With the heat, humidity, and just being outdoors more exposed to the sun, our skin experiences many changes; some might be good, some not so much.
So what changes do we need to make to care for our skin during Summer?
As we venture out more and perhaps spend more time at the beach, the pool, walking, or hiking, our skin will be affected. Now is your chance to add a carefree regiment to your skincare routine.
To make this skincare adjustment as easy as possible, we asked our team to create a list of helpful tweaks that you can add to your skincare routine as quickly as 1, 2, 3.
Let's dive into our Skincare Summer Tweaks.
#1. Drink lots of water
Without adequate water intake, skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores more prominent.
Proper hydration levels help the skin become plump and improve its elasticity, meaning your skin is less likely to crack and have irritations and blemishes.
According to Dr. Deliduka (a dermatologist at ForeFront Dermatology), it is best to be proactive when keeping your skin hydrated.
"Do not rely on just water intake to keep your skin healthy. A balance of skincare products and water will provide the best results."
Dr. Deliduka suggests applying a hydrating moisturizer immediately after showering. "After showering, the skin is still porous and vulnerable to products – allowing for better absorption," commented Dr. Deliduka.
As for the water intake, strive for at least eight glasses of water a day to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
#2. Protect your skin from sun exposure and damage
One of the first things that happen when the weather starts warming up is that we get exposed to much more sunlight, which is good for our bodies but bad for our skin. You may ask, "what harm can one sunburn do?"
Our Answer: A lot. Even a single sunburn can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. It's not the burn itself that affects your risk; it's the amount of sun exposure associated with that burn.
After a sunburn, it's common to find burned skin peels off. This is your body's way of getting rid of the cells at risk of becoming cancerous.
As deeper layers of the skin absorb UV radiation from sunlight, the skin cells' genetic material can become damaged, leading to a higher risk of developing skin cancer.
Therefore, it is essential to wear protective clothing/gear even if you're going on a short walk, a simple hat, sunglasses, or a foundation that has SPF.
Sunscreen should become essential like our keys in your pocket. But, for the days you do get sunburned, we recommend using our Aloe Vera-based "After Sun Spray" to help hydrate and soothe your burned skin.
For acne-prone skin types: Be aware that some products (like certain sunscreens or heavy moisturizers) may cause your skin to react negatively—more info on that in our next point.
#3. Dealing with humidity
When the weather is humid, it means that there is a lot of moisture in the air. That causes the skin's pores to open and makes them susceptible to gathering dirt, oil, and allergens.
Too much humidity can cause acne, skin breakouts, eczema, and allergic reactions that show up on the skin.
For those of you who have a combination, oily or acne-prone skin, humid weather can be detrimental to your skin health, causing more breakouts than usual.
So what can we do to avoid this during these humid months?
In an article from the Orlando dermatology center, Dr. Blatnoy recommends incorporating a cleanser with a light grade of alpha or beta hydroxy acid.
These exfoliate the skin gently and dissolve oils that have built up on the pores. Our foaming cleanser, for example, is an excellent option because it is a weightless, sulfate-free, SLS-free foaming cleanser that packs a serious punch without drying you out!
find Our skincare recommendations below
#4 Implement a stable and effective Skincare routine
Having an effective skincare routine is vital, which applies to any season.
Morning Skincare routine
• Wash your face with Water + gentle foam cleanser (as we mentioned before, this is a good option for combination, oily or acne-prone skin without drying your face)
• Balance Skin's ph and freshen up with a toner, like our hyaluronic acid toner that is anti-inflammatory and designed to help hydrate your skin.
• Sunscreen (mineral cream)
• Makeup (optional)
• Finishing spray/Toner
Evening Skincare routine
• Apply Toner to hydrate and ph balance
Put your heavy moisturizers and face oils aside for now. Wear water-based sunscreens that leave little residue in the skin, absorbing faster.
Don't touch your face!
Not touching the face is very important because a lot of the time, we have oils and debris in our hands, and we transfer them onto the skin.
In humid weather, the pores are more open than usual, absorbing all that dirt into it.
Another tip from the Orlando dermatology center is to keep your skin exfoliated. A body wash or facial cleanser that also exfoliates will remove dead skin cells, extra oils, and debris built up in the skin. Try not to use oil-based face scrubs.
A great option is our antioxidant powerhouse for Oily/Acne Prone Skin Clay Mask. Sanbe's clay mask is a blend of Organic Matcha, Bentonite Clay, Activated Charcoal, Aloe Vera Powder, and Organic Turmeric powder. This mask helps draw out impurities and fight blemishes.
Another clay mask that has perfect for acne-prone skin is our bentonite cosmetic clay that can absorb dirt, oil, and bacteria from your pores.
Shea Butter Charcoal Soap
Soaps that have charcoal are also great for oily and acne-prone skin. Our organic Shea butter and charcoal soaps, for example. This floral-scented soap is very gentle yet perfect for acne-prone and sensitive skin due to its pulling and clearing properties. While it extracts the excessive oil from oily skin, it also moisturizes and nourishes dry skin. The soap creates a lavish lather that is rich and creamy.
To sum it up
So our advice if you're struggling with humidity and breakouts is to swap out your oil-based mineral cream for water-based sun protection. Use heavy moisturizers and face oils only during nighttime if your skin still feels dry. And switch to a light cleanser, soap, or exfoliate and that is not oil-based combined with an hyaluronic acid toner, and a clean mask once or twice a week if not more.
And if you have any specifics questions or concerns, don't hesitate to email us or comment below!
How does your skin feel during the Summer? Do you have any specific concerns?