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Who doesn’t look forward to summer? The chance to enjoy sunny days and warm nights, with the promise of

Piña Coladas by the pool for those of us with far-flung getaways planned - and plenty of fun to be had in the sun

for staycationers too.

But the summer sun can be unforgiving on our skin, exacerbating existing skin conditions like dryness, and

putting us at risk of premature ageing through sun damage.

How the sun affects your skin

The climb in temperature, coupled with humidity increases the activity of our sebaceous glands, making oily skin

oilier and dry skin dryer. The more intense heat during summer can also cause our pores to open up more,

making them prone to absorbing dirt, bacteria, and excess oil, which can in turn lead to acne, pimples, and

blemishes.

With each passing season it can be tempting to overhaul your skincare routine, and with the choice available

when it comes to beauty and skincare it can be difficult knowing where to start! But don’t worry, our summer

beauty guide has you covered - follow our top tips to keep your skin happy and healthy throughout the sunny

season, and you won’t have to miss out on everything that summer has to offer.

• HYDRATE

During the summer our body loses more water than usual so it’s essential to stay hydrated. Proper hydration

regulates our body temperature and helps to keep us cool. Along with drinking plenty of water, you can keep your skin happy and healthy by using a moisture-replenishing mask regularly to soothe, rehydrate and brighten your summer skin.

• EXFOLIATE

Exfoliating is essential if you want to maintain your skin's natural glow during the sunny season. Exfoliating

regularly helps to remove dead skin cells, allowing your skin to breathe. You’ll want to exfoliate more consistently during the summer months to remove sunscreen and oil - we recommend exfoliating two to three times a week in the shower using a scrub or body brush. There’s a huge variety of exfoliating products out there, and you can even make your own scrub at home if you have some time on your hands!

• TOP UP YOUR VITAMIN C STORES

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can bring back your skin's natural glow by neutralizing free radicals

before they can damage skin cells. It regenerates skin and helps in the prevention of hyperpigmentation, which

can be triggered by UV light and causes a blotchy, uneven complexion.

• MAKE SPF YOUR BEST FRIEND

Although your skin can be affected by the sun all year round, its intensity during summer months is higher and the impact of the UV rays is stronger. To avoid damaging your skin, ensure your exposure to the sun is gradual, and make SPF part of your daily skincare routine. Reapply it regularly - doing so every two to three hours should keep you protected.

• OPT FOR LIGHTER COVERAGE MAKEUP

During the hot summer months, why not opt for more minimal makeup to allow your skin to breathe and prevent

excess oil build up? Go for a lighter coverage foundation, or try out BB cream or a tinted moisturizer - your skin will thank you for it.

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