Written by Shawna Patruno
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How do you get that perfect glow without looking overly slick? We encounter new skincare troubles and concerns with each season, so spring and summer are no different. From burns, to dark spots, to rashes, oh my!! Don’t stress, it’s all about adjusting and making your skin the best it can be. Knowing your skin from the inside out is the first step. Here are some common issues my clients have encountered.
Oily Skin and Breakouts
This pesky issue is caused by the higher temperatures and increase in humidity. In the summer people tend to break out more thanks to trapped dirt and excess oil.
To solve this problem ensure that you are exfoliating. Remember that sweat and oil can be hugely detrimental to oily skin and when pores get clogged with sweat and pollution it contributes to breakouts. In the summer months naturally oily skin can get even more oily as we tend to sweat a lot. I found that a great exfoliant helps, and recommend this Penny Frances watermelon mask/ exfoliant to help keep your skin dewy, not oily when the heat hits. https://www.pennyfrances.com/products/watermelon-rosehip-and-coconut-softening-clay-mask My second solution product is a miracle worker as it helps with breakouts and inflammation. It’s a super hero product – a toner from Anise Apothecary https://www.aniseapothecary.com/product-page/wild-hill-botanicals-fireweed-toner
Rashes from Heat
Rashes increase during the summer months due to the rise in temperature and excessive sweating.
You can use Aloe Vera as a cooling, soothing, natural anti-inflammatory. Use pure Aloe Vera directly on the rash or irritated skin to reduce discomfort. I recommend using a fresh plant leaf if you can. Simply cut in half, scoop out the gel, and apply to the inflamed or irritated area.
Uneven Skin Tone/Freckles/Pigmentation
Uneven skin tone and freckles are formed from exposure to the sun which causes your skin to create a darker tone of melanin to protect itself. Essentially, it’s a self-induced localized tan that you didn’t pay for!
Applying sunscreen daily is essential, and ensure it is a SPF 30 or more. This is non-negotiable!! If you have sensitive skin, like me, I recommend Alumier Clear Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 42 to keep your skin safe and breakout free (https://www.alumiermd.com/product/12201 ) You will also need a regime to break up the damage and stop the progression, because even after you step out of the sun your skin pigment will continue to get darker. To combat this I recommend using a CC (Colour Control) cream like this Arbonne Product (https://www.arbonne.com/PWS/ShawnaPatruno/store/AMCA/catalog/RE9_Brightening,375.aspx ).
Ingrown hairs is another common issue that women and men alike suffer from in the summer.
Always use water and a shaving cream, and remember to exfoliate to prevent ingrown hairs! When you do get an ingrown the Fur Ingrown Concentrate (https://www.aniseapothecary.com/product-page/ingrown-concentrate) will help soothe your skin, heal the bumps, and prevent future ingrown.