Beauty Tips for Indian Summer
During summers, besides dreaming of pleasant mornings or beach holidays, you also tend to dread the harsh weather’s adverse effects on your skin which lead to dark spots, pigmentation, tanning and wrinkles. Summers tend to dehydrate the skin and expose it to damage and dullness. Moisturizing your skin is an important step you should take to make up for moisture loss, protecting from sunburn, bacterial growth or environmental allergens. Non-Greasy water or gel-based moisturizer is ideal for summer use and should include Vitamin E to provide deep nourishment to your skin.
The next significant step to your skincare routine should be exfoliation, which gives it a perfect base then to apply makeup. Ideally, you should be switching between exfoliators from the market and ones you can make at home as well. Scrub your skin only twice a week in a circulatory motion and that too in the evenings mostly, as over-exfoliation may lead to inflammation, breakouts and rashes.
Hydration is very important in summers and an ideal volume would be 8-10 glasses of water a day in addition to a high water content diet. Some other routine skincare essentials include using sunscreen, choosing non-comedogenic products and following a healthy diet.
Make Up Tips
Summers are a perfect time to switch to lighter makeup and going all-natural, with a sun-kissed glow throughout, be it with eye shadows, lipsticks or nail polish. Creamy eye shadows are a blessing as they don’t melt easily and are water-resistant, while powder eye shadows tend to mix up with the sweat and oil on your face, clogging the pores.
Using a primer is essentials as it acts as a shield between the essential oils in your skin and the foundation, preventing them from melting down on your face. It is best to use a waterproof eye makeup that’s nourishing and moisturizes well. Be sure to highlight your skin’s natural hues by applying a bronzer lightly on the forehead, cheekbones and near your lips for an extra edge.
Lips like any other part of your facial skin are equally in need of proper care. The harsh rays of the sun can dry up the delicate tissues of the lips and result in thinning, spots or scales. A luscious lip balm with appropriate SPF can be applied generously on the lips for protection against the sun.
Summers lead to sweat buildup on the scalp resulting in irritation, and also attracting pollution and dust. A regular cleanse with a deep cleaning shampoo is a must, as is a clarifier for clearing the hair of any chemical damage caused by swimming and easing out brittle and dry hair.
It is best to oil your hair with a warm coconut oil treatment, leaving it be for some time and then washing it off for a soft and nourished mane. Deep conditioning helps reverse the adverse effects of heat and humidity during summers to your hair’s texture and built, removing all dryness and frizz. Finish up your hair care by adding a spritz to your hair essentials. A styling hair spray provides an added advantage to your hair care.
Best Face Creams for Indian summer
The Face Shop Chia Seed No Shine Hydrating Cream
Perfect for all skin types, the Face Shop Chia Seed No Shine Hydrating Cream is a moisture-replenish and hydrating day cream that nourishes the skin and instantly radiates, making it look smooth and firm throughout the day. Its moisturizing properties relieve the dryness in the skin, absorbing excess production of sebum and the moisture sensing formula offers hydration deeply. Dermatologically tested, the Face Shop Chia Seed No Shine Hydrating Cream comes from a South-Korean skincare brand, is Paraben free and is priced at Rs. 1,990 for 50ml. Available on myntra.com.
Himalaya Nourishing Skin Cream
Enriched with an incredible blend of natural ingredients that include winter cherry, aloe vera, Ashwagandha and Indian Kino Tree extracts, the Himalayan Skin Cream comes with palliative properties that nourish your skin and rehydrate it. The Indian Kino Tree extracts offer toner properties to ensure a smooth complexion while the winter cherry gives anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant support. Aimed at complete skincare, the Himalaya Nourishing Skin Cream also protects the skin from environmental pollutants and dry weather conditions. Priced at Rs. 130 for 100ml, the Himalaya Nourishing Skin Cream is suitable for both men and women and applicable on all skin types. Available on flipkart.com.
