Summer skin is a real thing. So we spoke to the experts to find the best ways to be feelin’ yourself this sunny season:
Hydration, the key to success.
“Switch out your cleanser for one that lathers to more fully cleanse the skin,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, a New York-based dermatologist. “During the summer, when humidity and temperatures rise, more oil, sweat, and dirt may become trapped on the skin.”
Follow a light ‘foaming’ cleanser with an equally gentle, hydrating moisturiser that contains known hydrators like hyaluronic acid, avocado and grape seed oil.
Exfoliate = excellence.
“Exfoliation is a must in any skin-care routine, especially in the summer,” says Joanna Czech, a Dal-las-based beautician. “It removes dead skin cells, sweat, dirt, and other toxins that clog your pores and reduce the efficacy of your other skin-care products.” She recommends using a gentle, everyday exfoliator that is still strong enough to remove dead skin cells.
Sunblock, sunblock, sunblock.
“You’re outside more in the spring and summer, and you wear more revealing clothing,” notes Dr
Zeichner. “So you need to be more diligent about sunscreen. Make sure to use a sunscreen labelled as having broad-spectrum protection and an SPF of at least 30.”
Remember that your body needs just as much sun protection as your face: “Oftentimes we get so caught up in making sure our faces don’t get burned that we forget about the rest of our bodies,” says Czech, who also recommends that you regularly treat yo’self to a full body scrub and antioxidant-rich body oil.
Load up on the sunshine vitamin.
While the many picnics, lazy beach days and wine tasting dates are sure to give you a golden glow, remember to give your skin plenty of vitamin D, which among many things, can help reduce acne breakouts because of its infection-fighting powers. Get your sunshine vitamin fix with Releaf Calcium Complex (with Vitamin D3), a product of natural origin with many potential health benefits for skin, teeth and bones.