Take care of hair & skin in summer

People here love summer after a long spell of winter and rain. But as we bask in the sun we should remember that the heat takes a toll on our skin and hair.
Heat and humidity are part and parcel of Indian summers that really put a damper on our beauty routines. Beauty expert Shahnaz Husain tells you how to tackle the problems.
For most of the working women who have to be on their feet and still look great, simple measures and homemade remedies will ensure that you keep the rising temperature at bay. While most working women love having fun outside with friends, family and colleagues enjoying the gorgeous weather whenever they get the chance but neglect their beauty regime as looking perfect everyday seems more time consuming than they think.
Warm weather, sunshine and long days at open places particularly parties and weddings etc take a toll on your skin and hair during this season. With temperatures rising, it is essential that you avoid becoming an overheated, frizzy and sweaty mess.
Cleansing is of great importance for the working woman, who leaves home to get to work, battling through traffic and exposing herself to the grime and pollutants in the air. Cleansing the skin at night before bedtime is a must. This is for removing make-up, stale sweat and oil deposits, along with dirt and air pollutants.
A face wash containing ingredients like tulsi and neem will be ideal for summer. It will help to remove impurities, soothe and protect the skin from eruptions and rashes. After cleansing, tone the skin with chilled rose water or a rose-based skin tonic. It not only refreshes and cools the skin but closes the pores and helps to stimulate blood circulation to the skin surface and adds glow to your skin. A matte (non-shiny and oil-free) day cream or moisturiser is ideal if the weather is hot and humid. For dry skin, a moisture mist is an ideal choice. If your work entails travelling, apply sunscreen. For oily skin, oil-free sunscreens are available.
Use a facial scrub two or three times a week. A facial scrub helps to remove dead cells and provides deep cleansing of the skin. It brightens and refines the skin and also keeps the pores free of oil.
If your skin is dry, nourish it at night after cleansing. Apply a nourishing cream and massage it into the skin using circular strokes. The pressure should be more as you go upwards and slightly outwards. Wipe it off after 3 to 4 minutes of massage.
Twice a week use a face mask. Apply it on the face avoiding the lips and area around eyes. Wash it off when it is dry.
To refresh your make-up, you need to carry a few items in your handbag. During summer, fragrant wet tissues can be most refreshing. They are easily available. Use them to cleanse the skin and remove grease and sweat. A powder compact of pressed powder is also handy. It helps to get rid of that oily look in summer. First, wipe with the tissues and then dab powder. You also need a lipstick to touch-up after lunch. Apply powder on the lips and then apply lipstick. Remember to carry a small bottle of cologne or your favorite deodorant.
Hair attracts dirt and pollutants from the environment. The frequency of shampoo depends on the hair type and the weather. For normal to dry hair, shampoo and condition the hair twice a week. For oily hair, wash the hair three to four times a week.
Apply warm olive oil once a week. Avoid vigorous massage. Next morning, wash the hair with a mild herbal shampoo. Add the juice of one lemon to a mug of water and use it as a last rinse.
Use a scarf or a cap to cover the head while travelling to work. This helps to protect the hair from dust and sun-exposure.
Although long hair is in fashion, avoid keeping it loose while you are at work. This is more so in summer. Fussing with the hair is most distracting. Put it up in a roll or pin it up. It can also be tied back in a pony tail. Actually, pony tails are in fashion. You can have a high or low pony tail, tied back with ribbons. In fact, match the ribbon with the colour of your outfit. Or use a hair accessory. Many kinds of clips and other attractive hair accessories are available. But they should not be too decorative for work. You can even curl the ends of the hair with curlers and then tie them in a pony tail or pin them up with a clip.
Braids (plaits) may also look nice at work, although it may take time. Braids as work hairstyle can be done on long and medium length hair. Divide your hair into three parts and intertwine it like a rope. Towards the end of the braid, use elastic band or a ribbon to tie it up. Braids look neat on young working women.
As far as the new trends are concerned, the more natural look in hair is making its way in, with a look of ease. Keep the hair away from the face. If you have short hair, wear it softly and naturally layered. Even in hair colour, use subtle colours with natural highlights.

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