With all the soaring heat, record temperatures and sky-high humidity, we’re all feeling hot, but not in a beautiful, sexy kind of way. No, this is the kind of oppressive heat that makes you want to strip down and dive into a cool mountain lake or lay on the tile floor in your kitchen with the dogs! All of this heat, humidity and UV can wreak havoc on our skin too. Here are some of the problems you might be experiencing:
- More acne breakouts. Why? The increased heat causes more sweating – this moist, warm environment is a perfect setup for making bacterial acne worse. Worse yet, the humidity can cause more congestion and blockage in the pores.
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Excessive moisture + congestion + bacteria = more breakouts.
- Increased rosacea flares. If you have been diagnosed with rosacea, you know that the increased inflammation and blood vessel dilation from heat and UV exposure can make your rosacea symptoms worse. All forms of rosacea can worsen in the peak of summer heat.
- Spots and uneven pigmentation. Again, inflammation caused by increased heat and UV exposure is the culprit here. The heat alone can trigger increased production of melanin – even if you are being very careful with sunscreen application.
What to do:
- Try to shower off or at least mist your skin with a toner or astringent as soon as you can after a sweaty
- Try using an “all-in-one” tinted moisturizer with SPF. One product with all three benefits feels lighter and cooler – it’s less occlusive on your skin.
- Consider switching to a mineral makeup in a powder base. Good mineral makeup is light, won’t clog your pores, gives you added UV protection and the minerals are anti-inflammatory as well.
- In addition to a good mineral sunscreen, try wearing a broad-brimmed hat to create more shade and protection from UV.
- Limit your outdoor activities to morning (before 11am) and later in the afternoon or evening if possible (after 5pm). Avoiding the peak hours of heat is very helpful.
If you’re still doing the same makeup regimen that you used in the cooler months, it’s time to change that up too. Join us next week as guest blogger and Hollywood makeup artist, Debra Dakin shares tips on summer makeup. We might feel HOT, but we can look hott too!