The skin is more prone to dehydration during the summer when necessary care is not taken. Symptoms of dehydration are more or less similar to dry skin. These include a rough, tight sensation with little elasticity and incessant itching combined with peeling, redness, thick skin, and in severe cases, cracks that bleeding may develop from time to time.
Dry skin does not indicate a lack of moisture. However, for oily skin, there is more potential for dehydration with the oil glands that produce added sebum at the onset of dehydration.
Exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin
It is important to exfoliate the skin in summer at least two or three times a week, to remove dead skin and improve blood circulation in the face. You may choose from any of the cosmetic scrubs available in the market or make one at home. 4-5 tablespoon of gram flour and 5-6 drops of rose water and milk along with a pinch of turmeric will do wonders. Make a paste and use it to exfoliate your face. Apart from keeping the skin smooth, it helps to absorb the beneficial ingredients of facial moisturizer more easily.
Keep your skin moisturized every day
Using the right type of moisturizer during the day and night is essential to keep the skin hydrated. Hyaluronic acid plays an important role in the process of rejuvenating the skin by retaining moisture, repairing the regulating tissues, thus keeping the skin soft and supple.
Although water-based products increase hydration, it is advisable to use them as part of the morning routine. Since skin requires nutrients, it is important to use oil-based and nutrient-filled products at night to absorb the benefits and stay healthy.
Drink enough water
One of the main ways to keep your skin hydrated is by drinking lots of water. It moisturizes the body besides being naturally low in calories without sugar. Keeping your skin moisturized is essential throughout the year, but especially important in the summer months when the fluid is lost through sweat. Therefore, it is advisable to drink more water during these days. However, if one finds it difficult to drink pure water, mix things up a bit by adding freshly squeezed lime juice.
A well-balanced diet is a must
A well-balanced diet is a foundation for healthy skin as it provides the body with the necessary nutrients. Fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables are recommended as they are naturally high in liquid, offering additional benefits of fiber, vitamins, minerals as well as antioxidants. In addition, the high content of fluid is more easily absorbed by cells than drinking water. These factors keep the skin hydrated and at its best make them flexible and radiant.
Increase intake of supplements
You can increase the intake of supplements like selenium, zinc, vitamin C and E rich foods. Apart from protecting the skin from free radicals caused due to the sun’s harsh ultraviolet rays, they help the skin cells retain more moisture and elasticity.
Using the right sunscreen
The best way to protect your skin throughout the summer is to use sunscreen every day. The application of an anti-sweat lotion with a moisturizing cream that provides a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher with a broad spectrum agent that protects against UVA and UVB rays keeps the skin healthy. However, people with fairer skin, lighter hair and lighter eyes often need a stronger sun block that provides SPF 30 than their darker counterparts.
Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before going out. Sunscreen should always be reapplied after contact with water or after exercise since towel drying and sweat removes sunscreen, which makes it less effective.
Maximize the use of fresh ingredients rich in antioxidants that keep the skin oxygenated by protecting or repairing any damage caused by UV radiation from the sun.
Try to avoid alcohol or carbonated drinks
You might feel that it reduces stress when you have coffee and its products. But the fact is it does not give much benefit in terms of nutrition value. Reduce the consumption of alcohol and carbonated beverages with caffeine by providing empty calories. While fruit juice is a must, adding too much sugar in it should be avoided.
Condiments and foods, which are very high in sodium naturally draw water from the body, lead to dehydration. Therefore, limit the intake of sodium loaded junk fast foods, and other processed foods such as canned soups, frozen pizza, processed meat and canned vegetables.