Most of us stay pretty busy during the summer. Many people take their vacations during this time and we tend to be out and about more. Because of our crazy, hectic, having fun schedules we are more prone to neglect our skin. Yes, more and more people are remembering to use sunscreen but summer skin care is more than just applying sun protection.
The first thing to consider is your home care regime. Are you using the same products you did in the winter? Some skin types are not effected by seasonal changes, however, many people need to switch their skin care products for lighter weight cleansers and moisturizers. That creamy cleanser that was perfect in January may not be what you need in July. If you are feeling a bit more oily you may need a gel or foaming cleanser. Renew Botanicals has a cleanser that is a little of both. Our Herbal Cleanser has some of the ingredients and properties of a gel cleanser but with additional lightweight oils so that your skin does not feel dry. The addition of activated charcoal helps to detoxify the skin. Same idea holds true for your moisturizer. Your current moisturizer may still be perfect the rest of the year, but just as with your cleanser, you may need a moisturizer that is a little lighter. You still need to use your moisturizer twice a day. If you are feeling too oily do not stop using a moisturizer, this is a mistake many make. Your skin can still become dehydrated in the summer. Just lighten it up.
Don't forget to take your skin care products with you on vacation. It is also a great idea when you get back from vacation to see your Esthetician for a facial. It is a great way to replenish your skin. And please keep applying your sunscreen. Check out my last blog post on sunscreens
Speaking of dehydration. It is so important to drink lots of water during the summer. Remember iced tea (unless it is herbal) and iced coffee will further dehydrate, you as will any alcoholic beverages. If you are not fond of water, try adding watermelon chunks, slices of orange, lime or lemon, cucumbers or berries.