Summer does not have a rep for being kind to your skin. Heat rashes, dehydration, excess humidity and careless overexposure to the sun are all things that counteract any good that might come from the extra vitamin D and the dewy glow of a light perspiration. Like most things in life, there’s a yin and a yang when it comes to your summer complexion – but for those who suffer from breakouts and oily skin at the best of times, the sweaty season can be something of a challenge.
You might think that sweat is indeed the culprit, and to some extent that’s true. But it is not alone in the blame stakes. In fact, it’s a combination of sweat mixing with excess oil in your skin, that clogs those pores. Add in a helping of dirt, dust, humidity and bacteria, and you’re on your way to the land of breakouts.
But most importantly, what can you do about it? Well, the usual rules apply. Hydration is key. Sun exposure and air conditioning can quickly dry your skin, so it's important to drink that water and hydrate from within. Eat lots of fresh fruit and veg (not so hard at this time of year!), wear a good sunscreen, take cool showers and get plenty of sleep. It’s also important to make sure your skincare regimen suits the season. Ditch the heavy moisturisers and opt for lighter products that can better cope with the extra humidity and perspiration levels. You can see more in-depth advice about summer skincare from the experts at Adore Beauty here.
If you want to bring in a little outside help, you can blast individual pimples overnight with hydrocolloid patches (check out Juuni’s Spot Nix) that gently absorb excess pus and oil from your popped pimple, while also protecting it from new bacteria. Or pop on a mask that’s specially formulated for use on zit-prone skin – one that helps to draw out any excess oil and impurities in your skin, so it will fight current breakouts and block future ones from crossing your borders. Is this a good time to introduce our new Beat the Breakout sheet mask? Thought so! With tea tree oil to banish bacteria, and salicylic acid to dissolve pore-clogging gunk, It’s great for summer breakouts, as well as those once-a-month skin meltdowns that we all look forward to (yeah, not).