Best Summer Skincare Tips For Healthy, Glowing Skin

March 13, 2024by Dr. Shridevi Lakhe

Summer is finally here.🌞Time for beaches, picnics, and fun in the sun. But wait, the sun can be harsh on your skin, leaving it dry, dull, or even sunburned. Don’t worry, here are some super easy tips to keep your skin healthy and glowing all summer. 

1. Stay Hydrated

  • Why It’s Important: During summer, our bodies lose more water due to increased sweating. This loss of hydration affects our skin, making it look dull and dry.
  • What to Do: Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. Include water-rich foods in your diet like cucumbers, tomatoes, and watermelon. This keeps your skin hydrated, maintaining its plumpness and elasticity.

2. Apply sunscreen:

Sunscreen should always be applied before sun exposure to allow it to permeate the skin and form an invisible shield that will protect you.

  • Why It’s Important: Sun exposure can lead to premature aging, sunburn, and an increased risk of skin cancer. UVA and UVB rays are harmful, even on overcast days.
  • What to Do: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher daily, applying it 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours, especially if swimming or sweating.

3. Simplify Your Skincare Routine

  • Why It’s Important: Heavy skincare products can lead to congestion and breakouts in hot weather.
  • What to Do: Opt for a gentle, non-comedogenic cleanser and a light, oil-free moisturizer. Avoid heavy makeup and let your skin breathe.
  1. Cleanse Wisely: Choose a gentle, non-comedogenic cleanser. This means it won’t block your pores and cause breakouts.
  2. Moisturize Light: Opt for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer. It will provide essential hydration without making you feel heavy or greasy.
  3. Makeup Minimalism: Go easy on the makeup. Let your skin breathe and opt for lightweight formulas when possible.

4. Incorporate Antioxidants

  • Why It’s Important: Antioxidants protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals and environmental aggressors, like pollution and UV radiation.
  • What to Do: Eat a diet rich in antioxidants (berries, nuts, green tea) and use skincare products formulated with antioxidants like vitamins C and E. These can help repair the skin and prevent further damage.

In your diet, choose foods rich in antioxidants. Here are some excellent sources:

  1. Fruits and vegetables: berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries), citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits, and lemons), leafy greens (spinach, kale), broccoli, carrots, and tomatoes.
  2. Nuts and seeds: almonds, walnuts, pecans, chia seeds, and flaxseeds.
  3. Beverages: green tea, and dark chocolate (with at least 70% cocoa content).

Through your skincare routine: Look for skincare products formulated with antioxidants, such as

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps brighten skin tone, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and protect against sun damage.

Vitamin E is known for its moisturizing properties and ability to shield the skin from free radical damage.

5. Treat Sunburn Immediately

  • Why It’s Important: Sunburn can damage the skin, leading to pain, peeling, and in the long term, aging and skin cancer.
  • What to Do: Apply cooling lotions or gels containing aloe vera to affected areas. This helps to soothe and heal the skin. Avoid further sun exposure until the burn is healed.

6. Gentle Exfoliation

  • Why It’s Important: Exfoliation removes dead skin cells that can clog pores and make skin look dull.
  • What to Do: Use a gentle exfoliating scrub or a chemical exfoliant with AHAs or BHAs once a week. This will help keep your skin smooth and clear, allowing better absorption of moisturizers.

7. Stay Cool

  • Why It’s Important: Overheating can exacerbate skin problems like rosacea, acne, and sensitivity.
  • What to Do: Wear lightweight, breathable clothing, seek shade when outdoors, and opt for cool showers. Avoid heavy, occlusive creams during the hottest parts of the day.

If you ever need expert advice or treatment for any skin concerns, I highly recommend consulting Dr. Shridevi Lakhe. She’s a renowned dermatologist in Kharadi, Pune, with expertise in treating various skin problems. Dr. Lakhe is known for her exceptional track record in hair transplant surgery and is widely regarded as one of the best dermatologists in the area. Trust me, you’re in good hands with Dr. Lakhe!

Keep shining bright, and take good care of your skin! 🌟
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