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
The Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream is a fragrance-free cream that gives intense hydration to sensitive and dry skin types. Its unique Helo System formula provides hydration and prevents moisture loss. The cream is designed to provide long-lasting and immediate relief to dry and sensitive skin with a non-greasy formula that gets absorbed quickly, leaving behind a soft and glowing complexion. The Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream enables the skin to maintain its natural texture and fight against atmospheric allergens and look visibly healthy at the same time. Priced at Rs.379 for 80gm, the Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream is available on amazon.in.
Nivea Soft Vitamin E Light Moisturizer
Suitable for all skin types, the Nivea Soft Berry Blossom Light Moisturizer is a non-greasy cream that moisturizes while leaving your skin refreshed, soft and healthy. Its light and fast-absorbing formula get absorbed into the skin easily in a single application and the all-purpose cream is apt for use through all weather conditions. The Nivea Soft Vitamin E Light Moisturizer comes enriched with Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil and nourishes the skin intensely. Dermatologically approved for skin compatibility, Nivea Soft Vitamin E Light Moisturizer smells heavenly, is non-sticky and incredibly smooth. Available in 3 sizes of 50ml, 100ml and 200ml, the Nivea Soft Vitamin E Light Moisturizer is priced at Rs.208 for 200ml and can be purchased online at nykaa.com.
The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturizer
Body Shop’s Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturizer comes with a fresh and lightweight formula in a gel form that gives your skin a much-needed boost of hydration and radiation on a daily basis, while the Vitamin C clears the complexion, refreshes the skin, resulting in naturally healthy-looking skin. Suitable for tired and dull skin, the Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturizer is enhanced with an invigorating fragrance and infused with the Amazonian Camu Camu Berries that have nearly 60 times the vitamin C power of an orange, which not only hydrates but also energizes the skin. Available at Flipkart.com, The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturizer is priced at Rs.1,795 for 50 ml.
The L’oreal Hydrafresh Multi-Active 3-In-1 Genius Water is a moisture-enhancing facial cure that is marked with a lightweight texture and works on the skin as a toner, essence and lotion at the same time. With its crystal-essence droplets, L’oreal Hydrafresh comes packed with hyaluronic acid and microencapsulated HA plus Lipidure which aim at delivering a triple hydration power leaving your skin non-sticky. It is prepared using a special blend of French spring water, which is also naturally enriched in minerals, L’oreal Hydrafresh not only helps enhance the moisture content but also instantly hydrates the skin, leaving it smoother, supple and radiant than before. Priced at Rs. 1,416 for 130 ml, L’oreal Hydrafresh is available on strawberrynet.com.
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet
A moist, hydrating cream for dry and sensitive skin, Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet has a velvety texture that aims at continuous moisturization and hydration of the skin. Its incredibly gentle texture restores the skin’s moisture content, dissolving all inflammation and tightness on application, leaving behind comfortably smooth skin. This cream can be used daily with ease to repair damaged skin or on SOS as well.
Its ingredients include borage oil which improves skin elasticity and its softness, while Vinolevure moisturizes the skin intensely and prevents excess dryness. Olive Squalane and natural grape water nourish the skin and the grape-seed polyphenols work as anti-oxidants, protecting the skin from free radicals. Priced at Rs.2,641 for 50ml, Caudalie Vinosource SOS Intense Moisturizing Cream is available on caretobeauty.com.
Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb The Antioxidant Super Moisturizer
A gel-cream face moisturizer, Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb instantly hydrates the skin, plumping out any dry lines, while its non-greasy properties nourish the skin with antioxidant enriched Goji Berry, Vitamins E and C and pomegranate extracts. Suitable for all skin types, it is especially beneficial for dry skin, the moisturizer’s water-gel formula keeps the skin hydrated for 48 hours and is free of excess oil and paraben. The Antioxidant Super Moisturizer from Garnier will leave your skin looking healthier and younger. Priced at Rs.1,519 for 1.7 ounces, the Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb is available on desertcart.in.
