Want to make sure that you keep your skin looking and feeling its best this summer? These skincare swaps can help to keep it comfortable all season long.

Each year when summer rolls around, it’s a time to kick back, relax and enjoy some of the sunny weather.

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But while the warm days and balmy nights are perfect for fun times, this season can take a toll on your skin. As if excessive sweating, blisters, and heat rash aren’t enough, there is also a higher risk of unhealthy levels of UVA and UVB exposure. This can lead to sunburn, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and even skin cancer – something that one in five Americans will develop in their lifetime.

Fortunately, there are ways to keep your skin protected and comfortable this summer without having to shut yourself indoors. Here are four skincare swaps to make for a skin-safe season.

Swap your rich, creamy cleanser with an oil-reducing formula

During the harsh winter months, dry skin becomes a top concern of many. This is why thick creams and balms are the best picks as they don’t strip the skin of protective oils. In summer, however, these formulas can don’t always perform when it comes to keeping you shine-free. Look for one that is designed to reduce oil production.

Up the frequency of your exfoliating

Exfoliating your skin is something you should be doing a couple of times a week regardless of the season. But increasing exfoliation frequency in summer can be helpful if your skin becomes congested. There is more sweat and sunscreen clogging your pores in the sunny season which, if not thoroughly removed, can lead to breakouts and flare-ups.

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Put away the thick cream and opt for a light lotion instead

One of the most common skincare concerns people deal with in winter is dryness. This is where thick creams and balms can help as they seal in moisture. In summer, we sweat more and our skin produces more oil. This means that switching to a lighter lotion in the sunny season can be more comfortable for your skin.

Apply – and reapply – your sunscreen for optimal protection

We should all be applying sunscreen every day. Yes, even in winter and even if you intend to stay indoors all day!

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In summer, we need to be even more vigilant. Instead of just applying it once a day, it’s important to make an effort to reapply every two hours, especially if you will be spending time outside.