While winter’s chilly winds can be really tough on our skin, summer comes with its own set of challenges. With all the sweat and the way sun keeps battering away at us, our skin can end up looking less than stellar and this deals a big blow to our confidence. How are you supposed to enjoy yourself if you’re insecure about your own complexion? Well, with the right tips and a regular routine, there won’t be any insecurity. If you’re in need of some advice on how to make your skin radiantly gorgeous, you’re at the exact right place!

SPF, SPF, and more SPF!

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There’s just no getting around it – you must use sunscreen. You should use it even in winter, but in summer it becomes absolutely essential. We’re not talking just about cancer-prevention here, though that is a big factor. Sunscreen can help protect your skin from damage and prevent wrinkles, so if you want a smooth, youthful complexion, you definitely need to wear a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30. If you hate the extra step in your morning routine, then find a moisturizer that doubles up as sunscreen. You can also wear a wide-brimmed hat for some extra protection (and hey, for style).

Remove that sweat build-up

Cleansing is very important in summer because the sweat that builds up on your skin can really clog your pores and cause breakouts and redness. If your skin is dry, then feel free to wash your face only with lukewarm water in the morning, but in the evening, you should definitely go through the whole process of removing your makeup, using a cleaner, and toning your face to refresh it before applying your moisturizer.

Smooth, spotless skin

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Summer is the perfect time to go makeup-free or stick only to BB creams, but in order to stay confident and enjoy your bare face, you’ll need to focus on skincare and find ways to keep it all smooth and radiant. Some of the best ways to do that would be regular exfoliation, especially if you’re dealing with a rough texture and want a more pore less appearance. Exfoliate no more than 2-3 times a week and your skin will look a lot more even. Other things that might be making you insecure are sun spots and brown marks on your face, and the best way to deal with those are pigmentation removal treatments with a laser. Remove them from your face and your body if they are preventing you from enjoying your own skin, and then feel free to skip makeup as often as you like.

Control the oil

Contrary to popular belief, people with oily or combination skin should not skip moisturizing in summer. Drying your skin out in such a way will only make it produce even more sebum and in turn make you look like a greasy disco ball. The best way to control oil is to cleanse regularly, but to also moisturize with light gel-based moisturizers. You can use facial mists to refresh your skin during the day, and you can also use blotting powders over your foundation to set it in place. Bear in mind that these can be used without any foundation as well – just press them gently into your skin with a buffing brush. If you still tend to get greasy during the day, keep oil-blotting sheets in your bag and press them against your face gently to soak up the excess sebum and give you a matte look.

Tan safely

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The only real way to tan safely are self-tanning lotions. Cooking in the sun isn’t all that healthy even when you’re covered in SPF, and tanning salons are even worse because they’ll damage your skin severely. Luckily, a bronzed glow can come out of a bottle, and today’s products look very natural even on the fairest of complexions. For a few tips on how to apply tanning lotions without leaving any streaks on your skin, check out this tutorial here.

And there you have it, some wonderfully easy summer tips! Keep your skin safe, nourish it, and enjoy showing off your bare face this season

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