Each season comes with its own set of challenges for keeping skin in tip top shape, and summer is no exception. As the weather warms up we find ourselves getting outside more, which also means more sun exposure. Here are few ways to make sure your summer fun doesn’t interfere with your complexion.
You may think that exfoliating is just for dry fall and winter seasons when skin tends to get flaky. Think again. Changes in climate, including dry heat, surges in humidity and too much time in the sun can cause imbalances in the skin just as easily as winter’s frigid temps and blustery conditions. It’s important to maintain exfoliation as part of your summer skincare routine as well, which not only helps remove damaged or flaky skin from too many hours basking at the beach, but can also keep mild blackheads at bay. However, you’ll want to exfoliate less often during the summer, as over exfoliation can break down the skin’s natural defensive barrier. Stick to using a mild exfoliator only twice a week, and make sure to switch out any acid-based exfoliation products a few days before sun intensive outings, such as the beach, pool or an all-day hiking excursion.
The dog days of summer with all its glorious heat and humidity may have most of us wondering whether to just skip the moisturizer—especially for those who have oily or acne prone skin. However, it’s important to keep moisturizing during the summer months as well. Lighter formulas, or those with zinc oxide can help those who see an increase in breakouts as it gets warmer while also maintaining an optimal moisture balance. Be sure to use a moisturizer with SPF to layer beneath your regular SPF and or makeup.
Even if you are using a moisturizer with SPF (and you definitely should be), this doesn’t mean you get a pass on the sunscreen, especially if you know you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time. In the summer, layering is crucial, because let’s be honest, if you’ve spent any time applying makeup, chances are you’re not going to want to reapply a heavy lotion-based sunscreen multiple times throughout the day. If this sounds like it might ring true for you, start the day off with a solid layer of sun protection --- SPF 30 or more --- and reapply with a lighter spray formula throughout the day, or as needed. Try Hang Ten Sunscreen to keep your skin safe and supple even when spending hours under the sun. Don’t forget to protect your scalp! Throw on a stylish hat from Francesca’s.
This is a no brainer, but hydration is really the not-so-secret weapon to getting amazing, clear skin. You gotta drink up, and drink up often. How much? An easy way to figure out how many ounces of water you should be consuming on a daily basis is to multiply your weight by ⅔. So, for example, if you weigh 130 pounds, you should shoot for drinking around 86 ounces of water. If you have a difficult time drinking water, try to spice it up. Add fresh, seasonal fruits and herbs to a pitcher of ice water. Think watermelon, berries and oranges, or try experimenting with unique flavor combinations, such as cucumber and mint, or strawberries and basil.
Pick Weather-Worthy Makeup
There’s nothing worse than getting your makeup just so, just to have it melt away in the sticky summer heat. Unfortunately, hotter temps often require a bit of adaptability for our beauty routines. Try experimenting with skipping liquid or cream-based foundation and using concealer on dark areas or blemishes for that all-natural beach look. If that’s not an option, try using a combination of concealer and a tinted moisturizer for fuller coverage. Additionally, to keep your lashes looking fresh poolside, you may want to opt for a waterproof mascara. However If you find that the water resistant formulas are too drying or irritate your eyes, here’s a tip: After applying a regular layer of your favorite mascara on your top lashes, seal with a clear mascara, and then use the clear formula to add a bit of shine to your bottom lashes without fear of smudging.