skincare tips for spring and summer loveland dermatologists

A new season brings changes for everything from activities to wardrobe and even skincare. The changes in temperature and weather during the warmer months can all affect your complexion, just as the cold and dry air of winter do. That’s why it’s important to adjust your skincare routine when the weather changes. Here are some simple tips from trusted Loveland skin doctors to freshen up your skin and brighten up your complexion for the sunny months ahead.

Feel That Sunshine on Your Skin….With Sunscreen

Warmer weather inevitably leads to longer time spent outdoors, so make sure to always apply sunscreen before enjoying that sunshine. Sunscreen is the best form of protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays, guarding your skin from sun damage, signs of aging, hyperpigmentation and reducing the risk of skin cancer. Dermatologists recommend broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapplying every two hours. For those inevitable moments in which you realize you forgot to reapply, make sure you apply a soothing, after-sun moisturizer with aloe vera to help rehydrate and recover your skin.

Spring for a Lighter Moisturizer

In order to combat the dryness of winter, you’ve probably been using a heavily hydrating moisturizer to help trap in moisture. During the spring and summer, however, skin tends to retain water better, making thick creams unnecessary. A lighter, water-based lotion will provide the right level of moisture for warmer weather without clogging pores and causing breakouts. Click here for a list of some of the best facial moisturizers for spring and summer.

Exit Winter With Exfoliation

Dry skin is a common side effect of winter, but the dull appearance from a buildup of dead skin cells does not have to follow you into spring. As the colder days grow shorter, make it a priority to gently exfoliate on a regular basis. Be careful not to over exfoliate as this can create more problems than the ones it solves. Start with only once or twice a week using gentle products with smaller and smoother exfoliating components remembering to carefully monitor how your skin responds. 

Change Up Your Cleanser

At the end of any warm day spent out in the sun, you’re likely to have a shinier complexion from extra perspiration. Before oil, dirt, and the residue left from sweaty makeup can clog your pores be sure to cleanse your skin with a different type of cleanser. A gel cleanser, for example, is an effective product for removing dirt and impurities without over-drying your skin. For people who need a greater level of control over shine and sweat, a slightly more acidic cleanser could be beneficial.

Easier Breezier Makeup

Thick heavy foundations and concealers can lead to a buildup, clogged pores, and breakouts particularly during sweatier summer months. Consider using lighter products such as a CC cream, tinted moisturizer, or a mineral powder foundation to counteract those extra oils. For more ideas on how to transition your makeup bag from winter to spring, click here.

Do a Little Spring Cleaning

While you are busy cleaning out closets and getting rid of unwanted belongings, take some time to clean out expired beauty and skin care products and thoroughly clean makeup brushes and applicators. Expired products and dirty brushes can increase the risk of bacteria buildup and cause a number of unwanted skin issues.

Refresh Your Skin With a Facial Mist

A good facial mist can help to fight the bacteria that builds up throughout the day refreshing your complexion without requiring you to wash your face before the day is through. Rather than wiping off drops of sweat with dirty hands, try a facial mist with antimicrobial and antiviral properties.

Go for Faux Glow

Your spring and summer wardrobe of shorts, tank tops, dresses, and swimsuits undoubtedly make you anxious for that golden bronze of a good tan. In order to protect your skin, consider a self-tanning mist or lotion rather than spending hours laying out in the harmful rays of the sun or risking the harmful side effects of a tanning bed. Make sure to thoroughly cleanse and exfoliate your skin first in order to get better results. You can read more tips on how to apply a self-tanner to get even coverage and long-lasting result here. Check with your dermatologist to see which self-tanner they recommend.

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