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Clear skin and humidity

Taking care of skin in the heat always requires gearing up. The time has come again to give our skin some extra care and protection to prevent any breakouts. Pimples and acne are often problematic all year round, but heat and humidity are especially conducive, so here are some ways to keep your skin looking flawless, always.

USING SPF MOISTURISERS

Cold and dry weather tends to wither skin out, drying out all the moisture. However, during hot and humid times, glands release oils and naturally moisturise the skin. So, using moisturiser is not all necessary in summer as it is during winter.

With that being said, SPF moisturisers protect the skin from ultraviolet rays and have a moisturising effect. The humidity and the natural oils released, both create a natural layer of moisture, eliminating the necessity of any other supplement, but still leave the skin open to dust particles which may contribute to clogging pores and breakouts.

Thick SPF moisturisers often clog pores which leads to more breakouts. Applying lighter and more watery moisturisers with SPF has lower chances of clogging pores.

FACE HYGIENE DURING THE DAY

During summertime, one should wash their face every morning, afternoon and evening. Sweat, sunrays and pollution cause dirt build-up. If one is always on the run, it would work equally well to carry some wet wipes or makeup removing wipes to get the job done efficiently.

For natural face perspiration, gentle face wipes not only remove accumulated bacteria or oil but also refresh the face. Be it after a workout or while running everyday errands, it is necessary to cleanse the face every three to five hours. To not overwhelm the skin with acne fighting acids, it is best to use specialised face-friendly wipes.

 

CHANGING PILLOWS AND SHEETS

Our skin has a tendency to accumulate oil and bacteria very easily. For extra precaution, changing pillowcases and bed sheets regularly helps to prevent clogging pores with debris, oil and bacteria.

Regular use can mean natural skin shedding, and leave bacteria and oil particles on pillow cases. One can only imagine the number of bacteria left behind on pillow cases and bedsheets upon collapsing on the bed after a long day. These particles contribute to clogging pores and cause skin breakouts. So, keep in mind to change the sheets at least once every two weeks!

SAYING 'NO' TO OVER-EXFOLIATING

Some people believe that the more they exfoliate, the more they remove dead skin cells—this is not true during warmer weathers.

Over-exfoliating strips away everything from the pores causing more oil production for recovery. This results in oilier skin—the last thing anyone wants in the heat—and consequently, more acne and pimples.

Keeping these in mind, one should remember to do what is best for their own skin type and make necessary changes to their makeup and skincare routines according to the weather. A little effort to keep one's skin healthy and fresh goes a long way to feeling fresh throughout.

 

Photo: LS Archive/ Sazzad Ibne Sayed

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