Summer months are coming, and for many that means more time out in the sun—and more skin-baring activities outdoors. Learning how to properly care for skin can help you feel confident while you’re out and about. Here are some common myths about summer skincare that we can debunk today.
Fact: Summer might require a few small changes in skincare, but when you use high-quality products specific to your skin’s needs, you probably don’t need to change much. Depending on where you live, summer might bring more humidity. If that’s the case you might want to adjust your moisturizer to a lighter, oil-free formula to minimize oily skin and prevent buildup of dirt and oils that could increase the chance of an acne breakout. A skincare consultant can help you find the right one.
Fact: Sun protection doesn’t necessarily last all day, so depending on how long you are out in the sun, and what activities you are doing, you may need to reapply. Using a moisturizer or other face cream with SPF is a good start in the morning. But it can wear off within a few hours, so on a normal day you should reapply every two to three hours. If you’re sweating, swimming, or playing in the water, you definitely need to reapply sunscreen more often.
When you do reapply, make sure you are using a sunscreen product that is designed for face application. Look for non-comedogenic products that won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts.
Fact: Ultraviolet rays from the sun can penetrate clouds, so during summer months (and all year-round) you should still apply sunscreen whenever you are outside. Just like on sunny days, apply it every two to three hours, or more often if you’re sweating or swimming.
Fact: When you first start using retinol it could cause your skin to be more sensitive to sunlight (called photosensitivity), but over time your skin will adapt to retinol use. If you just started using retinol or retinoids, apply sunscreen before you go out or wear a hat to protect your face from UV rays. Retinols can also degrade when exposed to UV rays, so apply your products at night (not in the morning before you go outside) for maximum benefit.
Fact: Even in the summer it’s important to keep natural oil levels balanced. If you skip moisturizer, it could cause your skin to over-produce oils to avoid getting dry. Other acne treatment products with harsh ingredients can also cause skin to dry out. That can lead to irritation, redness, dry skin, and worsening acne breakouts. Talk to a skincare consultant about how to find the right moisturizer for balanced oil levels without a heavy, greasy feeling.
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