Summer is here, and our cravings for hot chai and garam garam samose have disappeared. Wearing synthetic clothes has become a big no-no and umbrellas have become our best friends yet again.
Well, summer is upon us in all its glory and with it, a plethora of skin issues are too.
It’s true, summers have a tendency of bringing out the worst even in tolerant skin types. So, you can imagine how bothersome it must be for those whose skin swerves more on the sensitive types.
In this article, we’ll help you take a deep dive into the world of sensitive skin and how to do your skin-care in summer
What does it mean to have a sensitive skin-type?
Having sensitive skin means that your skin is more prone to reactions and gets adversely affected due to its surroundings. This type of skin usually requires expert help and an in-depth understanding of the products you’re using.
How to know if you have sensitive skin?
Look for these signs to know if you have a sensitive skin or not:
- Dry Rough, flaky patches
- Wrinkled, rough texture
- Peeling skin
- Frequent breakouts
- Burning or stinging sensation upon application of products
Here’s where you can learn All About Sensitive Skin to understand your skin a little better!
How does summer affect your sensitive skin?
- High heat and humidity make your sebaceous glands more active, which increases the production of oil on your skin. This oil is one of the major reasons you get breakouts more easily.
- The heat makes you sweat excessively which doesn’t just affect the skin on your face, but also your body, causing breakouts on your back and chest.
- UV rays can change your skin in various ways. For example, if you spend long hours outside without protection, you could get sunburned, swelling, irregular pigmentation, wrinkles, leathery skin, and other signs of premature ageing.
- Bacteria loves humidity, which is at peak during summers. These bacteria can sabotage your skin if the barrier is poor. Heat also may affect some skin-care products, thus affecting your skin. So, to avoid this, make sure to store your skincare products in a cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight.
- Summer heat can trigger eczema flare-ups, so it’s important not to let your skin overheat or get dehydrated due to barrier loss if you have this condition.
Here’s how you can take care of your skin in summer
- Make sunscreen your best friend
Sunscreen should be a must for everyone, regardless of their skin-type. However, if you have sensitive skin, then broad spectrum sunscreens that protect against both UVA and UVB would be your best choice.
- Go light-weight
You wouldn’t wear heavy and thick clothes during summers, would you? So, why make your skin go through the same? Use skin-care and make-up products that are lighter in weight and hydrating.
Apart from cleaning dirt, sweat and oiliness of your face, the right type of cleanser will also refresh your skin and help your skin brighten up. If you have sensitive skin, it’s recommended you opt for a hydrating and a gentle, soap free cleanser like Dragon Fruit Infused Pulp Facewash that is designed for sensitive skins with an oily and combo skin types, that gets rid of all the grime deeply without stripping your skin of its natural oils, thus controlling extra sebum production and acne breakouts.
- Never say no to a moisturizer
Even if your skin feels oily and sweaty, you should always follow cleansing with a moisturizer. As, over-drying your skin can lead to excessive oil and sweat production.
- Splurge on a good Vitamin C serum
Vitamin C helps can help prevent hyperpigmentation, improve the appearance of fine lines, and increase with collagen production. Layer just a few drops on your skin after cleansing and follow it up with your moisturizer and sunscreen.
- Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!
Chemical exfoliation is a great way to treat your oily skin in summer. It is always recommended to exfoliate during the night to avoid the sun-damage and always
shield your skin with a good sunscreen the following day. However, make sure you consult with your dermatologist first before trying out any product.
- Say no to long showers
Over-showering, or showering in water that is too hot for a long time, can lead to over-drying of your skin. This can then lead to inflammation and even flare up your eczema.
- Use products according to your skin
In case your skin-type isn’t oily, use products designed for dry skin in summers and all year long. They are crafted especially for your skin and will benefit you the most.
Foods that your skin will love in summers
It's not just the sun that can affect your skin, the food that you eat influences your skin at a cellular level, and since skin is our largest organ, it's also the first to show nutrient deficiency. So, load up your plate with these foods and get your glow on!
This symbol of summer is around 90 percent water, which hydrates the body and is loaded with vitamin C.
Fresh produce like blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are delicious in their prime and packed with antioxidants.
Along with vitamins and minerals, this tropical fruit is rich with bromelain that fights inflammation efficiently.
4) Citrus fruits
Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, etc. are loaded with vitamin C and amino acids, like proline and lysine that play a role in collagen production.
Cucumbers are made up of mostly water, so they’re good at hydrating and replenishing the body and skin.
6) Coconut water
Enriched with electrolytes, coconut water can give you youthful and supple skin, thanks to its it's hydrating powers and its hearty dose of potassium,
7) Omega-3 fatty acids
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like Seaweed, Chia seeds, Flax seeds, Walnuts, kidney beans etc. can protect your skin against sun damage and improve your skin barrier, all the while helping prevent acne.
Now, go on and have a happy summer!
Author Name : Dr. Sonam Vimadalal (M.B.B.S, D.D.V.L)
Dr. Sonam Vimadalal is a practicing Dermatologist from Mumbai, India. She completed her post-graduation from Pune and has been working in Mumbai for the past 8 years. She specializes in clinical dermatology, especially the impact of endocrinology, nutrition and lifestyle in skin and hair health and holistic healing. Her strengths are recognizing patient profile and addressing problems with counselling and conversational skills. She believes that skin issues are never just skin deep but rather a reflection of the internal working system.