Now that summer is here and winter is behind us it’s time to start choosing the right skin care routine for the hot weather. With hot weather comes sweat and dirt. With sweat and dirt comes pimples and blackheads.
By choosing the right skin care routine you can spend these summer months blemish/acne free and have more time for fun in the sun. So where do you start?
Determine Your Skin Type
Your skin type will play a major factor in choosing the right skin care routine.
- Normal Skin – Normal skin will be smooth with small to medium pores. Blemishes are rare if ever and the skin doesn’t experience overly dry or oily conditions.
A good skin care routine for people with normal skin should include moisturizing, cleansing, exfoliating, and spot treatments (when necessary).
- Dry Skin – Dry skin will have a noticeably flaky appearance. It may also appear rough and bumpy and will rarely get oily.
A good skin care routine for people with dry skin should include deep moisturizing, spot treatments (when necessary), and a moisturizing night cream.
- Oily Skin -Oily skin is visibly shiny and feels slightly wet to the touch. Oily skin is accompanied by large pores and is generally more likely to get blemishes.
A good skin care routine for people with oily skin should include a toner, exfoliating, spot treatments (when necessary), and lightly moisturizing maybe once a week.
- Combination Skin – Combination skin can be hard to pinpoint. It’s just as the name implies, a combination of multiple skin types. Generally the areas around the nose, chin and forehead are prone to being oily while the cheeks get dry and flaky.
A good skin care routine for people with combination skin should include exfoliating, cleansing, moisturizing, and spot treatments (when necessary).
- Sensitive Skin – Sensitive skin can be identified by frequent breakouts after using scented products, weather changes and with certain make-up.
A good skin care routine for people with sensitive skin should include moisturizing, cleansing, and spot treatments (when necessary). Be sure the products are suitable for sensitive skin.
What to Look for When Shopping for Skin Care Items
When it comes to your skin you can never be too cautious. Without knowing how your skin will react to a product you could be in for a disaster. If you’re shopping in a department store ask to try the product first. Most stores have samples on hand; if your skin starts to tingle, itch or burn the product may not be for you.
If you’re shopping online read reviews. Lots of them. Try a specific search like [ “X Product” “Sensitive Skin” “review” ] or [“X Product” “Skin reactions” “review“]. Don’t stop at just 1 review, read multiple reviews and opt for those that use pictures (before/after preferably.)
When it comes to the products themselves, here’s an overview of what to look for:
Cleansers: Cleansers are probably the most important part of a skin care routine. Choosing the right cleanser is imperative. Choose a cleanser that removes dirt, makeup and impurities without removing the natural moisture from your face/skin. Dry skin sufferers should opt for creamy cleansers while oily skin sufferers should opt for an oil-free cleanser with salicylic acid.
Moisturizers: The next most important post cleansing skin care product is the moisturizer. Choose those that are thick for dry skin. There are light and oil-free moisturizers available for those with oily skin. Look for a moisturizer that contains SPF for extra protection.
Exfoliating products: Exfoliants are my favorite skin care routine products. I love how my face feels after I exfoliate! If you have sensitive skin you may want to skip this or opt for a very gentle exfoliant like one with micro beads. Heavier exfoliants (like those made with crushed shells and salt) shouldn’t be used too often.
Toner: I don’t use toner too often, but try to incorporate it during the summer when I’m overly shiny. Astringents work well for getting rid of the shine due to oily skin and tightens the pores. For dry skin opt for hydrating waters and toning lotions. With combination skin it can get tricky. Oil-absorbing toners are great for an oily T-zone (swipe along the forhead, chin and nose) but be careful not to use on the dry areas.
Spot Treatments: Spot treatments are not meant to treat acne. They are for the lone pimple or blemish. Choosing the best spot treatment for you depends on your lifestyle. There are those that may be left on overnight and some that you can wear out without noticing. There are also tinted spot treatments that act as a camouflage for blemishes. Most spot treatments contain benzoyl peroxide which can irritate sensitive and dry skin. Always read the labels and follow directions!
Multi-Purpose Skin Care Products
You can save some counter space by choosing products with multiple purposes. Like Merlot’s First Crush 3-in-1 Blemish/Acne Treatment. It is a cleanser, toner and spot treatment all in one! It uses gentle salicylic acid and grape seed extract which is a natural acne fighter.
My roommate has been using the First Crush 3-in-1 Blemish/Acne Treatment for a few weeks now and has nothing but positive things to say about it. She gives her seal of approval! The price tag rings up at just under $20 and when you consider it 3 products in one you’re actually saving money. You can find out more about the 3-in-1 Blemish/Acne Treatment here: www.firstcrushskincare.com.
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