1. Out in the hot and humid weather leads to sweaty and oily skin. Wash your face properly to get rid of oil and debris. If you don’t keep your face clean, you might have acne breakouts or heat rash. Since you will be washing your face more often, you’ll want to use a gentle cleanser. Change your facial cleanser to one that is tough on oil. Don’t use cleansers that are moisturizer based. Cleansers that contain salicylic acid are suitable for acne prone skin. However, your skin becomes more sensitive to sunlight after that. It may also dry out your skin or cause irritation. So, be careful when using such cleansers.
2. Change your moisturizer too. You don’t need a heavy moisturizer in hot weather. Choose one that is light and oil-free.
3. Be diligent in using sunblock and sunscreen lotion. Don’t only protect your face, put some on your hands as well. Don’t make the mistake of applying sunscreen after putting on your moisturizer. It has to go on BEFORE the moisturizer. That way it can bind to the skin and work optimally. Choose a lotion with either SPF15 or SPF30. For full UV protection, use ones that have the label Broad Spectrum. If you are going swimming or engaging in activities that make you sweat a lot, requiring you to towel off, use water-resistant sunscreen. It is very important that you remember to reapply after 2-3 hours. If you are afraid that some sunblock ingredients may be cancer causing, then choose lotions that are natural and toxic-free. If you want more benefits, select sunscreen that also contain antioxidants like vitamin C.
4. If your face feels greasy, carry with you blotting papers to absorb the oil. That will help get rid of a shiny face.
5. Wear hats to protect your face when out in the sun. Wide-brimmed hats are the best. If you can, stay out of the sun from 11am – 3pm. The sun rays are most damaging during that time.
6. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Recommended is at least 8 glasses a day. This will not only replenish moisture that is lost through sweat but also helps flush out toxins. If you don’t quite fancy plain water, choose fruit juices. Caffeine and alcoholic drinks will dehydrate you. So, stay away from those. Yes, you may want to cool down with a nice cold beer but that won’t help your skin.
7. Exfoliate twice a week. Removing your skin’s outer layer of dead cells will help rejuvenate dull skin and unclog pores. Choose a gentle scrub with round, smooth particles. Scrubs that are too abrasive will irritate your skin.
8. Simplify your makeup routine. Replace heavy foundation for something lighter and oil-free. You don’t want greasy makeup on your face when you’re hot and sweaty. Choose products that will not smudge or melt. Don’t put on too much powder. You’ll end up with a caked face and dull skin. Try using an oil-free translucent blotting powder on areas of the skin that are high shine. Make sure your skin can breathe.
9. Load up on fruits and vegetables that are rich with alpha hydroxy, beta hydroxy and antioxidants such as vitamin C, E and A. Citrus fruits, strawberries and tomatoes contain lots of vitamin C. Wheat germ, nuts, seeds, whole grains and fish-liver oil can give you vitamin E protection. Carrots, squash, broccoli, kale, cantaloupe, peaches and apricots are rich in vitamin A.
10. If you need to cool down your skin from too much sun, apply aloe vera gel. You can smear the gel straight from the plant or buy the gel from the store.Hot weather can be detrimental to your skin if you do not take proper precautions to protect it. Do not wait till your skin is plagued with acne or signs of aging before taking steps to care for it. Practice the right kind of skin care regimen now to maintain your beautiful skin.