With just a few weeks left, summer is almost around the corner. Think about all the good things that come with the sun – beautiful picnics, flowing sundresses, and days by the beach (or pool, whatever works for you!). It is time for you to be prepared to make some small changes in your skin and hair care routine, for a smooth metamorphosis into the changing seasons. However, another (big) thing that comes with the summertime is the sun (duh). Hot weather can affect the body in various ways, but the most destructive enemy that you can get is the UV rays, which are particularly more aggressive on your hair and skin.
Let’s dive into some tips on how to protect your hair and skin during the summers:
- SPF for your skin, at all times: You’ve likely heard it a hundred times, but we will remind you once again: always wear SPF. UV rays can cause DNA damage, which generates free radicals, causes sun spots, tanning, ageing, and has strong potential to cause skin cancer. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or above, 20 minutes before you intend to go into the sunlight. It is never enough to apply sunscreen just once; you must re-apply it every 4 hours for an adequate protection.
- A simple skincare routine that includes lightweight products: Our skin tends to produce more oil during the summers, so it is more suitable to switch to lightweight products. This will ensure that your skin is free of congestion, which prevents the formation of comedones including acne and blackheads.
- Do not stop moisturizing: Just because your skin tends to be oilier during the summer months, it does not give you the ticket to completely skip moisturizer (in an endeavour to make it less oily). When you strip your skin of external sources of moisture, it produces more oil to combat the lack thereof, making your skin more prone to breakouts and your pores become more visible.
- SPF for your hair as well: Okay, so you have invested in a good SPF for your skin, but what about the hair? UV exposure is the most important factor contributing to the damage to your hair. Both components of UV radiation, UVA and UVB, cause hair damage by fading the colour of your hair and causing breakage. It would be smart of you to invest in a good SPF for your hair in summer.
- Wear protective hairstyles: Ideally, the best option would be to put your hair in a loose braid or bun. It protects your hair by preventing excessive tugging (goodbye, ponytail headaches), prevents additional sun damage, and keeps your hair out of your face (let’s be honest, that’s a menace).
- Cover up: If you decide to go out in the sun, it is always a good option to cover up with scarves, hats, and gloves (in addition to SPF). It protects your skin and hair from the aggressive UV rays and prevents excess moisture and water loss.
- Exfoliate regularly: Exfoliation is important during summers, as it is during any other season of the year. As skin tends to be oilier during the summer, exfoliation is more important as sebum lures more dirt and debris to build upon your skin. This can lead to clogged (and appear larger dirtier pores) and increased breakouts. So load up on the best chemical exfoliator, and exfoliate twice a week.
- Special care for colour-treated hair: Proper care can slow down the process of fading colour-treated hair. Shampoo your hair less frequently, and use colour-protectant shampoos. Always. Also, condition every time you shampoo.
- Protect yourself while you go for a swim: Douse your hair in some moisturizing leave-in conditioner, and wash it after you get out of the pool/beach. You can also use anti-chlorine sprays that guard against pool chemicals and saltwater damage.