5 Summertime Skin Care Tips

Summertime skin care tips from Chicago dermatologist Dr. Nilam Amin

Maintaining a good summertime skin care routine is every bit as important as caring for your skin in our cold winter days. Many patients ask what does this entail? Here are my top five tips:

1. Moisturize? Yes! Just lighter

You may find that a lightweight moisturizer that has sunscreen of SPF of 30 or higher in it is perfect for you during the day. And, if so, you’ll need a different one for night without the sunscreen.

Neither sweat nor sunscreen count as a moisturizer. Summer heat and humidity doesn’t mean stop using moisturizer; instead, it means use one that’s lighter weight. No matter what skin type you have, it will help create a protective barrier from harmful pollutants and chemicals. And, if you have dry skin, it prevents further irritation or dryness. A lightweight one will help keep your outer layer nourished without feeling too heavy on your skin.

2. Speaking of lightweight…

You’ll also want to use a lighter cleansing product. So, if you’ve been using a creamy cleanser, you should switch to a gentler one. A foaming one is often a good option.

Makeup! This summer is a great time to lighten up your makeup routine and give your skin a break! Since you’re being socially conscience and wearing a mask when around other people, you don’t need to wear foundation under it. But, if you are wearing makeup, make sure to use only those that are non-comedogenic.

3. Exfoliate, but not too much

Cleansing? Check. Moisturizing? Yes. Applying sunscreen? Absolutely! Not exfoliating? Exfoliating regularly will ensure that your skin remains healthy and strong. It’s the quick way to slough away dead skin cells and open up blocked pores to remove oils that can cause breakouts. Just don’t overdo it.

4. Love the shade

Your skin will really appreciate your avoiding the sun. This isn’t as hard as it sounds. I recommend you wear sun-protective clothing, wide-brim hat, and sunglasses. Of course, avoid the mid-day sun when the rays are strongest and most deadly. And no matter how sunny, shady, or even cloudy, the most important “shade” you can provide for your skin is a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30.

5. Drink up

Staying properly hydrated is even more important in the summer. As always, the recommendation to drink eight glasses of water a day still applies. And, you can enhance your hydration by eating more vegetables and summer fruit. Avoid, or at least, limit your alcohol intake.

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