The summer beauty mood board likely includes glowing, clear skin. However, high humidity, hot weather and sun exposure may result in sweat-induced pores becoming clogged sunburns, dark spots if you’re not keeping the common summer skin problems with your skincare routine.
When you are consistent, the ideal skincare routine can benefit you all year long, but there are a few adjustments you can do to reduce the effects of seasonal changes that summer may have on your skin.
Who is more knowledgeable about advice on skincare than dermatologists? We spoke to three of the top dermatologists to learn their top summer skincare advice. Find out the best ways to maintain your complexion at great all through the summer month sand beyond.
1. Level-Up Your SPF
Dermatologists believe that proper UV protection is the most crucial aspect of every skincare routine and especially in the summer, when the days get longer and you are bound to spend longer under the sun.
“SPF must be applied each all day to areas exposed, which typically include the neck, face and chest, as well as the ears and hands. it’s especially important to apply the sunscreen every two hours or earlier if you are swimming or sweating, since individuals spend more time outside in summer.” Dr. Marisa Garshick, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. If you have to apply sunscreen at-the-go, she suggests an SPF powder such as Colorescience’s Sunforgettable Total Protection Shield SPF50 and an SPF-compact, such as Avene’s Mineral Tinted Compact SPF 50.
It’s equally important to apply sufficient sunblock to make sure that you receive sufficient protection. You must follow the two-finger technique when applying sunscreen on your neck and face, says Dr. Karan Lal who is a board-certified dermatologist from New Jersey. Apply one layer of sunscreen on your middle and index fingers. This is the proper amount to apply to your daily use on your face. In the case of the body the body, a shot glass size is suitable for areas that are exposed.
Furthermore is that Dr. Melanie Palm, a board-certified dermatologist , and the creator of Art of Skin MD located in Solana Beach, California, advises you to ensure your sunscreen has an SPF of 30 or more Also, consider the length of the day you spend outside. “Seek shade and avoid direct sunlight between 10 am until 4 pm during outdoor activities during the time when UV rays can be the highest,” she suggests.
It is also worth considering wearing UPF-rated clothing of 50 or greater in addition to sunscreen or taking a supplement that improves protection from UV light. Dr. Palm calls out Heliocare which is a supplement to Polypodium leucotomos, a plant.
2. Lighten Up Your Moisturizer
Although you sweat more during the summer months however, your skin must be moisturized. Since dryness during the summer isn’t a common occurrence in summer and you’re not requiring an incredibly rich cream like you would in winter.
“I’m in favor of putting aside the thick moisturizers and petroleumatum and switching to lighter moisturizers that are based on hyaluronic acid,” says Dr. Lal. “These moisturizers work well at keeping your body hydrated, without leaving you feeling heavy and sticky.” We’re big fans of Laneige’s Water Bank Blue Hyaluronic Cream Moisturizer that comes with a variety of sizes of HA for greater absorption.
Dr. Lal also recommends a face mist for a refreshing facial all day long, when it is necessary. “My current favorite is La Roche-Posay Serozinc Mist which helps reduce the appearance of a pore and reduces shine,” the dermatologist says. “I apply this prior to occasions to ensure that I don’t come to be greasy after an extended day.”
3. Make Sure Your Products Are Non-Comedogenic
Acne-clogged pores can cause breakouts in summertime. One way to avoid oils and sweat from getting accumulated inside pores would be to choose non-comedogenic skincare and cosmetics.
“I recommend searching for non-comedogenic items, which means products that don’t cause or cause breakouts,” Dr. Palm advises. “Avoid oils or deeply moisturizing formulations during summer.”
To keep pores clean individuals with acne-prone and oily skin should include ingredients such as salicylic acid, benzoylperoxide sulfur, niacinamide, or sulfur in their regimens. “All substances can help in reducing acne and also have anti-inflammatory properties,” Dr. Palm says. “Just make sure to consult with your M.D. when you’re pregnant or nursing since certain medicines are suitable to use.”
4. Properly Wash Your Face
“Since you sweat more during the summer season due to the outdoors or simply being physically active, I suggest washing your face along your hairline because this area is typically overlooked, and can cause breakouts on the hairline , or on the areas of the face.” Dr. Palm.
“This is the moment to pull your big guns, such as salicylic acid-containing wash products,” Dr. Lal says. “These washes can clear your pores, and remove acne-causing bacteria.”
It is here that a foaming gel cleanser could come in. Dr. Garshick suggests SkinCeuticals Pure Cleanser that contains glycolic acid. CeraVe’s Renewing SA Cleanser is a low-cost face wash with salicylic acid.
5. Use a Retinoid in Moderation
While there aren’t any substances that you shouldn’t use during summer however, you might need to change the way you utilize these ingredients. Retinoids is one of them.
“Summer is the time when people begin feeling more irritated by their Retinol/retinoid. Retinoids and retinoids cause you to be more sensitive to sun,” Dr. Lal says. “It is due to this I would recommend or limiting the frequency of use or becoming more vigilant about applying sun protection.”
With additional sun protection, you’ll be able to use your retinoid and retinol. Actually Dr. Garshick suggests the use of retinoid creams like Differin “to regulate cell turnover and keep the pores from becoming blocked.”