Summers are here and as the temperatures soar, good skincare is essential. So follow these tips to get the best possible skin this summer and beat the heat!

1. Know your skin – If you don’t know it, you simply can’t work it! Analyze your skin type and shade, and use products accordingly. Don’t fall for claims made by sales assistants and advertisements, but instead, know your skin so you can make the more informed decisions.

2. Opt for fragrance free products – This is particularly important if you have sensitive skin or are prone to break-outs. Fragrances tend to contain substances that increase inflammation of the skin.

3. Give products time to work – Do not fall for gimmicks such as “better skin in 7 days”. Your skin renews itself every 28 days, and you need to give any product that time to truly see its effects.

4. Build a routine – Create a daily regime for yourself, and stick to it! Also, make sure not to sleep with makeup on, regardless of how late that night-out ended up being! Check out my videos here to get a better idea!

5. Use sunscreen – Forgetting sunscreen is the fastest way to ruin your skin, exposing your skin to harmful UV rays. Regardless of the season, applying sunscreen should always be a part of your daily routine. Invest in a good non-comedogenic water-based sunscreen and reapply it every 3 hours (My suggestion – Photostable / La shield sunscreen because they cover the entire spectrum of UVA and UVB rays, and do not oxidize in the sun)

6. Exfoliate regularly – As your skin continuously renews itself, dead cells accumulate at the surface, attracting bacteria and grime. Exfoliate your skin twice a week to get the glow your skin naturally has.

7. Change pillowcases often – How often have you religiously followed your skin-care routine and still woken up to find a fresh new pimple staring right back at you? Pillow covers harbour lots of dust and grime and should be changed every 3 days.

8. Drink plenty of water and green tea – Water helps flush out toxins from the body and green tea is a powerful anti oxidant. Having 6-8 glasses of water and 3-4 cups of green tea daily will keep your skin fresh and glowing.

9. Check your medicines – If you are on hormones or antibiotics, your skin may break-out more frequently. Make sure to consult your doctor and opt for a substitute medicine if possible.

10. Do not stress – We all know this, but this may be the most difficult tip of all, so we saved the toughest for last! Sleeping for 6-8 hours every night will help your skin breathe better in addition to relaxing your mind and body. Exercising regularly will also help to detoxify your body, resulting in more radiant skin.

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