We all love summer! You get more Sun and glorious Vitamin D, the beach calls your name, and evening lasts just that much longer. It’s one of the best times of the year.

That being said, there are some negative sides that you should be prepared to deal with. For instance, we might get more Sun exposure which can feel great, but that also comes with dryness and cracking in the skin. The humidity does even more, at least here in the South where humidity often tops 60 or even 70 percent (and can get even higher!).

So, with that said, what’s the best way to keep your skin looking young and rejuvenated throughout this season? And how do you prevent damage? Well, let’s take a look!

1. Don’t forget to moisturize.

This is going in as number one because it’s the simplest and lowest hanging fruit. Make sure that you’re using a water-based moisturizer with a broad spectrum sunscreen (at least SPF 15). This will help you to counteract the dryness that comes from the heat that accompanies humidity, and the moisturizer will help you to keep your skin dry while you sleep. Don’t miss this important part of your daily skin care regimen.

2. Use a cleanser every day.

When you use a cleanser to remove makeup at night, you’re also getting the benefits of removing all of the grime and excess oil from your skin as well. This is a great way to feel refreshed when you go to bed at night. This step will yield great results and you will find it easy to keep your skin shimmering smooth.

3. Keep toner with you.

Toner is one of those amazing products that helps keep your face hydrated. If you’re going to be outside for prolonged periods of time, you can apply toner 2–3 times per day if needed. You will feel fresh and clean, and your skin will thank you for the trouble later!

4. Exfoliate your skin twice per week.

Scrub, scrub, scrub! This will be your best friend during the heat and humidity of summer. Exfoliating your skin in humid temperatures won’t make you oily, rather it will help clear your skin and pores. This is a must for keeping your skin care regimen together through the hot months.

5. Watch out for too much makeup.

This is probably one of the biggest components for successful skin care in the summertime. Putting on too much foundation will clog the pores, and the heat and humidity will compound the consequences of that decision. So go for a lighter touch when you’re applying your makeup, and skip it whenever possible. Too much can be a really bad thing, not only in appearance, but in terms of the cost to your skin.

6. Wear a cute wide brim sun hat.

This classic look never goes out of style! Whether it’s with an amazing sundress, in your bikini at the beach, and even with most casual looks, a wide brim sun hat will not only give your style some extra pop, you’ll also be saving your face the trouble of extended exposure to the sun. So kill two birds with one awesome hat and don’t look back.

7. Drink plenty of fluids!

Water is going to be the key to your success here. Make sure that you’re putting in the effort drinking water, no differently than the gym and your diet. Keeping your body hydrated won’t only help you to really get the most out of your skin care regimen, but you’ll also feel so much better. Dehydration is not attractive — nor is what it ends up doing to the skin on your face and body. So don’t skip out on the water, and make sure you’re getting all of the hydration your body needs.

8. Make sure to apply and reapply sunscreen often.

For those days when you’re out chilling on the beach, in the park, or just out with friends, you need to make sure that you’re taking the time to really put on sunscreen. But it isn’t enough to apply it once. You need to make sure you’re reapplying it often. Every time you get in the water, or sweat it off, or, in general, just lose it off of your skin, make sure that you’re putting on a fresh coat.