Today’s post is all about the severe dryness issue that we face during summers. Interestingly, not many of us associate to dry skin or hair in the summer season. We tend to take extra care of our skin during the winter and tend to skimp on the moisturisers and nourishing oils in the summer. Of course, it is too hot and uncomfortable to slather on thick creams in this hot and humid climate. But, the fact of the matter is that moisture levels in the air are exceptionally low at this time of the year, and if you don’t take adequate care of your hair, skin and body, it can result in severe dryness and dehydration. Let’s take a look at some quick and easy ways in which you can combat the problem of dryness and dehydration in the summer, and make sure that your hair and skin remain adequately nourished and hydrated.
1. Swap the gel cleansers with something milder: The summer season means more sweat and grime, and therefore, the need to cleanse your skin occurs more often. You have to make sure that your facial cleanser is extremely gentle, and does not strip off the natural oils from your skin. Swap your gel-based cleansers (face and body) with more natural ones or cream cleansers.
2. Mix in the essential oils with your moisturiser: You may not want to use a thick face cream when it’s hot outside nor will you want to use just oils on your face. Take your favourite lightweight moisturiser and infuse a few drops of your preferred essential oil in it. It will give your skin an extra boost of moisture without making your skin feel heavy.
3. Regulate the temperature in your bedroom: Spending too many hours in an air-conditioned room can dehydrate your skin to a great extent. If you want to sleep with the AC on, make sure not to lower the temperature too much. You can also consider using a humidifier in your room.
4. Drink enough water and other fluids: Needless to say, you have to get your fill of water throughout the day. Skip the colas, tea and coffee and go for water, lemonade, fresh fruit juice and other refreshing, natural beverages.
5. Eat fruits and veggies that are hydrating: Apart from upping your fluid intake, make sure to eat more of season-appropriate fruits and veggies. Muskmelon, watermelon, mango, tomato, etc., are rich in water content and will help your skin and hair retain moisture.
6. Wear sunscreen religiously: It might be too hot to slather on the sunscreen but keep in mind that sun exposure is another major culprit for the dry and dehydrated skin.
7. Oil your hair at least once a week: Coconut oil is your hair’s best friend. To keep your tresses soft, smooth and nourished, give your scalp an oil massage at least once a week.
8. Use a sulphate-free shampoo: If you want to prevent your hair from getting dry, dehydrated and damaged, then it is imperative that you opt for a gentle and sulphate-free shampoo.
9. Stock up lip balms and hand creams: A lip balm and a hand cream are two things that you will need around you all the time, especially in the dry summer months. Your lips and your hands are among the first to show the signs of dehydrated skin.
10. Use a hydrating overnight face mask: You may want to skip the deep cleansing and detoxifying clay masks for a while as they can make your skin even drier. Instead, opt for a super hydrating overnight face mask. It will help in restoring the nutrients lost due to dryness and ensure that you wake up with soft and nourished skin.
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