Luckily we’ve scoured the internet, and pulled together some tips and tricks to help you create a summer skin care routine that keeps you glowing and tells oily skin, “Thank you, next!”
What is your skin’s most common response to hot summer weather? If you guessed sweat, you’d be correct!
Sweat is undoubtedly a good thing — after all it moisturizes and cools your skin, and even kills bacteria. Problems can arise though when sweat is left unmanaged, and not cleaned away for longer periods of time. The most common problem is the production of sebum, an oily and fatty substance.
Sweat activates the production of sebum, which again is helpful to the skin, but can build up and cause an oily appearance, clog pores, and even be the root cause of acne.
An oily look however isn’t the only issue facing your skin in the summer, the following issues can also arise without proper care:
Sure the summer sun and heat can pose some problems to your skin, but there’s plenty of options to help you fight back and make the most of your time outside.
Here are our five favorite, and most effective, ways to preserve your skin during the summer months and keep you looking your best.
Sunscreen specifically can help in two important areas:
Just like it’s great to supplement a healthy diet with vitamins, adding a pair of sunglasses on top of an already sunscreen protected face is a terrific habit to get into. While wearing your favorite sunnies makes you feel stylish, your eyes will thank you in the short and long term as over exposure can cause wrinkles to eyelids and the skin around them.
For most parts of the country summer means more humidity, which can cause some people to assume that with so much moisture in the air you no longer need your moisturizer.
That’s actually not the case, but with so much humid haze, you may just need a different moisturizer for the summer months.
If you anticipate being outside in the sun for a length of time during the day, try wearing less makeup. Not only will you feel cooler, but you reduce the chance of clogging pores and having the makeup mix with sweat to culminate in that unwanted oily appearance.
A little cheek stain, a little lip color, and some waterproof mascara and voilà! You’re ready.
Sweat plus sunscreen, moisturizer, and makeup is an equation that produces a high chance of clogged pores — but thankfully exfoliation can come in to save the day.
Exfoliating one or two times a week is a great way to cleanse your skin and prevent an oily look, which can happen when anything mentioned above is left on the skin for an excessive period of time.
One important thing to remember, according to Healthline: never exfoliate while sunburned.
Now, before you let out an audible “GROSS,” hear us out.
You can still shower daily, and anytime after a workout, but you’ll want to cut out any unneeded rinses that prevent your skin from maintaining a healthy level of moisture (ironic, right?), which can lead to a dry and dehydrated appearance.
If not showering or showering less isn’t the option for you, try sacrificing a little comfort for better skin health. Instead of a hot shower, cool it down a bit. Your skin will thank you.
Additionally staying in the shower for long periods of time can have negative effects and dry skin. So try and limit your time under the water to ten minutes or less.
And when it comes to those natural body odors, we look to skin treatments, not perfumy cover-ups.
On your path to avoiding oily skin, be sure you’re not clearing a path for dry and cracked skin to enter the fold — it’s all about finding a balance that works for you!