Summer is the time when it is fun to flaunt your skin. SAVITHA SURESH BABU gives you the secrets to having that perfect summer glowAn ice pack as soon as you step indoors can be effective Shaina Yogesh, Beautician Summer is back. Along with mangoes, ice creams and holidays, it is that time of the year when the skin begins to turn a darker shade by the day. And if you are out for long, hair turns dry and unmanageable too. But few simple precautions can make your skin look younger, hair healthier, and the goodies of the season can be even more fun. Avoid the sun as far as possible between ten in the morning and five in the evening, is dermatologist Ramesh Bhat's first advice. Perfect for those whose jobs allow it. But if you have to be out, sunscreens are a must. "If you are exposed to the sun for long, it is advisable to apply sun screen once in four hours", says Dr. Bhat. "Also, use an umbrella. It is the cheapest sunscreen available." Beautician Shaina Yogesh reiterates the importance of using sunscreen. "Apply liberally on face, hands and all other exposed skin," she says.
Reducing tanThere are ways to reduce that tan after you are back home too. An ice pack as soon as you step indoors can be effective. Fruit packs of tomato, banana, potato or carrot also help reduce the tan, adds Yogesh. If you are willing to take a little extra effort, a mixture of arrowroot powder and glycerine can yield results. The mixture to be applied at the end of a day's work should be left on the skin for twenty minutes, and washed away with warm water. There is a little warning for those of us who find routines difficult "These packs will work only if they are applied daily," according to Yogesh.In cases of severe exposure to sun and sunburns, cartico-steroid creams must be applied to prevent further damage, says Dr. Bhat. If the burns are severe, make sure you consult a dermatologist, he warns. Summer often means dry hair and dandruff. It need not be. Here, the basics are important. Keep your hair clean. "Wash your hair every alternate day, and apply oil at least once a week. Let the oil stay on the hair for at least three hours, before washing it off. Avoid changing shampoos frequently," advises Yogesh. But do not apply oil and step out of the house as it accumulates dirt. Hair must be absolutely dry when you step into the sun.
Hair careA few home remedies can help keep hair soft. A paste of methi seeds soaked in water for eight hours can be applied to the scalp before washing for that softness. A mixture of ground hibiscus leaves and water can also be applied after washing, says Yogesh. As you try the many tips and tricks, remember there is no substitute to eating right. "Eating lots of green leafy vegetables and citrus fruits, and drinking lots of water is a must to feel good in summer," says Dr. Bhat.