Summers are particularly harsh on the skin and your skin needs to be treated properly to survive the scorching heat of Indian summer. Here is our list of essential summer skincare products and a few of our recommendations to help you sail through the scathing summers blissfully:
If you ask me for one skincare product to never skip in your skincare ritual, I will say it’s the cleanser. Cleansers form the bedrock of your skincare routine as cleansers prepare skin for further regimen. The extra sweat and sebum clogging your skin pores in the summer make it all the more necessary to cleanse your skin religiously. When I say cleansing, don’t mistake it for merely washing your face. It doesn’t matter how many times you wash your face but how effectively you clean your face when you do, so selecting a cleanser is a major task to curate your ideal skincare kit for summer.
Depending upon your skin type, choose a gentle or mild cleanser for normal skin and an aggressive cleanser for oily skin. While cleansing, remember to include your hand and neck as well.
This was an easy selection for me as I had the option of Skinora’s Hydrating foaming cleanser. True to its name, the cleanser provides 2 in 1 action. Unlike the cleansers that suck the life out of your skin, making them dry and dehydrated, this skincare product is formulated with beetroot extracts and the goodness of aloe vera. Beetroot extracts lock in the moisture while the cleanser penetrates and uproots the dirt, grime, and impurities seated deeply in the pores of your skin. Aloe Vera, touted to be the nest of skin-cooling and skin-nourishing properties, promotes healthy cell growth for beautiful, gleaming skin.
Don’t be mistaken that moisturizing is for winter, it is equally, if not more, important in the summer. Avoiding moisturizers can lead to dry skin in summer. This will send your skin into compensatory mode and produce excessive sebum resulting in a ton lot of other skin problems such as acne and blackheads.
Mind that moisturizer is a daily essential and should be applied regardless of whether you are stepping out or not. Air conditioning at home withdraws moisture from the air to produce cooling that in turn
leaves your skin dehydrated. Regularly moisturizing will prevent dehydration and secretion of extra oil and give you healthy and radiant skin.
I have this year-long favorite for moisturization needs, it is Casmara’s antioxidant-balancing moisturizing cream. Do not think of this as your same old greasy moisturizer, the soft and lightweight formula of this superior skincare product sits on your face without notice. It has goji berry extracts that supply antioxidants to your skin, helping to combat the first signs of skin aging. Additionally, it has avocado oil for intensive and long-lasting moisturization.
You have no idea how much damage a single UV ray can do to your skin for a second of sun exposure. Sunscreen is a ‘knight in shining armor’ for your skin in the summer. I advise women and skin-conscious people to incorporate sunscreen in their skincare rituals as early as they can. Wearing sunscreen not only protects you from immediate skin hazards such as skin tanning and sunburn but also prevents long-term effects such as skin aging and even cancer.
When choosing sunscreen, you should look out for an SPF value of 30 or greater. SPF or Sun Protection Factor is the measure of the UVB light that a particular sunscreen can filter out. Sunscreen comes in two formulations; the first one is a mineral-based formula, and the other is chemical-based. Mineral-based sunscreens form a protective layer around your skin and reflect the UV rays while chemical ones get absorbed into your skin and convert the harmful UV radiation into heat.
My pick for your summer best friend is Skinora’s Nano Hyaluronic Acid & Chamomile Sunscreen. The sunscreen is a broad-spectrum barrier against the sun’s harmful UV rays. implying it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. In addition, it also shields you against free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules generated in the environment that attack the collagen bonds of your skin, making your skin blemished, wrinkly, and unflattering.
This summer skincare essential comes packed with the power of nano hyaluronic acid and chamomile. Nano hyaluronic acid hydrates your skin and has firming and wrinkle-filling action. Chamomile provides antioxidants that help in skin regeneration and slows down the skin-aging process.
Your skin needs hydration as much as you do in summer and what better way to do it than using a hydrating mask?
Our skin loses its natural moisture balance as a result of a lot of factors such as sudden weather changes, using moisture-stripping skincare products, and excessive heat in summer. Without adequate hydration, your skin starts to look rough, dull, and patchy. For maintaining the smooth and supple texture of your skin, it is important that you treat your skin with a boost of hydration at least once a week.
Your skin will thank you for treating it right with Casmara’s Oxygenating Hydrating Peel-off mask. Formulated with marine algae, diatomaceous earth, and mint, the peel-off mask has purifying action that helps in removing toxins and firming and toning the skin. The active ingredients present in the mask penetrate and target areas where other ingredients cannot reach, providing healthy, plump, and hydrated skin. The mask leaves you with an after-peel cooling effect, giving you a refreshed, rejuvenated feel.
Wrapping up my summer skincare essentials list, here are a few tips I would give that you should embrace as the cardinal rule for getting through summers without vandalizing your skin. Drink plenty of water, don’t go out in the sun a lot- when out, wear sunscreen, reapply sunscreen after a few hours of activity and be consistent with the skincare ritual you decide on.