Come April and summer, as scheduled, has descended upon us, bringing with it the promise of scorching sunlight, humid days and rapidly rising mercury levels. With the summer sun heating up the city, we need to buck up and get into combat-mode to protect our skin from the harsh weather.

Sunlight is a major culprit when it comes to wrinkles, dark spots and battered dry skin; and prolonged exposure to the sun can wreak havoc on exposed skin. Thus, it is extremely essential that you up your skincare regimen and treat your skin with some extra TLC.

We have for you, 5 tips that will help keep your skin dewy, hydrated and glowing this summer.

1. Stay hydrated

With summer in full swing the body tends to lose out on a lot of moisture, so it is very important to regularly hydrate yourself with plenty of liquids. Increase your intake of water, stock up on natural juices and include fresh fruits and green vegetable in your diet. This will not only help your skin stay moisturized and fresh, but will also help avoid several ailments.

2. Protect yourself from the sun

The best way to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays is to stay as far as you can from the sun during 11am to 3pm, as that is when the sun’s rays are the strongest. If you are stepping out, slather on a sunscreen with adequate SPF at least 20 minutes before and touch up on it every few hours.

3. Accessorise to advantage

Summer is the best time to rediscover your penchant for wide-brimmed hats, flimsy scarves and oversized sunglasses. Not only will these accessories boost your style quotient but will also protect your skin from the harsh sun.

4. Develop a summer skincare routine

Your skin is especially delicate and sometimes irritable during summer so make sure to use a toner that will keep your skin cool. Exfoliate your skin with a good scrub at least twice a week to remove dead skin cells and improve blood circulation to the face. It is also essential that you don’t skip moisturizers during summer, so get yourself a light water-based one to avoid greasy skin.

5. Summer Wear

Wearing the right fabric and fit of apparel can help you go an extra mile while protecting your skin from the sun and the heat. Cottons and linens work well for summer, while synthetic clothing can annoy the skin. It is also advisable to wear loose-fitting clothes as fabrics are much less effective at sun protection when stretched.

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