– UV rays are the strongest between the peak hours i.e 10 AM to 4 AM, so avoid stepping out during this duration.
– Your clothing is very important. During summer wear lightweight fabrics, loose pants, full sleeves with dark colors to avoid a tan. Stick to colors that have a high Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF). Wondering how to identify the UPF? Usually, a lot of brands have UPF numbers on the label. So make sure that it is 30 and above.
– Sunscreen is a must. It is the best and easiest way to avoid a tan. Use sunscreen every day, especially 30 minutes before stepping out. If your outdoor activity is high, make sure you apply sunscreen every 2 hours. Sunscreens with broad-spectrum, UVA protection and SPF that is 15 or higher is ideal.
– Rejuvenate your skin with moisturizers and baby oils. These two are a must to avoid tanning in the summer. While baby oil helps with dead skin, moisturizing helps in the removal of tan.
– Some of the best home remedies for tan removal are – Turmeric powder, Curd, Lemon juice, and Sandalwood. Applying these on your skin is a great way to get rid of a summer tan. While turmeric powder could be mixed with curd and honey, a paste of sandalwood, coconut and almond oil could give you some amazing results.
– Hats and sunglasses are your go-to essentials to avoid tanning. Wide hats and sunglasses with 100% UV protection are the most recommendable.
From dehydration to healthy skin, water is the best tip, to begin with. Especially during the summer, liquid diets are the best. From coconut water to buttermilk and fruit juices to green tea, liquid intake is a must. Green tea keeps skin disorders away and even helps reduce belly fat.
Include a lot of green vegetables in your diet this summer. Stay away from fried foods and meat. Meat increases body temperature and may increase pimples. Have vegetables and fruits like lettuce and watermelon, which have high water quantity. Summer might be mango season, but mangoes increase heat in the body. So make sure you don’t overdose on them.
Always apply sunscreen, 30 minutes before stepping out. Don’t forget to use sunscreen that has SPF higher than 30.
Cleansing and moisturizing
Regularly cleanse the skin to keep acne away. Homemade remedies like yogurt and honey mix is a good idea. There are plenty of homemade masks like cucumber juice, milk and lime juice, etc that you can use every day during the summer, to keep skin healthy. Also, curd and basin mix helps in removing tan. Moisturizing and massaging your skin immediately after a shower keeps skin smooth during the summer.
Also, face steam is best for opening up pores, cleaning dirt and helps while removing blackheads as well. You could also get a cleanup done and make sure the skin stays clear.
Practicing yoga every morning, running or at least taking long walks gives you glowing skin and keeps you fresh. We tend to feel really drowsy during summer, to avoid that and for better blood circulation, physical activity is a must.
We have all heard never-ending theories and advice when it comes to cholesterol. Here is a simple guide to everything you need to know about cholesterol.
- It is a fatty acid-like substance present in your body cells.
- Plays a major role in cardiovascular diseases, heatstroke, blood pressure, and diabetes.
- Cholesterol is vital for 3 elements – Hormones, food digestion and Vitamin D in the body.
- Though the body makes enough Cholesterol, a lot of it additionally enters our body due to our diet.
- Lipo proteins are the carriers responsible for transporting Cholesterol through our body.
- There are essentially two types of lip proteins – Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and High-density lipoprotein (HDL).
Since the two make up your cholesterol count, here is what you must know about LDL and HDL.
- LDL is bad cholesterol and HDL is good cholesterol.
- While LDL is responsible for blocks in the arteries and heart strokes, HDL helps remove bad cholesterol from the arteries.
- Your LDL level should never be more than 190. A high LDL level makes you more prone to heart diseases.
- At the same time, your HDL level should always be high – it means a lesser risk of heart attacks and helps to carry LDL to the liver, where it’s broken down.
Now, let’s move on to healthy lifestyle changes you need to implement right away, to control cholesterol levels.
- Avoid food that is high in saturated fat i.e food from animals like mean, egg yolks, milk, butter, etc.
- Trans fat also should not be part of your diet, i.e. fried food items like chips, crackers, and even cookies,
- Your health will automatically improve with the intake of nuts, fish, fruits, oats, lentils, and vegetables. All these keep LDL levels low and helps in cardiovascular conditions.
- Exercising regularly is an indicator of better cholesterol levels and you also fight over-weight issues which usually cause lower HDL levels.
- You are likely to develop cholesterol if it runs in the family.
- Kidney and liver disease might also contribute to cholesterol levels.
- After the age of 20, Cholesterol levels automatically rise.
- Check your blood pressure regularly
Did you know? ‘Cholesterol-free’ labeled foods do not mean they have less of it or they have removed it, they are basically made up of plant-based food that contains no cholesterol at all.