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Less is more this summer, but only if you choose the right clothes and accessories to structure your look. Here’s the definitive guide to help you out.

brunch Updated: Mar 24, 2012 20:55 IST

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Use a face wash instead of soap: It removes surface grease, oil and pollution from the skin. Most face washes come with exfoliating beads that will leave your skin looking and feeling buffed, fresh and hydrated. Neutrogena, Palmolive and Fiama make some good formulations.

Use a face mask once a week: Clay-based masks tighten the skin, unblock clogged pores and keep your skin looking both fresher and younger. Use natural and organic products. Tea tree face mask by Lotus Herbals is really good, as are products from Forest Essentials.

Prevent outbreaks: Drink a minimum of four litres a day and reduce your intake of fried, oil rich and spicy food, especially if you are prone to frequent skin breakouts. Use an astringent thrice a week – ideally at the end of the day. Astringents have antiseptic properties and drastically reduce pimples, blemishes and acne. They also help clean clogged pores, remove stickiness, excessive oil and accumulated dirt from the surface of the skin.

Prevent skin cracking: Use a water-based moisturiser every night on a clean face. Rest assured, you will wake up to soft, supple and hydrated skin. If you have chapped lips, use an effective lip balm before you sleep. Make this part of your daily routine. I personally like the moisturisers from Shiseido, Clarins and Jergens.

–Yatan Ahluwalia is India’s leading image consultant, style columnist and specialist on men’s skin, hair and grooming

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Watch what you drink

Excessive alcohol and aerated drinks will dehydrate your skin. Drink a glass of warm water with lime juice and honey first thing in the morning to flush toxins out of your body and prevent dark circles

Smell good
Use a long lasting alcohol free deo roll-on, followed by a generous spray of a good anti perspirant. Use mild but long lasting fragrance with a hint of orange and lemon essence

Care for your hair
Use a mild daily shampoo.
Condition thrice a week. Use water-based gels to style your hair. This prevents the pores on our scalp from getting blocked. Try L’Oreal Professional and L’Oreal Homme

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Breezy office wear
Well tailored cotton shirts with palazzos or front pleated tapered pants are a must-have this summer.

Obviously office wear can’t be too garish, but allow one colour to pop out. Do it subtly with your bag, a scarf or even cute colourful shoes.

Invest in interesting separates.

Mix and match is the key. Spruce up your look with summery accessories like hair bands and clips.

Some colours you can go for this summer are burnt yellow, tangerine, aubergine, acid green and honey. Stay away from the usual suspects like black, brown and grey.

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And, for your pooch...
If you think summer is harsh on you, think about your pet. While you cool your heels by the pool sipping on a frosty drink, your furry friend also needs as much cooling as you do. Here are some ideas to help your dog beat the heat

Doggie goggles: He might hate it at first but once he gets used to them, doggie goggles will become his best friend. He will be able to run around and jump into pools without damaging his eyes in the heat.

Cooling pads: Give your furry friend a cool and comfortable bed to sleep on. Go for a cool water bed but make sure it’s rip-resistant.

Use cold wipes:
Wipe your dog with cold wipes with a splash of eucalyptus to keep him clean and cool.

Bandanas: Your dog may object to this at first but if you can tie a bandana around his head or neck, it will save him from the harsh sun outside. But if he resists too much, then avoid it. And remember to remove it once he’s in.

With inputs from Nida Mahmood, fashion designer

From HT Brunch, March 25

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First Published: Mar 24, 2012 17:36 IST