The hot days of summer are approaching. Do you worry about how your skin will weather the weather? Some of the things we deal with when the weather gets warm are unexpected breakouts, excessively oil skin and bug bites. Here are a few of my tips for beautiful, radiant skin during the summer and into the fall.
Even if you skin has been relatively problem-free throughout the year, you might start to notice blemishes as the weather heats up. Warmer temperatures bring about more outdoor activities. What happens when you mix warm weather and extended time outside? You get a coating of sweat and dirt on the surface of your skin which could lead to clogged pores. Wash your face twice a day. Try using a cleanser formulated for oily skin for your morning wash. At night, for your second wash you want to use a cleanser that will dissolve the dirt of the day. Look for a cleanser with glycolic acid (sugar is a natural glycolic acid).
The combination of heat and humidity can have your face shining bright like a diamond. To avoid a mid-day oil slick on your face, use a toner on your skin before your applying your makeup. You can make your own toner. Apple cider vinegar makes an excellent skin toner because it contains malic acid. Malic acid is a natural exfoliant and has super-duper anti-bacterial properties. To make your own apple cider vinegar toner, mix 3 parts distilled water and 1-part ACV. Just be warned the apple cider vinegar toner will have a strong smell but it will dissipate after a few minutes.
No matter how much melanin you possess, you NEED to apply sunscreen. Folks with lighter skin get burned and folks with darker skin develop hyper pigmentation. I love the sun so I would not go so far to say stay out of the sun but if you have light skin, please take the steps necessary to protect yourself. Melanoma is no joke. If you get burned, grab some aloe vera to apply to your skin. If you sunburn is severe, grab the phone and call your doc.
Mosquito bites are one of the most common bug bites during the summer. These annoying, itchy bites will generally go away on their own but not before driving you insane. They can be especially difficult for children to deal with. You can create your own natural mosquito repellent by adding lemon, lemongrass and eucalyptus essential oil to your sunscreen, lotion or body butter. Keep an anti-itch cream handy for bites.
Do not let sunburns, bug bites or the heat keep you from enjoying the summer weather. It’s a time to enjoy the outdoors. With just a few adjustments to your skin and body care regimen, you can have smooth sexy skin all summer and beyond.