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Summer Skin Care Guide

altMost men still believe that skin-care regimen and changing products according to the weather are in a women’s to-do list. But you can’t be more wrong!

Men typically have larger pores on their skin so they are more prone to break-outs and clogged pores. They do not use any type of translucent powder like women do to absorb excess oil. They also spend more time out in the humid temperatures ofsummer, and hence are likely to have a problematic skin. So how will you take care of your skin to maintain a healthy glow? Don’t sweat it – just a few changes are all it takes to have an effective summer skin care routine. Read on…

1) Cleanse Your Face Twice A Day


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Men’s skin is oilier to begin with. So, cleaning the face twice a day, with a good quality cleanser or face wash and not scrubbing it with soap is imperative. It cleans the pores and removes excess oil. Clarifying cleansers form a very important part of a man’s daily skin care routine. It reaches deep inside the pores and prepare it for shave or exfoliation. Cleansers which contain Vitamins A, C and E are absorbed more into the skin; they prevent ingrown hairs and keep the skin naturally healthy.

2) Use A Toner

Men’s skin is tougher and thicker than a woman’s skin. It can tolerate active ingredients in toners like astringent or Glycolic acid (GA). GA helps in keeping the pores clean throughout the day, restores the balance of the skin and reduces the risk of ingrown hairs after shaving.

3) Exfoliate


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Getting rid of the dead skin cells via natural scrubbing is also important during summers. Men should typically go for deep exfoliation once in every 3 days or visit a men’s salon once a week for professional exfoliation. Natural glow can only be attained if you remove the older dead cells and nourish the younger skin cells.

4) Moisturise

Use a lightweight moisturiser with SPF 15 or above. It will help keep your skin moisturised, wrinkle-free, prevent any fine lines to appear on the face and will restore the moisture balance after exfoliation. It will also heal your skin, especially if you have been under the sun too long.

5) Don’t Over-Shave


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Try to avoid shaving everyday in summers. You skin works overtime during this weather as it repairs and heals after every shave, battle out the UV rays of sun and generates and de-generates as it has its own repair mechanism.

6) Use An Aftershave

It helps to restore lost moisture and oils after a close shave. You’ll also need an aftershave to protect your skin and reducing the sensitivity to the sun. Look out for a natural aftershave and nourishing oils for an even toned complexion.

7) Wear Sunscreen Everyday


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This goes without saying but a sunscreen will work if you use it in a correct way. Be sure to use a sun block 30 minutes before heading outdoors. Apply a sunscreen after every 2 hours regardless of the SPF because it wears off on its own, by touching, using a towel, sweating and washing your face. Apply it on all parts of your body. Don’t forget your ears, hands and feet. Use a lip balm with sun protection to guard your lips.

8) Banish Body Odour

Using deodorant is not the only solution for getting rid of the body odour. Odour arises only when bacteria mixes with your sweat, so start from the basic level. Use an anti-bacterial cleanser or body wash while showering. After which apply a herbal powder and use a deodorant later once you are dressed up.

9) Eat Healthy


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Our skin is hugely impacted by our diet and lifestyle choices. Tomatoes, avocados, berries, almonds and apricots should be included in your diet as these food items have anti-aging properties. They also act as anti-oxidants which protects your skin from wrinkles thereby keeping it naturally healthy. Needless to say, drink a lot of water and flush out impurities from your body. Avoid oily and deep fried food as the process of digestion slows down during summer and oily foods are hard to digest. Include more leafy vegetables, pulses, yogurt, salmon and chicken in your regular diet for a glowing skin.

10) If You Have Acne

Acne products which have salicylic acid can dry out your skin and make it more prone to sunburn. These products can rip off the top layer of your skin thereby making it more sensitive to UV rays. Use these products only at night and consult your dermatologist before using a moisturiser.

So you see, a complicated skin care routine isn’t required for a clean and healthy looking skin. You don’t have to invest in a slew of products or spend hours in a beauty care salon. Just a few adjustments in your daily life and you’re good to go!

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