Looking after our skin and hair during summer
During summer, our hair and skin is exposed to many external aggressions: such as sunlight and salt water. They have a harmful effect that we must put right when we get back to our day-to-day lives. That’s why we need to look after our bodies at this time of year.
Listen to your skin
The sun enriches our bodies with a variety of vitamins, but can also have a harmful effect on our skin and hair. It has two main effects on our skin: it increases pigmentation and makes skin thicker. Pigmentation is the result of the damage caused to skin. Thicker skin has undesirable effects: it can block pores, stopping grease from leaving the skin, which can sometimes cause acne outbreaks or the appearance of certain folliculitis. The skin’s water density also reduces. Dehydration and skin thickness improve after summer, but applying specific moisturisers or treating thick skin can accelerate skin correction.
You need to take extra care of your skin after spending a day in the sun on the beach or in the mountains. This helps it hydrate, refresh and regenerate. Our skin gives us clues that can help us understand that we need to take immediate action, which include the appearance of cracks and blemishes. These visible effects are not only unsightly, they also show that the skin needs some extra TLC to prevent possible skin diseases. Start by showering with cold or warm water. Then, apply a refreshing layer of moisturising cream, or if you feel that your skin is dry or taut, apply body oil to damp skin.
In any case, your diet also plays an important role in keeping your skin healthy. Following a balanced diet can reduce symptoms when you are not feeling your best. Water keeps you hydrated and helps your body eliminate toxins through your skin. Drinking is a good way of hydrating the body as a whole, but to ensure that your skin is completely hydrated, you should use a hydrating cream.
There are certain nutrients, such as proteins, mineral salts (zinc, manganese and magnesium) and vitamins (especially A, B and C) that are an essential part of our diet to ensure that skin is healthy and beautiful. Carrots, orange juice, hazelnuts, almonds, watercress, milk, brown rice and chicken provide the necessary amount of nutrients. Therefore, including these ingredients as part of your diet in moderation will help restore sun-damaged skin.
The best natural remedy for reddened, taut or irritated skin is aloe vera, as it has been proven to revive dull skin, accelerate the reproduction of new cells, and remove dead ones. Furthermore, when used as a poultice, it alleviates and refreshes sunburnt skin and prevents further complications, relieving the burning sensation.
Our hair is affected by external aggressions during summer, such as the sun, salt water, chlorine from swimming pools and sand.
Salt water alters our hair’s static load and elastic properties, making it less manageable and more brittle and fragile. That’s why when you’ve been for a dip in the sea or the swimming pool, you should rinse your hair with cold water because chlorine and sand tend to dry it out. The sun’s ultraviolet rays seriously affect our hair’s elastic properties.
We shouldn’t forget that diet is an important factor for our hair’s wellbeing. Dry, brittle hair is usually due to a lack of proteins, folic acid, iron and vitamins B6, B12 and C. These nutrients help improve blood flow, which takes oxygen to the scalp. When it doesn’t reach the required levels, they promote red blood cell reduction, which can suffocate your scalp. Vitamin C also favours hair growth, which means that a low intake of this vitamin makes hair weak and brittle. This problem can be remedied by eating more spinach and lentils, adding them to salads, or eating them with fruit and meat.