Moisturisers in summer create a protective barrier, preventing water loss and maintaining hydration levels.

Adequately moisturized skin is more resilient and less prone to issues such as cracking, flaking, and eczema. Summer moisturisers often contain ingredients that nourish and replenish the skin’s moisture barrier.

Summer brings sunshine, vacations, and… surprisingly, the need for a good moisturiser. While sweat may make your skin feel superficially hydrated, hot weather and air conditioning can wreak havoc on your moisture levels. Here’s why a summer moisturizer is a must-have, and what to look for when choosing one.

Why Moisturize in the Heat?

Summer sun can be deceptively drying. The sun’s rays break down the skin’s natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation.Air conditioning, while a welcome relief from the heat, also contributes to dehydration by sucking moisture from the air.Ironically, even oily skin can benefit from summer moisturization. When skin feels parched, it goes into overdrive producing oil, which can lead to breakouts. A lightweight moisturizer helps regulate oil production and keeps skin balanced.

Finding Your Perfect Summer Moisturizer

The key to summer moisturization is finding a formula that hydrates without feeling heavy or greasy. Look for these qualities:

  • Lightweight: Gel or water-based formulas absorb quickly and won’t clog pores.
  • Humectants: Hyaluronic acid and glycerin attract and retain moisture in the skin.
  • Emollients: Ingredients like shea butter and jojoba oil soften and smooth the skin.
  • SPF: Sun protection is essential year-round. Look for a moisturizer with SPF 30 or higher for daily use.

Bonus Tip: For an extra hydrating boost, consider incorporating a hydrating mist or facial essence into your routine.These lightweight products deliver a quick burst of moisture without leaving a greasy residue.

By incorporating a summer moisturizer into your routine, you can keep your skin healthy, balanced, and glowing all season long. So ditch the misconception that moisturizer is just for winter, and find a lightweight formula that keeps your skin happy and hydrated no matter the temperature.

How to use moisturisers effectively in summer:

Apply on Damp Skin: After cleansing, apply moisturizer to slightly damp skin. This helps lock in the moisture and enhances the product’s effectiveness.
Layering Products: Consider using a hydrating serum or toner before applying moisturizer to provide an extra layer of hydration. This is especially beneficial for those with extremely dry skin.
Nighttime Moisturising: Use a thicker, more hydrating moisturizer at night to give your skin the extra nourishment it needs during the repair and regeneration process.
Don’t Forget Sunscreen: Even in winter, UV rays can damage the skin. Choose a moisturizer with built-in SPF or layer sunscreen on top of your moisturizer during the day.

Best moisturisers for winter:

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