Summer days certainly can be wonderful but your skin may not necessarily agree. It is during this season of hot breeze and high temperatures that one's skin faces the most trouble. Issues like coarseness, peeling and itchiness can affect almost every skin type. The one most affected however, has to be dry skin. Dry skin detests hot summer days. It is prone to getting dehydrated and coarse when it isn't cared for properly in hot climate. To adequately care for dry skin in summer, one needs the right beauty tips and home remedies to give it what it truly deserves.
Before you do what is right for dry skin, you need to know what is wrong so you can correct any mistakes that you might have been making in your skincare routine. Take a look at the common mistakes involving dry skin.
So you find your face flaky with white patches all over it, even when it isn't winter. Your first instinct should not be to aggressively scrub it away with a harsh exfoliator. Dry skin doesn't need to be treated any differently than any other skin type i.e. with a gentle hand.
A hot bath or shower can feel very comforting, especially in the cold months but doesn't bode well for dry skin right after. Not only can it strip the natural sebum than the skin produces, it can leave it feeling even drier than before.
In summer, being holed up in an air-conditioned room can feel like a dream but your skin may not feel the same way. When your surrounding is dry and lacks moisture, you skin doesn't get any either. Arid climates and dry air-conditioned rooms can leave dry skin feeling sapped. Ensure you have a humidifier on when possible to keep it comfortable and moisturised.
Just because your skin type is dry, doesn't mean you should slather on creams, lotions and balms that are rich and heavy. In fact, they can even do more harm than good if not used correctly as they can sometimes be made of molecules that are far too large to properly penetrate the skin.
When picking products, ensure you choose options that do not strip your natural oils. Harsh scrubs, gel formulas and foams tend to do so and may not be right for your skin type.
To pamper your dry skin at home and give it a boost of moisture with kitchen ingredients, follow these directions to make face packs at home.
Slice a papaya in half and then a quarter. Discard the strings and seeds, scrape the pulp from the skin and mash with a fork or in a blender to form a thick paste. To it, add 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of milk cream. Mix thoroughly and apply when fresh to the skin. Allow it to sit for an hour, then wash off with warm water.
Peel and de-seed half a cucumber. Then grate half of it into a thick paste. To it, mix 2-3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and then apply over the face. Let it sit for 1 and a half hour to soothe and calm dry skin.
Beat 1 egg yolk well until fluffy. Add to it 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Whisk and apply to the skin for 30 minutes, then wash off with warm water.
Mix 2 tablespoons of milk powder with 1 tablespoon honey and enough water to form a smooth liquid. Apply to the skin and let it sit for 1 hour. Wash off with cold water.
Scoop the pulp of half an avocado and mash it until the lumps are smoothed cleanly. Add to it 2 tablespoons of honey and combine until smooth. Apply to the face, let it sit for 1 hour and wash with warm water.