The first glimmer of a warm, sunny day might have many of us running straight for the beach, but how does your skin feel about warm weather and sun-drenched summer days? Follow this must-read summer guide to keep your acne skin looking fresh and blemish free all season long.
SLIP, SLOP, SLAP + CLEANSE: Your skin only needs a sunscreen while you’re exposed to the sun's UV’s. Sunscreens can be one of the hidden triggers of breakouts, so adding an extra refreshing cleanse straight after you come in from the sun helps prevent those unwanted summer breakouts.
SWITCH TO FAKE TAN: Make the switch to self-tanners for a summer glow sans any possible sun damage! Just be careful, using self-tanners on your face can trigger breakouts.
STAY HYDRATED: From the inside and out. Owing to the increased temperatures, your body tends to lose more moisture in the summer heat - staying hydrated from the inside plumps up your skin cells, and we all want that! But keeping your skin hydrated from the outside with real-u HYDRATE helps keep your oil glands calm, which means your skin is less likely to breakout.
HIT THE SHADE: Between 11am & 3pm is when the UV rays are the strongest and can cause the most damage to your skin in the shortest period of time.
GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP: A good night’s sleep can make you look and feel younger, when you wake up tired, so does your skin. This is because in the deepest stages of sleep your body produces the most growth hormones - these hormones work to repair and rebuild your skin cells, leaving your skin looking and feeling healthy.
KEEP YOUR SKIN HEALTHY FROM THE INSIDE: Pack your diet full of the 6 skin-boosting foods… fatty fish, papaya, almonds, blueberries, leafy greens and nuts & seeds.
DITCH THE PRIMERS: Primers are a silicon based product, designed to leave a weightless film on your skin by filling your pores. This spells trouble for problem skin as this film traps pimple causing dirt and bacteria deeper into your pores
GO MAKEUP FREE: Your skin will love you for it!
AVOID USING HARSH PRODUCTS TO CLEAR PIMPLES: The 2 common nasty ingredients found in most acne products have a strip and burn approach and are known for the damaging effect they can have on skin. Avoid treating your skin harshly with stripping products during summer, as it actually slows down your skin's ability to heal and repair and also increases the potential of sun damage.
DON’T LEAVE EXERCISE TIL 'TOMORROW': Increasing your heart rate increases blood flow to your skin, which removes toxins, increases oxygen and delivers a fresh batch of nutrients to your skin cells. Always remember to refresh your skin to remove toxins with an extra cleanse after you sweat it out.
AVOID THE PIMPLE CAUSING SPIKES: Sugary, fatty and dairy foods can turn on your pimples causing hormones, as they can stimulate an increase in oil production, dead skin cells and inflammation in your skin, which is the ideal recipe for pimples.
DON’T SKIP YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE: Morning or night... It’s not Beauty Sleep if you leave your makeup on!
The common myth that sun can actually help clear breakouts is a dangerous one because while it’s true that some exposure to sun can temporarily dry out breakouts, it also dehydrates your skin leaving an excess of dead skin cells; which in turn causes your oil glands to produce an excess of oil to compensate.
“It’s the combination of dead cells and extra oil from sun exposure that can lead to more breakouts.” – Ebony, Founder, real-u Skincare