Summers are usually spent going to beach and pool, enjoying the water and sunshine. Because of the threat presented by COVID-19, fewer people may be visiting the beaches and pools this year. However, warm weather still brings skin-care challenges like itchy rashes, sunburn, premature signs of aging, and making already-active oil glands hyperactive. So, how can you treat these summer skin problems? A strategic skincare regimen should be adopted for every season.
Don’t Stop Moisturizing Completely
Even if your skin is more oily in the summer, a moisturizer should always be applied following cleansing. Switching to a dual-purpose moisturizing sunscreen instead of applying two products separately will feel lighter on your facial skin while ensuring daily protection. Applying heavy moisturizer under sunscreen during the hotter months of the year may lead to clogged pores, inflammation, and acne problems. A moisturizer with a minimum SPF of 30 is recommended for daily use, although those with particularly fair skin may want to choose a product with a higher SPF. Elta MD’s UV Daily SPF 40 is a perfect for use as a dual-purpose product. It is not only sheer and lightweight, it is made with hyaluronic acid which is water binding to the skin.
Invest In A High Quality Vitamin C Serum
While Vitamin C is useful year-round, it is extremely important during the summer. Vitamin C can help prevent hyperpigmentation, improve the appearance of fine lines, and help with collagen production. SUPER SERUM™ ADVANCE+® from iS Clinical is a scientifically-advanced, clinically-proven formula that, for the first time, combines a 15% concentration of our next generation L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) with a bioidentical Copper Tripeptide growth factor.
iS Clinical’s PRO-HEAL® SERUM ADVANCE+® features scientifically advanced L-Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), combined with a superior form of Olive Leaf Extract and pure Vitamins E and A. This powerful formulation significantly increases antioxidant protection while helping improve the appearance of compromised, acne-prone, and aging skin.
Exfoliation is an important part of a healthy skincare routine. Hot, humid weather can accelerate oil production in your skin and you’re likely using sunscreen more consistently, so exfoliating more often to remove oil and built up sunscreen may be necessary. However, it’s important to exercise caution and skip this step if your skin is sunburned, dry, or irritated from time outdoors. Neo-Cleanse Exfoliating Skin Cleanser is a retexturizing 9.9% glycolic acid gel cleanser that hydrates with glycerin and helps reveal fresh, vibrant skin.
Changing Face Wash
Because oily skin may be more prone to breakouts in the summer, changing your cleanser may be a good idea. Using a foaming cleanser that contains salicylic acid can help prevent clogged pores. Dry skin that suffers from redness and irritation, however, may need a milder cleanser. Neo-Cleanse Gentle Skin Cleanser is a creamy, glycerin-rich cleanser that gently cleanses the skin without stripping its natural barrier.
Antioxidants are important in keeping a person’s skin healthy. As previously mentioned, Vitamin C protects the skin from environmental damage, prevents wrinkles, and boosts collagen development. Look for serums, moisturizers, and sunscreens that come with an additional punch of antioxidants. Creams and serums with natural extracts and antioxidants can reduce inflammation, neutralize harmful free radicals, and repair skin.
Excessive UV exposure can permanently damage your skin and cause sunburn, wrinkles, fine lines, skin cancer, and premature aging. Your facial skin isn’t the only skin needing protection during the summer. Experts recommend a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher on all exposed skin. It is also important to note that sunscreen should be reapplied every couple of hours.
Longer days combined with more time spent outdoors means your body may need additional rest, too. Your body needs time to repair itself in order to maintain healthy skin. Adequate sleep allows your body to maintain its health and your skin’s barrier function.