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    Summer calls for a brand-new skincare routine and most importantly, one that doesn’t feel like its weighing down your skin. The last thing you want in the heat is to deal with layers of skincare that are melting off your face. However, skipping moisturiser altogether is a no too—unlike the feeling of it, sweat doesn’t actually hydrate or provide your skin with the good kind of moisture. Enter: gel creams. This hybrid of two different formulas is packed with hyaluronic acid and works for all skin types—not too heavy, not too light, not sticky and non-comodogenic. We spoke to three Mumbai-based celebrity dermatologists about their take on the formula for summer, and this is what they had to say.

    Why are gel creams better for summer?

    “During the hot summer months, when the mercury levels are soaring high, the skin tends to be greasier and oilier. Gel cream formulations are lightweight and hence the best choice in the summer months when the humidity level is high,” says Dr Jamuna Pai, cosmetic physician, author and founder of SkinLab. “Using a gel-cream will help hydrate your skin and give it a fresh look and feel because of its water-based formulation, without making your skin look oily or sticky,” adds Dr Harshna Bijlani, celebrity skin expert and medical head of The AgeLess Clinic.

    Do they really suit all skin types?

    Yes, gel creams really do work for all skin types. “Because of the water-based formulation, it helps hydrate dry skin types, while at the same time it works well with oily skin types, because of the absence of oil in its formulations. As these blends are lightweight, they won’t disturb your skin and hence work well with sensitive skin types as well,” believes Dr Bijlani. If you’re unsure about making the switch, Dr Jaishree Sharad, internationally-acclaimed celebrity dermatologist, author and medical director at Skinfiniti Aesthetic and Laser Clinic has a method to help you out. “If you have normal, oily, acne-prone or mildly dry skin, you can try a gel cream on the back of your ear. If it suits you, go ahead with it. I would still suggest those with very dry skin or sensitive skin to use a moisturiser customised to their skin type in specific,” she says. “If [after applying a gel cream] your skin still feels dry and flaky, or you feel a tight pulling sensation, especially around the mouth area, then the product isn’t hydrating your skin enough and you need to change it,” adds Dr Pai.

    What is the best way to choose the right gel cream for your skin type?

    Dr Bijlani shares an easy guide to making sure you buy the right gel cream for your summer skincare routine.

    If you have acne-prone skin: “It is a good idea to use gel creams with salicylic acid, lactic acid or tea tree oil in it.”

    If you have dry skin: “If your skin tends to get even drier in the summer, a gel-cream is probably not for you and instead you should use a traditional cream.”

    If you have normal or combination skin: “Look for gel creams with hyaluronic acid as it is a great moisturising agent.”

    If you have oily skin: “If you have an oily skin type, gel creams will be your best friend! But if your skin tends to get very oily, try finding a gel cream which contains salicylic acid.”

    How can you maximise the benefits of your gel cream?

    “Gel creams tend to be cooling as they are water-based, but for additional cooling benefits during the summer, you can pop your choice of gel cream in the fridge sometime before application,” suggests Dr Bijlani.

    Here’s our edit of the best gel creams worth investing in this summer.
    Anjan Sachar

    While Anjan’s week is made up of writing and talking about everything from glycolic acid to the best new red lipstick, the weekends are spent testing them all, with Gossip Girl reruns on the side. When she isn’t reviewing a new face mask, you’ll find her sipping on mimosas with a side of truffle fries. Her daily essentials: Iced latte with a side of J Balvin and Prateek Kuhad.