You may have noticed that your skin needs different needs during summer than it does in winter. The heat can make your makeup run because of sweat, and it can also be a chore to find the right deodorant for you. Here are some easy-to-follow tips to take care of your skin during the summer months.
Deodorant (or Antipersperant?)
Have you noticed sweat patches under your sleeves even after putting on deodorant? This happens because deodorant doesn’t keep you from sweating — it just masks the smell of body odor. Deodorant lacks aluminum chloride, which is the ingredient in antiperspirant that not only keeps you smelling fresh, but also keeps you from sweating altogether. Be sure to look for antiperspirant if you’re worried about sweat this summer.
If you’re spending lots of time in the sun, be sure to invest in sunscreen or skincare products that include an SPF number. An SPF of 30 or higher is ideal, though if you’re only outside for short intervals, you can get away with wearing SPF 15 or higher. Look for sunscreen that protects you from UVA and UVB rays, and while no sunscreen is waterproof, water-resistant sunscreens can stand up to swimming and sweat alike. Be sure to reapply sunscreen throughout the day, at least every two hours, and to apply it for the first time about 30 minutes before going outside.
Makeup can be a fun and easy way to express yourself. However, during the summer, it’s best for your skin to minimize the number of products you apply to your face. Foundation and sunscreen often don’t mix; stick to lipstick and eye makeup when you can.
What Not to Do
In addition to minimizing your makeup and skincare routines, keep an eye out for products that contain skin-lightening agents, alpha-hydroxy acids, glycolic acid, retinoids, and retinol. All of these ingredients can really harm your skin if you are out in the sun. You should also avoid touching your face extensively, picking at it, or overexfoliating, since doing any of these too often can result in scarring. If there’s something on your face that’s bothering you, consult a professional to get it treated.