Bet you’re well aware of just how harsh the summer months can be on your facial skin, so you probably take every precaution to prevent permanent damage. But more often than not, it is the skin on the body that takes a serious beating thanks to a lack of regular TLC. This lays the perfect groundwork for common summer problems like ingrown hair, dull, dry and damaged skin. Annoying, isn’t it?

But the solution to this problem is a lot easier than you think. By simply making a few quick and simple tweaks to your everyday beauty routine, you can keep your skin looking healthy, plump and perfectly moisturised even during the scorching Indian summers. Scroll down to find out five tried-and-tested summer body care tips that every girl needs to know about ASAP…

 

01. Keep showers short

01. Keep showers short

Who does not love a hot water shower at the end of a long tiring day? But while hot water may be relaxing for your senses, it strips the skin of essential moisture, leaving it dry and irritated. The easiest solution to this problem is to use lukewarm water instead. But since all of us have days when a hot shower is just what is needed, ensure that you keep it quick and short.

 

02. Exfoliate regularly

02. Exfoliate regularly

Exposure to environmental aggressors, increased sweating, and oil production coupled with improper shaving techniques can all end up clogging your pores, leading to the appearance of ingrown hair. Apart from using a clean, sharp blade and a moisturising shaving cream while shaving, it is also important to exfoliate your legs at least once or twice a week. This helps in getting rid of dead skin cells, unclogs pores and prevents ingrown hair.

 

03. Moisturise twice a day

03. Moisturise twice a day

A lot of people make the mistake of completely skipping body lotions during summer as they tend to feel sticky. But harsh summer heat, dust and pollution can dry your skin out, which is why it is essential to use a body lotion even during summer. Instead of using your thick and creamy winter moisturiser, switch to something more lightweight and non-oily like the Dove Cooling Gel Crème. The fast-absorbing gel formula sinks right into your skin and doesn’t leave it feeling sticky. Paraben-free and packed with NutriDuo moisturising complex, it keeps the skin moisturised for 48 hours, and leaves the skin hydrated and bouncy.

 

04. Wear breathable fabrics

04. Wear breathable fabrics

Wearing tight clothes made from synthetic materials can give rise to skin problems like rashes and chafing as it increases friction and does not allow your skin to breathe. Switch to wearing loose, cotton clothes as far as possible, especially during the day, as it keeps your body cool and prevents rashes.

 

05. Maintain personal hygiene

05. Maintain personal hygiene

Apart from following all the tips mentioned above, maintaining personal hygiene is equally important. Changing out of sweaty clothes as soon as possible, keeping your body clean and applying an antiperspirant and/or deodorant are some really simple yet effective ways to maintain hygiene and keep your skin soft and problem-free all through the summer months.