As the temperatures begin to rise, our skin tends to lose an increasing amount of moisture with the constant exposure to the heat.

You know to drink more water in the summer to keep your body hydrated, but are you remembering to boost your skincare too?

Sure, you may be sweating more and fearing you’ll break out if you moisturize too much, but it’s essential to hydrate properly (emphasis on properly!) in order to keep your skin supple, healthy and, yes, even blemish free.

3 ways to boost your skin’s hydration, without risking an onslaught of pimples…

1. Eat more melon. It’s true: you are what you eat. And it turns out, in the summer, you want to be watermelon. It’s packed with sun-protecting vitamins and loaded with H2o to keep your skin supple and protected from the inside out.

2. Cleanse without stripping your face of its natural oils. When you wash with a foaming cleanser that cleans your face to a squeaky clean finish, you’re actually pulling all the essential oils from your skin. As a result, your oil glands go into overdrive to compensate, pumping your pores full of acne-causing sebum. The solution: a gentler cleanser, like Dove’s new Ultra Caring Gentle Cream Face Cleanser. Enriched with natural lipids, this dematologist-developed sulfate and paraben-free nourishing cleanser will wash away all the yucky dirt and grime without drying out your skin.

3. Wear SPF. Nothing dries out your sin faster than sun exposure, which literally burns the outer most layer of your skin. Sure, you may glow for a day, but it’s not worth the inevitable dryness and long term risk of breakouts, age spots, and skin cancer! Hate the feel of sunscreen? Try L’Occitane’s Jenipapo Oil SPF 15 on your body (it goes on like a dry oil but protects like a sunblock!) and ColoreScience SunForgettable Mineral Powder Sun Protection SPF 30 for your face (it’s as easy as applying a swipe of blush!).

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