Solving Your Top Summer Skin Dilemmas
In winter we have to deal with dry, flaky skin, but come summer, there is a whole new set of skin concerns we need to address. Sunburns, shiny T-zones and breakouts coincide with the warmer temperatures and sunny skies. Here is a list of some of summer’s peskiest skin sins along with how to tackle them:
Proper sun protection is critical in the summer, as the sun’s rays are at their most intense. It is imperative to apply the correct amount of sunscreen and reapply it frequently, otherwise you risk ending up with a nasty burn. If you do slip up and accidentally get sunburned, apply an after sun lotion to calm your skin. CLARINS SOS Sunburn Soother has an ultra moisturizing formula that contains mango and shea butter, which reduce irritation and peeling while speeding up healing.
2. Excess Oil and Shine
If you’re like me and you have naturally oily skin, you already have an issue with shine, and summer’s hot temps only exacerbate the problem. As opposed to trying to get rid of shine, it is best to use products that keep shine at bay. Add a mattifying gel to your skincare regime, such as Mineral Fusion Mattifying Oil-Control Facial Moisturizer. You can apply it to your face morning and night for a perfectly matte look. The formula also contains peptides to promote collagen, thus reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
On particularly humid days, you may find a mattifying gel just isn’t enough. For quick touchups try By Terry Voile Poudre Eclat Correcting Mattifying Loose Powder. This weightless, loose powder is transparent so it won’t ruin your makeup. Just dab on the shiny areas and say so long to excess oil.
Acne is often the unfortunate result of extra oil production that causes clogged pores. To prevent zits, choose a cleanser that contains bacteria fighting ingredients such as salicylic acid, or benzyol peroxide. If you already have a nasty spot, opt for a product that will speed healing and reduce inflammation like Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Targeted Spot Treatment. The gentle but effective formula is ideal for those with sensitive skin.
The combination of tight clothes and sweat can lead to acne on other parts of your body, most commonly the chest and back. If you find you are prone to body breakouts, select a specially formulated body wash like Murad Acne Body Wash. This deep cleaning formula contains anti-inflammatory agents that reduce irritation, thus minimizing unsightly breakouts.
4. Melting Makeup
It can be a challenge trying to get your makeup to stay on until at least noon in the balmy days of August. The combination of sweat and oil make it difficult for products to adhere to the skin properly. Opt for long-lasting, sweat-proof and waterproof formulas for the longest lasting look.
A primer is an essential step if you want to guarantee that your makeup will make it through the day. Laura Mercier Mineral Primer is an ultra-fine, colorless primer that is specifically formulated to ensure mineral foundations stand the test of time. Bonus: it increases the effectiveness of other SPF products, which is key in summer.
5. Dark spots
Dark spots are the unfortunate result of spending one too many days lying out in the sun unprotected. To fade hyper pigmentation, look for a cream that contains an acid, such as Kojic acid, which is found in La Roche-Posay Mela-D Dark Spots SPF 15. This rich cream also has UVA and UVB protection to help prevent future spots.
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