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Baby, it's hot outside; so best ditch the foundation altogether and go the loose-powder and lightweight-lotion route

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With relative humidity rising as the rainy season approaches and the merciless sun continuing to make us sweat buckets, we need something lightweight and non-sticky to pamper our skin. There can be few things worse than the sensation of melting make-up trickling down your face or the realisation that you've been walking around covered in unsightly smudges because the moisturiser you applied earlier has got all clumped up with face powder. 

Never assume that moisture and water are the same thing, though. Just because your skin is bathed in perspiration doesn't necessarily mean that it is not also lacking in moisture. In other words, you may still need the help of a facial moisturiser even in this hot and humid weather. However, heavy creams can cause further problems by clogging your pores or mixing with sweat to create that uncomfortable feeling that few can bear for long. So, when the mercury rises, aim for something lightweight that is quickly absorbed.

In general, a thin lotion won't leave as gummy a residue as a more dense or viscous cream, but that doesn't mean that all runny moisturisers are safe bets for summer. Before you make a purchase, test it on your skin and wait 10 minutes to see how it feels to the touch. A good moisturiser should be completely absorbed within that period of time.

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