HELP ME WITH THE HEAT!
“The Beautiful Truth” — By Jackie Danicki
Between the heat, the humidity, and running from the sweltering
outdoors into frigid air conditioning, it’s not unusual to find
oneself with totally jacked up skin in the summer months. Blackheads,
heat rash, and dry patches are just a few of the lovely conditions
with which you may find yourself afflicted. Here’s how to deal:
BLACKHEADS ARE BAD NEWS
If you’re not prone to blackheads, they could creep up on you during the summer months. Unfortunately, there are only a few options for prevention. Oil absorbing papers should work for those with oily skin. Everyone should be using a gentle cleanser like Clean & Clear Oil-Free Foaming Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin (fabulous and cheap) with non-harsh exfoliators that can help make this nasty affliction less rampant. Rather than choosing a topical scrub, which can irritate skin and deliver only average results, your best option is to go with a chemical exfoliating lotion containing betahydroxy acids with between 1%-2% salicylic acid. Your best bet: Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion.
HEAT RASH IS NOT SO HOT
High temperatures can wreak havoc even for the least sweaty of us. This is especially true when it comes to the chest and our usually flawless decolletage. Try to stick to v-necks or other necklines that
let the skin breathe. While exercising, go for tanks or, if you prefer tees, shirts made in a fabric designed to keep skin dry. You may also want to keep a pack of wipes in your purse for occasional cleansing and cooling. Forget hand wipes for this job. Grab a pack of the oil-free Clean &
Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes to do the job right.
SUNSCREEN WON’T MAKE YOUR SKIN SUPPLE
A good sunscreen or sunblock remains as a layer on the surface of the skin; it doesn’t penetrate the way a good moisturizer does. So don’t think that SPF 80 you’re smoothing over your face, chest, and other exposed areas is tantamount to hydrating your skin. Nighttime is the ideal time to smooth on your favorite moisturizer, and it need not be a night cream. Try CeraVeMoisturizing Lotion, an excellent, light, and inexpensive option.