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Our Tips On Managing Your Skin In The Summertime

Our Tips On Managing Your Skin In The Summertime

If you’re anything like us, summer is your favorite time of the year. What is there not to love about summer? We have the benefits of warmer, longer days, summer vacations, our favorite music festivals, beach outings, and endless barbeques. But with everything there is to love about summer, I think we are all in agreeance when we say, our skin experiencing severe sun damage can be the worst part of summer. When we believe being damaged by the sun is the worst thing that our skin can experience, we deal with breakouts on top of sun damage.

Did you know that UV rays cause photoaging in the form of brown spots, coarse skin and wrinkles, whether you’ve burned your skin or not? We’ve done some research on our end, and with our learnings from research and personal experience, we know for sure that there are some great methods to avoiding a lot of the popular summertime skin struggles we face due to sun overexposure. The Marketplace team has put together a list of our favorite skin management tips for the summertime.

  • Hydration Without the proper amount of hydration, your skin becomes dry and flaky. During the summertime, lack of hydration can be severely damaging because your skin becomes less resilient and is more prone to wrinkling. When there is adequate hydration both inside and out, your skin appears healthier, more radiant and is less likely to experience sunburns or wrinkles. If you’re prone to dryer skin in the summer months, you can absolutely combat your dry skin struggle by drinking more water. Research shows, drinking at least 8-10 glasses a day, you help to rid your skin and physical body of toxins and dehydration. If water isn’t enough, you can also try an excellent hyaluronic acid skin mist to help with facial hydration.
  • Moisturize Daily Even on the days, you think you don’t need it; you need it. When we cleanse our skin, it is usually to rid it of excess grit, grime, and oil. When the skin is stripped of vital oil, sebaceous glands produce more sebum. An excess of sebum, dead skin cells and dirt trapped inside pores can lead to acne. Contrariwise, when not enough sebum is produced, the skin becomes dry. Important to note, there is a difference between hydration and moisture. Dehydrated skin lacks water and therefore needs to be hydrated. Dry skin lacks oil and needs to be moisturized. Dry skin that is hydrated but not moisturized can still flake and have a rough texture.
  • Cleansing At Least Twice A Day There are four basic skin types; normal, dry, oily, and combination skin, which is when you experience a combination of both dry and oily. While our skin types are determined by genetics, the condition of our skin is subject to change based on the environments it is exposed to. When the temperatures are warmer than usual, and the air becomes more humid, our skin tends to experience more oily conditions than normal — our skin benefits when we clean it thoroughly multiple times a day. If you use oil-based products such as beard oils, skin serums, makeup, etc., washing your face once doesn’t guarantee you’ve entirely removed the layers that oil adds to your skin. We also tend to sweat more during the summertime. Oil and sweat combined can clog the pores and increase breakouts. During summer months, cleansing the skin daily, at least twice a day helps rid the skin of excessive grime and dirt. We highly recommend a foam or gel cleanser for your summertime skincare regimen. 
  • Better Skin Means Better Choices

    Choosing to make better choices when caring for our skin results in long-lasting positive results. Better choices can mean anything from upping our daily water intake to being more mindful of the products we use. Below are a few important tips we want to encourage:

    • Invest in a quality SPF. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, a good SPF will be your saving grace. A good SPF moisturizer helps to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays, shielding the skin from burns and some skin aging factors.
    • Whatever you do, stay away from cleansing scrubs. Scrubs can appear to effective when in use, but are they really? In truth, abrasive scrubs, like the walnut ones or even salt or sugar face scrubs, are actually harmful to your skin. So, what’s really happening to your skin when you choose to use facial scrubs? The particles in scrubs create micro-tears in your skin. The micro-tears weaken the skin barriers making your skin more vulnerable to damage. In short, say not to scrubs.
    • We highly recommend products with clean, vegan + gluten-free. The ingredients found in a lot of skin care products and sunscreens have been linked to everything from hormonal disruptions to cancer. Many of these toxins may even be carcinogenic. Read your labels! When shopping for products, here are some chemicals to avoid: parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan and triclocarban, aminophenol, diaminobenzene, phenylenediamine (coal tar), oxybenzone, fragrance, and hydroquinone.

    Healthy skin is a serious commitment. We don’t consider ourselves to be experts, and what works for one skin type doesn’t work for all. Our best advice is, if you’re considering adding a new product to your skincare regimen, we suggest consulting a dermatologist before doing so. If reading labels and mindful awareness with products is all too much for you, we highly recommend learning how to create DIY homemade personal care products that are made up of natural ingredients.

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