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21 Summer Skin Care Tips

Summer and bathing suits go hand in hand and people rush to the nearest beach or swimming pool for a quick dip or to get that perfect tan. However, overexposure to direct sunlight can have dangerous and even permanent effects. So before you take the plunge, keep in mind that immortal refrain: "everybody's free to wear sunscreen"!
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 as this will offer ample protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
People who have light skin that freckles or burns easily are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer and related skin problems. If you have this skin type, use Sunscreens that have a higher SPF.
Wear long sleeved shirts to protect your arms from unwanted tanning and avoid going outdoors during 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. as this is when the suns rays will cause the most damage. If you tan easily, use sun protective clothing or opt for darker shades of bleached cotton clothes and tight weaves for similar results.
When sunbathing, make sure that you use a protective suntan lotion. If you have a family history of sun poison make sure that you refrain from suntanning.
Some of the common sun poisoning symptoms include a burning sensation, a red itchy blister-like rash as well as swelling or peeling of the skin. If these symptoms are followed by nausea or fever it is considered to be a serious case of sun poisoning and medical treatment may be necessary.
If you have a mild to moderate sunburn, treat it immediately to reduce healing time. Mix half a teaspoon each of raw milk, honey, tea, carrot juice and cucumber juice and apply it to the skin burns to reduce the pain and inflammation.
Do not use a body or facial scrub on sunburned or raw skin as this can irritate and damage your skin.
Exposure to sunlight can cause or aggravate dark circles around the eyes so make sure that you buy protective eyewear that is large enough to cover this area.
Soak two cotton pads in a mixture of cold cucumber juice and rose water and apply them to your eyes for about 15 minutes everyday. This will keep the skin under your eyes tight and wrinkle-free.
Use a lip balm that has an SPF of 15 or higher to protect your lips. The skin on your lips is very delicate and can blacken with exposure to sunlight.
Another common skin problem associated with summer is swimmer’s itch which is caused by exposure to high levels of chlorine in the pool. After your swim, have a long shower and use a loofah to completely get rid of the salts on your skin.
If you swim regularly, use a broad spectrum antimicrobial cream to protect your skin from pool-related bacterial infections.
If you suffer from prickly heat or a dry skin rash, apply a paste made by mixing cumin seed powder and sandalwood powder along with an infusion of coriander seeds and a few drops of Neem oil. You can also refrigerate it for about 20 minutes for a soothing effect.
Add 2 or 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a tub of warm water and soak your feet in it for about 10 minutes. Exfoliate your skin lightly with a scrubber and then soak it once more. This will help to prevent fungal infections and will keep your feet soft and odor-free.
Follow a regular skin care schedule and make sure that you use products that are meant specifically for your skin type.
If you have oily skin you can make your own natural face wash by combining equal parts of lemon, orange and cucumber juice. This juice will also help to control excess sebum production.
If you have dry skin you can mix a few spoons of fresh coconut milk and a drop of flaxseed oil and use this as a natural moisturizer.
If you have sensitive skin, you can make your own nourishing cleanser by adding a spoon of honey to a few spoons of tomato juice. Massage your face with this mixture to clean your skin and keep it moisturized.
Make sure that you drink plenty of water and fruit juices to prevent dehydration. Eat plenty of salads that contain fibrous fruits and vegetables like cucumber, carrot, tomato, lettuce, grape, pear and watermelon. These fruits will help to keep your body and skin nourished and moisturized.
Add a little extra fresh ginger, cilantro and mint to your daily meals to help stabilize your body temperature.
Fruits like Açaí, Blueberry, Cranberry, Grape, Mango, Noni, Pomegranate, Seabuckthorn and Wolfberry are called Superfruits due to their high antioxidant properties. Include these fruits in your daily diet to combat sun damage and keep your skin glowing.
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