While most people think of summer, they think of BBQs and days spent at the beach. But for those of us with acne-prone or oily skin, summer often brings feelings of dread as it signals the end of pimple-free months. Time to bust out your cleansers, sunscreen and blotting sheets! But to really make sure that your summer skin care routine provides the best protection possible, follow these quick and basic steps:

  • Don’t overdo it! It might be tempting to cleanse your face multiple times a day due to the heat and humidity, but twice is enough to keep skin fresh and clean. If you overdo it, your skin can dry up and cause your sebaceous glands to act up and produce more oil than usual to make up for it.
  • Gently wash your face with lukewarm water since it breaks down oil better than cold water does.
  • Scrubbing, rubbing and vigorous wiping is a major mistake. While exfoliating the skin a couple of times a week is recommended so black heads and dead skin cells are removed, do so gently to avoid irritation. Our skin creates natural oil to fight irritation, store moisture and keep everything hydrated so avoid scrubbing too much since it removes the natural moisture.
  • Keep makeup light. You might swear by heavy foundation or other techniques but the heat, sweat, oil and bacteria are sure to clog up your pores because of all that product.
  • Touching your face with your bare hands is more problematic than you’d think. All of the dirt, bacteria and oil on your hands will be transferred to your face and be the cause of breakouts.
  • Stay hydrated. When you feel thirsty, that’s a big sign that you’re already pretty dehydrated. Aim for eight glasses of water a day, especially during the hot summer months!
  • Avoid or limit sugar, oily food and caffeine! Leafy vegetables, fish, white meat, fruit and other healthy alternatives not only keep your body fit and fab, they add to that youthful glow!
  • Stress affects your skin. Cortisol, the stress hormone, causes a lot of mental, emotional and physical problems. Some people even report getting breakouts, eczema and other skin conditions when they’re under extreme stress. Do your best to handle stress in ways that work for you and to stop feeling guilty when you take time for yourself. After all, you deserve it!