Summer look – expectations: Flawless complexion, flushed cheeks and a warm sun-kissed glow with sunlight streaming through perfectly wavy hair.
Summer look – reality: Oily skin gets oilier, dry skin gets drier, constant breakouts, discoloration and dullness with sweat dripping down greasy hair.
As fun as summers are, the high humidity and harsh sun rays can really damage our skin, causing it to look dull and age faster than ice cream melting on an April afternoon. Fortunately, there’s things we can do to protect and care for our skin in the summer months. A proper skincare routine and the right nutrition can do wonders for your skin. In this blog, Dr. Sravya, talks specifically about what to incorporate in your diet to get great skin.
Eat Your Way To Great Skin
The solutions to summer skin woes, come with the season itself, in the form of summer fruits. Here’s a list of the yummy, nutritionally-rich summer fruits:
Don’t Shy Away From Skin Supplements
Though applying sunscreen and eating right can definitely help your body and skin, it may not always be enough. That’s where medicated supplements and multivitamins come in handy. Whether it’s electrolytes to regulate the flow of nutrients or Vitamin C to improve skin elasticity, supplements are a convenient way to pack in the right dose of vitamins and antioxidants. Of course, they have to be prescribed by a professional and taken in the recommended dosage.
Some of the common supplements for healthy skin are:
- Zinc: A component of collagen and is essential for tissue healing and repair.
- Vitamin E: Reduces the risk of skin cancers.
- Omega 3s: Highly moisturising, anti-inflammatory and act as a buffer from the harmful rays of the sun.
- Glutathione supplements: Anti-melanogenic – helps treat pigmentation, lighten the skin and reduce signs of ageing.
As scary as summer skin damage sounds, the sun should not be feared or avoided. In fact, sunlight helps our body produce more serotonin – the “happy’ hormone. It also enables natural immunity and promotes skin healing. We just have to make sure we balance our time in the sun with the right nutrition and a good skin care regimen.