“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”
Hello my lovelies!
It is summertime! And with that comes the Sun shining, outdoor fun, and a whole new slew of responsibilities to keep your skin looking healthy and burn-free. While it may be easier to keep our same routine year round, making tiny tweaks to is always a necessary evil, so to speak. In today’s blog post, we will be discussing five summertime skincare mistakes to avoid, so you can keep your skin as happy and burn-free as possible.
Let’s Get Started:
1. Not Using an Additional SPF to Your Moisturizer –
I know the appeal of having as little skincare steps as possible, and moisturizers with an SPF seem like a no brainer in the summer time. While yes, moisturizers with SPF are fabulous, you still need a sunscreen, preferably physical, to compliment your skincare. A moisturizer may have an SPF of fifty, but your moisturizer is not sweat proof, and it also dilutes the actual effectiveness of the SPF by a pretty decent measure. You should be using an SPF daytime moisturizer year round, but you still need to take the extra step of protecting your beautiful face in the summer.
2. Using Tanning Beds –
First of all, you should never be using tanning beds ever unless you are prescribed UV therapy for a skin condition, but you should especially be avoiding these skin cancer monsters in the summer time. Our skin is constantly exposed to UV no matter what time of year, but we are especially prone to burning in the summer because of the positioning of the Sun, as well as the heat bouncing onto our skin from other surfaces, like concrete or our car. I know the temptation of hitting the tanning bed before a nice beach day, but you are only increasing your UV exposure more, leading to cancers like melanoma and some pretty serious premature aging. I would prefer you not use tanning beds ever, but please, really avoid them in the summer.
3. Getting Chemical Peels –
I will be the first to tell you that I love a good chemical peel, but some things are just not meant to be in the summer. In layman’s terms, a chemical peel is a much more significant exfoliation process whereby a licensed Esthetician uses a chemical agent up to 30% to generate rapid cell turnover within the skin. This is a fantastic method to treat a number of skincare concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and even acne. However, because of the powerful chemical exfoliation agents within these peels, any reasonable Esthetician should advise that you very seriously avoid these in the summer. Like all exfoliation, a chemical peel makes our skin far more vulnerable to sun damage and burns, something we very seriously do not want at this time.
4. Not Reapplying your Sunscreen –
I do not care if you decide to use SPF one thousand, you still need to reapply that stuff as directed and nothing less. Contrary to popular belief, using a product with a higher SPF does NOT mean that you can be exposed to the Sun longer, it is simply a measure of the concentration of SPF within the product. Also contrary to what we think we know, having a higher SPF concentration really does not limit your chances of a burn in the long run, given that the difference in concentration after SPF thirty is about a 1% margin or less. Essentially, an SPF of thirty at the lowest is best, but reapplication per product instructions is still absolutely necessary.
5. Using your Same Heavy Skincare Products From Winter –
That heavy moisturizer and serum to combat your winter dryness? That is only going to clog your pores when you inevitably sweat from the summer heat. That 20% chemical exfoliant you live for in the colder months? Holy Sun exposure, Batman. While there are exceptions to this rule for people on the more extreme sides of the skin type spectrum, the majority of us should be switching to oil free and lighter products to keep our skin hydrated and healthy, or we risk continual skincare concerns like acne and hyperpigmentation. Save your heavier moisturizers and exfoliants for the cold winter months and pick up some lighter and gentler alternatives for the summertime.
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