The perfect summer skincare routine, based on your skin type| March 15, 2018
Summer is setting in, which is evident with the rising temperatures and packing away of winter jumpers and jackets. As your face starts to get a lot more sun—we know it makes for good selfies—the way your skin functions starts to change as well. It’s time to let go of your thick and creamy cleansers and moisturisers from the winter and move towards gels and face mists. Mumbai-based celebrity dermatologist and owner of SkinLab, Dr Jamuna Pai helps us devise the perfect skincare routines.
THE EFFECTS OF THE SUMMER SUN ON YOUR SKIN
Come summer and your exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays increases manyfold, which can cause havoc on your skin. “These extra strong sunrays make the skin prone to breakouts, rashes, wrinkles, age spots and cause damage to your hair as well,” says Dr Pai. “Excessive sweating and increased dead cell turnover blocks the sweat glands and causes a rash like picture, commonly known as “prickly heat” especially in the folds of the skin where sweat accumulates, and may be also on the trunk and the back. This can lead to itching, which in turn aggravates the condition.”
WHY YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR SKINCARE DURING SUMMER
Your skin is naturally drier during colder months, which means your skincare routine probably consists of oils, lotions and creams as opposed to cleansing waters and hydrating gels. “During the dry winter months, there is slowing down of the skin cell renewal, which reflects in it looking dull, flaky and dry. Hence, you tend to use a lot of heavy moisturisers—these will not be helpful during the summer months.”
Also, during summer, your skin tries to maintain a lower body temperature and ends up producing more natural oil to keep it moisturised. “The sebum and accumulation of dead skin cells blocks the pores, which results in formation of comedones and acne.”
THE PERFECT SUMMER SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR YOUR SKIN TYPE
Summer skincare routine for dry skin
How the heat affects your skin: If you have dry skin, you won’t face too many problems during the summer as the humidity looks after your skin and allows you to ditch your regular heavy moisturisers.
What your routine should look like: Switch to lightweight, hydrating milks and lotions for your cleansing, moisturising and sun protection needs. These won’t leave any greasy residue on your skin and will soak right in.
Home remedy for tanning: If you have dry skin that’s tanned, use a mix of sugar, lemon juice and glycerine and scrub the area in a circular motion.
Summer skincare routine for oily/acne-prone skin
How the heat affects your skin: Oily skin faces maximum skin problems during the summer months as your pores can get clogged and aggravate your acne.
What your routine should look like: Invest in a salicylic acid foaming cleanser, a lightweight gel moisturiser and a mattifying sunscreen. If your sunscreen feels too greasy, add a few drops of calamine lotion to cool it down.
Additional care: Use a mud-based face mask once a week to get rid of dead cells, excess sebum and to reduce the oiliness. If you have acne-prone skin, make sure your gut health is in place, you’re drinking enough water and taking your vitamin A, zinc and antioxidant supplements as prescribed. Don’t touch your breakouts; instead, apply an erythromycin gel on the spots at bedtime to minimise them.
Summer skincare routine for combination skin
How the heat affects your skin: While your skin concerns are fairly similar to those with oily/acne-prone skin, you can also experience rashes and redness on your face.
What your routine should look like: Clean your skin twice a day with a non-soapy face wash to get rid of excessive oil and dirt. If your oil-free moisturiser feels too heavy in the sun, try a hydrating serum instead to give your skin enough nutrients followed by a mattifying sunscreen.
Summer skincare routine for normal skin
How the heat affects your skin: Even though normal skin is not very affected during summer, the accumulation of dead skin cells give your face a dull look.
What your routine should look like: While you can continue using a gel-based face wash and light moisturiser that works for you, it’s important to exfoliate your skin two-three times a week to keep it feeling and looking fresh. You can also try a hydrating face mask once a week to keep your skin plump through the heat.
Home remedy for tanning: Use a pack of cucumber, oats and almonds after refrigerating it to cool and detan your skin.