Published By: Orna Ghosh

Beat the Heat: Summer Skincare Tips for the Indian Climate

Ah, summer in India! It's a time for vibrant festivals, long sunny days, and scorching heat and humidity. While we relish the joyous aspects of the season, it's crucial to remember how it impacts our skin. 

The harsh sun, sweat, and dust can wreak havoc on your complexion, leaving it dehydrated, oily, and prone to breakouts. But fear not, fellow sun warriors! 

Here are summer skincare tips designed for the Indian climate to keep your skin healthy and glowing all season. 

Lighten Up

Ditch your heavy winter cleansers and opt for lightweight, gel-based formulas that remove excess oil and dirt without stripping your skin's natural moisture barrier.

Cleanse Twice a Day

Sweat and grime build up throughout the day, so cleanse your face twice daily- once in the morning and before bed. It removes impurities and prevents clogged pores.

Micellar Water Magic

Micellar water is a gentle yet effective cleansing option, especially on hot days when a full-blown cleanse feels too much. It removes makeup, dirt, and sunscreen without needing to rinse.

Hydrate From Within

Drinking plenty of water is crucial for overall health and radiant skin. Aim for 8-10 glasses of water daily to keep your skin plump and hydrated from the inside out.

Embrace Natural Remedies.

Cooling Cucumber

Cucumber slices are a natural coolant. Apply chilled cucumber slices to your eyes for a soothing and refreshing effect. It helps reduce puffiness and tired-looking eyes.

Honey for Hydration

Raw honey is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts and retains moisture. Apply a thin layer of honey as a face mask for a natural hydrating boost.

Sandalwood for Soothe

Sandalwood powder has natural antiseptic and cooling properties. Mix it with rose water to create a calming paste to soothe sunburns and irritated skin.

Lightweight Moisturizer is Your Friend

Just because it's hot doesn't mean you can skip moisturizer! Opt for lightweight, oil-free formulas with hyaluronic acid or aloe vera to keep your skin hydrated without feeling greasy.

Facial Mists for a Refreshing Boost

Feeling parched throughout the day? Keep a facial mist with rose water or soothing ingredients like cucumber extract handy. Spritz your face throughout the day for an instant hydrating pick-me-up.

Sunscreen Every Day, Rain or Shine

This is the golden rule of summer skincare, no matter the climate. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every morning, even on cloudy days. Reapply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating heavily.

Don't Forget Your Lips

The delicate skin on your lips is susceptible to sun damage. Use a lip balm with SPF to keep them protected and prevent dryness.

Seek Shade

India's heat can be relentless. Plan your outdoor activities during the calm hours of the morning or evening. When the sun is at its peak, seek shade whenever possible.

Exfoliate Regularly

Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, preventing clogged pores and breakouts. Use a gentle exfoliating scrub 1-2 times a week to keep your skin smooth and radiant.

Treat Oily Skin with Care

Oily skin woes get amplified during summer. Use oil-absorbing blotting papers throughout the day to combat shine without disrupting your makeup.

Spot Treatments for Breakouts

Summer breakouts are a common concern. Apply a spot treatment containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to target breakouts and promote healing.

[Bonus Tip! Wear loose, breathable clothing made from natural fibres like cotton or linen. It allows your skin to breathe and prevents sweat build-up.]

So, make these practices a part of your daily routine and enjoy a summer filled with confidence and comfort in your skin.