Stay hydrated. Your body loses a lot of moisture in extremes of both winter (with forced heat) and summer (with natural heat), so it’s important to regularly replenish the H2O. Drink plenty of water and liquids (the right kind) to keep skin soft and moisturized.
AVOID SOFT DRINKS
Pass on the Carbonated Soft Drinks. Many of us have a tendency to reach out for an ice cold carbonated drink to quench our thirst on a really hot day. You’re not really quenching your thirst, however and, you’re not even hydrating your skin or cells. You’re just mainlining sugar or in the case of diet drinks — chemical sweeteners. You should also minimize the intake of diuretics such as alcohol and caffeine as they also sap the water from your system. Instead, take a tip from your favorite day spas and spike your cold, fresh water or coconut water with sliced fruits or herbs to give your water flavor and appeal. Make your spa water “eye candy.” Fill up your favorite pitcher to the brim, add cold water, any combination of sliced lemons, cucumbers, green apples, berries or herbs, and let it muddle all day. This isn’t costly. Put it on a lovely tray and invest is a beautiful glass you enjoy using. If you have it sitting out, in a place of honor, you’ll be drawn to it, just as you are when you see that frosty jug of spa water in your favorite resort. If you feed your eyes, you’ll feed your skin.
If you can avoid direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm, do so. That’s when the sun’s rays are the strongest and can have an adverse affect on your skin. Don’t forget to apply that all-important sunscreen 30 minutes before you step out. If you are out in the sun, touch up your SPF frequently.
CLEANSE YOUR FACE TWICE DAILY
At least! You should be doing this anyway, but it’s more important in summer when you are perspiring more heavily, and when you are in and out of a the pool or sea. Cleansing and moisturizing your skin before sleeping is an absolute must.
EXFOLIATE or GET A SUMMER PEEL
More than the rest of the year, it’s really important to exfoliate your skin in the summer to remove dead and dry skin and improve blood circulation to the face. See your esthetician for a summer-specific facial (if you get infrequent professional facials, at a minimum you should visit your esthetician at the start of every new season), or choose from your favorite cosmetic scrubs or make one at home
It’s important to keep your pores closed and your skin cool by using a toner. Look for a brand recommended by your esthetician, or try homemade rose water
. Its natural cooling properties make it an excellent toner for the hot season.
SWITCH TO A WATER-BASED MOISTURIZER
If you rely on an oil based or heavy moisturizer during cold months, switch to a water based in summer to help hydrate your skin.
TRY A NATURAL, SUMMER GLOW
Don’t tan your face — make it glow naturally. Papaya is full of enzymes and you can use it as a homemade pack. Just mash 2 tablespoons of papaya with a teaspoon of honey and 1 egg white. Leave the mixture on your face for about 15 minutes and enjoy the natural glow you get afterwards.
COOL YOUR SKIN
Blend a half of a cucumber with 1 tablespoon of plain yoghurt in the mixer to make a simple and effective homemade face pack. Apply this to your face for 15 minutes and feel completely refreshed and cool. This is particularly nice before bed, and, if you put a fresh, cool pillow case on your pillow (keep one in a bag in the freezer), your skin, neck and scalp will get a mini ice plunge.
EAT WELL, EXERCISE, AND SLEEP WELL
This is the holy trinity of good health and glowing skin for the whole year. Eat a balanced diet enjoying the fruits and vegetables of the season, exercise regularly but safely (avoiding heating yourself) and get a solid amount of sleep.
With thanks for mDhil Health Info Services for some of these tips!