Every season comes with its own weather (obviously), and different weather means different skin care requirements. Summers in Winnipeg are particularly hot, and this summer has been pretty humid. That means a few things for your skin care routine - let’s take a quick dive into what you should be doing:
The Basics - Hydration and Protection
There are two essential elements of skin care that you’ll hear dermatologists talk about all the time - hydration and protection. The first part is simple. Drink water. Lots of water.
Hydration is especially important in the summertime, because we lose so much fluid by just sweating it out. Have water on hand at all times. While the “8 cups a day” rule is a decent metric, realistically you should be drinking any time you’re thirsty. When water isn’t handy, you might forget - out of sight, out of mind, and all. That’s why it’s essential that you have a visible bottle of water with you everywhere you go.
Sun protection may be the most important part of any skin care routine - exposure to UV rays increases wrinkles and reduces your skin’s firmness. Worse yet, it can cause skin cancer. You’ll want an SPF of around 30 in order to protect from most of the sun’s rays, even more if you plan on being out for prolonged periods of time. Other protection, from wide-brimmed hats to long-sleeved clothing is also useful.
Summer is a sweaty season. Those heavy cream and butter moisturizers you use in the wintertime? Not so appropriate here. Use something light. Optimally, you’ll find a moisturizer you like that comes with SPF protection - there are incredibly light moisturizers that still offer protection from harmful UV rays.
Exfoliation is especially important in the summertime - that’s particularly true for those with oily skin. You might have dropped your exfoliation habits over the winter (over-exfoliation is not good for the skin). If that’s the case, slowly reintegrate exfoliation, starting with once or twice a week and increasing from there.
You’re probably raising your eyebrows - we get it. It’s summer, you’re active, and showering more often is definitely a good idea. The trick here isn’t necessarily to cut down on how often you’re showering - instead, cut down on how long you’re in the shower for. You should also turn down the temperature of your water - too hot, and it will dry out your skin pretty quickly.
Use Less Makeup
Summer is the perfect time for a natural look. Using less makeup and/or lighter makeup will lead to less clogged pores. As you know, clogged pores can lead to blackheads, whiteheads, and all kinds of other acne-related skin problems.
You can probably tell that one of the main skin care concerns in the summer is clogged pores. Acne isn’t fun, and acne scars can be a pretty painful reminder. We offer acne scar treatment in Winnipeg. Want to look and feel your best this summer? Get in touch with us.