Summer and the Dreaded Breakouts
Summer is here, and although I’m a cool-weather gal myself, I know a lot of people really thrive in the warm weather and love being outdoors.
Welcome to heat- and sweat-induced acne breakouts. As the mercury rises, our skin produces more oil. While our faces may have a healthy “glow,” bacteria and dirt, loving an oily environment, stick to our sweaty skin and clog our pores. Sunscreen, a must for all times of the year, combined with oil and sweat, also contributes to clogging our pores. A perfect environment for acne is born.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT SUMMER BREAKOUTS
- Well, obviously, keep your skin clean. If you work out, cleanse your face and remove makeup ahead of time if you can. I know it’s not always possible, so second best is to remove the sweat and dirt as soon as you can afterwards.
- Mineral makeup is typically oil-free and is good for oily skin, reducing clogged pores.
- Be Gentle to Your Skin. Many acne-fighting ingredients simply dry out your skin and damage the skin’s protective barrier (actually causing you to produce more oil to compensate for it).
- Don’t just think of combating the acne as it appears, look to certain ingredients to protect your skin’s barrier, fight inflammation and free radicals and nourish and hydrate your skin, making it less susceptible to inflammation and damage in the first place.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR SKIN CARE
Use a gentle cleanser like our 2-in-1 Gentle Cleansing Milk. Your skin should never feel taut or squeaky clean. If so, you are stripping the skin of its natural oils and damaging the skin’s protective barrier. Our cleanser contains organic Bulgarian Rose Water to hydrate and soothe inflamed, sensitive skin and lavender and chamomile essential oils to help calm and fight blemishes.
Use a toner. It balances your skin’s pH, helps remove any residual dirt or bacteria on your skin after cleansing, and it prepares your skin to receive maximum benefit from your serum and/or moisturizer. Plus a cooling spritz throughout the day makes for a rejuvenating pick-me-up for you and your skin.
Our Rose Hydrating Toner/Mist is alcohol-free and contains organic Bulgarian Rose Water and Essential Oil to hydrate and soothe inflamed, sensitive skin. Phospholipids and hydrolyzed oat protein soothe and nourish skin. Rhodiola (roseroot) extract contains plant stem cells that fight free radicals, and Moringa seed extract contains skin-purifying properties and antioxidants that fight free radicals. All that before you even put any moisturizer on your face!
Choose products that contain salix alba (white willow bark) or alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). Both act as natural exfoliants, clearing pores, and making way for fresh new cells and soft, smooth plump-looking skin. For more sensitive skin, you can find white willow bark in our Ultra Hydrating Facial Cream and AHA’s in, yep, our AHA Renewing Facial Cream.
Look for anti-oxidants. Inflammation sets the whole acne process into motion. Topical anti-oxidants, particularly Vitamins A, C, and E, can help stop sebum oxidation (the initial phase of forming acne).
Our Intense Rejuvenating Serum for sensitive skin and our anti-aging Vitamin C Brightening Serum are loaded with Vitamins A, C, and E for that added boost in fighting inflammation, brightening skin tone and texture, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Anti-oxidants are just good for your skin, acne or not.
Consider a Retinoid. Our Resurfacing Night Cream contains 2.5% retinol. Retinol has been scientifically proven to boost collagen production from beneath the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. It is ideal for acne-prone skin because it removes dead skin cells from the surface that clog pores.
Exfoliate, Exfoliate. Once or twice a week apply a gentle exfoliating facial mask (not a scrub) like our Lemon Tart Exfoliating Mask. Jojoba beads gently slough off dead skin cells, maximizing your skin’s ability to absorb other nutrient-rich ingredients. It is loaded with antioxidants that help brighten and even skin tone. Cypress essential oil has antiseptic and astringent properties that awaken dull complexions and has an overall toning effect on the skin.
So don't give up hope that you must suffer through acne. A few preventative measures and attention to what you're putting on your skin can go a long way in reducing acne breakouts.