Summer sun can cause dry hair, breakage, split ends and scalp irritation
Sun damage can result in dry skin, rosacea, sunburns and skin cancer
Simple home remedies and diet can give you healthy hair and skin
Harsh summer heat not only saps your body of its energy, but it also takes its toll on your skin and hair. Severe summer heat can cause healthy hair to become dry and brittle, discoloured and develop split ends. Likewise, while vitamin D is good for you in small doses, strong summer heat can cause sun burns, tanning and dry patches on your skin. It can also trigger rosacea, loss of collagen and in extreme cases, skin cancer. In addition, excessive sweating can culminate in rashes, infections and more, so it’s important that you know how to care for your skin and hair.
Apple cider vinegar is an excellent anti-fungal ingredient, making it an effective addition to your summer hair care routine.
This will help restore some of the moisture sapped by the sun, and also by frequent hair-washing.
Add foods to your diet that promote hair growth, moisturise the scalp and aid in repair like berries and spinach.
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Much like the sun, these hot tools damage your hair, and aggravate frizziness, hair fall and hair breakage.
To a puréed avocado, add a few drops of lemon juice, 2tbsp of honey and 3tbsp of olive oil. Apply this on to your hair and wash it off after 20 minutes to restore keratin bonds that are impacted by the sun.
Stock your fridge with ice packs, and ice your face or other body parts after long hours of sun exposure to soothe sunburns and minor irritations.
Loose clothing in light fabrics allow you to stay sweat-free. Wear long sleeved clothes when you go out and carry an umbrella with you to limit your skin’s exposure to the sun.
Try an all-natural, DIY mask made of chickpea flour (besan), yogurt, honey and a pinch of turmeric to moisturise, lower inflammation and get anti-bacterial and anti-fungal benefits.
Choose a high SPF sunscreen that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays.
Drink plenty of water and have fruits such as watermelon and cantaloupe to keep your skin hydrated. Here’s one of the best glowing skin secrets: eat healthy fats such as olive oil and avocados to keep your skin supple.
While these tips will go a long way in helping you maintain healthy hair and skin, if you have a problem that persists, contact a specialist.