Summer is here! As the weather heats up, you may want to start rethinking the skin care products you use on a daily basis, especially since some moisturizers and makeup products may be a bit too heavy for everyday wear during the warmer months.
Here are six tips for summer skin care, backed by board-certified Dermatologists, your skin will thank you for all season long!
Tip: Avoid thick moisturizers.
Reason: Moisturizing is important year-round, however many people require less moisture on their skin in the summer months when the weather warms. Consider swapping out the greasy ointment or thick cream you have been using and replacing it with a lotion, gel or serum. Lotions, gels and serums have a higher water content and less oil compared to creams or ointments, so these lighter weight alternatives are great options in the warmer months.
Tip: Save hydrating cleansers for winter.
Reason: Hydrating cleansers tend to be mild and are a great option for those with dry, sensitive skin, especially during the cooler months. However, when higher temperatures and increased moisture arrive in the summer, many people experience increased sweat and oil on the surface of the skin. To offset this, consider swapping out your hydrating cleanser, and instead go for a cleanser with salicylic acid, like the kitavaMD Acne Cleansing Gel, or a cleanser with glycolic acid or lactic acid. These ingredients can gently exfoliate and reduce unwanted oil. Just be careful not to overdo it, as too much exfoliation can actually make things worse, and of course be careful when using these in the sun.
Tip: Get clean after a workout.
Reason: Exercise is good not just for your body but for your skin, too, since it can improve circulation. Just don’t forget to wash your face and body after a good workout, so bacteria and dead skin cells don’t clog your pores. If you can’t make it to a shower right after sweating, consider using a fragrance-free and sensitive skin friendly cleansing wipe to wash away sweat, dirt, oil and impurities on-the-go.
Tip: Wear sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher daily.
Reason: Sun protection is vital because UV damage can occur rain or shine, indoors or outdoors. SPF 30 is the most commonly recommended level for most people and skin types as it blocks nearly 97% of UV rays. Remember to reapply every 2 hours if outside in considerable sunlight or if sweating or exposed to water. Wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses are also recommended when outside during the day.
Tip: Put away the heavy foundation and thick makeup.
Reason: Some individuals are more prone to increased oil production when it's warmer outside. If that’s the case, make sure to keep your makeup light and non-comedogenic. Consider opting for mineral based powders over thicker foundation products as those tend leave skin clearer and less greasy.
Tip: Wear sunglasses!
Reason: Squinting can worsen forehead wrinkles and fine lines. Sunglasses also help protect against sun damage.
Disclaimer: The content of this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.