Dry skin in summer seems odd, isn’t it? But it happens! Dry skin has always been associated with the winter season, but it is not rare to notice dry skin in summer as well. Wonder why it happens? Thanks to dry weather dehydration. Both can take a toll on your skin health, making it dry and dull. What’s the solution? Well, certain homemade face moisturizers can make your skin soft and supple.
Ready to find out some best homemade face moisturizers recipes? Let’s go!
HealthShots got in touch with Dr Monica Kapoor, a celebrity cosmetologist and director at FLAWLESS Cosmetic clinics, to find out the best hydrating face moisturizers which can be made at home.
Before that, read why skin gets dry in summer:
Dr Kapoor said that summer heat can cause the skin to dehydrate from the inside, leading to dry skin on the face and body. Excessive heat and sun exposure without enough SPF protection can damage the skin barrier function, causing trans-epidermal water loss. This leads to dry skin during summer.
Here are other reasons for dry skin in summer:
* The skin also loses excessive water through sweat, eventually drying it out. It can further worsen if we don’t drink enough water.
* Being seated in air conditioned rooms can also prevent the skin from locking moisture, causing skin dryness.
* The skin can also feel very dry if you’re spending a lot of time in the swimming pool to beat the heat. Chlorinated water is known to steal the skin’s natural pH, leading to dryness.
* Clogged pores are another reason for dry skin. Clogged pores block sweat glands and cause dryness.
* Another reason for dry skin in summer is taking a hot shower. Hot shower in summer will lead to dehydration of the skin and lead dryness.
* Even though exfoliation is a good idea in summer to scrub away the dead and dry skin, if over-exfoliate the skin can trigger dryness. The exfoliated skin reacts to heat exposure during summer and causes dryness. Try to use homemade scrub only.
Here are 4 DIY face moisturizers to keep the skin hydrated:
1. Glycerine and rose water
Use glycerine and rose water to make a DIY moisturizer because on one hand glycerine can revitalize and hydrate your skin, while on other hand rose water will not only offer your skin extra hydration but will also provide you that glowing skin.
How to make it: To make this moisturizer, mix 100 ml of rose water with one teaspoon of pure glycerin. Use this lotion to moisturize the skin on the face and body.
2. Aloe vera gel
Aloe vera gel is a magic potion for your skin. It contains vitamin A, C, E, B12, and many skin benefiting minerals as well. In fact, amino acids present in aloe vera can help you moisturize your skin well and will make it more elastic.
How to make it: Apply aloe vera gel or juice on the skin and then wash off with plain water after 20 minutes. It will moisturize the skin, without making it oily.
Honey is a powerful natural humectant that helps to attract moisture to the skin. It also makes the skin soft and smooths rough areas. It suits all skin types.
How to make it: To make this moisturizer, dilute honey with water and apply it to the body. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash off with plain water. If you want, you can mix honey with orange juice and apply this mixture to the face, neck, and arms to make it soft and smooth. Then, wash off after 20 minutes.
4. Moisturizing scrub (olive oil and sugar)
Sugar acts as a great scrubbing agent that can help to exfoliate the dead skin cell from the outer layer of the skin, preventing it from dryness. When added with olive oil it can help you get an even tone and glowing skin.
How to make it: To make a moisturizing exfoliating scrub using a combination of olive oil and sugar, combine a half cup of sugar with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. You can also add an essential oil like lavender, which adds a natural fragrance and can promote relaxation. After that, gently rub the scrub into the skin, and then wash it off. Use a soothing moisturizer to lock in the benefits of freshly exfoliated skin.