It’s officially summer and time for fun outdoors, holidays and travel. While the sun brings warmth and much to look forward to, it also means changes for your skin that can be less then fun, especially if you have oily or combination skin. High temperatures and outdoor activities mean extra sweat and with it dirt, oils and other environmental chemicals are trapped close to the skin and your pores causing breakouts. When the skin is warm, blood vessels send extra blood to the skin’s surface to cool it off. Extra blood can turn your face red, making the skin swell and retain water while kicking oil production into high gear. And don’t forget about the danger posed by increased sun exposure. When the UV index is high, your skin can burn in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. Don’t be afraid! With a little extra love and a change to your skin care routine for summer and your skin will be in the clear for the next 2 months!
Moisturize with SPF
Regardless of skin type, you need to make SPF a part of your daily routine (link to article on make SPF your BFF) While important year round, in summer you should consider switching your current moisturizer for another with higher SPF and lighter formulation (if you have oily/ combination skin) to prevent sun damage which can lead to skin cancer, sun spots, freckles, and early signs of aging.
For those with dry or sensitive skin, you can probably continue with your regimen from spring. However, if you are noticing your skin is even dryer, you might need to make a few changes to combat the combination effect of sun, heat, humidity and air conditioning on your skin. Use a moisturizing sunblock before sun, and use a richer lotion after sun, after bath, and before bed to keep skin hydrated, soft, and smooth.
Oily/ Combination skin
Don’t spend summer in a constant state of greasy shine. By making a few simple changes in your regimen, you can protect the moisture in your skin without getting too greasy.
Don’t wash too frequently. Washing your face twice a day is enough to remove dirt and oil buildup. Washing more frequently could stimulate extra oil production. During the summer months, you also might consider using a cleanser with salicylic acid at night. These cleaners gently remove dead skin cells that may clog pores. If you notice your skin drying out from the use of a cleanser, cut back use to once a week.
Do NOT skip moisturizer; if you do your skin may produce excess oil to compensate for being dry and thirsty. Opt for products that are “oil-free” and “mattifying” to help moisturize and combat oil in one step. We also recommend a gel moisturizer. These water-based hydrators have super-light formulas that absorb almost instantly and feel like you’re not wearing anything at all.
Heat and humidity can cause breakouts. Incorporating an at home glycolic mask once a week into your regimen can help. If you find one that has soothing ingredients such as green tea and jojoba, they can also soothe skin that’s irritated by sun and saltwater or chlorine from the pool.
For your face, depending on your skin type, exfoliate either 1-2 times a week if you’re dry and 2-3 times a week if you’re oily to help shed dead skin buildup and slough off previous sun damage. Doing so helps rejuvenate skin, leaving it soft and brighter. Exfoliating skin on your body regularly in the summer helps to keep pores free of debris that can cause acne. It also helps to keep rougher skin on knees, elbows and feet in check. Two ways we like- using a sugar scrub on dry skin before you shower or using a body attachment to a facial exfoliating device like Clarisonic. Use a moisturizer or body oil within 3 min of drying off to prevent moisture loss.
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