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Summer skincare tips from the derm doctor

We all know certain skincare tips for the summer: wear sunscreen, try to avoid the sun in the middle of the day when the sun’s rays are the hottest and wear cotton clothing to avoid irritation from a sweaty body. But there are more tips from dermatologists everywhere that can help you avoid some summer skincare woes.

-Before going on vacation, start applying sunscreen nightly for about two to three weeks before you head on that plane. Dermatologists say that the sunscreen builds up and makes you less likely to burn. So skip the myth that going tanning helps reduce burning and load up on some sunscreen instead.

– When choosing sunscreen, make sure you get an oil-free version. Even if it says it is sheer, make sure it also says “oil-free”. Sunscreens with oil in them can clog your pores and make your skin break out and who needs that on summer break?

– If you’re heading for a day at the beach where you will be active all day and possibly swimming, choose a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide and has at least 30+ SPF. It will be a thick texture and takes longer to rub in, but it will be very water-resistant and you won’t have to re-apply as often.

– If you do forget the sunscreen and get burned, you will need to get inflammation down as soon as you can.  Use a soothing balm like Miracle Skin Transformer Heal Everything Balm. This will soothe redness and help curb damage. Remember, even one bad sunburn can wreck your skin. If you’re a home remedy kind of girl, soak a washcloth in skim milk and ice and apply to the affected area for five to ten minutes. Then take an anti-inflammatory medicine such as aspirin or ibuprofen and apply a hydrocortisone cream.

– For summer, you don’t need that heavy of facial makeup. Trade in your heavy foundations for a BB Cream. Bonus points if it contains SPF!

– Try a spring water facial mist. This may sound unnecessary but these natural minerals will calm your skin and make you look dewy and gorgeous. Try Vichy Thermal Spa Water or La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water facial mists.

– If you tend to get red more often in the summer, simply use a washcloth soaked in ice water and hold in over your face and neck to cool blood flow and in turn, reduce redness.

You may need to exfoliate more often in the summer. Pores can be more pronounced in hot weather and exfoliating helps to reduce the look of pores. Be sure to test your exfoliant before you use it to ensure it won’t irritate your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin.

– Most dermatologists also recommend a salicylic acid peel twice a month in the summer. It will clear up your dull, dead skin cells, draw out excess oil, even out discoloration and kill bacteria. It will help reduce that shiny look you get in hot and humid weather and tighten the look of your pores.

What are your tried and true tips you bring out for your skin in the summer? Do you have any tips straight from your dermatologist? Do you see a dermatologist? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.