My Summertime Skin Care Tips

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I finally invested in a mini fridge for my skincare and I have no idea what to do with all this excitement. If you follow me on social, you know that skincare is a huge part of my life. I struggled with bad breakouts for years so, I made a commitment to myself to invest in healthy skin. The journey hasn’t been easy, but I’ve experimented and have found products that work for me. I enjoy sharing my journey on social with all of you. And chances are, you’ve been one of those people who have hit me up about the products that I use. Honestly, I still feel like my skin isn’t exactly where I want it to be, YET! I still deal with hormonal breakouts that leave dark spots. I have combination skin so, one day I can be oily as hell or dry as the Sahara, but my consistency in caring for my skin is what matters most.

A few of my followers reached out to me asking me for tips on managing my skin in the summertime. When thinking about summertime skin management, there is a lot to consider like, breakouts on top of sun damage and so many other things. Did you know that UV rays cause photoaging in the form of brown spots, coarse skin and wrinkles, whether you’ve burned your skin or not? Through personal experience and a little bit of research of my own, I know that great methods exist when trying to avoid a lot of the potential skin struggles we can experience due to sun overexposure. I put together a list of tools I use to manage my skin in warmer weather.

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Hydration

Without the proper amount of hydration, your skin becomes dry and flaky. During the summertime, lack of hydration can be severely damaging because your skin becomes less resilient and is more prone to wrinkling. When there is adequate hydration both inside and out, your skin appears healthier, more radiant, and is less likely to experience sun burns or wrinkles. If you’re prone to dryer skin in the summer months, you can absolutely combat your dry skin struggle by drinking more water. Research shows, drinking at least 8-10 glasses a day, you help to rid your skin and physical body of toxins and dehydration. If water isn’t enough, you can also try an excellent hyaluronic acid skin serum or mist to help with facial hydration.

Moisturize Daily

Even on the days, you think you don’t need it; you need it. When we cleanse our skin, it is usually to rid it of excess grit, grime, and oil. When the skin is stripped of vital oil, sebaceous glands produce more sebum. An excess of sebum, dead skin cells, and dirt trapped inside pores can lead to acne. Contrariwise, when not enough sebum is produced, the skin becomes dry. Important to note, there is difference between hydration and moisture. Dehydrated skin lacks water and therefore needs to be hydrated. Dry skin lacks oil and needs to be moisturized. Dry skin that is hydrated but not moisturized can still flake and have a rough texture.

Cleansing At Least Twice A Day

There are four basic skin types; normal, dry, oily, and combination skin, which is when you experience a combination of both dry and oily. While our skin types are determined by genetics, the condition of our skin is subject to change based on the environments it is exposed to. When the temperatures are warmer than usual, and the air becomes more humid, our skin tends to experience more oily conditions than normal — our skin benefits when we clean it thoroughly multiple times a day. If you use oil-based products such as beard oils, skin serums, makeup, etc., washing your face once doesn’t guarantee you’ve entirely removed the layers that oil adds to your skin.  We also tend to sweat more during the summertime. Oil and sweat combined can clog the pores and increase breakouts. During summer months, cleansing the skin daily, at least twice a day helps rid the skin of excessive grime and dirt. We highly recommend a foam or gel cleanser for your summertime skincare regimen.   

Give Your Skin A Makeup Break

I really started this habit because I am lazy and didn’t want to spend the time doing my makeup in the morning. This was also a good push for me to truly invest in caring for my skin. A huge reason I wore makeup daily in the past was because I didn’t love how I looked without it. Now, even with imperfections, I happily leave my home without beating my face every day. Outside of laziness, giving your skin a break from wearing makeup daily has amazing benefits. If you suffer from blemishes or uneven skin tone, not wearing makeup daily can really give your chance to heal and balance out. When you don’t apply makeup daily, you tend to have fewer breakouts because you have less toxic build up in your pores. Speaking of pores, wearing makeup less can decrease the size of your pores. Yes, it’s been scientifically proven that, when wearing a lot of makeup, it’s easier for your pores clog and potentially become infected or filled, making them look larger than they are. Of course, all of this is less likely to happen if you’re consistent in caring for your skin. But, it’s just good to give your skin a break from the beat at least 3 – 4 times a week.

Better Skin Means Better Choices

Choosing to make better choices when caring for our skin results in long-lasting positive results. Better choices can mean anything from upping our daily water intake to being more mindful of the products we use. Having a clear, consistent skin care routine is essential as well. Click below to read my full routine.

Other important skincare tips I want to encourage:

Invest in a quality SPF. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, a good SPF will be your saving grace. A good SPF moisturizer helps to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays, shielding the skin from burns and some skin aging factors.

Whatever you do, stay away from cleansing scrubs. I know, I too was once the queen of praising my facial scrub, but that was before I knew what it was really doing to my skin. Scrubs can appear to effective when in use but are doing more harm than good. In truth, abrasive scrubs, like the walnut ones or even salt or sugar face scrubs, are damaging to your skin.  When applying scrubs to the skin, the particles in them create micro-tears in your skin. The micro tears weaken the skin barriers making your skin more vulnerable to damage. In short, you don’t want no scrubs. (pun intended, word to TLC lol)

I highly recommend products with clean, vegan + gluten-free. I am not a certified clean product expert, but I do everything I can to invest in products that aren’t harmful to me and are safe for the environment. The ingredients found in a lot of skin care products and sunscreens have been linked to everything from hormonal disruptions to cancer. Many of these toxins may even be carcinogenic. Read your labels! When shopping for products, here are some chemicals to avoid:  parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan and triclocarban, aminophenol, diaminobenzene, phenylenediamine (coal tar), oxybenzone, fragrance, and hydroquinone.

A lot of our common household cleaning products consists of harmful chemicals as well. Click below to read my guide on common toxic chemicals lurking in the home.

Healthy skin is a serious commitment. While I don’t consider myself to be expert, a lot of the progress my skin has made is due to the methods I listed above and more. Keep in mind, what works for one skin type doesn’t work for all. My best advice is, if you’re considering adding a new product to your skin care regimen, consult a dermatologist or licensed professional before doing so. If reading labels, spending money testing products and mindful awareness with product investment is all too much for you, I highly recommend learning how to create DIY homemade personal care products. There are tons of informative videos and recipes online that provide tips on how to make your own, vegan skincare products from the comfort of your own home. I’d love to know your favorite skincare practices and products. Shoot me a note and share. Also, was this post helpful for you? Let me know!

 

WellnessAmber Janae