The temperatures may be rising slower than we’d like but summer really is just round the corner. With more time spent outdoors and definitely lighter clothing an option, our skin is subject to a whole number of elements that can be damaging; chlorine from swimming pools, moisture-sucking salt in sea water, excessive sweat from heat and not to mention the sun’s potentially harmful rays. With that in mind, it’s time to start preparing our skin for the change in season and there is no better way to do this then by following these five easy tips:

Water: Whether it’s to drink or to wash in, water is a very important element that’ll keep your skin hydrated and healthy in the warmer season. If your spending more time outdoors at the beach, poolside or on walking in the sunshine, you’ll be sweating more than usual to cool yourself down. Sweat can clog pours and cause break outs so it’s important to shower regularly to cleanse the skin or impurities. Drinking lots of water will also help keep your skin moisturised and clear as well as preventing headaches caused by dehydration.

Always Wear SPF: Slathering on the sun cream may not be practical or pleasant to do every day but it is essential to protect your skin from potentially harmful UV rays that can burn your skin and cause cancer and premature ageing. A lot of facial moisturisers now contain SPF and are great every day alternatives to sun cream that are usually less greasy and thick.

Moisturise: After swimming in chlorinated swimming pools, bathing in salty ocean water, sweating doing outdoor activities and consequently showering more regularly, skin can begin to feel dry and lack lustre. Moisturise your entire body after washing to rejuvenate the skin and soothe any unfortunate sun burn.

Exfoliate- Sweat, sun cream and make up can heavily clog pours but are hard to avoid using altogether. Allow your skin some breathing room by investing in a gentle exfoliator and use it at least three times a week to clean out pores and leave your skin feeling smooth. You can even get scrubs to use on your whole body in the shower or alternatively make your own out of household items like olive oil and sugar.

Always Carry Lip Balm: Never neglect your lips. If they’re exposed to the sun’s rays then they’ll get dry and chapped quickly. Always carry round a pot of Vaseline, a stick of Lypsyl or another moisturising lip balm and apply it regularly throughout the day.