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Summer is officially here—and between barbecues, beach trips, and river floats, you may not be paying quite as much attention to your skin care routine now that your schedule is packed with outdoor activities. But as delightful as it might feel to spend time outside in the warmer weather, it can do a number on your complexion. The good news is, maintaining a consistent summer skin care routine doesn’t have to be difficult. Here, we share some of the common summer skin care mistakes you could be making and what to do instead to help get your summer skin care routine on track.
When you’re running around town in the heat, you may notice that your skin starts to look overly oily come midday. That’s because throughout the day, dirt, oils, and makeup can build up on the surface of your skin—which is why you should cleanse your complexion morning and night as part of your skin care routine. Whether you’re traveling or simply have a lot on your plate, reaching for a no-rinse cleansing option like micellar water could be a convenient option during the summer months. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies. It’s powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oils, and makeup up and away from the skin. Just saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe the pad across your face.
If you find that your skin looks oilier during the summer months, don’t take moisturizing out of your skin care routine. Instead, look for a lightweight moisturizer that suits your skin’s needs this season. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin is oil-free, non-greasy, and has a matte finish. Smooth it over your face and neck after cleansing.
Do you reach for a body lotion when you hop out of the shower but neglect to apply it to your feet? Well, it’s time to show your tootsies some love! Think about it: Chances are, you spend quite a bit of time with your feet in flip flops and sandals during the summer—so why not help them look and feel their best? Apply a thick cream to your feet before bed and put on a pair of socks to help soften the feel of your skin while you sleep.
Although sun protection should be top of mind in your skin care routine year-round, you may be thinking about it more often in the summer when it’s hot outside. But if you tend to skip out on applying broad-spectrum sunscreen and taking other sun protection measures during the warm weather months, it’s time to add these measures to your skin care routine. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day, as well as reapplying every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating), limiting your amount of time in the sun (especially during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), and covering up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
We get it: Summer isn’t as long as many of us wish it was, so you may find yourself rushing through your skin care routine in an effort to spend as much time as you can outside. The thing is, when you do that, you may overlook certain areas of your body—like your ears, lips, and feet—when it comes to sun protection. So, take the time to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen to any exposed area, pack your bottle of broad-spectrum sunscreen in your tote, and have accessories with you so that you can cover up before heading out for the day. Your skin will thank you!