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Greasy and itchy skin in summer? Here is an easy guide for healthy skin during the hot season


Updated on: 14 April,2024 01:04 PM IST  |  Mumbai
Aakanksha Ahire |

Sunburns, acne, and rashes are common concerns during the summer season. These concerns, if not addressed, can have a detrimental impact on your skin health. For those looking to keep their skin fresh and blemish-free, here is a complete easy guide to summer skincare

Greasy and itchy skin in summer? Here is an easy guide for healthy skin during the hot season

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Key Highlights

  1. Switch to summer skincare ideally in last week of February or first few weeks of March
  2. Common skin conditions in India during summer include sunburn, heat rash, breakout of acne
  3. Sunscreen is essential to protect you from harmful UV rays that lead skin-related issues

The first thought that pops up after coming across terms like ‘summer skincare’ or ‘winter skincare’ is that the process is bound to be lengthy and complex. While that might be true, you can simplify and customise your skincare regime. Complex or not, having a skincare routine in place is essential, especially during the summer season.  
The hot and humid climate triggers multiple skin issues that range from acne, sweat-induced rashes, sunburns, tans and fungal infections. These conditions can exacerbate if not treated in time. 
Dr Trishna Gupte, clinical cosmetologist and trichologist, founder, The Cosmo-Square Clinic, ISCA tells, “It's critical to understand that the summer poses special skincare problems because of increased UV exposure, rising temperatures, and higher humidity. Consequently, it's essential to modify one's skincare regimen to shield the skin from damaging UV radiation, avoid sunburns, and reduce the chance of skin damage and early ageing.” 
Agreeing with this, Dr Shefali Trasi Nerurkar, consultant dermatologist, Dr Trasi clinic and La Piel Skin Clinic adds, “A summer skincare is similar to winter skincare. A cleanser-moisturiser-sunscreen and night serum are the common steps involved in skincare for any season. However, the ingredients change with the skin type and the weather around.” 
“In winter, one is constantly trying to hydrate the skin to prevent any dryness or cracks on the skin. While in summer, we prevent the skin from getting oily.” 
Switching from winter to summer skincare
“Spring is a transitional period between winter and summer months. This is a good time to start changing the skincare routine from winter to summer. In India, February is the month when this transition happens; especially in the last two weeks,” Nerurkar tells us. 
According to Dinyar Workingboxwalla, skin guru and co-founder, Beauty by Bie, there is no specific month to make the switch. “Instead, keep an eye on the weather. Ideally, you want to start transitioning your routine when spring arrives, typically around March or April. This allows your skin to gradually adjust to the changing climate.” 
He adds, “Spring can be unpredictable, with occasional chilly days mixed in with warmer spells.  A lighter routine during this time helps your skin adapt without feeling overly stripped on cooler days.” 
The skin guru suggests swapping out your products to make a gradual switch:

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