When summer finally arrives we never want it to end but sometime around August skin can start to look and feel a little dull. All the beach days, BBQ’s and seasonal heat can take a toll, even if you wore sunscreen religiously.
Dermatologist, Dr. Debra Luftman said that on a hot day stepping into an air conditioned office can also dry out your skin even more.
Here’s how to get your glow back and get your skin ready for the summer-to-fall transition.
• If you haven’t used an exfoliator, now is the perfect time to start. Begin using it in the evening about 2-3 times a week. Squeeze a quarter-sized amount into your palm and massage in gentle upward strokes, avoiding the skin around your eyes. Don’t rub your face too hard; instead glide your fingers over your skin, letting the exfoliating beads do the work. For many of us, gentle exfoliation is the key to glowing skin.
• Immediately after exfoliating, use a rich moisturizer. We recommend doing this at night, so your skin isn’t too shiny during the day. Ideally, your everyday routine should include a nighttime moisturizer that’s richer than the one you use in the morning.
• Remember that good skin isn’t just about skincare products. Start a food diary so you can keep track of how often you’re eating white carbs and sugary foods. Of course you should eat them as part of a balanced diet but try to keep them to a minimum, especially if you have sensitive skin. Some research has linked sugar to inflammation and irritation in the body and the skin.
• Don’t forget to login about 8 hours of sleep and drink plenty of water.
If you follow all of these steps, your skin should look and feel healthier in no time! Of course, if you’re experiencing more serious problems, consult your dermatologist.