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The heat, the sun, and the pollution take a huge toll on the skin during the summers. During summers, skin issues always seem only to intensify. Acne, breakouts, oily skin, sunburns, and rashes never leave one alone! The harsh UV rays from the sun can even cause wrinkles, premature aging, age spots, and sagging skin. Paying extra attention to your skin is extremely important in this season.  

Skincare guide to take care of your skin during the summer —

Make SPF your BFF
Regardless of the weather, sunscreen has to be the most crucial element of your skincare routine. The sun’s UV rays can be harsher during summer and unsuitable for your skin. Sunscreen is an absolute must, and you should carry it with you at all times so that you can reapply it as and when required. You should ensure that your sunscreen has SPF 30 and above and is broad-spectrum protection that provides you coverage from UVA and UVB rays. If you are out at the beach or swimming, remember to reapply your sunscreen after coming out of the water. Even if you are indoors, read the package of your sunscreen to reapply it within the recommended time frame. 

Use a lighter moisturizer
Your skin requirements change as the weather changes. In winters, you will need a heavier moisturizer to avoid dry skin. However, wearing a heavy moisturizer in the summers will make your skin extra oily and block your pores, causing more problems. Hence, for the summers, you need lightweight moisturizer. Instead of rich, creamy moisturizers, try water-based or gel-based moisturizers for the summers. Try to look for moisturizers with SPF for that extra protection!

Hydrate your skin
Hydration is a key component in achieving that glowing and shining skin. Hydrating your skin is an inside-out process. Ensure to drink enough water as dehydration can cause the skin to break out and look dry and lackluster. Drinking the required water can prevent acne and keep the skin hydrated. Eating fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumber, and citrus fruits can help cool your body from the inside.  Apart from water, using hydrating facial masks after a long day or facial mists during the day can refresh and hydrate your skin. 

Wash your face
Cleansing your face twice a day is essential for the summers as the oil and dust would have clogged your pores after a long day of work. Since breakouts and pimples are common in the hotter months, you should cleanse your face after coming home to remove your makeup and the toxins accumulated on your face. Washing your face in the morning is also essential to prep it for your skincare routine. If you are prone to acne, wash your face three to four times a day with just water to refresh your skin. 

Exfoliate twice a week
Exfoliation is essential to remove the dead skin cells from your face. If you don’t exfoliate your skin, it can end up looking dull. It can remove dull and dead skin cells and excess oils and impurities. Exfoliating can reduce blemishes and unclog your pores but remember not to scrub your skin. Keep in mind to exfoliate no more than once or twice a week. 

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