The summer is hot and humid in Houston. The majority of people regardless of your skin type, you have to change your skin care regimen in the summer, particularly here. The humidity can make your skin oilier and prone to break out. Also, sunscreen is a must but that can compound the breakout problem, as well. Dr. Angela here with some skincare advice.
People with oily skin or with normal skin that becomes oily in the humidity can benefit from combo products so they can simplify their regimen. Less is more on oily skin in the summer. Using too many products on your skin can make your skin irritated or react by producing more oil. This can dissolve the oil better than cold water. Gel based cleansers with ingredients like salicylic acid or glycolic acid can help clear and brighten the skin, as well as make your skin feel cleaner. My personal favorite is ZO Oilacleanse with glycolic acid and beads for physical exfoliation. Toner is not always something I put in regimens if the skin is dry or during the winter. However, it is useful in the summer to help reduce oil and balance the skin, like Jenetiqa Pore Minimizer Toner. I have heard an argument for and against moisturizer in the summer for oily skin. I prefer and very light multifunctional moisturizer or serum. The Age + Blemish Serum from SkinCeuticals is not really a moisturizer, but it’s a serum that can help brighten and prevent breakouts.
Even just walking from the front door to the car you have sun exposure, so daily sunscreen prevents aging and the development of skin cancer. If you have normal or dry skin SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion provides a sun block and sun screen. However, this may be a bit oily for normal/oily to oily skin. A product that is more of a cream, like ZO Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 can be a better option and, again, multifunctional! If you have a darker skin tone, a clear sunscreen like EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum can give you the protection without making your skin look unnaturally white or chalky.
Every person’s skin reacts differently with products so try and see what works best for you, but here are some suggestions and a starting point. For a more personalized skin care plan, a consult with a dermatologist that specializes in cosmetics can be very helpful. Stay cool!
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