Sunscreen is a must
Do not forget to wear safe and non-toxic sunscreen every day without fail. Even on cloudy days, reapply often for maximum protection. Choose an SPF of at least 30, if you have fair skin.
Dr. Rohini Wadhwani, Medical Director, Skin Essentials, said, “Exposure to the sun over prolonged periods of time may cause premature skin ageing, wrinkles, age spots, skin cancers etc due to the harmful rays of the sun. These rays are the UVA or Ultraviolet-A rays and UVB or Ultraviolet-B rays. Therefore, the use of sun protectionmay prevent the skin from looking older and help prevent certain skin cancers.”
“Select a product that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Also choose a product with an SPF keeping in mind the activity you will be doing for the day and the period of exposure to the sun. e.g. whilst swimming in the sun you should use a waterproof or water-resistant sunscreen with high SPF,” she added.
Summer Fashion Picks!
Wear light-coloured cotton clothes to ensure that the heat escapes from the body rather than being trapped. Also pastels/ light colors reflect light and are cooler and lighter to carry. Also, wearing trendy jackets on half- sleeved tops and kurtas will further limit sun exposure. Wearing sunglasses during summers is a must. Also, lightweight and loose-fitting clothes are the best for summers.
Cover up in style!
Wear wide-brimmed outdoor sun hat in summers. Also do not forget to carry it during outdoor picnics, to the beach, seaside, travel around, etc in summer holidays. Protect the most sensitive skin area i.e face from scorching sunlight with a dupatta/scarf. Please carry an umbrella to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays.
Drink lots of water and eat a healthy diet
It is important to keep a close check on your water intake as the mercury rises this summer. A minimum of at least eight glasses of water is a must. Do not forget to carry a water bottle (not a plastic bottle) to sip throughout the day. You can also add lemon, oranges, mint, or cucumbers, to your water sans any added artificial sweeteners or preservatives. Also, do not forget to add seasonal fruits, curd and vegetables to your diet. Choose fresh juices over cold drinks and avoid oily food. It is better to binge on lighter snacks in summers.
“Hydration in the summers is most crucial because the body gets easily dehydrated without giving you immediate signs but leaves you feeling tired, with headaches and bloating. The body expends a lot of energy to cool down in the summers, so easing off digestion by eating foods which have a cooling effect on the body works in our favour,” Jhanvi Kanakia – Sanghvi, Celebrity Nutritionist and Fitness Expert said.
She added, “Foods like gulkand, dahi rice , dalia porridge, fruits like tadgolas, black jamuns and summer drinks like Aam panha, bael sherbet, Kokum sherbet, Nimbu pani with sabja seeds, buttermilk, drinking water from matkas helps hydrate and cool down the body. Mango in this season is also a must as it gives us all the nutrients we need to deal with the summer heat, reduces bloating, avoids constipation and naturally acts as a sunscreen for the skin.”
Moisturise your skin
Sun damage can impact your skin. Rejuvenate and revitalize your skin with light and soothing body lotion which can help you get rid of dry, rough and flaky skin. Apply it after you dry off from your shower, when you are stepping out in the sun and before going to bed. Also, do not forget to nourish and moisturise your lips.