• 30 May - 05 Jun, 2020
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How to better take care of your skin during the hot, humid summers

In most parts of Pakistan, the temperatures are soaring. Every year, this soaring temperature takes a toll on the skin. The scorching heat, pollution, humidity, et al, wipes off the natural glow from your skin, and sometimes, invites acne, redness and other infections. To avoid all these hassles, and to keep your skin radiating like before, here are a few easy-peasy skin care tips you can follow this summer.

Lighten up your skin-care routine

If you're not wearing a winter coat, why should your skin? The heat and humidity of summer means you can swap out a heavier cleanser (think cream or oil cleanser) in favour of a gentle, foaming option.

Adopt a dual-purpose moisturiser

To help lighten things up, we recommend switching to a combination moisturiser and sunscreen during the summer. A lightweight moisturiser with SPF of 30 or higher may be plenty for most people. In fact, thicker moisturisers can lead to clogged pores, inflammation, and acne. Especially if you have acne-prone or oily skin, losing one skin-care step with a combination moisturiser/SPF can help keep skin clear.

Invest in a solid vitamin C serum

Vitamin C is great year-round, but all the more important in the summer. Vitamin C helps prevent hyperpigmentation, improve the appearance of fine lines, and can help with collagen production. Layer a few drops on your skin between cleansing and moisturiser.

Add an exfoliation skin-care step

Dermatologists are often reminding us not to over-exfoliate, but the summertime 'tis the season to slough away. If you have oily skin, we recommend incorporating more exfoliation into your skin-care routine.

Cut down your tub time

Between workouts, beach days, and plain old summer sweat, many of us shower more than once a day during the summer. We recommend keeping showers short, around four to five minutes. Over-showering, or showering in water that is too hot, can lead to over-drying your skin, leading to inflammation and even summertime eczema.

Make sure all your makeup is non-comedogenic

Take a close look at your makeup product labels and only keep those that are non-comedogenic. That's a fancy word for a product formulated without pore-clogging ingredients. Wear makeup that is not going to occlude your skin. That might include options like a powder sunscreen, an oil-free primer, or a lightweight foundation.

Stay in the shade

We recommend you to wear sun-protective clothing, wide-brim hats, and sunglasses in the sun. We don't expect you to wear a long-sleeve shirt every single moment you’re out, but be mindful to expose as little of your body as possible to direct sunlight.

Don't forget to hydrate

Hydration is always important for our skin, but even more so in the summer. Aim for eight glasses of water a day, which will have great results when it comes to your skin. Hydration can also help skin recover after a sunburn – but we know you're all too smart to get those in the first place.


We saved the most important, fundamental, don't-leave-home-without-it tip for last: Wear sunscreen. Every dermatologist recommends a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher on all exposed skin. Don't forget about hands, feet, ears, and lips. It is also important to note that sunscreen needs to be reapplied every couple of hours, so make sure to pack extra sunscreen for longer summer days outdoors.