It’s important to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Too much sun can damage your skin, or even lead to skin cancer. Learn more about how you can protect the skin you’re in.
How to Protect Your Skin in the Summer Sun
To protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays, wear a minimum SPF 15 sunscreen every day. Be sure your sunscreen is waterproof. Read the directions carefully and then apply.
Wear protective clothing and duptta when you’re out in the sun. Don’t wear dark colors (especially black) on sunny days. Loose-fitting clothing made from tightly woven fabric works best.
When the sun’s really glaring, especially between the hours of 9 A.M. to 2 P.M., cover-up! Move your face under an umbrella or try to stay inside, pour yourself a big glass of cool water, and take a break from the sun.
Protect Your Eyes:
Wear sunglasses with UV protection. They’ll protect your eyes and the delicate skin around them (and who wants wrinkles!) Stay away from mirrored sunglasses they intensify the sun’s rays. Protect Your Lips:
Lips can never tan, but they easily burn. Wear a protective lip balm every day and reapply it often. Don’t lick your lips it magnifies the sun’s rays.
Ban the Tan:
There’s no such thing as a safe tan! Never use tanning beds. If you like the look of a tan, ask your parents about using sunless tanning lotion. It’s much safer than a real tan. If you want that rosy glow on your face, dust your face with bronzing powder.
Natural Home Remedies:
Natural home remedies to cool your skin on a hot day. Here are some natural home remedies that will help your skin when it’s humid and hot.
Mix together multani mitti (fuller’s earth), channa ka atta (gram flour) and sandalwood powder in equal quantities. Store in an airtight container. Use a teaspoon of this scrub mixed to a paste with water. This rids the skin of flakes and dirt.
Use seasonal fruits as facial masks because they are economical and highly moisturizing. Always crush the pulp or squeeze in a blender and apply as quickly as possible before vitamins lose their potency.
Grapes are abundant in sugar, vitamins and mineral salts. Use on wrinkles around eyes and mouth. It moisturizes, detoxifies and nourishes the skin.
Papayas are useful on blackheads and blotchy or sallow skin.
Cucumber is cooling and improves a dull and greasy complexion.
Mix the juice of one small cucumber with one teaspoon of rose water.
Make refreshing eye pads from thick slices of cucumber or cotton pads soaked in milk (iced)
Watermelon juice applied to the face and neck freshens up the skin.
Coconut water rubbed on the skin not only lightens and brightens the skin but also gets rid of heat rash. All these lotions should be left on the skin for 15 minutes and then rinsed off with cool water.
Drink a lot of water to replace the liquid lost through perspiration. It is important to nourish the skin from within.
To relieve itchy, reddened eyes, use chilled raw potato slices. Place over eyelids and rest for 10 minutes. A drop of rose water in each eye at bedtime also brightens the eyes.
You could add this to your bath and feel a lot more comfortable in the summer Add a cup of buttermilk (lassie) to your bath to tighten pores.
Nourish and soothe skin with this bath formula: Mix 2 teaspoons salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons almond oil and 1/2 teaspoon malt vinegar and apply to the body before a bath.
Rub the back of your neck and hairline with cologne fresh from the refrigerator.