During the summer months we all strive for that gorgeous, firm, tanned, glowing skin to give you the perfect sun-kissed look. Glowy skin is supple, healthy, hydrated skin and it is much easier to achieve in the warmer months. In Winter, dry skin tends to build up, giving a dull appearance which is why its essential you focus this time on trying to maintain a healthy and hydrated complexion.

To keep up that gorgeous, glow read on for our top tips to keeping your skin in top condition.

1. Consider changing your face wash.

Cleansing your face is an essential part of your skincare routine and during the summer months your skin will produce more oil than usual so you need to make sure you’re using a cleanser that caters for your skin. If you’re particularly oily use a foaming cleanser that contains salicylic acid to keep pores unclogged.

FD Recommends: Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser

2. Don’t skip exfoliating

Don’t try and preserve your tan by skipping the exfoliator. Dead skin cells are already dead and will fall off eventually anyway, however if you exfoliate you are buffing these dead, dull cells away to reveal beautiful, glowing skin. Exfoliate twice a week with a chemical exfoliating product rather than something grainy. It will help stimulate collagen and elastin production for a firmer and younger appearance.

FD Recommends: Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage

3. Use a toner

Once you’ve cleansed using a toner helps remove any dirt or makeup that has been leftover, which can then clog the pores and lead to breakouts. A toner will help nourish, soothe and hydrate the skin whilst also restoring it delicate pH balance. Try to look for a toner that doesn’t include alcohol as an ingredient, alcohol will dry out the skin and that’s definitely not what you need for maintaining that glow.

FD Recommends: Elemis Rehydrating Ginseng Toner

4. Add antioxidants into your routine

Invest in serums, moisturisers and sunscreens that come with additional benefits. Vitamin C for example protects your skin from environmental damage and boost collagen development. Products loaded with natural antioxidants help reduce inflammation and repair your skin.

FD Recommends: REN Clean Skincare Radiance Perfection Serum
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5. Stay hydrated!

Drinking plenty of water is essential for achieving your best skin. It helps keep the skin hydrated as well as flushing out toxins from the body. Keep a refillable water bottle handy and keep sipping!

6. Moisturise with a Hyaluronic Acid

Don’t be tempted to skip the moisturiser just because you’re feeling a bit hot and sweaty in the heat. Use a topical moisturiser on a regular basis to keep the skin hydrated and working efficiently. Hyaluronic Acid acts a sponge to pull water into the skin and keep it looking plump and fresh.

FD Recommends: Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream

7. Wear Sunscreen

SPF is your skin’s best friend; we can’t say it enough. Excessive UV exposure can permanently damage your skin, and this leads to pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles and premature ageing. Definitely not what you want! Apply SPF regularly to help keep your skin protected from sun exposure.

FD Recommends: Nuage Superior Sunscreen Protection SPF 50