Summer is still a long way from hitting the UK but the craving for the season is rife amidst one and all. The reason is simple – there is hardly anyone in the nation who doesn’t love a bit of sunshine, trips to the beach and cocktails atop an easy chair in their backyard.
With that stated, there is also hardly anyone who loves what the summer does to the human skin, especially women!
As per the opinion of a dermatologist associated with the revered Therapie Clinic, the summer season brings with it a lot of humidity which is just an after-effect of rising temperatures. These changes in the environment send the sebaceous glands in your skin into overdrive which causes excessive sebum production. The result is excessive oily skin.
So, do you want to know all you can to keep excessive oil and acne away from your skin?
If the answer to the above question is a yes then be sure to read the following sections which will shed some light on a few dermatologist-approved tips that can help you to fight acne and oily skin.
Cleanse your skin but the right way
According to dermatologists, it is not at all a good idea to increase the frequency of washing your face. Some might disagree but experts say that frequent washes strip away the natural moisture content from your skin.
This, in turn, sends the signal to the sebaceous glands in your face to produce more oil in a bid to compensate for the lost moisture content. For the best results, revered dermatologists advise people to wash their faces not more than two times per day with a gentle face wash.
Furthermore, exfoliation, although a necessary skincare regimen, should be done in limited amounts as excessive exfoliation can result in –
- Flaking and
- Discolouration of the facial skin.
Moisturising your skin is also necessary
Okay, it is easy to think that moisturising your skin which is already producing excessive amounts of oil is a counter-intuitive step but according to dermatologists, it is the best way to hydrate your skin.
Hydrating your skin via moisturisers shut down or at least slows down the oil production process of the sebaceous glands in your face.
For the best results, you should use a moisturiser with SPF – 30 and hyaluronic acid as well as squalane as active ingredients.
Excess oil should be blotted away
You can always use blotting paper in a dabbing fashion on the areas in your face where excessive oil is visible. Blotting paper is an inexpensive solution that can help you make your face look fresh in a matter of seconds. The best part is you wouldn’t need to spend exorbitant amounts of money to stuff your vanity bag with this makeshift ‘personal care’ product. If blotting paper sounds a bit intimidating then you can also use tissue paper.
Apart from following the tips mentioned above, experts also recommend women and men alike to drink at least 2 litres of water per day. This will keep your skin hydrated. Furthermore, women should avoid makeup products with a heavy emollient base during the summer season. Why? Well, these kinds of products can exacerbate oil production and acne breakouts.
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