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Did you know that you need to adjust your skin care routine during the summer months? Summer is often a lot more humid that the cooler months, meaning that your skin could be oilier. Adapting to this humidity is really important because it can have a profound impact on your skin. Here are a few things that you should know about how you should alter your skin care routine for the summer months:

Don’t use as much moisturizer

If you have naturally oily skin, consider using products that aren’t as moisturizing. Also think about cleansing your skin more frequently. In the summer, people with dry skin may have an easier time, but people with oily and acne-prone skin may find summer more difficult. Be sure to adjust your skin care routine accordingly. 

You need more sunscreen

Because people often spend more time outside and the sun can be more intense, you will need to think about using sunscreen more frequently and on other parts of your body (like your arms, neck and legs) that are not exposed to the sun during the rest of the year (as they are protected by clothing). The daily moisturizer with broad spectrum protection lotion you are using every day on your face all year round maybe also need to be applied to other summer sun exposed surfaces-like your hands and arms. And if you spend time outside during the summer, you should reapply this moisturizer sunscreen protection more than just in the morning.

When you plan to spend your day outside at the beach, at the pool, or on a hike, you can opt for a sunscreen lotion that can be used on the face and body. Remember, if you’re swimming or sweating, you will need to reapply sunscreen more frequently. 

Don’t forget: wear sunscreen on all parts of your exposed skin. 

Your makeup should be lighter 

During the summer months, you should also take care to make sure your makeup is lighter, especially if you have oily and acne-prone skin. Makeup that has sunscreen in it does not offer sufficient protection, and is fine as makeup, but should NOT be used in place of moisturizer with sunscreen.

Know your skin sensitivities

Essentially, because summer is more humid, the trick to mastering your summer skin care routine is knowing your skin sensitivities so that you can adjust accordingly. If you do have naturally oilier or acne-prone skin, then acne can get worse if you continue using the products you use in the winter. However, if you have naturally dry skin, your skin care routine may get easier because of the increased humidity. 

Have any questions about your skin type and what products would be best for your summer skin? Talk to your board-certified dermatologist about the best skin care routine for you! 

You can schedule a consult with Dr. Green at (301) 610-0663 or you can schedule a complementary cosmetic consult!

The information contained in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute professional medical advice.