Given that it’s summer, which is one of the most difficult seasons for your skin, this article is going to help you combat the bad and the ugly by giving you some good tips on how to keep your skin clean and clear!
Tip #1: Clean it up
Cleaning your skin has to be the first step to any skincare regimen so as to cleanse out any impurities so that any other products you put on your skin would be able to get into your skin.
If you are prone to oily skin, summer most likely aggravates the skin to break out more. While it might seem tempting to pop into the shower for a douse of cold water, lukewarm water would actually help dissolve oil better than cold water. It also relaxes your face, while cold or hot water dries out your skin, which is something we don’t want.
For those with dry skin, cold showers would be your best bet. Hot or warm water would open up your pores and release the oil you want your skin to keep. If your skin releases too much oil, it’ll dry your skin out even more, which could lead to your skin flaking and red patches emerging.
Tip #2: Clear the way
Exfoliating is one of the most important things one has to do because this is the key to paving the way for clear, new skin. Be careful not to go overboard though, as exfoliating should only be done once to twice a week lest you irritate the new skin and excessive exfoliating in the summer can cause an increase in sun sensitivity for your skin.
Those who have oily skin have to make exfoliating a part of your weekly regimen, because this is the step that can help remove any dirt clogging your pores, such as sebum and bacteria. Make sure to use physical exfoliants that contain more of a scrub to it as this clears the pores more easily.
People with dry skin don’t have to worry about exfoliation in the summer as much, but it’s still a good idea to exfoliate every one or two weeks. Exfoliants which aid in removing dead and dry skin while providing some form of hydration would be the best bet for those with a dry skin type as it gives your skin its much needed hydration.
Tip #3: Protect your turf
This tip is universal to all skin types because prevention is better than cure, and protecting your skin is would help guard against future skin problems.
Using sunscreen in the summer is especially important due to the harmful UV rays in the sun. Find the right kind of sunscreen for your skin type, which should be somewhere on the levels of SPF 50. I’m currently using Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen with SPF 50+ which is fantastic because it absorbs right into your skin and doesn’t leave any kind of filmy white substance behind. It’s also non-comedogenic, which would prevent the blocking of your pores and is water and sweat resistant, which means you can have your summer fun as well!
With all that’s been said, have fun and enjoy the summer heat and be sure to clean, clear and protect your skin!