Volleyball on the beach, paddle boarding on the water and a completely different list of skin issues to deal with – summer is in full swing. If you’re like me, skincare in the summer is completely different than skincare in the winter. Whether you’re feeling a little oily, suffering from a wicked sunburn or breaking out from sweat, I’m here to help your summer skin woes.
Humidity making you oily?
Hot, humid weather can increase oil production. Believe me, I know. A super shiny face is not the look I want for the summer. But before you stock up on old school oil absorbing sheets, consider trying a clay mask. Clay masks not only absorb oil it can help unclog pores. You can purchase a pre-made clay mask or make it into a DIY project using this guide. Later apply a salicylic acid toner as part of your daily routine as it will also help minimize shine.
Sweat causing you to break out?
When its hot out, sometimes a glow happens. And sometimes, that glow is a full on sweat. It may be from a going for a run, it may be from seizing an opportunity to lay out in the sun. It doesn’t matter how it got there, but it’s important to remember that while a good sweat is detoxifying, leaving it on your skin for a prolonged period of time can cause breakouts. The best way to fight this? Keep some facial cleanser towelettes with you. After a good sweat, wipe it off and continue being a badass.
In the sun a little too long?
You should always wear sunscreen, especially on your face. Sometimes, though, a sunburn happens. Immediately, you might think you need aloe or a strong moisturizer. Although those can help, consider an oatmeal mask. Yes, an oatmeal mask. The oat bran helps soothe the pain and will also tone the redness down a bit.
Annoying sun spots?
Above we established we should always be wearing sunscreen, but what happens if you still get those pesky brown sun spots? Products containing licorice extract, Vitamin C and hydroquinone will help to brighten these spots. Apply nightly to help fade spots over time.
Dry skin from being in the pool too long?
Seems counterintuitive right? It’s true, hanging out in the pool all day can lead to dry, flaky skin. This is caused by the chlorine. The chlorine can be helpful for killing some unwanted acne-causing bacteria on your face, however prolonged exposure can dry you out. The simple solution – always rinse off once you leave the pool. Once you’ve toweled dry, add a light moisturizer. This will help restore some of the natural oils that were stripped away from the chlorine.
A few skincare issues is no reason to wish away amazing summer weather. Use these hacks to keep your skin glowing and healthy throughout the days of summer ahead. And if you’re looking for ways to stay moisturized and fresh while on the go, try these gym bag essentials to keep your skin healthy.