Heat Proof: Skincare Tips for the Summer Season

Summertime is here again and the living’s easy, but the season’s heat and sun can greatly affect your skin. As much as you love those hot days and balmy nights, this season comes packed with some not-so-loveable skin issues. Follow these simple but effective skincare solutions to battle the high temperatures and keep your skin flawless this summer.

Befriend the Plain and Pure – H2O: Skincare products can be expensive, so use the cheapest one: water. Our skin needs a plethora of water; dehydration causes a wrinkly and dry appearance. Drinking water helps liberate your body and skin of toxins. Without a sufficient amount of daily water intake, your skin can begin to look dry and less resilient. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day in order to sustain lively, naturally glowing skin. Seasonal summer foods including berries, leafy greens, and watermelon have a high concentration of water to help you stay hydrated in the heat. These are healthy alternatives to guzzling gallons of water a day… and who doesn’t love a fresh piece of watermelon? It’s 91% water!

Lip Assistance: The feeling of dry skin is rough, but the sensation of dry, chapped lips is much worse. If you thought crusted lips were only a cold weather affair, you’re simply wrong. Drier climates cause lips to wilt, which increases odds of burning them. During these humid months, look out for lip balms and glosses with alleviating ingredients like Shea butter and beeswax. Don’t forget products with SPF to protect from UV rays. Whatever your choice is, get ready to pucker up!

Test the Towelette:  It seems that during the summer season, you’re always on the go, and unfortunately unsightly blemishes can constantly occur. To prevent the horrid craters, opt for a cleansing cloth: the wipes are packaged perfectly to throw in a bag so they are always at your closest disposal. Keeping your skin clean and dry is the simplest way to shrink the likelihood of grime and gunk clogging your pores, which can lead to breakouts. A favorite of mine are Neutrogena Oil Free Cleansing Wipes, in Pink Grapefruit. These cloths can be used anywhere on the body, and are also optimal for those times you’re feeling sweaty or sticky. Grab and go to keep your skin anti-‘bacne.’

Flawless Foundation: Some may say that wearing foundation in the summer is pointless – it melts off your face and adds a layer of unnecessary “gunk.” But have they ever heard of BB cream? No matter your skin type, tone, or texture, these multi-tasking products provide a lightweight feel but deliver full, flawless coverage. BB cream’s goal is to fight dry, flaky skin, and protect from sun damage, all while keeping the oil at bay. This is a must-have that will stand up against the summer heat.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream presents skin with a glowing look, provides a hydrating mask to uphold moisture, all while regulating shine.
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream presents skin with a glowing look, provides a hydrating mask to uphold moisture, all while regulating shine.

Exfoliating by Day Keeps the Dermatologist Away: Not everyone has the time or money to keep up with getting facials, but the next best thing is starting a daily exfoliating routine. In hopes of smooth, soft, and clearer skin, use an exfoliating scrub or face brush. These products will pull away dead skin, thoroughly clean your pores, and get rid of extra sunscreen residue, grime, and unwanted oils. Reboot your complexion while detoxifying your skin – so fresh and clean!

Toning: Essential and Mystifying: It’s not a secret that you simply sweat more during summer, and when the perspiration mixes with a surplus of dirt, bacteria, and oils, it causes redness and breakouts. Fear no more. By using a toner morning and night, you’re able to refresh your skin, tighten your pores, add a boost of hydration, and ensure that your skin is squeaky clean. Say goodbye to oils, and hello to smooth, hygienic skin.

Switch to Serums: Warmer seasons cause for muggy mornings. During your daily routine, scrap your typical moisturizer and go for a skin serum. Serums are water based and have a lighter feel than lotions or hydrating creams. They absorb quickly into the skin and provide a fresh, smooth slate for makeup or other products being put on the face. Apply after cleansing your skin to retain full moisture. Remember, serums can be super potent and contain powerful ingredients, so make sure the one you choose is correct for your specific skin concerns and needs.

St. Tropez’s In-Shower Tanning Lotion is an easy at home self-tan formula used in the shower to bring a natural-looking, buildable glow to achieve the best fake tan.
St. Tropez’s In-Shower Tanning Lotion is an easy at home self-tan formula used in the shower to bring a natural-looking, buildable glow to achieve the best fake tan.

The Bronzed and the Beautiful:  Without a doubt, summer’s favorite accessory is a tan. But who really has the time to lie out and sunbathe all day? Not to mention the risk being in direct sunlight has on your skin. So make sure to try a self tanner this season. Whether that be conducted in a salon via spray tan or at home using lotions and mists. Always apply a moisturizer prior to the self-tanner; this will ward off dry flakes that can appear, as well as help the product seep into your skin more naturally and smoothly.  Whether you want a bronzed sparkle, a dark complexion, or a clean natural tan, the quest for the perfect self-tanners are easy to find and easy to apply…so go get your summer glow on!

This summer season, when the beach breeze is calling, the blissful pool is pulling you in, and the sun is shining down, follow these skincare regiments: revive, rinse and, repeat all season long to have the fairest skin of them all.

Rachel Baumeister, '17

I have become the center of a never ending love triangle: fashion and beauty have both stolen my heart, becoming the basis of a vibrant lifestyle that I couldn't dream of living without.