Summer Skin care
With the summer heat, it is time to lighten your summer skin care regime.Summer skin is oilier, or at least, less dry than winter skin, so go easy on the heavy moisturizers and adjust your summer skin care to suit your summer skin. Drink plenty of water as well to hydrate your entire body, replenish sweat and beat the summer heat.
Two things to remember when it comes to summer skin care.
- Skin tends to get oilier in summer. Adjust your skin care regime accordingly.
- Protect your skin from the sun. The sun’s UV rays can cause skin cancer, so be wise and use sunblocks.
Cleanse tone and moisturize. These are the basic summer skin care steps that help you keep your skin healthy and youthful for as long as possible.
Summer Cleansers & Toners
Considering that skin is oilier in summer, you might want to go easy on the cream cleansers. If your skin is sensitive, a soap-free cleanser followed by a swipe of alcohol free toner would cleanse your face gently, without drying your skin. Rosewater’s good as a toner for dry, normal and mature skin while witch hazel’s great for oily skin and skin with acne.
On the other hand, my doctor swears by soap and water and says that if everyone just uses soap and water for washing their faces during hot weather, there wouldn’t be so many people with acne problems. Don’t use harsh soaps on your face though. If soap an appeal to you, go for clinique mild soap. Personally, I love using a wash off cleanser on a hot day. It is so refreshing. A great one for oily skin or acne prone skin is clinique facial liquid soap
In summer, the sweat mixed with the extra oil your skin produces makes it more likely for you to have acne breakouts. Combat that by switching to acne skin care products if you’re prone to breakouts. Since summer is the time when pimples are more likely to flair up, exfoliate your skin with jojoba bead scrubs. Jojoba beads are actually microspheres of liquid wax suspended in the scrub. These beads do not have sharp edges that can cause tiny scratches on your skin. On top of that, jojoba oil is a wonderful after-sun treatment as it is anti-inflammatory and anti-aging.
In summer, you need to hydrate your skin. Yes, your skin gets oilier but you lose moisture through your sweat.The best thing you can do is to hydrate your skin from within. By drinking plenty of water. The first thing when you wake up in the morning should be to drink 2 large glasses of plain water. Throughout the day, drink at least 8 to 10 large glasses of water.
When it comes to the moisturizer that you apply on your skin, go for the water based ones. You need more water, not more oil. You need to lighten up. On top of that, you need extra protection against the sun’s UV rays.
For starters, get a moisturizer that’s a lotion or a gel. Cream moisturizers are oil-based, meaning that the moisturizer is made more of oil. Water is suspended in oil.
For a lotions are water-based, meaning water makes up more of the formula than oil. Oil droplets are suspended in water in a lotion.
. It is usually water that contains the active ingredients, with the product thickened to a jelly consistency.
For summer, a gel moisturizer or a moisturizing lotion would be ideal.
The most important thing you could do for your skin in summer is to protect it from the sun. That means using a sunblock. This is not just to prevent sunburn. Even a tan is a sign that the UV rays from the sun are damaging your skin and increases your risk of skin cancer. To protect yourself, use a sunblock where the Sun Protection Factor is at least SPF 15 as long as you are going to step out of the house during the day. The easiest way is to use SPF 15 skincare, in your moisturizer, foundation and daycream. Make it part of your get ready to face the world routine every morning. For babies or those with fair skin that burns easily, go for at least SPF 30 sunblocks.
Some sources say a higher SPF factor is unneccessary and might irritate the skin due to the extra chemicals in it, while others, like the Harvard Center For Cancer Prevention recommend an SPF that is higher than 15 for cancer prevention. Here’s what to do if you do get a sunburn.
Spritz on some water to cool off when it gets hot. Make that thermal water for it anti-irritant and soothing properties.
Every girl should carry around a bottle of drinking water to hydrate herself on a hot summer’s day. A chic girl would carry a bottle of thermal water in her tote bag to refresh her skin throughout the day.
Thermal water from the French springs, like the Avene thermal water, contains medicinal properties. It has been used to treat skin problems like dermatitis and even to help burn patients heal the damaged skin. Thermal water has a mix of precious elements that protect and heal the skin, making skin more supple, healthier. Younger.
Thermal water soothes the skin. Spritz in onto irritated skin for relief, and to help skin heal faster.
As a beauty aid, spritz in on your face in the air plane, to keep skin hydrated, so that you don’t look like a prune when you leave the plane.
After applying makeup, spritz on thermal water to set it so it looks like your skin is naturally radiant. Hey, no one needs to know you actually used makeup to achieve that look. It’s the secret behind no makeup, makeup.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer sunblock
I bought a tube of Neutrogena ultra sheer dry-touch sunblock SPF 70 with helioplex, about a month ago for a tropical vacation. Everything about it appeared excellent.
- It is dermatologist recommended
- It contains a broad spectrum uva and uvb protection
- The protection is one of the highest available, at spf70
- It is lightweight (I’ve got oily sensitive skin)
- It is waterproof (I intend to swim. A lot.)
- It is non-comedogenic (I have acne prone skin)
One thing that bothered me was the warning: Discontinue use if irritation or rash appear. Uh oh. Did I mention that I have sensitive skin and most sunblocks either give me pimples or painful rashes. My facial skin would sting like I’ve got a sunburn even if I stay out of the sun when I get one of those allergic reactions.
Chanel Precision Hydramax Review
I have been using Chanel Precision Hydramax+ for 2 weeks already. Here’s my review.
To begin with, I have problematic skin. I’ll be 40 on my next birthday and should be using antiaging products but whenever I try, I get pimples. Basically, my skin has plenty of oil, but too little water. Most moisturizers deliver both oil and water, which worsens my skin’s oiliness and usually, I end up with those tiny pimples all over my face due to the product clogging up my skin.
It is on this turbulent skin that I have been testing Chanel Hydramax, using it every morning as a day cream.
From what I understand, this cream contains a patented ingredient that delivers moisture to the skin’s deepest layers, boosting the skin’s moisture level significantly. (100% boost from what I’ve read). Sounds like exactly what I need. Moisture as in water, to relieve the dehydrated skin and prevent the fine lines from becoming permanent.
After 2 weeks of this Chanel moisture boost cream –> its other name 🙂
My skin is still clear. Phew. None of those pimples resulting from an over-rich product has appeared. Hence, this cream is excellent for people who need moisture but not the oil. 2 weeks is too short to see long term effect on the lines but my skin feels soft and this cream certainly agrees with my temperamental skin.
This pale blue cream is a delight to use. It has a light, floral scent that is tasteful. The texture of the cream is soft and it is a joy to apply. It scores in pampering points over its medicinal cousins which are effective but more like something from a doctor’s office than a luxurious spa.
A look at the ingredients list shows that this is a no-nonsense skincare cream. It is chock full of vitamins and plant extracts. The antioxidants vitamin E (tocopherol), vitamin B as in panthenol, citric acid which improves skin health (vitamin C boosts collagen production), and vitamin A (palmitate) another potent antioxidant.
Note : Summer is a time for fun so go out and enjoy the warm days. By following a few easy summer skin care tips you will be well on your way to worry free fun in the sun.
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