Change Up Your Skin-Care Routine for Summer

From Better Homes and Gardens

After battling the skin woes that are accompanied by winter's dry, cold air, it's time to take on a new challenge: the hot, humid temperatures of summer. You shouldn't need to worry too much about dry skin flakes, but you'll want to tweak your routine to take care of different challenges to your skin.

Exfoliate more often during the summer months.

When you slack off on exfoliation, your skin can start to look dull and lifeless, thanks to a buildup of dead skin cells. You can exfoliate more often during the hot months than you do during the winter, as your skin is less likely to be extra-dry or sensitive from the cold—but go easy. Since you'll be exfoliating skin more frequently, use a gentler scrub. Try combining your scrub and your cleanser and use it at the end of the shower, once your skin has had a chance to absorb the steam. The top layer of dead skin will come off easily and prepare your skin to absorb moisturizers more effectively. For deeper exfoliation, schedule an in-office microdermabrasion session. The treatment opens up clogged pores to remove dead skin beneath the surface.

Lighten up your beauty regimen.

Humidity, oil and sunscreen can all leave your face feeling greasy during the summer, so switch to lighter versions of your face wash, moisturizers and foundations to help combat the challenges of staying shine-free during the summertime. Oily, normal and combo skin types in particular need to attract and seal water into their skin without adding additional oil. While this can be a challenge during the dog days of summer, serums and moisturizing creams that contain hyaluronic acid act as humectants, attracting water from the environment and coating skin with a blanket of soothing moisture. Swap out your creamy moisturizer for a foam-based or gel-based cleanser, and experiment with facial spritzers or light serums instead of the super-hydrating moisturizer you reach for during the wintertime. 

Use sunscreen—every single day.

A shot glass full of broad-spectrum sunscreen (with an SPF of at least 30) should suffice for head to toe. The key to staying protected is to reapply every two hours or so. When you're swimming or sweating, the SPF wipes away, leaving your skin an unprotected canvas for harmful UV rays.

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