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Beaches are opening back up, temperatures are on the rise, and no one wants to have to show off their body acne against their will. If you’re struggling with damaged skin as the weather gets even hotter, here are five summer skincare tips for clean, clear skin.
1. Know thyself
Trying to counter a skin problem is difficult when you don’t understand what type of skin you have. Your genetics can and will influence your skin type to some extent.
Some determinative factors include hormonal imbalances, using the wrong skincare products for your skin type, seasonal change, and factors attributed to your lifestyle like stress, sleeping patterns, or smoking, among others. There are two main skin types: oily and dry. The best way to determine your skin type is to check how it feels when devoid of moisturizers or facial lotions.
2. Wash with lukewarm water
Dry skin types experience symptoms like itchiness, flaking, cracking, bleeding, rough patches, or peeling around the nose. Look for oil cleansers instead of foaming cleansers and get products with resveratrol, grape seed oil, and antioxidants. Use lukewarm water rather than hot water, which dries out the skin, to wash your face. Always moisturize, and steer clear of habits that can cause your skin to dry out.
3. Use an oil-free moisturizer
The presence of large pores, greasy residue on the skin’s surface, and a shining T-zone (areas on the head that include the forehead, nose, and chin) indicates oily skin. Pro tip: If you have an oily T-zone one hour after washing your face, you have an oily skin type.
In this case, stay away from moisture-stripping or dehydrating products that contain sulfates and foaming agents. These products will stimulate the oil glands to produce more oil. Instead, use oil-free moisturizers and sunscreens. Note that healthy oils like omega-rich flaxseed oil can balance the oil content on your skin.
4. Have to two moisturizers for combination skin
For those with combined oily and dry skin, symptoms are dry skin with an oily T-zone. For a skincare regimen, use two moisturizers; one free from oils for the oily regions and a gentler one for the dry areas, or look for one that suits both. Moisturize your oily spots with a salicylic acid scrub at least once or twice per week.
5. Use products for sensitive skin
Sensitive skin responds positively to detergent-free cleansers, sunscreen, and fragrance-free products. Dehydrated skin, which is the result of a lack of water in your epidermis, can be treated with facial oils, hyaluronic acid serums, particle-free gel exfoliators, and by drinking more water. Acne-prone skin needs a gentle exfoliator and a soothing cleanser. Aging skin can benefit from the use of sunscreen, retinol, or an antioxidant serum.
What summer skincare tips do you follow? What are your summer skincare goals? Sound off in the comments!