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Summer is time to rethink your skin care routine

Many women put their beauty routine on autopilot, regardless of the season. Linda Miller talked to Oklahoma City aestheticians who explained why you should rethink your routine for hot summer weather.
By Linda Miller Published: May 29, 2012

Summer isn't always kind to your skin. Blame it on the heat, wind, humidity and maybe a bit too much fun in the sun or the pool.

Serums, cleansers and moisturizers that work well on your skin in the winter don't always do the best job when the sun comes out to play and the weather warms, yet it's amazing how many women put their beauty routines on autopilot year-round.

Oklahoma City aestheticians recommend women re-evaluate their beauty products and routines each season to keep their skin moisturized, hydrated, protected and primed to fight signs of aging.

Sun protection

They all agree that sunscreen is a must, and it's best to pump a high number.

“I'm a strong believer in 50 SPF if you're going to be outside,” said Kathleen Dickey, a nurse aesthetician at Balliets at Classen Curve. “I think a 30 is OK if you're going to work.”

Reach for a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays, and reapply often if you sweat or get wet.

Many eye creams, foundations and moisturizers have 10 to 20 SPF, but for outdoor activities, it's not enough safeguard, she said. An additional sunscreen is necessary.

As extra protection, Dickey suggests women wear a visor or hat to shield their faces from harmful rays. “The sun is so damaging to the skin that you want to protect it at all costs.”

Keep it fresh

When it's hot and sticky, as it often is in the summer, it's important to keep skin refreshed.

“The best way to do this is to add toner for your appropriate skin type,” said Alex Mendez-Kelley, an aesthetician, makeup artist and owner of The MakeUp Bar. “After washing, the added toner can be refreshing, be an astringent or, in the case of mature skin, can actually be hydrating.”

During hot summer months, she suggests women switch to a lighter moisturizer formula and consider using a mask.

“Many masks are earth- or clay-based, but they can be very hydrating,” she said. “Some are good for more intense cleansing. And some help with excess oil. Once a week for those is the standard, but they can be done every couple of days for the superbly dedicated.”

Out with the old

Exfoliation is also important, and if you only exfoliate once a week, you may need to increase it to twice a week in the summer.

“I call them the holy days of exfoliation: Wednesday and Sunday,” Mendez-Kelley said. Between exfoliations, she suggests using a scrub, but don't overdo it, especially for those with sensitive skin.

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