The scorching summer heat is anything but gentle on your skin. The harsh rays of the sun rob your skin’s radiance and make it look dull and oily. The hot and humid climate can cause your skin’s pores to expand, allowing dirt, oil, and other impurities to clog them and cause nasty blackheads and pimples.

But fret not; this can be easily avoided by adopting a few skincare habits that will make your skin look healthy and bright throughout the summer season. Scroll down to see what these habits are and how your skin will benefit from them.

 

Wear less makeup

Wear less makeup

There are plenty of hacks and tips on the internet that will tell you how to prevent a makeup meltdown during summer by adding additional steps to your makeup routine. But the truth is that applying less makeup to the face allows it to breathe. So this summer, swap your heavy-duty foundations for lightweight formulas that will give you just enough coverage without looking cakey or clogging the pores.

BB picks: Lakmé 9 to 5 Complexion Care CC Cream SPF 30 PA++

 

Apply sunscreen every day

Apply sunscreen every day

No matter what the season, applying sunscreen every day is not optional. And reapplying it every 2-3 hours is equally important, especially during summer when the rays of the sun are harsher. Make sure you go beyond your face while applying sunscreen and cover areas like your neck, ears, hands and feet too. Pick a sunscreen that has an SPF value of 30 or higher, is broad-spectrum and lightweight.

BB picks: Pond’s Sun Protect Non-Oily Sunscreen SPF 30

 

Exfoliate frequently

Exfoliate frequently

If you exfoliate your skin once a week, increase it to twice a week during summer to get rid of dead skin cells, trapped dirt and oil. However, do not exfoliate more than twice a week as over-exfoliating can cause skin irritation. Use a gentle formula that contains microbeads and does not cause small tears on the surface of your skin.

BB picks: Dermalogica Mini Daily Microfoliant

 

Keep shower time short

Keep shower time short

We sweat a lot more in summer, and taking a shower more than once a day seems unavoidable. However, taking frequent showers with hot water can be harsh on your skin. This can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage. We recommend sticking to cold or lukewarm water showers and sticking to a duration of 4 minutes or less.

 

Stay hydrated

Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated is vital during summer. Drinking enough water will flush toxins out of your body and make your skin healthy and glowing. You can add some slices of lemon, mint leaves and other refreshing ingredients to your water and sip on it to stay hydrated.