How to make your skin glow as the temperature rises: Dermatologist shares heat wave complexion boosts, including switching to a water-based moisturizer and treating the skin under your sunglasses
- Dr. Murad is a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Murad Skincare
- Recommends changing the skincare routine in the summer with lighter products
- Shares tips from regular exfoliating to eating raw vegetables and fighting ‘bacne’
With the recent warm weather showing little sign of movement, it feels like summer has arrived early.
With the change of season on the horizon, not only will our wardrobes need to be redecorated – our skincare regimen will also need to be changed.
Higher temperatures and drier air inevitably have an impact on our skin. According to Dr. Murad, a board certified dermatologist and founder of Murad Skincare, it benefits from lighter formulas and products rich in antioxidants.
In conversation with FEMAIL, the expert shares his best tips for changing your skincare routine from spring to summer.
With the change of season on the horizon, not only will our wardrobes have to be switched, our skincare regimen will also have to be changed. Shown: Stock image
Switch to a lightweight moisturizer
Weather that is a bit drier in the spring can wick moisture away from the skin, requiring a heavier moisturizer to replenish it.
But as the weather gets warmer in the summer months, your body naturally produces more oil.
That means it can hydrate itself better, so it’s wise to switch to a lighter water-based formula.
Doing so will reduce pimples because you won’t clog your pores.
Make SPF a daily habit, even when it’s cloudy
Don’t be fooled by clouds! UV rays are available year-round, so make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher – and it’s even more important in the summer.
You should hit it for at least 30 minutes before going outside to protect your skin from the UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays.
UVA can penetrate clouds and glass, so if you work from home and regularly sit by a window, it is still important to apply your SPF.
The skin can become sensitive and irritated in summer by the peak in allergens.
Look for products that are high in antioxidants, such as vitamin C, to protect the skin and fight free radicals.
Vitamin C also helps brighten the skin, reduce pigmentation and protect the skin from aggressors such as UV rays and pollution during the day.
Murad’s new Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum contains a vitamin C complex with three types, including gold-stabilized l’ascorbic acid, for 55 percent more powerful antioxidant protection.
For a smoother, more radiant summer skin, it is important to boost your scrub game.
As the weather warms up, we are more prone to perspiration and impurities on the skin due to rising temperatures and a humid environment.
This creates a perfect environment for bacteria to thrive and potentially clog pores.
Regular exfoliation lifts the dead skin film to give you a fresher, brighter and younger looking complexion.
Treat body spots
When you experience pimples unexpectedly or in unusual areas such as your back or chest, it can be the result of acute or emotional stress.
If you’re afraid ‘bacne’ will reveal itself when you switch to summer clothes, nip those pimples in the bud.
There are a number of products on the market, including Murad’s Clarifying Body Spray, which has a 360-degree nozzle to help you reach tricky areas that help fight breakouts and acne in the body.
Stay hydrated by eating raw vegetables
It’s a simple remedy, but make sure you drink enough water for maximum hydration when it’s hot.
Aim to replace at least one glass of water a day with one serving of raw fruits or vegetables – this will help you stay hydrated for significantly longer.
Eating foods rich in structured water, especially raw fruits and vegetables, will not only help your body retain water for longer, but you’ll also get the extra boost of important antioxidants, fiber, and other nutrients.
Give the eyes some extra TLC
Now that it’s getting brighter, you may want to wear sunglasses more often to protect your eyes from bright UV rays.
Where the glasses touch the skin, prolonged wear can lead to clogged pores, especially at warmer temperatures if you also sweat.
When washing your face at night, take extra care to clean the eye area to reduce clogged pores.