Be A Summerlicious Bride! Skin Care tips for Summer Brides
Summer is a great time to get outside and rejuvenate your mind and body. But for your skin, summer means extra exposure to the sun, heat and sweat. Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. If you are getting married in the summers, give your skin a little TLC by following these tips under the supervision of a dermatologist to beat the heat, get healthy, refreshed skin and look absolutely beautiful on your summer wedding:
Cleanse properly: During summer, heat and humidity can cause oil glands to work overtime. Use an appropriate face cleanser as per your skin type and skin concerns twice daily followed by an appropriate toner. Don’t get into the habit of cleansing too often because cleansing too often can break down the skin’s protective barrier, causing excessive dryness and irritation, and may also cause breakouts.
Replenish skin’s moisture: Whatever be your skin type, don't forget to moisturize it. Apply a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type and skin needs to keep your skin soft and supple. Consider switching to a lighter, preferably water based moisturizer. If you are susceptible to acne or pimples, make sure you use a moisturizer that is non-comedogenic and oil free.
Practice good sun protection: It's never too early in the year to think about applying sunscreen. The sun's UV rays can damage your skin all year long. Choose a good broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Apply your sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before going out. Don't be frugal-apply sunscreen liberally and reapply sunscreen every two hours or after getting out of the water. Reapply after exercising, as sweat can water down sunscreen, making it less effective.
Cover yourself properly: Dress to protect. Lightweight, cotton clothes along with a cap, scarf or broad-brimmed hat act as shields from harmful UV rays.
Be regular with your eye cream and lip protection: Protect the delicate areas of your face with appropriate creams and balms. Continue to use an eye cream, but if your usual cream feels too heavy for summer, replace your current product with a lighter formulation or use only at night. Apply and liberally re-apply a lip balm with SPF to protect your lips as well, even if you are using lipstick.
Protect your neck, hands and feet too: Your neck, chest, and hands are an instant giveaway to your true age and are prone to get damaged by the UV rays. After moisturizing your face, moisturize your neck, hands and feet as well. Be sure to apply sunscreen to your neck and chest area and hands and feet as these areas of the body are also susceptible to UV damage. Also, with summer comes open-toed shoes and sandals, so be sure to exfoliate, moisturize, and protect exposed feet. Take into account that sunscreen will rub off faster than it would from the rest of your body from rubbing against the straps of your sandals etc. Thus, it is recommended to re-apply more frequently to prevent burnt feet.
Boost your block with antioxidants: Skincare products containing antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and green tea etc. can help protect from sun damage.
Remove dead skin: Facial scrubs and masks may help lift off the dead, dull, sun-damaged skin cells revealing the healthier skin below. This will help brighten your complexion and remove the tan. Depending on your skin type, exfoliate once a week if you have dry skin type and 2 times a week if you don’t have dry skin type to help shed dead skin build up. Use a mild facial exfoliator for the face and a good body scrub for the body.
Opt for Instant face packs: Instant face packs like curd with honey for dry skin, lemon with rose water for oily skin and lemon with honey for normal skin used atleast twice a week may help.
Include antioxidants in your diet: Make sure you are getting enough antioxidants like beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamins C, E, and A etc. from your diet. Foods rich in antioxidants are berries, pomegranate, citrus fruits, kale, soybeans and nuts etc. Antioxidants interact with free radicals and stabilize these free radicals to prevent damage that they might otherwise cause. Make sure you also take appropriate vitamin and mineral supplements, if required, after consultation with your doctor.
Stay well hydrated: Drink adequate amount of water throughout the day. If you are on the go, try carrying a bottle and a container of fresh fruit on the go to prevent dehydration and heat stroke.
Get appropriate treatments, if required: Sometimes you might require a specialized treatment. Microdermabrasion, Med-facials, Photo-facials and chemical peels done after consultation with a dermatologist and under the supervision of a dermatologist may help to get rid of tanning and few other signs of sun damage, remove rough patches on the skin, reduce age spots and help to reveal healthy, glowing skin.