Summer is officially upon us. And that means it’s time to come up with a summer skin care routine. That routine that use to work for the spring might have to be tweaked for the summer. I know mines
If your anything like me. You struggle with oily skin. Consequently during the summer it gets worst. I mean it would be like you can deep fry chicken from the oil that came off my skin.
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That is why I’m going to share some of my life saving summer skin care steps. To help my sisters who struggle with oily skin and hyperpigmentation.
Wash your face.
I know that many people say this but it’s true. a freshly washed face is the first defense you have against that oily skin during the summer. It helps you clear out the dirt, the oil, and hydrates your skin. Having a washing routine is very important.
The routine should be twice a day. In the morning when you wake up and at night before you go to sleep. In the morning because it is important to refresh your skin. Yes, dirt and other impurities can still clog your pores at night. So you need to clean that out in the morning. The same goes for nighttimes after your day is over.
Washing your face twice a day is a sure way to keep your pores clean. Chances are if you struggle with oily skin you have large pores. That is why washing your face twice a day is a life saver. If you don’t believe me take a look at face washing 101 from the American Academy Of Dermatology. I think they know what they are talking about.
Water is your friend.
Drink plenty of water but also use water-based products. First thing first, water is the source of life. During the summer you are hot and sweaty. Don’t forget to stay hydrated. Your body needs it and your skin is part of the body that needs the water.
Secondly, using water-based products should be a staple year round.
Water-based products don’t clog those large pores and hydrates your skin. Just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean hydration is not important. Oil and water are two different things. Oily skin does not mean that your skin is hydrated.
Moisturize your face.
Always and I mean always use a water-based moisturizer. Every time you wash your face follow with a moisturizer. It’s actually the law of face washing. Moisturizing your face doesn’t only help with hydration. But it helps to maintain elasticity and youthfulness of your skin. So don’t skip the moisturizer.
My mother and I have the same kind of skin. (Thanks Mom) and she would wash her face and not moisturize. Then she would complain about her face is dry. To top it all off her skin will look cracked as if she had just finished walking through the Sahara desert. So, I am constantly checking and making sure she moisturizes. Since all off yall don’t have me around to police your skincare routine. Don’t be like my mother moisturize your face.
Don’t forget the Clay mask.
You know those clay mask you buy. Summer is the time to use them. Because during the summer you’re sweaty and hot. Your pores get clog faster. So I suggest once a week you use a clay mask. It doesn’t matter when you do it. Just do it to clean out your pores. Your pores will thank you. Mines does.
In case you did not know a clay mask is an amazing staple to have as part of your beauty routine. The benefits of a clay mask are uncanny. The clay mask has the power to help improve your skin tone, rejuvenate and regenerate your skin. Plus is beneficial in regulating sebum. WHich is something we need as people with oily skin and large pores.
Don’t Forget to Scrub.
Yes, all those mentions above are important but I would also recommend using a face scrub. Using a scrub is a good way to clear away dead skin. It’s great at helping smooth out the face leaving your face glowing.
If you don’t want to buy one here’s a little secret you can make it yourself. My favorite is a turmeric scrub. I have turmeric in my house in my kitchen so why not use it. Here’s the recipe: use 1 tablespoon of turmeric to help with inflammation, 1 tablespoon of honey to brighten, and 1/2 a tablespoon licorice root herbal extract to fight hyperpigmentation.
Mix it all together and uses it as a mask than when you’re ready to rinse it off. Wet your face and use it as a scrub. It’s my two in one face mask and scrub.
Okay, this is more of a suggestion than a step. Try your hardest to use natural products. I find that my skin is less oily and my hyperpigmentation is getting better because I use natural products.
Stay away from harsh chemicals that can hurt, and burn your skin. I do and it has made such a difference. For my mask and scrubs, I make them using products in my home.
Sometimes I use store brought products but I am careful about what I put on my face. Not only do chemical products burn and cause hyperpigmentation. It also seep into your pores giving it a gateway into your bloodstream. This can lead to hormone imbalance and other kinds of medical conditions.
To Sunscreen or Not to Sunscreen.
A little known fact about me is that I don’t wear sunscreen. Then why am I suggesting it? Well, I’m in the camp that sunscreen is not good because of the chemicals. So instead of wearing sunscreens that are full of chemicals. I try to go the natural route. I even attempt to find some alternatives to sunscreen. Alternatives like carrot oil, shea butter, and aloe vera.
But no matter what route you take, do something because oily skin is prone to hyperpigmentation. Yes, I don’t wear sunscreen but I find natural alternatives to it. And I suggest you do too.
I live in Florida aka the sunshine state. That is why I need to protect my skin somehow from the sun. And I do that with natural alternatives to sunscreen. The ball is in your court now.
There you have it folks I have just pimped your summer skin care routines. Although, pimping ain’t easy but I do it for the ladies. ( Wow yes I went there).
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