Saving Face

Get Healthy, Glowing Skin For Summer

This may be the free-and-easy season, but that doesn’t mean taking a break from caring for your complexion—especially when you’ve added sun to the mix. “In the summer, many women don’t change their skincare products,” says NYC dermatologist, Debra Jaliman, M.D., who recommends wearing an SPF of no less than 30 every day. “But you may need to switch to lighter products like serums and an exfoliating cleanser as the weather gets warmer.” Here, the top ten rules for saving face over the next few months….

1) Choose a moisturizer with antioxidants such as Vitamin C: In addition to combatting dryness caused by a day in the rays, a C-packed moisturizer protects skin from free radicals and helps repair sun damage. Apply it every morning without fail.

2) Use waterproof sunscreen: Though you may think, Not swimming—why bother? A sweat-proof formula actually helps keeps your SPF intact when you perspire.

3) Wear a hat: Preferably one with a generous brim (two inches or more) to help shield your face from direct rays. Bonus: It looks chic.

4) Prevent breakouts: Spend time in the outdoors and your pores can easily accumulate bacteria from perspiration and pollution, which can lead to acne and an irritated complexion. Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, recommends oil-free formulas to ward off those pesky pimples.

5) Switch your makeup routine: In lieu of heavy foundation and powder, give skin a breather and let your glow show through by limiting yourself to concealer, bronzer, and a radiant sweep of blush applied to the apples of your cheeks.

6) Exfoliate: A Clarisonic Facial Brush or other professional buffing tool can help remove dry, dead skin flakes that result in an uneven, dull, pasty complexion.

7) Drink half your weight in water: For adequate hydration—which not only helps your complexion but also your health—try to quaff half your weight in ounces each day. Example: A 120-pound woman should drink approximately 60 ounces of water daily.

8) Protect your pout: It’s all too easy to ignore lips, but they can burn and wrinkle as easily as any other feature on your face. Slicking on a good lip balm, stocked with an SPF of at least 20, is a smart bet.

9) Peel away: A twice-monthly facial peel goes a long way towards removing flakiness, clearing out the pores, eliminating bacteria, slowing oil production, and giving skin a clearer, tighter appearance.

10) Go for the glow: Add a gradual self-tanning moisturizer to your routine (preferably one with an SPF) for a natural-looking tan without the harsh effects of the sun.

Written by Cosmetic Dermatology Specialist Denice Schwind, PA-C, CMLSO