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Summertime Skin Care Hacks

SUMMERTIME SKIN CARE

As the sun shines brighter and the temperatures soar, our skin requires extra care and attention during the summer months. The harsh UV rays, humidity, and increased outdoor activities can take a toll on the skin barrier, making it essential to adapt our skincare routines to suit the season. Specifically, the hotter environment increases the rate of sweat and sebum production so hydration and cleansing can become even more important [1]. In this article, we will explore how to modify your skin care routine and review 5 important tenets of summertime skin care.

HYDRATION

One of the most crucial aspects of summer skincare is hydration.The hot weather can deplete the skin's moisture levels, leading to dryness and exacerbating already sensitive skin [2]. Hydrating ingredients infused with ingredients like hyaluronic acidaloe vera, or glycerin can work wonders in replenishing lost moisture. When it comes to facial services, the Hydrafacial is widely available at many med spas and really packs a punch when it comes to hydration. 

EXFOLIATION

With the rise in temperatures and humidity, our skin tends to produce more sebum, leading to clogged pores and breakouts [3]. Exfoliating ingredients become particularly important during the summer as they help to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and promote a clearer complexion. Look for products and treatments that incorporate gentle exfoliants like fruit enzymes or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to achieve a brighter, smoother, and more even-toned complexion.

CALMING

Constant exposure to the sun's rays can cause skin irritation, redness, and sensitivity. Sun-soothing ingredients are designed to calm and cool the skin, providing relief from sunburns and inflammation. These products often include ingredients such as chamomilecucumber, or green tea, known for their soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. They help reduce redness, repair sun damage, and restore the skin's natural barrier function.

ANTIOXIDANT DEFENSE

During the summer, our skin is more susceptible to damage from environmental factors like pollution and UV radiation. Antioxidant-rich ingredients can provide protection against these external aggressors by neutralizing free radicals and preventing oxidative stress. Look for products and treatments containing ingredients like vitamin C, vitamin E, or green tea extracts, which offer excellent antioxidant benefits. These ingredients help brighten the skin, fade dark spots, and provide a natural shield against harmful pollutants.

SEBUM PRODUCTION

For those with oily or combination skin, summer can exacerbate the shine and greasiness. LED-based light therapy facials can be used to treat acne and control sebum production but don’t use any UV rays [4]. Additionally, ingredients such as clay, salicylic acid, or tea tree oil can help regulate excess oil production, minimize pore size, and maintain a matte finish throughout the day. These options will leave the skin feeling fresh, balanced, and shine-free even in the summer heat.

Summer is a season that requires us to adapt our skincare routines to protect and maintain the health of our skin. Prioritizing hydration, exfoliation with acids/retinol at night, soothing sun-damaged skin, adding more antioxidants, and controlling sebum production will give you your best summer skin. Remember to consult with a skincare professional to determine which facials and skincare regimens are best suited for your skin type and concerns. By incorporating these summer-specific ingredients and facials into your skincare routine along with ample sunscreen, you can enjoy healthy, glowing skin all season long.

Sources:

[1] Kim S, Park JW, Yeon Y, Han JY, Kim E (2019) Influence of exposure to summer environments on skin properties.J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 33, 2192–2196.

[2] Jiang W, Wang J, Zhang H, Xu Y, Jiang C, Yang J, Liu W, Tan Y (2022) Seasonal changes in the physiological features of healthy and sensitive skin.J Cosmet Dermatol 21, 2581–2589.

[3] Yang J, Tu Y, Man M-Q, Zhang Y, Cha Y, Fan X, Wang Z, Zeng Z, He L (2020) Seasonal variations of epidermal biophysical properties in Kunming, China: A self-controlled cohort study.Skin Res Technol 26, 702–707.

[4] Ablon G (2018) Phototherapy with Light Emitting Diodes.J Clin Aesthet Dermatol 11, 21–27.

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