The best part about the spring/summer season has to be the fashion. You can finally bring your shorts, cutesy dresses and bikinis out of your closet without worrying about cold winds. Whether you’ve got a vacation planned for the season or not, it helps to have your body prepped to look its best in case a surprise getaway comes around. We chatted with celebrity dermatologist Dr Jaishree Sharad for your to-do list for the perfect summer body.
Waxing can lead to ingrown hair and boils. I suggest going in for laser hair removal as a permanent solution to body hair. There are lot of good options these days like the Soprano Ice laser which is painless, won’t give you boils and works for fine hair. You can also try microdermabrasion [at a dermat] for an even skin tone on your back or other areas you’d like. If you have acne spots or other scars on any areas, you can do a mild peel to get rid of them.
We also do radio frequency skin tightening for love handles or thighs and arms so your body looks a bit more toned. Coffee scrubs are amazing as they contain antioxidants. Ileana D’Cruz swears by them. Take coffee seeds and make a powder out of them. She mixes the coarser bits that can’t be used as coffee with honey and applies it everywhere she has cellulite. You can even use your basic coffee powder with honey or brown sugar. When it comes to toning oils, the idea is to massage in such a way that your lymphatics are properly drained so skin is firmed. There are a lot of therapists who do it for you, but you can learn the technique yourself too.
Start your day right
Bacne is the most common skin issue for summer. People also develop tiny heat boils because sweat glands get blocked. Ingrowth is very common on the legs, arms and even the butt. For all these issues, skincare is very important.
Use a good shower gel that is anti-bacterial. Then dry yourself completely. A lot of times people are in a hurry and don’t wipe themselves down entirely and wear their clothes. That dampness on the skin, especially in the body folds, accompanied by the sweat that collects over the day will harbour more fungi and bacteria leading to body odour and fungal infections. Dry yourself and use an anti-fungal powder in all sweat-prone areas before you put your clothes on. Make sure you take a shower before you sleep and follow the same routine of drying yourself.
Slather on the sunscreen
You must wear a sunscreen, even if you’re only stepping out of the house for five minutes. Daylight = sunscreen. Even a bare minimum of SPF 30 is enough. If you’re outdoors for more than two hours, you will need to reapply it because the sweat will wash the sunscreen away. However, if you’re wearing make-up that doesn’t permit you to top it up, ensure your foundation and concealer sticks come with SPF. Or you could also use a tinted sunscreen.
A lot of people are under the misconception that you don’t need to moisturise during the summer. However, your body is dehydrated in the summer, so don’t skip on the moisturiser. Use at least a lightweight one before you sleep. Also, carry a thermal water mist with you wherever your travel, it won’t let sweat accumulate on your face. Usually the water from sweat evaporates but the salt stays on your skin, which can clog your pores. Spray this mist on your face and wipe down the salt with a tissue.
Hydration is very important. Whatever is your body weight, multiply it by five and then divide that by 100, that’s how many litres of water your body will require at the minimum in the day. Tea, coffee, aerated drinks and alcohol will dehydrate your body, so swap them with lime water, green tea, coconut water and fresh fruit juices.
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