposure
The sun rays are responsible for premature aging in women and men with all skin types. Even at low-level exposures, the UVA light breaks down collagen, leading to wrinkles. Studies have shown that UVA is the main culprit for many melanomas because it reaches deep into the underlying support structure of the skin. From things as minor as rash, tanning of the skin, it can cause extensive damage like sunburns, DNA damage, and at times even skin cancer. Hence our skin needs protection from the Sun.
2.Natural home ingredients one can use to tackle summer damage on the skin and hair
There are a few home remedies, which you can try to help lessen the damage caused on the skin and hair due to the heat. Keep cucumber juice or cotton wool pads soaked in rose water in the fridge to give a cooling effect on the face by dabbing it on the face from time to time. Aloe vera is a multitasking, versatile ingredient which is a must for summer. Whether you’ve got a sunburn rash, cut, bug bite, or other skin irritation, aloe vera can soothe and cool your skin and alleviate any itching.
Mix 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 3 cups of water. Pour over your hair as the final rinse. It will leave your hair feeling soft. Alternatively, you can use juice from 1/2 lemon, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water. Shampoo and rinse hair as usual, then pour the mixture on your hair and massage it into the scalp. Rinse with cool water.
If the scalp is oily, dust it with a fine powder made out of dried and crushed Margosa (neem) leaves to bring temporary relief from the discomfort caused by itching. These leaves have strong healing and antimicrobial properties and will help to absorb excess sebum, reduce itching and prevent infection.
If it is dry dandruff, massage a few drops of tea tree oil into your scalp after wash. Tea tree oil has potent antifungal properties, thereby will help to protect and moisturize the scalp and prevent itching. It is important to keep in mind that this type of dandruff home remedy is meant to treat discomfort caused by dandruff and must be used in addition to a dandruff treatment method.
3. Changes one should bring about in their diet in the summers
A well-balanced diet is important to help tide over the heat of summer and maintain healthy and glowing skin. Boiled vegetables, a lot of salad, and juicy fruits should be consumed. A combination of fruits and vegetables meet the requirement of various vitamins and minerals to keep the skin healthy and delay aging. Sprouted lentils with large glasses of seasonal fruit juices also help in summer. Have a lot of buttermilk and curd, they act as refreshers. Cutting down on caffeine will go a long way in helping in summer. Increasing water consumption goes without saying. Water flushes out toxins from your body and allows cells to absorb vital nutrients. It also helps your digestive system to work properly. And your skin needs water the most to keep it hydrated and keeps the skin looking healthy and smooth. Ensure that you have at least eight to 10 glasses of water daily if you want glowing skin even during summer.
4. Summer make-up
Summer makeup is really all about keeping it light, fun, and fresh. Water-based concealers or foundations will not “run off” when you sweat. Your lips are just as vulnerable to sun damage as your body – except that we often forget to coat them in SPF. With the market being flooded with a variety of lip balms, you can choose the one with an inbuilt SPF to offer complete protection to your lips as well.
5. Choosing the right sunscreen
Always select your sunscreen which is FDA approved and from a reputed company. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Other than that, check the ingredients present in it. These will tell you whether the manufacturer has combined a moisturizer with the screening agents, which is recommended for dry skin. People with oily skin should look for products, which say ‘non-greasy or ‘dry touch.’ Normal skins can use whatever they are comfortable with or choose the brand according to the season.
6. Importance of body sunscreen
Sunscreen isn’t only for the face. Report seeing too many women with hands, necks, and chests that looked 20 years older than their faces due to photoaging in these areas. These women were diligent to keep their faces out of the sun but forgot to protect their hands, necks, and chests as well. This explains how important it is to protect all exposed areas of the body, not just the face.