Expert speak: 6 home remedies to tackle skin problems this summer

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Listen up, working mums! Our dermatological expert, Dr Chiranjiv Chabra, shares 6 super-easy home remedies to tackle skin problems during summers.

Summer is almost here, but for some of us the season has already begun with long evening walks near the lake or splashes in the swimming pool. But with these luxurious summer rituals, come the unpleasant and irritating skin problems.

These could get especially unmanageable if you are a working mum trying to balance your personal and professional life. Amidst the struggle, taking care of skin becomes an additional task.

We spoke to Dr Chiranjiv Chabra, dermatologist and cosmetologist, Delhi, about the most common skin problems working mums face during summers and ways to tackle them at home.

4 common summer skin problems for working mums

As a result of the stress induced by trying to balance work-life, your skin may suffer from visible problems. Dr Chiranjiv Chabra, lists some of the common ones:

  • Tanning: It is one of the commonly faced issues among working women and is caused by improper or lack of application of sun block or sunscreen.
  • Sun burn or Heat Rash: It is a common problem for women whose jobs require them to be on the field or are exposed to sun for a longer and regular period of time.
  • Prickly heat: It occurs due to exposure to sun along with sweating.
  • Fungal infection: It is caused in the regions that are often covered, such as joints. It occurs due to the fungus that grows because of factors such as excessive sweat, lack or absence of hygiene and wet area.

Dealing with summer skin problems

In a bid to keep these skin issues at bay, it is essential to choose products that suit your skin and take into consideration its type (oily, dry or combination). "Additionally, while it is important to maintain a daily skin care routine, it is also essential to change the routine in accordance with the season. The skin routine followed during the winter season should be different from that followed during the summers," says Dr Chabra.

He lists the following ways in which you can deal with summer skin problems:

  • Take a bath regularly and twice (if necessary) during summers in order to keep the body cool and clean. Meanwhile, in case of fungal infection, it is advisable to apply powder to region in order to keep the area dry.
  • It is important to cleanse the skin at least three to four times in a day.
  • Application of sun block is the thumb rule during this season. In fact, it is advisable to apply sun block after every two hours.
  • While washing the face regularly can take away essential oils and water from the face, it advisable to keep wet wipes in order to clean the face regularly.
  • Additionally, one can also keep aloe vera in the refrigerator and apply it after coming from outside. This while gives a cooling effect to the skin, also helps is nurturing it.

Home remedies for summer skin problems

It is safe to say that even the worse kind of skin condition caused due to the onset of summer can be cured. Thankfully, you can do it at the comfort of your own home. Dr Chabra suggests 6 home remedies that will protect your skin from damage during the summers:

  • Take a few drops of lemon juice and apply it all over your face and neck and to other exposed areas for 15 minutes each night. Lemon juice contains citric acid which has skin lightening properties. The vitamin C in lemon juice is also effective and useful for the skin.
  • Use a face scrub at least once a week to exfoliate dead skin cells that form the upper layer of the skin. The upper layer is also the most tanned. Once a week, also scrub your entire body with a body scrub with a soft loofah. But don’t be too harsh as this may leave rashes or irritated skin.
  • Use potatoes, tomatoes and cucumbers alternatively each night and rub them over your skin. They will help reduce the tanning effect and have an overall positive effect on the skin.
  • Papaya pulp is also considered as a useful de-tanning agent. It softens and soothes the skin. You can use papaya pulp to massage your face for a few minutes to get clearer and brighter skin.
  • Apply packs such as cucumber, neem and aloe vera to rejuvenate the skin.
  • Application of curd is also beneficial for dry skin. You can apply it on your face for 15 minutes and wash it with cold water.

Special advice for working mothers 

It is very essential to follow a skin care routine that includes cleansing, toning and moisturising. "Such a routine should be followed without fail. Additionally, during summers, it becomes a mandate to apply sun block with effective SPF after cleaning the skin," says Dr Chabra.

He adds that besides applying of products that contain vitamin C, it is also recommendable that women should take multi-vitamin supplements (that are a rich source of anti-oxidants) to keep their skin bright, light and fresh. Another most important thing you must do is to keep yourself hydrated. Drink as much water as you can and if possible, add coconut water in your daily routine.

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Deepshikha Punj

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