Summer is here, and with it comes the need to take care of your skin in the heat and humidity. You may be wondering how often you should use a moisturizer in the summer, and what kind of moisturizer is best for your skin type. To answer these questions, we consulted an expert: Dr. Jane Smith, a dermatologist and skincare specialist.
Why Moisturise In The Summer?
According to Dr. Smith, moisturizing is essential for maintaining healthy skin all year round, but especially in the summer. "Moisturising helps to prevent water loss from the skin, which can lead to dryness, flakiness, irritation, and premature aging", she says. "Moisturising also helps to balance the oil production of the skin, which can be increased by factors such as heat, sweat, sun exposure, and air conditioning".
Dr. Smith adds that moisturizing can also protect the skin from environmental damage, such as UV rays, pollution and free radicals. "Moisturising can act as a barrier between the skin and the external aggressors, and also provide antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients that can soothe and repair the skin", she explains.
How Often To Moisturise In The Summer?
Dr. Smith recommends moisturizing at least twice a day in the summer> once in the morning and once in the evening. "Moisturising in the morning can help to prepare the skin for the day ahead, and moisturizing in the evening can help to replenish the skin after a long day of exposure to the elements", she says.
However, Dr. Smith notes that some people may need to moisturize more or less often depending on their skin type and condition. "For example, if you have oil or acne-prone skin, you may want to moisturize less frequently or use a lighter moisturizer to avoid clogging your pores or making your skin too greasy", she says. "On the other hand, if you have dry or sensitive skin, you may want to moisturize more frequently or use a richer moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and comfortable".
Dr. Smith advises you to listen to your skin and adjust your moisturizing routine accordingly. "If tour skin feels tight, rough or itchy, it means you need more moisture. If your skin feels oily, shiny or sticky, it means you need less moisture or a different type of moisturiser", she says.
Dr. Smith also recommends looking for a moisturiser that contains SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 for daytime use. "SPF is crucial for preventing sunburns, wrinkles, dark spots and skin cancer", she says. "You should apply SPF every day, even if it's cloudy or rainy, and reapply every two hours of after swimming or sweating".
Some of the ingredients that Dr. Smith suggests looking for in a summer moisturizer are:
Hyaluronic acid: A humectant that attracts and retains moisture in the skin.
Aloe Vera: A natural plant extract that soothes and cools the skin.
Vitamin C: An antioxidant that brightens and evens out the skin tone.
Green tea: An antioxidant that reduces inflammation and redness.
Cucumber: A natural plant extract that refreshes and hydrates the skin.