Ranchi, June 7: Summer is when the skin is most exposed to the scorching heat and sweat. Summer heat causes water loss from the skin, resulting in dehydration. This causes irritation, dry skin, and reddish patches. Summer heat also causes more oil in the skin and faster cell reproduction.
As the summer heat increases throughout the day and heat wave warnings are issued in some parts of the country, it is becoming increasingly important to take care of the skin and keep it healthy and glowing throughout the heat.
In an interview with lagatar24.com, Dr Kumar Prateek, Consultant Dermatologist at MEDICA shared, “Our skin represents the overall health and most importantly our inner health. In addition to nutritious food for good skin, regular exercise and sunscreen play an important part.”
Dr Prateek stated that green leafy vegetables, Pomegranate, Carrot, Green Chili, Sweet Potato, Tomato, Rajma, and seasonal fruits must be included in the diet to help nourish the skin. Regular exercise improves blood circulation, which improves the body’s ability to remove harmful substances.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects the skin from oxidative damage and helps to reduce pigmentation caused by harmful UV rays. The doctor also suggested a diet rich in citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, green tea, and fresh juices.
“The sun’s UV-A and UV-B rays can be very harsh. Besides giving you a stubborn tan, they can cause premature ageing, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. A good sunscreen with SPF 30-50 is vital for the summer months for all skin types. Avoid heavy make-up during summers as it will impact the skin’s ability to breathe,” said Dr Prateek.
Dr Prateek suggested that hydration is an important skincare routine during the summer because the skin loses a lot of water. You should drink 8-10 glasses of water during the summer per day. He also suggested wearing sunglasses, under-eye gel, and lip balm.
“For a natural and healthy summer glow, hydrate your skin with a moisturising, nourishing, light moisturizer. To provide long-lasting hydration, use a water-based moisturiser packed with aloe vera and hyaluronic acid. On hot days, it’s important to keep your makeup light to avoid it melting and clogging your pores. Skip the foundation and opt for a tinted moisturiser with SPF for a beautiful and moisturising shine,” Dermatologist added.
Dr Prateek further said that the skin also produces a lot of oil during this time. A proper face wash should be used to remove the excess oil from the face. A non-foaming cleanser for people with dry skin is a must. Opt for mild, alcohol-free and pH balanced cleansers.
“Oily and processed foods should be avoided. Also, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., the skin should be shielded from direct and harmful sunlight. If going out during this time, wear full-sleeved clothing to protect the skin,” Dr Prateek added.
“Despite all this, if tanning occurs, then see your dermatologist. Your dermatologist may opt for a wide range of remedies which may be the most appropriate for you including topical creams, microdermabrasion, Q Switching laser, peels, botox and HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound),” the dermatologist concluded.