POST-SUMMER SKIN


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by FEM


This may sound scary, but it's time to face it... Summer is almost over. Omg, the horror! But that's the way it is, seasons change. The damage we've done to our skin in recent months will need to be slowly remedied. The pigmentation will not disappear on their own. But don't panic. The situation is solvable! We have dissected some of the most common summer jams and written a recipe for eliminating them.

 

ACNE AND OILY SKIN

Acne, oily skin and summer are best friends. The combination of sweat and bacteria creates the perfect recipe for pimples. Especially for those of you who are acne-prone. However, problems can also occur topically, for example in the T-section. If you're only having problems with this area, then your care should be adapted to that. This means that you can exfoliate this area only and leave out the rest of your face. Same goes for creams and lotions. If you notice that your T-area does not need as much hydration, moisturize the cheeks first and use the residue of the cream on your forehead, nose, and chin.

There is almost no difference in the treatment of acne in the summer or any other season. It is important to keep a nice balance between hydration and sebum levels, although this is a bit of a challenge, especially in the summer. But with a little effort, everything is manageable.

Recipe for improvement:
- thorough (but gentle) double cleansing in the evening, combined with a gentle morning cleanse if needed
- chemical exfoliation once a week (not on vacation or when exposed to the sun)
- after exfoliation, use a light moisturizing mask
- replace your heavy day cream with a light moisturizing lotion
- stop using heavy creams and too many products

 

RED AND BLOTCHY SKIN

Red and blotchy skin is second on the list of summer issues. This usually affects those whose skin is also more sensitive throughout the year. Extreme periods of heat or cold will only make the condition of the sensitive skin worse. But fortunately, after a certain time, our body acclimates and the problems wither away on their own. However, this skin condition should not be confused with melasma (pigmentation)! We are talking about blotchy skin where there is redness, with no brown spots.

Recipe for improvement:
- gentle cleansing of a face with milk for sensitive skin
- avoid exfoliation until the skin is calmed
- apply a soothing and moisturizing mask once or twice a week
- you can use a moisturizer for sensitive skin

SUNBURNED SKIN

No one is immune to sunburn and all of us get sunburned from time to time. Usually, this happens at the beginning of the holiday when our skin is not yet used to such sun exposure. The burn itself is really bad, but we must also be concerned with the consequences that follow! Sunburned skin ages faster, is prone to pigmentation, loss of elasticity, and firmness. The key here is to try to eliminate the damage as quickly as possible. The skin should be well moisturized and nourished at all times during this period.

Recipe for improvement:
- gentle cleansing with milk or lotion for sensitive skin
- don't even think about exfoliation
- do an intensive moisturizing mask every other day (you can also start daily), the best ones are those overnight, with no rinsing
- use a good moisturizer
- wear a hat for goodness sake

  

DRY AND IRRITATED SKIN

Dry and irritated skin is also a very common summer problem. Sun, air conditioning and chlorinated swimming pools can contribute to skin irritation and dryness. Fortunately, this is one of the most easily resolved issues. All the skin needs are hydration and proper nutrition. Quite simple!

Recipe for improvement:
- gentle cleansing with milk or lotion for sensitive skin
- avoid exfoliation until the skin is calm
- apply a soothing and moisturizing mask once or twice a week
- apply a hyaluronic acid serum under the cream
- use a good moisturizer
- layer oil serums on top of your cream if needed 

 

PIGMENTATION

Pigmentation, ah horrible pigmentation! The trick here is to catch it at an early stage. The longer you let the situation stand, the harder it will be to resolve. Let's look at a tree for example. The older it is, the deeper are its roots and the harder it is to move it. A young tree, however, is more easily eroded by a strong wind. This is also the case with pigmentation, which especially in the summertime shows up in all its grandeur. By tanning our skin, the pigmentation darkens as well. As a matter of fact, it might be there before you just didn't notice it. So, if you notice a slight brown discoloration on your skin, don't wait! Go and buy some anti-pigmentation products. It is also very important to avoid the sun during treatment. Pigmentation products work through exfoliation and exfoliation sloughs off the top layer of your skin thus making it more exposed. Sun exposure only worsens this situation. Preventive care with SPF is a must, as it's very difficult to remove. When you're in the sun, apply SPF every two to three hours.

Recipe for improvement:
- clean your face as usual
- include a toner with AHA in your routine
- or stronger AHA masks once a week (not on vacation or when exposed to the sun)
- apply anti-pigmentation serum under the cream
- Vitamin C is your best friend
- replace your regular cream with anti-pigmentation
- depending on your skin condition, consider visiting a dermatologist or an esthetician

 

BODY ACNE

Back acne is a very common problem for people with oily skin and those with hormonal imbalances. Acne is usually present throughout the year, but in the summer due to increased sweating and increased bacterial presence, the condition worsens significantly. The treatment is quite similar to that for facial acne. You have to take care of your sebum production and moisture level. But because the skin on the back is thicker, we don't have to be as careful as we'd be on the face.

Recipe for improvement:
- be sure to thoroughly rinse off all shampoo, conditioner and other body soap at the end of your shower. The oils in these products make the situation worse.
- shower twice a day gentle products only to wash the sweat from your body.
- just like on your face, you can also use a chemical peel on your body (you can use the same as you use for your face)
- you can also apply a clay mask
- wear light and airy clothing


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