Beat the Indian heat at every outdoor function with these simple skincare tips.

First and foremost, drink at least 2 litres of water daily. Staying hydrated isn’t just a good habit, it’s a necessary one considering the humidity levels in India. Increased heat and humidity naturally cause your skin to sweat, making it more susceptible to breakouts, more so if your skin is oily. What’s more, the heat can also cause a heat rash, caused by the closing off of sweat ducts, leading to moisture being trapped under the skin which erupt as blisters or bumps. Though this condition is common in infants, adults who are exposed to especially hot and humid climates (Like in India) can also contract it. But, while the heat can do plenty to damage your skin, these 5 skin care tips will ensure it glows.

Coconut Water: Drink coconut water daily as part of your skin care routine; it is one of the safest natural moisturizers around. When applied directly (and regularly) on skin, it prevents the greasiness that causes the formation of pimples, blackheads, acne and blemishes. Known to boost circulation and helps clear the pores, coconut water also contains cytokinins, which prevent skin from pre-mature wrinkles and aging.

Multi-Vitamins: While consulting your doctor is mandatory before popping pills, having multi-vitamins in the weeks leading up to that function really offers some great skin benefits.

Cleansing: 2 things you must do before hitting the sack are taking off your makeup and washing your face. Going to bed with makeup is a sure-fire way to get a pimple eruption the next day. And that’s not all; your makeup remover also leaves an oily residue on your skin, which is why you have to make sure to take that off completely too with a cotton pad soaked in rose water.

Moisturize: A morning-evening moisturizing routine does wonders for skin. That’s because, when your skin is exposed to too much heat, a natural reaction is triggered causing skin to produce more oil to compensate for the lack of moisture. So, by moisturising, you’re providing the skin what it needs, and your body halts the production of extra oil on your face.

Sunscreen: Signs of sun damage like brown spots & subtle discolorations have a way of showing up on your face without any notice. Which is why, preventing them from happening in the first place is essential in retaining your beauty. And easy too. Just apply sunscreen 15-20 minutes before you venture out into the sun and re-apply it every 2 hours if you’re going to be outdoors for prolonged periods.

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