Our skin can experience a tough transition during the summer months. But there are a few steps that we can all take to help prevent summer breakout blahs.
Ahh, the joys of summer. The warm weather, the BBQ’s and picnics in the park, lazy days at the beach and—Oh No! Here comes those dreadful changes in our skin! Looking forward to the warmer weather is one thing, but we all know that with the great weather comes problematic skin for some of us.
Our skin definitely experiences a lot of transitions during the summer months. This is the time to introduce a whole lot of substances that the skin may have been able to avoid during the colder months. Think sunscreens, bug sprays, salt water, chlorine and excessive sweating to name a few. But there are a few steps that we can all take to deal with these seasonal breakouts and skin sensitivities, and help prevent the summer breakout blahs.
This is an oldie but goody, and one that men and women alike need to pay attention to. Of course, we want to keep our entire body hydrated during the summertime. Drinking plenty of water helps to replenish the water that we continuously lose, especially during the warmer weather. Just think about sweating for a moment. Dehydration can lead to a whole series of issues, including fatigue, muscle cramping, headaches and certain skin issues.
Unfortunately, the hot weather months can cause excess oil production for some. And this is not good. When our skin turns oily we tend to cleanse it more frequently, and even turn to harsher ingredients in an attempt to decrease that oily looking shine. This behavior can strip our skin by removing the healthy, natural and necessary oils that we have. When this happens, we end up with skin that’s dry, prone to breakouts and potentially quite irritated. If your skin seems to produce more oil than usual during the summer, then it may be that it’s dehydrated.
So, drink plenty of fluids, wash your face in warm water every morning and every evening before bedtime. Choose a gentle cleanser formulated for normal to oily skin, and be sure to apply your AM and PM moisturizers after cleansing and toning. And don’t forget about the importance of SPF during the summer. If your skin is exposed, it is prone to damage. Never leave home without it.
Beware of Skin Irritating Germs
Of course, germs and bacteria are problematic during the summer months. And now is the time to flip on our germ-a-phobe switch and take every precaution we possibly can to help banish the blemish. First and foremost—hands off. Resist the urge to touch your face. Wiping sweat from your brow, touching your skin and picking at a blemish can all make the problem much more serious then it needs to be. So, don’t do it.
Be Consistent With Your Skin Care Regimen
We may call them the “lazy days of summer” but when it comes to ending the summer breakout blahs, now is not the time to be lax. Stick with your normal skin care routine no matter what. Cleansers, toner, serum, moisturizer, SPF, scrub and mask are more important now than ever before. If you go to bed with the day’s perspiration left behind on your skin, you’ll probably experience breakouts. Stay on top of your skin care needs and never go to bed without freshly cleansed and treated skin.
Remember Your Hair
With so much focus on the skin, you just might forget about what’s happening on top of your head. Your hair just may be the culprit causing those summer breakout blahs. Think of your hair as a net that captures everything in its presence: bacteria, chlorine, salt, odors, oils…it’s all there. Unfortunately, it doesn’t just stay there. It can quickly transfer to your skin if it’s not properly cleansed, and this can ultimately lead to breakouts. Be sure to keep your hair washed and conditioned, and if your hair is long pull it back into a loose ponytail when you go to bed. This will hopefully keep it off of your face and stop the transfer of non-skin friendly particles.
Breakouts don’t only happen on the face. The entire body is subject to blemishes and irritation if we aren’t cautious. To avoid unnecessary discomfort, practice these few quick tips.
Let’s banish the Summers Breakout Blahs once and for all, and practice these quick and easy tips to keep our skin looking healthy and feeling fabulous.