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Regardless of your skin type, you may find you need to make a few adjustments to your skin care routine come summertime. After all, while you may enjoy the extra sunshine, the heat can do a number on your skin. And if you have dry skin, you know how important it is to find a skin care routine that works for you, in order to help keep your complexion hydrated and looking glow-y. Help keep your dry skin happy this summer by following the below tips.
Sure, a hot shower can feel relaxing, but it’s not exactly the best for your dry skin. That’s because super-hot H20 can strip your skin of essential oils, leaving it feeling drier. Cool things down by washing off in lukewarm water instead. As a bonus, this can offer some sweet relief from the heat outside!
Have a summer vacation planned? Bring a travel-friendly cleanser, like micellar water, with you. Micellar water is a no-rinse cleansing option—meaning you don’t need to be near a sink to use it. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes—and all you have to do to use it is saturate a cotton pad with it and wipe the pad across your face.
After cleansing, reach for a moisturizer formulated for your dry skin. While you may find that you need a heavier moisturizer to help keep your skin hydrated during the winter, you may find that a lightweight moisturizer is a better option for you during the summer. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin is a lightweight water-based moisturizer that is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration. Smooth it over your face and neck after cleansing.
Although you should take sun protection measures year-round, it makes sense that it may be top of mind for you during the summer, since you’ll likely be spending more time outside this time of year. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily. But that’s not all—you should also take a few other sun protection measures in addition to wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen. According to the FDA, these include reapplying sunscreen at least every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating), limiting your amount of time in the sun, especially during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., seek shade, and covering up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses. Here’s our guide to sun protection for summer 2017.
‘Tis the time of year to show off those gorgeous legs! And when it comes to shaving your legs, there are a few tips to keep in mind, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). For starters, you should never shave your legs when they’re dry—instead, wet your skin and hair in the shower and apply a shaving cream or gel. Then, shave in the direction that your hair grows. Keep in mind that the AAD suggests changing blades or disposable razors after five to seven shaves to help minimize irritation.
If you have dry skin, then you may already know that a humidifier can help add much-needed moisture to the air—which can especially be useful during the dry, winter months. But you may want to consider using your humidifier during the summer as well, since like artificial heating, air conditioners (a summer necessity) can also cause moisture levels to decline in the air.