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If you’re anything like us, then you look forward to the summer for most of the year. After all, who doesn’t enjoy relaxing on the sand at the beach and watching the sun turn candy colors as it sets? But if you have sensitive skin, you know that the summer months can be rough on your complexion—and that may take some of the fun out of things. Here, learn how to take care of sensitive skin during the warm weather season—and go ahead and enjoy your summer!
When it comes to cleansing sensitive skin, it’s all about finding the right facial cleanser for your skin type. The L’Oréal Paris Go 360° Clean Deep Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin helps deeply cleanse skin without over-drying it. To use, pop out the included Scrublet™ (a flexible cleansing disc), pour some cleanser onto it, cleanse your skin, and pop the Scrublet™ back in. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), washing your sensitive skin once a day should be enough to help keep it clean.
Taking a cool shower can be refreshing during the height of the summer’s heat—and it turns out it can also be a good alternative for your skin because super-hot water can strip your skin of essential oils. So, remember to wash off in lukewarm H20 instead.
According to the AAD, certain ingredients may irritate sensitive skin. These include alcohol, fragrances, and soap. If you’re traveling, pack a no-rinse cleansing option with you, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, which is suitable for sensitive skin and free of oil, soap, and alcohol. Just saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe the pad across your face.
If you have sensitive skin, sun protection should be one of your top skin care priorities year-round. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily. The L’Oréal Paris Ideal Moisture™ Sensitive Skin Day Lotion SPF 25 is an oil-free lotion that helps hydrate and soothe sensitive skin. As well as providing long-lasting moisture, it’s also formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 25. After cleansing, smooth it gently over your face and neck until thoroughly absorbed.
In addition to wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen, the FDA also advises taking other sun protection measures. These include reapplying sunscreen at least every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating, covering up exposed areas in long sleeves, long pants, UV-blocking sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat, seeking shade, and limiting your amount of time in the sun, especially during the sun’s peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Although sun protection should play an important role in your sensitive skin care routine, mistakes can happen—no one’s perfect after all! If you find yourself with sunburned skin, there are a few steps you can take for some relief. The AAD suggests taking frequent cool baths or showers, applying a moisturizer formulated with aloe vera, and limiting your amount of time in the sun.
You may not want to pile on the makeup during the summer. So, if your sensitive skin tends to look red, consider using the L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream Anti-Redness, which has a green tint and transforms to a universal shade to reduce the look of redness. It has four actions in one (it neutralizes the look of redness, hydrates for long-lasting moisture, corrects for even-looking skin, and perfects the look of your complexion), so you don’t have to worry about using a separate moisturizer, color corrector, concealer, and foundation.