We're thinking beyond the sunscreen and blotting papers when it comes to summer skin. For a luminous, impossibly gorgeous face through the heatwaves, we get tips from the pros on the ideal summer skin care and makeup routine.
The heat of summer is calling us to pull our hair back and ditch the heavy layers of makeup. But before we swing our hair into a sock bun, we want our skin to be in ideal form -- not an easy feat because with the heatwaves come conditions that can be less than ideal (dry skin, burns, breakouts, shine. Sigh.). But flawless skin can still be yours with the help of a skin care routine that protects you from the damage of overexposure to the sun and summer's elements. We checked in with Dr. Anatoli Freiman, Dermatologist & Medical Director of the Toronto Dermatology Centre, to find out the prescription for perfectly glowing, healthy summer skin.
Summertime skin care concerns:
Breakouts and dryness
According to Dr. Freiman, your skin flare-ups are usually directly related to summertime heat. “The heat causes more sweating,” he says. “Due to the sun and heat, we lose a lot of moisture and water from our body, thus leading to skin dryness.”
Breakouts are another common summertime skin complaint. Increased sweating can cause skin irritation by clogging pores. And “applying thick sunscreen can lead to more breakouts,” says Dr. Freiman.
- H2O is your best friend ... drink plenty of it
- Eat a healthy diet, including foods that are high in antioxidants
- Wear sunscreen, sun-protective clothing and good sunglasses (make sure your Gucci shades don't just look amazing, but they also shield the sun's rays
- Hydrate and moisturize your skin
- Toss your regular foundation and switch to lighter versions, or a tinted moisturizer
- Avoid the sun during peak hours
- Don’t go to tanning salons to get a ‘base tan’
Anyone who has ever struggled with breakouts before knows that unfortunately, there isn’t one magic solution to the problem. A combination of hydration, a healthy diet and a proper cleansing routine all contribute to calming flare-ups. To prevent summertime breakouts, Dr. Freiman says to follow this simple routine: Cleanse in the morning, then apply sunscreen; in the evening, cleanse and exfoliate. He also suggests changing up the products you’re using on your skin. His advice: Use a noncomedogenic sunscreen, lighter makeup and cleanse skin using an exfoliating agent to slough away dry, dead skin. To prevent dryness in your skin, hydration is key. Drink lots of water and be vigilant with your moisturizing routine. Dr. Freiman also suggests rinsing your skin immediately after swimming in a pool; the exposure to chlorine can have a drying effect on your skin.
You have the skin care routine covered, now learn how to get the perfect summer makeup look on the next page ...