Each season comes with its own skin challenges. While it’s certainly pleasant to bathe yourself in the sunshine all summer, it’s important to protect your skin and take care of it. Not only is the crucial for preventing future problems like age spots and skin cancer, but properly caring for your skin during the summer will keep you from dealing with annoying conditions like sunburns, acne and dry skin as well. Here are a few tips to keep your skin in its best shape all summer:

What to know

UVB rays: These rays are most prevalent on bright, sunny days. They cause red skin and sunburns. The risk of too many UVB rays include skin color changes, age spots and skin cancer.

UVA rays: UVA rays are almost always present during the day, even when it’s overcast. They aren’t as intense as UVB rays but can still cause wrinkles and skin cancer.

When searching for your sunscreen

There are so many things written on sunscreen labels that it can be tough to determine what’s important. If you have oily skin or frequently break out, it’s important to look for the words “oil-free” on your sunscreen. This ensures that even though the sunscreen is protecting you from those UV rays, it’s not clogging your pores.

Exfoliate exfoliate exfoliate

You may think you don’t need to exfoliate your skin as often in the summer months as you do in the winter since your skin isn’t as dry, but that isn’t true. In fact, hot weather can actually open up your pores, making them more noticeable. This is why it’s important to use a facial exfoliant regularly. Dermatologist Mary P. Lupo told Allure that during the summer, you should exfoliate at least once more a week than you do in the winter. Don’t draw the line at just your face, either. Use a body scrub a couple times a week too, and don’t forget to moisturize!

Exfoliate your face and body during the summer.Exfoliate your face and body during the summer.

Work protection into your makeup

Protect your face from the sun whether you’ll be at the beach or not. You don’t need to apply a whole lather of sunscreen for daily protection. Try mineral foundation that has UV protection. It’s also lighter weight than liquid foundations, making it the ideal choice for humid months. You can swap out your regular daily facial moisturizer for one with UV protection as well.

Your lips can sustain a sunburn just like your skin can. Be sure to invest in a lip balm complete with UV protection. Not only will it soften your lips, but you can wear it beneath your favorite lipsticks and lip glosses as well.

“Drink about two liters of water per day.”

Drink enough water

You should be drinking about two liters of water per day, no matter the season, according to Authority Nutrition. This is especially important in the summer though, as the heat makes it easier to get dehydrated. This condition doesn’t only make you thirsty – it can also dry out your skin. Sipping on water throughout the day and eating foods that contain water, like watermelon and leafy greens, will keep your body properly hydrated.

All about prevention

Fashion hats, like wide brim sun hats, allow you to look stylish while still protecting your face from the sun’s rays. Use this extra form of protection in addition to covering up with sunscreen. Being out in the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. puts you at the highest risk for a sunburn, and accidents happen. If you do get burnt, try soothing it with aloe vera gel and a lotion with lactic acid in it.