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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 and skin care products (like a facial cleanser and moisturizer) that work 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 facial 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.
Comfort dry skin that’s had a little too much fun in the sun with a gently cleansing face mask, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask. Twice a week, apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, leave the face mask on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
On those days when your dry skin is looking particularly dull, try getting to the root of the problem with a gentle face scrub to exfoliate away all the buildup. The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub can work like a charm.
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 sunscreenwith 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.
‘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.
TK If your dry skin isn’t quite taking to your newfound skin care routine, it’s time to turntowards your makeup routine for a little glowing relief. To make your dry skin look its best this summer, be sure to reach for glowing makeup formulas—like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation—to create the head-turning dewy radiance you’re craving.
Last but not least, it’s a good idea to carry a refreshing face mist with you at all times during summer. Not only will a spritz of treated water keep you feeling awake and ready to take on the day, but it will help revive your makeup and the moisture content in your skin. Wins all around.
Now that you know how to care for your dry skin in the summer, you may be curious as to what’s really causing it. To start you off on the right foot, check out our article, 7 Reasons Why You Might Have Very Dry Skin.