Summer is here in the UK! With temperatures expected to hit 40C and a national red warning for extreme heat, our skin is feeling a bit...meh.
If you suffer from acne-prone skin, you know that your summer can be drastically different, depending on how your skin looks and feels.
With hurdles like sunscreen, heat, and daily general 'stickiness' becoming a constant battle, its difficult to know what to do to keep breakouts at bay.
Here's our 5 summer skincare tips for acne prone skin!
1. Lighten the Load!
Cut out what isn't needed, and let your skin breathe.
It's not winter anymore! Heavy creams and balms might not be needed in summer.
Think of it like the skincare products you take in your suitcase on holiday, if it doesn't fit, you don't need it!
Swap creams and balms, for lotions and gels (bonus points if your putting your gels in the fridge before use!).
Gel and sheet masks can also be kept refrigerated, and can be used instead of cream and clay masks.
Incorporate facial mists to help refresh and mattify your skin throughout the day, or use as a gentle toner.
Opt for 'lighter' alternatives for your summer skincare routine!
2. Don't Quit The Moisturiser!
Just because your skin feels more oily than usual, doesn't mean you should cut moisturiser from your routine.
There's no doubt that our skin is looking a bit shinier than usual, but that layer of sweat does not count as moisturiser!
If anything, exposure to the sun can make skin feel drier than usual, and it is important that you continue to moisturise.
Using a lightweight moisturiser in the morning and evening can help to combat summer breakouts!
3. And Definitely Don't Stop Exfoliating!
Exfoliation is as important in summer as it is in winter.
I know, I know, it's hot.
You don't want to spend ages on your skin routine, but exfoliation is so important in summer!
Sunlight has a keratolytic effect on the skin, which means cell turnover increases, increasing your need to remove dead cells and prevent clogged pores.
AHAs can feel soothing on stressed summer skin, and can be used 2-3 times a week.
It's important to remember that AHAs can cause photosensitivity, so always wear SPF!
4.Put On That SPF!
We don't need to keep telling you, wear it!
It's all that's talked about every summer, and for good reason. 86% of melanoma skin cancer is preventable!
Make sure you're wearing SPF before you leave the house, and reapply throughout the day, using at least factor 30 broad spectrum.
For acne-prone skin, lightweight and oil free SPF should be applied, using at least two finger-lengths of sunscreen for your face alone.
A sunscreen mist can be used to reapply throughout the day.
Avoid using sunscreen sticks, as they are more likely to be comedogenic.
5. Stick To The Shade!
Play it safe, stay in the shade!
Stay cool and stay safe in the shade where possible.
By wearing a wide brimmed hat, large sunglasses, and sunscreen you can block out a certain amount of harmful rays, but staying in the shade or indoors is best when it comes to sun protection!
Not only this, but by reducing your skin's exposure to high heat and humidity, your skin has a better chance of staying consistent.
So if your skin is suffering in the heatwave, use lightweight products, stay cool and always wear SPF.