Even the most skillfully assembled skin-care routine is seldom a year-round champion. Swings in humidity, arctic bursts of air-conditioning, and brighter, longer days all play a role in how your skin endures. With summer officially here, now’s the time to rethink your seasonal wardrobe from the neck up, with a certain attention to detail toward maintaining—and protecting—that effervescent glow. Here we share pretty jewels for mastering your summertime fine!
a. Why skin’s stressed-out:
The ugly truth is that we sweat more often in the summer, so are more likely to frequently cleanse. This is seriously stressful to the skin. Why? Because, Cleansing too frequently or harshly strips away three components of your skin that keep it moisturized—natural oils on the surface, ceramides (or fats) internally, & natural moisturizing factors (NMFs). NMFs are natural substances that retain water from inside body; without them, skin won’t be as effectively hydrated, & natural process of cell turnover may slow down. The result of skin stripped of NMFs is skin that is dull and skin that is dry.
b. What you can skip:
To start, dodge your morning cleanser. Instead, lightly splash your face with water and apply sunscreen or, a light moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or higher. Evening-only cleansing will suffice for most, except those with very oily or acne-prone skin. If your skin is normal to dry, once a week throughout the summer eliminate your evening cleanser, too. If you’re wearing makeup, remove it gently with a wipe, such as Neutrogena Make Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes Hydrating ($7 at drugstores). And while you’re (not) at it, after your once-a-week, water-only wash in the evening, skip any moisturizer you might normally use. This may help reduce oiliness during the day and prevent clogged pores, says Mona A. Gohara, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine. Can’t imagine a night without moisturizer? Fair. At least downgrade to a light lotion or a serum, applying to dry areas only.
c. Skin Spa treat:
A mask of plain full-fat yogurt and oatmeal can help replenish moisture and exfoliate all skin types,” says Stephanie Tourles, a holistic aesthetician in Orland, Maine. The treatment also cools and calms overheated skin, red skin, and heat rash. Mix ½ cup of each ingredient, leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse. Repeat up to three times a week.