The sweltering heat can wreak havoc on skin, especially as we enter the hottest months of the year. We turned to the experts for quick fixes to common summer skin-care complaints.
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Moisturizers feel too heavy in the summer. The sweaty heat may tempt you to skip your moisturizer, but don’t, says Debra Jaliman, M.D., celebrity dermatologist in New York and author of Skin Rules. You need to moisturize year-round—yes, even if you have oily skin. The key is to swap the heavier moisturizing creams you used in the winter for lightweight lotions, Jaliman says. If you’re already using a lotion and it still feels too heavy, switch to a serum.
Skin becomes blotchy in the sun. Retinols make skin more sensitive to sunlight, which can cause discoloration. So if you’re using an anti-aging product with retinol (nearly all of them have it, because it works!), try using it only at night, says Jaliman. Of course, you always have to make sure you apply a product with sunscreen that has a minimum SPF 30 before you head outside to take on the day.
Another tip: Rebecca Lambert, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at The Woodruff Institute in Naples, recommends adding a serum containing ferulic acid to help repair sun damage. Lambert’s pick is SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic.
Makeup wears off too soon. Avoid a midday meltdown by adding a water-based primer before applying makeup. “The newer formulas are lighter, and can help give airbrush-quality results,” says Dani Taverna, a Naples-based makeup artist. Tinted moisturizers also pull double duty for makeup minimalists. Finish the look with long-wear gel eyeliner, waterproof mascara and cream blush to stay pretty and polished all day.