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Flawless summer skin

By Marni Dixit December 16, 2013

With summer kicking in, we all need to be practising a suitable skin routine.

I don't need to tell you that we should all be wearing a minimum of SPF 30 every day - even if it's cloudy. This is a skincare basic and a habit everyone should adopt.

But aside from sun protection, our skincare regimes also need attention during the summer months. So follow our tips for flawless summer skin.

1. A light base

During the hotter months, let your skin breathe by using a light foundation - a tinted SPF moisturiser is ideal. If you prefer powder, try a mineral powder. Remember, what suited your skin in winter may not make it happy in summer, so try something with a little less weight. Maybelline's Dream Matte Mousse is a fantastic light foundation that you can try.

2. The right moisturiser

Just like your foundation, your skin might need a lighter moisturiser in summer. Some of us find our skin gets a little oilier in the heat, so a light summer-specific moisturiser is perfect. You can also find moisturising SPF 30 products that cover both your sun protection and moisturiser needs. Be careful not scrimp on moisturiser, though, as air-conditioning can be very dehydrating.

3. Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse

With all the outdoors activities, family get-togethers, parties and long days that summer brings, it is even more important to cleanse thoroughly every night. Don't fall asleep with your make-up on! Make sure you use a high-quality exfoliating product twice a week to keep your skin glowing and use a cream cleanser every night, followed by toner and moisturiser.

4. Concealer

Every girl needs concealer in her make-up bag, for those mornings when you can't disguise the previous night's events! Apply a cream concealer to your under-eye area to cover dark circles and dab some on blemishes before applying foundation. Just be sure to blend well so that your concealer is invisible.

5. Cover up

We can't stress this enough: exposing your face to the harsh sun day after day is a big no-no if you want flawless skin for life. So invest in an on-trend hat this summer to shade your precious skin. If you love the Audrey Hepburn look, go for a wide-brim floppy hat. If you are an outdoors kind of girl, why not choose a stylish peaked cap to shade your face. Or if you love the beach look, a la Elle MacPherson, go for a beautiful trilby or cowboy hat.

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