The summer can be a very difficult time for women of color – everything from the sun’s heat and the air’s humidity can have negative effects on your skin, hair and body.
Maintaining your summer glow is all about being happy and healthy in extremely hot weather, where your hair, skin, body and even attitude can be effected. During the summer months, we tend to treat ourselves to the best food when on vacation, change our hair frequently and constantly in new environments. The downside to all of this is that sometimes we can slack off on our usual wellness and beauty routines.
Here are five things you can do to continue to glow throughout the summertime:
Stay hydrated. The last thing you want is to be working yourself in the heat, and become dehydrated. Some symptoms of dehydration include fatigue, dark urine, and extreme thirst amongst others. Dehydration in the summer for busy, working women is a dangerous thing. Always be sure to keep a bottle of water with you at all times – at work, family functions or just in traffic – you never know when the heat is going to get the best of you.
Practice a skin care routine. Don’t let the summer fun make you fall off of your beauty regimens. Get even more serious about cleaning off makeup thoroughly and moisturizing your skin. Wash your face multiple times per day and continue to use moisturizers, which can definitely replace your lotion. Also, acne treatments such as Proactiv can still be used if you have no blemishes at the moment. There are plenty of other products that are meant for just maintaining healthy skin.
Carry snacks. Keeping snacks on you is key to keeping your energy levels up throughout the day. In addition to staying hydrated, it’s equally important to keep snack such as fiber or granola bars, which have healthy carbs in it for energy. There’s no way you can maintain your glow throughout the summer if your energy is low.
Wear protective styles. The summer heat is also a bad time for your hair, the humidity can be detrimental for a nice style. Use these months to waah, cut and deep condition your hair for your protective styles. Make sure you hair isn’t being heat damaged from the sun or your flat iron, and be sure to keep it moisturized daily for ideal results. Healthy hair is a large part of your overall wellness, since unhealthy habits can be reflected in your hair.
Use sunscreen. Think sunscreen isn’t for Black people? Guess again. It doesn’t matter what shade of brown you are, you can benefit from using sun block to protect you from beaming sun rays when the weather is extremely hot,. Your melanin will protect you, but you also have to protect it. With BB creams with sun block inside, there’s no reason that it can’t be a part of your daily routine.
How do you plan to maintain your summer glow this year?