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In the summertime, our skin often changes
along with the rising temperatures - hotter weather usually means that our
sweat and oil glands go into overdrive, creating the perfect conditions for
breakouts. That doesn’t mean that you have to suffer all through the summertime
with some extra pimples - there are steps that you can take to keep your skin
as clear as possible all summer long.
of the heat, our skin naturally produces more sweat and oil - that means that
there's more stuff left on the skin that could cause breakouts. When you use the right cleanser for your skin that's super
gentle yet thorough, you can rinse away all of the potentially clogging
residues that are just hanging out on your skin.
This is especially important if you wear
makeup - allowing old makeup to linger on the skin can cause even more unwanted
blackheads and breakouts! For an extra thorough clean, always use a makeup
remover before using your cleanser.
After a long day, it's tempting to just hop
into bed and leave your shower until the morning - but this is exactly how you
could get more acne, and even get body acne! A thorough cleanse - morning and
night - lays down the framework for an acne-free skincare routine!
No one likes their face feeling like a greasy
piece of pizza, right? While oil-based products aren't considered a surefire
ticket for acne anymore, there's no denying that they can make already oily,
acne-prone skin look and feel even more greasy. Combined with summer
temperatures, this is a surefire recipe for overly shiny, oily skin.
Choose a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer for
daytime use to avoid that heavy, oily feeling and potentially even more
breakouts. Some lightweight yet nurturing ingredients to look for are
hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and witch hazel.
If you do use acne-friendly oils such as
squalane, jojoba, or rosehip oil, it's best to use them as part of a nourishing
night-time routine. To reduce the greasy feeling, a few drops can be mixed into
your nighttime moisturizer.
You don't wear the same clothes in the
wintertime as the summertime, so why would you keep the same skin routine? Our
skin is just as affected by the change in climate, and it's crucial to adapt to
Instead of a dry, cold climate where our skin
might need extra moisture to stop from drying out and peeling, summertime
skincare doesn't have to be so heavily moisturizing. Opting for a non-greasy,
lightweight moisturizer like the Intense Repair Cream in the summertime ensures
that skin is never choked with heavy products, but still has enough moisture
for radiance and glow.
Another product that's perfect for a summer
routine is a face mist - they're super cooling and comforting to skin and
perfect to use on a hot day. They're also usually infused with ingredients such
as aloe vera and witch hazel to soothe and calm down skin that's irritated by
the heat and sun.
Wearing sunscreen in the summer is crucial for
all skin types, but especially for acne-prone skin. Why? Well, you may have
heard the myth that exposing acne to the sun helps to banish breakouts. That's
because, in excessive exposure to UV light, skin does two things - darken and
dry out in response to the UV exposure. This temporarily reduces the appearance
of acne by drying it out, but in the long-term, causes more damage than good.
Not only is your sun-exposed skin more likely
to show premature signs of aging and sun damage, exposing acne to the sun can
make it more likely to leave behind dark marks, aka post-inflammatory
Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen specifically
designed for use on the face is ideal for preventing sun damage to acne-prone
skin. Sunscreen formulas have come a long way from the thick, clogging formulas
they used to have! A lot of sunscreens, especially from Japan and Korea are
water-based and are designed to protect skin without feeling heavy or greasy.
This is a no-brainer for the summer, but
staying hydrated can affect your skin more than you know! Ensuring that you’re
hydrated inside (thanks to water) and out (with a lightweight moisturizer)
helps to maintain optimal skin health in the hotter months.
Dehydrated skin won't bounce back as quickly
from common summer skin issues like sunburn, dryness, and clogged pores - so
it's crucial to drink enough water to keep skin healthy and balanced. A
guideline to figure out your optimal water intake is to drink between 0.5 - 1
oz of water per lb of your body weight.
Ensuring that you drink enough water also
helps the body to expel anything that could cause acne from the inside, such as
alcohol or sugar consumption - both of which you should be minimizing for
flawless, acne-free skin. Properly hydrated skin also glows with health from
within, ensuring that your skin looks naturally amazing - who doesn’t want
It’s always tempting to try and cover up acne
as much as possible with as many layers as possible. The thing is, this can
totally backfire. High-coverage, hard to remove makeup all over the face can both
look very obvious in the summer heat and
create more acne - the opposite of what you’re going for!
When it comes to looking naturally flawless,
carefully spot-concealing using a non-comedogenic product such as the Miracle Dual Salmon Concealer is the way to
go. The formula is incredibly long-wearing, plus it color-corrects at the same
time. What that means is the formula not only matches your skin tone, it
corrects the color of the zit or scar underneath, meaning you don’t need a lot
of product for full coverage. I call that a win-win situation! Plus, keeping
layers of makeup minimal in the summer heat is key for naturally flawless
looking skin that isn’t choked by layers of coverage.