The Ultimate Summer Skincare Routine

The temperature’s rising, the days are getting longer, and your holiday wardrobe is at the ready. But before you all head out into the sun, it's a good idea to get a firm beauty regime in place to keep your skin happy in the hot summer sun.

Do Not Forget Sunscreen

When the sun is shining, the first thing to do is to protect the skin from UV rays. While they're not the enemy, and in fact provide a healthy dose of essential vitamin D, overexposure is a disaster that leads to burns, accelerated ageing, and sometimes even skin cancer. Use an SPF and don't forget to apply it to your neck and ears too. Use a lightweight sunscreen that protects you from the sun without feeling heavy and greasy on your skin. The L'Oréal Paris UV Perfect UV Protector Transparent SPF 50+ (Non-Tinted) is the perfect sunscreen for Indian summers as it absorbs excess sweat and can be used even in extremely humid places.

Gentle Cleansing is Key

Even if you wear little or no make-up, your skin will still need its daily cleanse. Once you’re back indoors, especially if you've been in the pool or sea; salt and chlorine can be very irritating and dehydrating, do wash your face right away. Cleansing skin both morning and night with a gentle product that won't strip the skin is vital. If your skin is especially sensitive or dry, try a cleansing balm for a nourishing and gentle cleanse.

Hydrate Your Skin

Undo any damage and dryness caused by excessive sun exposure with a nourishing moisturiser. The new L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essence is a hydrating water-based formula that penetrates up to 10 skin layers to reveal bright, radiant, and crystal clear skin. The Salicylic Acid in the Micro-Essence accelerates skin renewal and mildly exfoliates to refine pores and skin texture. The Micro-Essence deeply repairs and plumps your skin by locking in all the moisture and improving your skin’s hydration.

Skip The Heavy Makeup

Try using more lightweight make-up in the hot weather; not only will it look more natural, but it's also less likely to clog up your skin. Switch your foundation to a BB cream and dust with a lightweight powder to mattify. Then, just add a little bronzer, mascara and lip balm (try to go for an SPF version, if you can) and you're good to go!

Sunny days, pools, and beaches are synonymous with summer holidays. But while kicking back in the sunshine is good for the mind and body, it can wreak havoc with poorly prepared skin. To avoid any damage, switch to a routine that will help to protect and replenish your skin in the long run.