The biggest investment in your beauty regimen should always be in your skin. Outside elements greatly affect the quality of your complexion…you don’t want to end up looking like Magda up there do you? All the makeup in the world won’t help if you don’t have the proper canvas to work on and changing the way you care for your skin each season makes all the difference. Although seeing an aesthetician and getting regular facials is always going to produce the best results, you are perfectly capable of achieving that same gorgeous glow using DIY treatments at home.
Using a cleanser for your specific skin type is crucial. If your skin is consistent year round, then adjusting your cleanser isn’t necessary. However, if you feel your skin produces more oil in the summer months, then using a combination or oil control formula should help balance out your skin. I’m on the oily side and tend to break out, so I use Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser which contains salicylic acid 1.5%.
Deep exfoliation of skin cells that accumulate during the winter months is a necessary step in prepping skin for the summer. Exfoliation also stimulates skin cell turnover and helps repair underlying skin damage. Using an exfoliant that’s a little more abrasive than what you’re currently using (like Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub) will not only help skin appear smoother, but will also allow a quicker penetration of treatment serums.
Back acne is not a good look for anyone, male or female. The biggest fashion faux-pas is wearing backless, summer styles with unsightly blemishes and red marks all over your back. It’s especially common closer to warmer months since we’re all working out- trying to get beach or pool party ready and the combination of tight gym clothes and excessive sweating is always to blame for “bacne”. Murad Acne Body Wash (not shown) contains both salicylic acid AND a patented, triple-action formula which cleanses, exfoliates, and treats broken out, irritated skin.
The biggest mistake in a summer skin care regimen is skipping moisturizer when the weather is hot and more humid. Although it can seem counterproductive, properly moisturizing your skin year round helps keep your complexion stay balanced. Not moisturizing after every cleansing can actually trigger oil production. No one likes to look or feel greasy, so if you are feeling shiny, switch to an oil free or oil control formula.
If you ignore all of my above suggestions (insert side eye), I beg of you to NOT ignore this one! ALWAYS, always, always use an SPF. Every. Single. Day! I cannot emphasize this enough since it is your biggest defense against wrinkles and sun damage. I personally also like to slather my hands in sunscreen since they’re exposed every day (while I’m driving). Aging also happens to your hands and it’s down right devastating when it starts happening to you. Trust me on this.
The stricter you are on your summer skin care routine, the better. Not only will you look your best beating the heat, but great skin year round is always in fashion.
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