Expert Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Skin Issues in Summer

As temperatures rise in the summer, skin issues like heat rash, itching, and infections become more common. Dermatologist Khurram Mushir, speaking on ARY News’ program “Abiyaar Sawira,” shared valuable advice on how to protect your skin from these summer-related problems. Here are his expert tips:

Hydration Is Key

Dr. Mushir emphasizes the importance of staying hydrated to avoid skin diseases in the summer. Drinking plenty of water is crucial. Since not everyone has access to mineral water, he suggests boiling tap water at home, cooling it down, and then adding a pinch of alum before drinking the surface water. This simple step can help ensure that you are consuming clean water, which is essential for maintaining healthy skin.

The Benefits of Sattu

Sattu, a traditional drink made from roasted gram flour, is highly recommended by Dr. Mushir. It is known for its cooling properties and ability to prevent dehydration. Sattu can also help treat acne, scabies, and fungal infections due to its high fiber content. Additionally, it is rich in gram and grain products, making it not only tasty but also effective in aiding weight loss and improving overall health.

Dr. Mushir advises against adding sugar to sattu. Instead, he recommends using jaggery, which enhances the drink’s nutritional value and boosts the body’s immunity. Sattu is particularly beneficial for women as it can help with bone-related issues such as osteoporosis and arthritis. It is also good for children, as it can support healthy teeth development.

Rose Water for Skin Care

To protect your skin during the summer, Dr. Mushir suggests keeping a spray bottle of rose water handy. Spraying rose water on your face throughout the day can help keep your skin cool and refreshed. Additionally, men should wear a cap when going outside, and women should cover their faces with a dupatta to protect against the harsh sun.

The Magic of Raw Lassi

Dr. Mushir recommends incorporating raw lassi into your daily routine. To make it, mix a liter of water with two spoons of curd, one spoon of milk, a pinch of salt, and a bit of jaggery. This refreshing drink helps keep the body cool and hydrated.

DIY Sunscreen Recipe

For an effective homemade sunscreen, Dr. Mushir shares a simple recipe: take the top layer of milk and mix in a bit of saffron, lemon juice, glycerine, and turmeric. Add some sugar to this mixture and let it sit overnight. In the morning, wash your face and then apply this paste from your face to your neck. Leave it on for five minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water. This natural sunscreen can be used by both men and women.

Month-Long Sunscreen Solution

Dr. Mushir also provides a recipe for a month-long sunscreen spray. Boil one liter of water, then add 20 ml of jasmine (chambeli) oil and 20 ml of glycerine. Grind a handful of mint leaves and add them along with two to three large cardamoms. Mix all these ingredients well and store them in a large bottle. Spray this mixture on your face throughout the day for excellent sun protection.

Additional Tips

  • Stay in the Shade: Whenever possible, stay in the shade to avoid direct sunlight, which can damage the skin and lead to heat-related issues.
  • Wear Loose Clothing: Opt for loose, breathable clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton to allow your skin to breathe and stay cool.
  • Use Natural Remedies: Incorporate natural remedies like aloe vera gel to soothe irritated skin and provide relief from heat rashes.
  • Maintain Hygiene: Keep your skin clean and dry to prevent fungal infections and other skin issues that thrive in hot and humid conditions.

By following these expert tips from Dr. Khurram Mushir, you can enjoy the summer while keeping your skin healthy and protected from the harsh effects of the heat.