The summer heat can damage your skin with its harmful rays, and it is absolutely vital for you to take care of your skin as painstakingly as you do in winter. However, if you think that slathering moisturizer is the only thing you need to do for sun protection, then think again because you definitely need a proper skin care routine!

Skin Specialist Dr. Siddharth Garekar from Garekars M.D. Dermatology Clinic recommends following these skin care tips for summer to help you maintain your skin tone and bring forth a natural glow!

1.    Keep your skin hydrated!

The number one tip for anyone who wants to take care of their skin during the summer months, irrespective of whether they have oily skin or dry skin, is that you have to keep your skin hydrated! Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day (more if you spend a lot of time in the sun) to make sure that your body has all the water it needs. This does not only impact your skin but also has positive effects on your overall health too!

2.    Moisturize with aloe vera regularly!

Apart from using your daily day time moisturizer, you should also start using either a moisturizer that has aloe vera in it, or aloe vera gel to soothe your skin. This is because aloe vera counteracts the negative effects of the sun and can help you feel more relaxed at the end of a long day. It also adds moisture to your skin, which can help you control excess sebum if you have oily skin. Finally, it also helps reduce acne.

3.    Eat well!

One of the most crucial summer skin care tips is that you have to watch your diet. This is because during the searing summer months, we are more tempted to indulge in sugary sodas and ice cream to gain some relief from the heat. While this may make you feel good in the moment, it is actually quite bad for your skin. The excess sugar in your diet can lead to an increase in acne. Moreover, if you turn to sugary carbonated drinks every time you feel thirsty, you are more likely to end up feeling dehydrated, which will make your pores large.

4.    Exfoliate your skin regularly!

Keeping your skin looking clean is the best way to make sure that it looks great. Apart from using a cleanser regularly to remove dirt and impurities from your face, you should also exfoliate your skin on a regular basis. This can help you remove dead skin cells as well as dirt that is deeper than the first layer of skin. When you do not exfoliate, you are more likely to experience breakouts. Don’t let acne ruin all those fun-in-the-sun selfies that you want to take!

If your skin problems keep you up at night, don’t fret! Visiting a skin specialist can be a great idea, as they can help you get that flawless look you desire so much!