How many of you are totally psyched it’s FINALLY summer? Us, too!
Whether you are going on a family vacation or just hanging out at home for an extended stay-cation, you’ve worked hard this year and deserve some much-needed rest, relaxation, and pure unadulterated playtime.
Here are our best skin tips, just in time for all that summer fun:
Find a Lighter Formula Sunscreen.
A lot of sunscreen is heavy and oily, which can contribute to breakouts and shine during the summer months. If you can’t find something you like, keep trying! For my acne clients to use daily, my holy-grail sunscreen is Elta UV Clear SPF 46, but it can be a bit heavy for summer if you’re oily and, unfortunately, it’s not waterproof. If you need a daily sunscreen that goes on matte, check out Cetaphil Dermcontrol SPF 30 from our approved “daily sunscreen” list. If you’re looking for a waterproof sunscreen that will stay on through a midday jog or a swim in the pool, check out our list of approved “water resistant” products–great for even super-oily and darker complexions. Note: The new tinted version of EltaMD UV Clear contains pore-clogging isopropyl palmitate, so we only recommend the untinted version.
And When It’s Time to Reapply,
Nobody wants to go through the hassle of washing his or her face and re-doing one’s makeup each time. To streamline the process, touch up with an approved pressed powder, which contains loose mineral powder with an SPF in a super-convenient dust-on wand.
For the Body, Apply Sunscreen in the Buff.
Bikinis give no protection for the skin, and all-over sunburns can hurt the most. Before hitting the beach, apply SPF to the whole body, naked, and let it dry before putting on that skimpy suit.
A Baseball Cap Won’t Protect Your Face from Sun Coming at an Angle.
Opt for a hat with a brim for full protection. (Celebrities like Blake Lively have heard this tip before.)
Hold off on Using Tazorac, Retin-A, or Differin until September.
Vitamin A derivatives make the skin fragile and susceptible to brown spots and irritation. An exfoliating serum like Mandelic Serum and creamy scrub like Daily Scrub are all the exfoliation you need in the summer.
Acne Can Occur in Embarrassing Locations like the Back and Bum.
The solution to back and bum acne? Scrub those areas every morning with Clearing Scrub, a 3-in-1 cleanser, scrub, and acne product that contains 2.5% benzoyl peroxide.
Reduce Bumps and Irritations Caused by Summer Heat and Humidity.
Try our Hydrating Gel, which contains calming aloe vera and allantoin. It’s also great for soothing sunburned skin and irritations from saltwater or chlorine–without breaking you out.
If Mosquitoes are Enemy #1:
A person’s chemical makeup attracts mosquitoes to certain people and not others, which is why some of us always seem to get bitten while others get off scott-free. If you don’t like the smell or feel of insect repellant, eucalyptus essential oil gives short-term protection from those irritating buggers. Greenerways Organic Bug Spray is the only one we’ve found that won’t break you out.
Have a great summer, POREspective friends. And, wear your sunscreen!
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