The 8 Worst Summer Skin Care Mistakes
Summer is here, and you’ve got better things to think about than your skin. Or do you? Before you toss out your worries, put on your skorts, and pop open the rosé, there are just one or two things to discuss. Make that eight. Avoid these summer skin care mistakes, and come fall, your skin will thank you.
Skimping on Sunscreen
UV exposure ages your skin faster than anything else setting off a cascade of free radicals that lead to age spots, wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. Summertime means more sunny days and stronger rays, so do your skin a favor and start every day with an SPF moisturizer. Day Treatment Lotion SPF 15 is the perfect formula for lightweight moisture and sun protection in one. Non-greasy and non-comedogenic so even oily skin can benefit. You can blend it with a little mineral powder to make a light foundation. If you’re spending time outdoors, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen up to 50 SPF and reapply every hour, and after swimming or exercise.
Using the Sun as an Acne Treatment
While sunlight can increase cellular turnover and temporarily make blemishes less visible, it’s a poor trade-off for the adverse effects it brings—inflammation, oxidative stress, a proliferation of pore-clogging dead skin cells, pigmentation, and cellular damage.
Instead, protect skin from the sun, and rely on a targeted acne regimen to clear and control breakouts. A benzoyl peroxide or mandelic acid wash will kill acne bacteria. A clarifying toner and corrective serum will do the rest. Use vitamin A if your goal is peeling impactions and retexturing skin. Use mandelic acid if you want to clear and brighten.
Repeat after us: Spot treating is not treating. When you spot treat only the individual lesion, you allow bacteria in the surrounding skin to continue to grow and spread. To really clear your skin, you need to treat the underlying condition, and that means using your skin care product all over your face. If you are treating dark spots, the same holds true. Treat the dark spot and surrounding area to avoid brightening in patches.
Hot weather means more sweating, oil, and dead skin cells, therefore more opportunity for breakouts and impactions. Exfoliation, whether physical (scrubs or buffing pads), chemical (acids), or a combination of both, is essential to clear away pore-clogging dead skin cells, avoid breakouts and the inflammation scars that follow, and keep skin clear and healthy.
You can add Buffing Grains to any cleanser to turn it into an exfoliating scrub or try Mandelic Acid 3-In-1 Exfoliating Cleanser is a great choice for clearing and brightening. BP 3% Exfoliating Cleanser is a slightly more potent acne-fighter to clear impactions and prevent future breakouts.
Scratching Bug Bites
The itching may be driving you crazy, but scratching that bite will make it itch more and inflame the skin, which can lead to hyperpigmentation—those dark marks that linger after an injury to the skin.
Instead of scratching it, soothe it. A swipe of lightly astringent 3% Mandelic Acid 3-In-1 Toner will kill bacteria and help to suppress an inflammatory pigment response. Allantoin Sedating & Hydrating Lotion will help reduce inflammation, calm itching, and speed healing. Allantoin also has some bactericidal effects to help with potential infection around the bite. The lightweight, non-greasy cream is just an excellent all-around moisturizer too.
Forgetting Your Sunglasses
Those oversized sunglasses are more than a fashion accessory. They’re a shield from the damaging effects of UV radiation. The skin around the eyes is thinner and more delicate than other parts of your face. Damage will show up here more quickly than other areas. Invest in a good pair of sunglasses with UV protection to filter both UVA and UVB rays. Because the only lines you want to see this summer are the ones for the bar.
Ignoring Your Hands and Feet
These hard-working extremities deserve a little extra love in the summer months. Hands are always at risk for sun damage because they are constantly exposed, but spending more time outdoors means, they’re getting an added dose. Remember to apply sunscreen regularly throughout the day to the backs of your hands and forearms. Ditto the tops of your feet. It’s sandal season, and those pods probably haven’t seen the sun all winter.
And let’s talk about those heels. Cracked? Dry? Hard? It’s time for some Clear Body Therapy. This lactic acid and vitamin A power salve dissolves the rough, dry top layers of skin on the heels, elbows, and knees to bring skin back to baby-soft. It can also be used to help clear and control breakouts on problem areas, including back and chest.
Not Using a Vitamin C&E Serum
Vitamin C serums are good. Vitamin C & E serums are better. Research shows that together, Vitamins C and E have a synergistic reaction that optimizes their antioxidant and reparative strengths for maximum photoprotective effects, making the combination superior to either ingredient alone. Benefits include neutralizing harmful free radicals, repairing cellular damage, boosting collagen, brightening, and firming tone. Find this dynamic duo in Vivant’s Spin Trap® Vitamin C & E Therapy to protect your radiant glow all summer and beyond.