Summertime and the living is hot! But can your skin take the heat?

The sun has definitely not come to play! It is the hottest season in Kenya with the most sunshine hours recorded throughout the year. The days and evenings are crazy hot, leaving  skin entirely exposed to the heat.

You probably may have noticed your skin getting drier faster than before or even developing heatrash or sunburns. Therefore, it’s necessary to take precaution this hot season and take extra care of your skin. Preventing the skin from sun damage can be inexpensive, considering the wide range of natural solutions out here to help beat this heat.

How to protect your skin from the hot weather with organic/natural solutions

Sunscreen is a must-have as a way of protecting and moisturizing the skin from the heat and preventing sun damage from ultraviolet rays. In as far as sun-damage organic solutions go, Aloe Vera, the ‘miracle healing’ herb is the natural remedy to use. The aloe gel which is found after you cut the plant contains 96% of water so, it nourishes skin without making it greasy and provides skin with a cooling and soothing effect. It’s rich in several vitamins such as Vitamin C, E and beta carotene which contain nourishing and anti-ageing properties. Aloe Vera or aloe-vera based products are known to affect the skin on an epithelial level, thus, it is recommended by dermatologists to use by applying directly on the skin.

Hydrate. Taking lots of water (the recommended 8 glasses) also keeps your skin hydrated and cool in this heat. Other organic drinks are recommended too such as the aloe vera juice. It has 18/20 amino acids contained by the body and has a complex carbohydrate called acemannan that improves or cures the digestive system by aiding nutrients reach the body cells, nourish the cells, and relieve them of toxins.

Accessorize. A parasol or an umbrella, a hat or sunglasses are among the accessories you can use as solutions to the unbearable heat on those sunny days you have to be outdoors for long periods. They come in various sizes, shapes and colours to suit your diverse style and occasion, hence no reason not to own at least one.

Adopt convenient habits. To prevent moisture loss from the skin use lotions regularly during the day. When you wash your hands, refresh yourself with wet wipes/sanitizers and especially after drying your body from taking a hot shower/wash. Lotions including sunscreens, creams and (lip) balms ensure sufficient moisture is locked in your skin by closing up the skin pores. Carry small lotions and use them intently- when you start the day, during the day and before going to bed.

Also, always keep your water bottle close and make a habit of refilling it throughout the day.

By Nairsiae Masikonte

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