Although the summer is the time of year to enjoy being outside a little more often, remember that warm, humid weather can cause a number of different skincare problems. Fortunately, healthy skin care practices will help mitigate some of those issues.
So, even if you’re spending much more time social distancing, it’s important to take steps to make sure you have healthy skin this summer. And remember that a good skincare routine should be adaptable to different seasons.
Take a few moments to read our short article. We’ve compiled a list of skincare tips that will help you update your current skincare routine, so you can prevent breakouts and minimize sun damage to make sure that harsh ultraviolet rays and high levels of humidity won’t damage your skin.
This article should give you added confidence before you spend some time outside in the sun. But don’t forget to keep scheduling appointments with your favorite skin care expert via the Booksy app to make sure your skin stays healthy throughout the remainder of summer.
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Even if it’s sizzling hot outside and the temperature has risen well above 90 degrees, moisturizing is just as important this time of year. While it may seem less necessary, and it may make your skin feel a little bit oilier—the pros truly outweigh the cons.
Keep in mind that a little bit of additional moisture on your face doesn’t mean that you’ve moisturized. Instead, make sure your face stays clean and sweat-free. Then follow-up face cleansing with a moisturizer.
Do consider using a lighter moisturizer to prevent your pores from getting clogged. This is especially true if your skin is more susceptible to acne. Moisturizers will help make sure your skin stays protected from harmful pollutants and chemicals that can cause dryness.
Use Lip Products
Extended sun exposure can and will cause lips to crack and peel. But it’s quite common for people to forget to apply lip balms. Remember your lips are an important part of your body and deserve attention in regards to your skincare routine.
Finding balms or other products developed specifically for the lips is easy. Some of those products will be SPF 15 or higher. Just remember that if you’re going to be outside for a significant amount of time, keep applying lip balm every couple of hours, depending on your exposure to the sun.
Cool Off Whenever Possible
Another seemingly obvious tip that many people forget about is to cool off, as often as possible. Set aside some extra time to jump in the shower and remember to use cool water, especially if you’ve been sweating. This will decrease breakouts and keep your skin clear.
Remembering to travel with a bottle of face mist is another great way to keep yourself cool, especially if you’re planning on being outside for a prolonged period of time.
Some facial waters have a few additional ingredients that should nurture your skin, while cooling it down. Mineral water, hyaluronic acid, and rose water are a few examples. So, pack a bottle of face mist, if you’re planning to spend a significant amount of time under the sun.
Consider Gentler Alternatives
Summertime brings extra heat and additional humidity and that means you should strongly consider replacing some of your skincare products with gentler alternatives.
For example, use a gentler, foaming option—instead of a heavy cleanser. Try to avoid very rich moisturizers that are great in the winter, but can clog pores and irritate the skin in the summer. And also consider using oil-free sunscreen.
Another important thing to remember is that makeup also contains ingredients that will clog your pores. So, reach for lightweight foundations and try to find non-comedogenic makeup products, which are typically oil-free and won’t clog pores.
Spend More Time Exfoliating
Although skin care specialists usually warn against exfoliating too much, the summer is a good time of year to exfoliate a little more. Slowly increase the amount of time you spend exfoliating to make sure you open up blocked pores and get rid of excess oils that cause acne.
On a personal note, exfoliating more often during the summer should help your skin feel a little bit better. Exfoliating will help uncover fresh new skin cells, which should also make it easier for moisturizing products to effectively provide additional hydration and protection.
It may be a good idea to swap out a chemical exfoliator with a facial scrub, which may be better for your skin type. Some scrubs are designed to target specific issues like dry skin.
Pay Close Attention to Your Skin
Give your body the attention it deserves this summer. Make absolutely sure that you pay close attention to different areas that many people commonly overlook. The ears, lips, and feet all need protection from the sun.
To make sure you have healthy skin during the summer, closely examine any itchy parts of your skin. And take note of any rashes or breakouts. Above all, don’t be afraid to speak with a dermatologist if you notice anything unusual.
Be Careful of Harmful Sun Rays
Applying sunscreen during the summertime may seem like a no-brainer, as most skin experts agree that sunscreen is important all year long. This year, try experimenting with the right sunscreen product for your skin and choose from the many different options.
Lotions, creams, ointments, gels, wax sticks, and sprays are all available. Some sunscreens are made to reduce that sticky feeling. But keep in mind that the American Academy of Dermatology recommends wearing a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Reducing your amount of exposure to the sun is another key way to keep your skin healthy. This is especially true during peak hours, when the sun is at its highest level of intensity. And don’t be afraid to wear long sleeves, pants, a pair of sunglasses, or a hat to block harmful ultraviolet rays.