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How to care for your skin in the hot summer days

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Our face represents us to the world. That is why its skin requires daily care, especially in the summer. Here are the main problems to tackle during the hot summer days in order to keep your skin healthy and beautiful.
The hot humid summer aid is ideal for breeding all kinds of germs and bacteria. Because of the high content of dust particles in the air, skin quickly gets polluted. The first means of protection for your facial skin is the daily (morning and evening) cleaning procedure with cleansing lotion or tonic. To improve the microcirculation and skin tone, regularly rub the skin of your face and neck with a cube of cosmetic ice made of herbal solutions. For deeper cleansing use scrub masks or other products with scrubbing effect. Once per week is sufficient.
Do not be too hasty to wash with cold water. The sun-baked sweaty face should first be treated with cream, vegetable oil or herbal solution. Alter washing gels and foams with solutions of chamomile or linden blossoms. After spending prolonged periods of time outdoors, it is advisable to cover the face with a handkerchief or tissue dipped in herbal solution (chamomile, linden blossom, rose or peppermint). You can also take advantage of seasonal riches and rub the skin with the juice of fresh fruit and vegetables (cucumber, tomato, watermelon, grape, strawberry, blueberry, apricot, peach, etc.)
Hot weather poses a great threat to facial skin, especially dry skin. In the summer our body very quickly gets dehydrated and the skin is in constant need of active hydration. Do not look for rescue in contained spaces, for there lurks another source of danger – air conditioning. The streams of cold air dry the skin further, resulting in its dehydration, coarsening and losing its fresh and healthy appearance.
Experts insist, that in order to keep all systems in the body working properly, in the summer one should consume at least 2 liters of water.
For regular care for the skin of the face and neck you should use moisturizing lotions with a light and gentle consistency. The lotion should absorb well, not leaving an oily layer which would hinder the evaporation of moisture from the skin. Among its ingredients it should have vitamins C and E, ferments and anti-oxidants, protecting the skin from the effect of free radicals and ultraviolet rays.
We all suffer from different degrees of perspiration in the heat. Sweaty skin is best dried with a soft paper cloth or tissue, with dabbing, not rubbing motions. If perspiration is constant, again you can use an herbal solution to help with relief – brew 1 tablespoon of St. John’s wort in a cup of hot water.
Women with oily skin should use tonics and lotions containing alcohol (although alcohol content should not exceed 30%) and should also give up face powder.
In many cases, the skin perspires more profusely due to too much makeup or a poor selection of day cream. Remember that the oily nourishing creams we use in the fall and winter are not efficient in spring and summer. For skin maintenance use light, quickly absorbed lotions.
Sun rays impact
Many women anxiously await summer with the sole purpose of changing the artificial tan of tanning beds with a natural sun tan. In order to attain beautiful bronze-colored skin, they are willing to spend days under the scorching rays of the sun, neglecting warnings about the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. It is scientifically proven that prolonged exposure to the sun provokes the photo-aging process and facilitates the development of cancerous formations.
In order to protect yourself, you should take some precautions before sunbathing. Firstly, sunbathe laying on the side, often alternating between sides. You should also make an effort to protect your forehead and nose – the areas most prone to burning.
Before exposure to the sun, you should not wash your face with soap. This depletes the skin of its protective layer, which makes it more resistant to burns.
On the other hand, do not abuse sunscreen products. Under the influence of the sun, the facial skin with a thick layer of sunscreen can become irritated and inflamed. Wash sunscreen cosmetics after sun bathing and treat face with lotion or tonic.
Do not forget sunglasses. Ultraviolet rays have an extremely negative effect on vision and can even trigger many ophthalmological diseases. Take special care for the delicate skin around the eyes, treating it with a cotton ball dipped in a light emulsion or cream.

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