With the changing of seasons, we experience the changing of environmental aggressors on the skin. In the summertime, we are less concerned with wind and less moisture in the air, but increased sun exposure and hot, sticky air. Skin care needs to adapt to fit changing needs—to ensure healthy skin year-round. Being aware of your environment and how to care for your skin will have you not only feeling great, but looking young, vibrant and healthy!
Here are some tips for summer skin care:
Sunscreen While I believe in sunscreen all year-round, it is very important in the warmer months. Not only are you spending more time outside in general, but the UVA/UVB rays can be more intense. Incidental sun exposure for only 10-15 minutes a day adds up over time and can cause significant sun damage and accelerated photoaging, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. UV damage accumulates over your lifetime. Using a high SPF sunscreen can reduce the accumulation of chronic UV damage that is linked to non-melanoma skin cancer and aging. My go-to is Elizabeth Arden City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF. Don’t forget to reapply throughout the day!
Antioxidants Due to pollution, UVB/UVA rays or environmental aggressors, as well as internal stressors, free radicals are formed. Free radicals are highly destructive molecules that can wreak havoc on your skin. Free radicals are unstable compounds in search of a missing electron. When they “steal” electrons from other molecules, it leaves those molecules unstable as well and in then in turn search of a missing electron. Because this produces a domino effect, this further weakens the skin barrier, leaving it vulnerable to premature aging (ie: fine lines and wrinkles and uneven skin texture). My go-to is Skinceuticals CE Ferulic. Use a serum under your moisturizer and sunscreen to fight free radicals all day long.
Hydrogels I love gel products to help cool, irritated skin. The skin doesn’t need creams in the warmer months when loss of moisture is less of a problem. Historically, gel moisturizers have used skin-drying alcohol as a prime ingredient so they are least hydrating and most potentially drying. The good news is that the latest gel hybrids like hydrogel masks we’re able to bridge the gap between oily lotions and drying gels and safe to use every day. Ease burns and relieve the skin with a cooling mask. I like Cremorlab Hydro Mask. Throw it in the fridge for an extra cooling and de-puffing effect.
Oil-Free To help regulate oil production, look for oil-free foundations or tinted moisturizers. Too much product can cause buildup on the face and potentially lead to breakouts. Switching to lighter products will balance out the extra oil production in warmer months and leave your skin looking healthier. I like to mix Cover FX Custom Blot Drops for an extra mattifying effect and oil control or try Cetaphil Tinted Moisturizer.
Mists Refresh and cleanse throughout the day with mists. We collect and spread bacteria throughout the day all over our face, especially as we are wiping sweat away. I like mists with hypocholorus acid because it has been known to fight bacteria and help cleanse skin. As an antimicrobial and antiviral, hypochlorous acid stimulates healing by signaling oxygenation and epithelial knitting, while working to decrease scarring. My go-to is LUMION Skin Oxygen Mist + HOCL. I also always like to have wipes handy, like Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Wipes, to remove sweat, dirt and bacteria when mists aren’t enough.
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