Olay Moisturizing Lotion
The hydrating moisturizing lotion from Olay Active replenishes the skin with active moisture, hydrating it and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, leaving behind a soft, smooth and gorgeous looking complexion. Its lightweight and non-greasy formula is dermatologically tested and will not clog the pores. Priced at Rs.880 for 150 ml, Olay Active Moisturizing Lotion penetrates deep into the skin, replenishing its essential moisture content. It can be applied twice a day, morning and at night, onto cleansed and toned skin on the face and neck. Olay Active Moisturizing Lotion is available on baifo.me for online purchase.
Lacto Calamine Lotion protects your skin from the ill effects of dust and pollution by balancing the natural oils in your skin daily, leaving it smooth and youthful. The zinc oxide in the lotion helps unclog pores and prevent any bacterial growth, while glycerin provides ample moisture to hydrate the skin without making it oily. Lacto Calamine’s 3-way action is suitable for oily and combination to normal skin types. The presence of Kaolin Clay also helps remove excess oil in the skin and retains its essential oils. By providing an 8-hour hydrating and protective layer on the skin, Lacto Calamine is perfect for a balanced look this summer. Lacto Calamine Lotion is priced at Rs.169 for 120 ml and can be purchased online from amazon.in.
Bonus Tips: Summer Clothing for Indian Weather
In addition to ample skin and hair care, it is important your summer clothing is equally comfortable and appropriate for the warm season. As a blessing in disguise, Indian apparels are usually designed with breathability and airiness in mind. Here are a few tips to be considered, so you can be summer stylish as well!
- NATURAL FABRICS – to keep your body temperature low, it is best to wear sweat-absorbing and breathable fabrics, loose-fitting ones at that. It is best to avoid wearing clothes adorned with embellishments as they tend to weigh down your clothes, letting them touch and potentially irritate your skin and then trapping your body heat. Instead, incorporate light colours in your wardrobe.
- APPAREL FOR WOMEN – Indian women usually wear a saree or salwar kameez on an average in their daily lifestyle, which changes in colour and fabric based on changing weather condition. While the sarees are more or less pure cotton or linen as a lightweight fabric option, suits typically include loose drawstring pants and tunic tops, which are a cool combination in the warm weather. Alternates include short-sleeves or sleeveless sets with a churidar.
- APPAREL FOR MEN – For men, summers usually see them donning t-shirts or polo shirts in varied patterns and designs with a pair of denim. In terms of ethnic wear, they go for the traditional kurtis with drawstring pants in light coloured linen or cotton fabrics, allowing the body to breathe, while battling the risk of sunburn. In rural areas, men usually prefer lungi.
- FORMAL APPAREL – Summer fashion for office wear has also undergone a welcome change matching the corporate culture. From comfortable formal wear in breathable fabrics for those who cannot dress down no matter what the weather, business formals in neutral colours with white tops are ideal. If you have room for smart, semi-formals, include solid coloured or mute patterns in top wear with dark colours for bottom wear. Don’t forget to focus on footwear. For women, in the professional realm, flats are comfortable and functional or platform heels which are also stylish; for men, loafers, Oxford derby shoes are both classy and stylish.
Makeup Tips to Beat Summer!
As the summer progresses, the heat rises to unbearable proportions. All that sweating causes the makeup to melt off your face. It's not just you; Everyone faces the same issue; With a few tips, you can fight it. Starting with loose, comfortable, cotton clothes. They alone can make you comfortable for long periods of time.
Prime your face; Prime your eyes; Makeup is not an issue as long as your base is perfect. Avoid wearing foundation on a daily basis and try spot concealing dark circles and such. Instead of powdering your face try blotting your sweat off. If you have to go all out, try layering your products. And finally, invest in a good setting spray! Let your makeup beat the summer blues.