Spring is in full force in Central Texas and we’re already experiencing 80-degree temperatures. A change of season can mean a change in skin behavior, often resulting in breakouts, dryness and a general lackluster appearance. Now is a good time to prep your summer skincare routine in advance of those hot summer days.
Make the transition from spring to summer flawlessly with these 5 tips:
Say “yes” to more SPF.
Stocking up on sunscreen should be your number one priority. It is recommended that sunscreen is applied every day, no matter what the season. But there are days during the colder months where we may forget, and it’s not that big deal of a deal between cloud cover and the fact that most of our time is spent indoors. The time to make sunscreen use a habit is now–before you find yourself at an all-day outdoor festival or on an impromptu trip to Barton Springs–because the damage caused by UV rays can have serious health consequences.
It is estimated that 90 percent of skin aging is caused by the sun. People who use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily show 24 percent less skin aging than those who do not use sunscreen daily.*
Boost your cleanser game.
Get those pores squeaky clean with the use of gel and foaming cleansers. With scorching temps and rising humidity levels, your skin’s oil production is bound to increase. It is recommended that you give your skin a thorough cleansing both day and night during the summer months.
Lighten up on the moisturizer.
Farewell to the heavy creme moisturizers that we swear by during the dry winter months. It’s time to switch to gel- or water-based moisturizers that are oil-free. A lighter moisturizer will allow your pores to breathe in order to prevent clogging and coupled with sunscreen application, your skin will still get all the moisture it needs.
Relax on the exfoliation.
Though it can be gratifying to slough off dead skin cells, it is recommended that you decrease the frequency in which you exfoliate during the summer. Exfoliating during winter provides a sense of rejuvenation as it removes dry skin. Give it a rest during the summer, especially if you have sensitive skin. Some skin types are sensitive in the summertime, due to a mix of heat, sun, and chlorine.
Refresh using gel masks.
The luxurious creme masks of winter are now the treatments of yesteryear. Hydration isn’t typically an issue for most during the sweaty summer months, so opt for a refreshing gel mask instead. Pro tip: pop your gel mask in the freezer for a couple of minutes before use for an added cooling benefit.
Source: Skin Cancer Facts & Statistics, Skin Cancer Foundation.
Participate in a Research Study
Austin area residents: are you or someone you know struggling with skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, or rosacea? Participating in a research study provides an opportunity to be involved in the process of discovering new treatments while receiving compensation for time and travel. Inquire about eligibility by calling DermResearch at 512-349-0500 or view our current studies.