It feels really good to move around in a sandy beach, go camping in the wilds, or even simply relax in our backyard during summers. But this de-stressing therapy of getting back to nature takes a toll on our skin, causing skin rashes, pigmentation, greasiness, redness etc. Let’s explore the different skin problems we face during the summer season and the measures to tackle them.
Sun tan and sun burns
The skin gets more exposure to the harsh UV rays of the sun during summer and leads to redness and inflammation. So always cover up yourself with wide brimmed hats or lightweight, breathable scarves, even when the weather is cloudy. You can also throw on a shrug to protect your arms. Avoid being outside during 10 am to 4 pm. Opt for a waterproof sunscreen lotion with at least SPF 30 or more. The trick is to apply it every 2 hours. For relief from painful and inflamed skin, you need to cool yourself down by using a shower or an oatmeal bath. To treat redness mix around 25-30 drops of essential oil (lavender) with almond oil (100 ml) and apply on the affected skin.
Summer season is basically a mosquito season and they are everywhere, especially outdoors. Not only mosquitoes cause unsightly and itchy red spots on our skin, they are also carriers of diseases. So choose a safe insect repellent. Remove any stagnant water in and around your residence. The pain and itching caused due to mosquito bite can be managed with topical application of ice on the bitten area. Essential oil, such as lavender can be applied on the bite. Use only 2 drops of undiluted oil for instant relief.
Perspiration moistens the skin. The moist skin is an easy target for dirt and other impurities to accumulate. They block the pores and lead to summer rashes and acne giving an appearance of small pimples. In order to avoid this condition, wear loose and comfortable cotton clothes that allow the skin to breathe and absorb away the sweat. Avoid using heavy lotions that block the pores. Try and reduce the sun exposure during the peak times of 10 am to 4 pm. Use talcum powder to soak up the sweat. Cleanse your skin without fail at regular intervals.
Dry and parched skin
The intense heat and exposure to sun and our need for air conditioning makes our skin dry. The lesser water intake makes the skin tight and parched. Hence hydrate the skin by drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day. Moisturize your skin with a lightweight, water-resistant lotion, and sunscreen. If you have dry hands and feet, apply a night cream and opt for cotton socks and gloves to seal in the moisture. You can even opt for a natural oil massage along with some essential oils. Choose a carrier oil like almond oil (100 ml) and add up to 2 drops of geranium and 5 drops of lavender essential oil.
Pimples can pop up in all sorts of places, even on your back. Acne occurs in areas with high concentrations of sebaceous glands, and they’re most common on the face, chest and back. So if you observe that you’re getting more blemishes on your back and shoulders in the summer, it is the cause of the high temperatures in this season. Even when you wear clothing that is tight to the body, it leads to pimples or heat, rashes, which are often mistaken for back acne. Firstly, to reduce red spots is to visit your doctor for a diagnosis. If you have true back acne, your physician may recommend a medication, to help clear up the condition. Secondly, wear clothes which are, breathable, gentle on your skin and absorb the sweat in summer without causing any kind of irritation to your skin.
Greasy, shiny skin
The increased sweating due to heat and sun exposure can cause greater oil production on the skin’s surface, especially the t-zone which leads to skin becoming greasy or shiny. To combat a shiny complexion, wash your face two to three times a day with a mild cleanser that is free of perfumes and harsh additives.