Summer skin hydration

With summers comes the dull, irritated, dehydrated skin that is not worth showing off! Cosmetic and Celebrity Dermatologist from Appleskin Clinic, Dr. (Capt.) Deepti Dhillon claims ‘Hydration’ to be the key for skin care in summers. Skin cells contain natural chemicals that build up the natural moisturizing factor. The production and health of these factors define the balance of the skin and as the key ingredient for this moisturizing factor is water, any loss in the body’s water volume results in dehydration. Dehydration is similar to dry skin and includes rough, tight feeling, increased itching combined with peeling, redness and coarse thick skin. Simply water intake may not be the answer due to many other internal an external factors affecting skin dehydration. The most common factors affecting skin hydration levels are high temperatures, UV radiation, ageing, dryness due to excessive use of air conditioning, humidity, aggressive cleansing methods and strong active harmful ingredients in products, long hot showers, Drinking alcohol, coffee, and smoking, declining hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

Do’s to keep skin hydrated in summers:

  • Increase fluid intake: Your body loses fluids due to overheating of body temperature. You must drink plenty of water and other fluids in the summer months. At least 7-8 glasses of water are suggested. You can include Aloe vera juice in your diet as it helps in calming the skin and has numerous other health benefits as well. It is important to hydrate yourself as much as possible to maintain the body temperature and hydrate internally.
  • Daily dose: Dr. Deepti suggests an intake of Omega 3, lycopene, selenium, vitamin C, and antioxidants to revive the skin from summer and sun skin damages.
  • Well balanced diet: Include fresh fruits and vegetables that lead to increased hydration levels like Cucumber, watermelon, coconut water, cabbage, Green Salad, Apples, Red bell peppers, pineapples, grapefruit, celery, berries, and carrots.
  • Avoid excess sodium intake: foods high in sodium will naturally draw water from the body, contributing to dehydration.
  • Get your skin analyzed at your dermatologist’s clinic to get a new set of skincare regime in the new season. Dr. Deepti recommends a change in the skin care regime with every season and stresses on the importance of a cosmeceutical range of products.
  • Use mild gentle cleanser/facewash which is pH balanced, SLS free and paraben free.
  • Use moisturizer/thermal spray waters containing hydrating and soothing agents like aloe vera, vitamin C.
  • Use a broad-spectrum (UVA & UVB) sunscreen SPF 30 or above, which must also be non-comedogenic and non-allergic. The application of sunscreen must be repeated every 4 hours.

In clinic treatments:

  • Chemical/Mechanical Peel: Dr. Deepti advice getting a chemical/mechanical exfoliation from your dermatologist at least once a month to evenly exfoliate the superficial layer of the skin that is damaged by the sun.
  • Opt for Medifacial to hydrate the skin in the hot months and to reverse any damages caused to the skin. Appleskin offers damage control Medifacial that helps in taking out a damaged layer of the skin along with providing nourishment and antioxidants to the deepest layer and giving a glow that is long lasting. This Medifacial also claims to delay the process of aging because of sun and UVA lights due to its combination of age-fighting antioxidants and vitamins.

Home care remedy:

Green tea has great cooling properties and along with soothing the skin in the heated month, a face scrub made with this ingredient helps in tightening the skin and removing any small imperfections caused due to seasonal skin damage. This scrub is as simple as mixing green tea with granulated sugar and water. This exfoliating scrub is light on the skin and gives an incredible instant glow and clears out the unevenness on the skin surface.

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