Summer, Social Distancing and Skin Care: Here’s How to Adjust Your Beauty Routine
It took a while for our skin to adjust once we started working from home and social distancing due to COVID-19. Our skin was dehydrated from sitting in front of an air conditioner all day and cleansing more often, and breakouts became a regular thing due to stress and wearing facial coverings in public. Plus, by changing up our daily routines, our skin was just one aspect of our lives that seemed out of whack. Now that many areas are easing stay-at-home restrictions we have a feeling that our skin is in for another shock. To find out how to help transition our skin-care routines out of our self-isolated lifestyle and back to the real world, we consulted with dermatologists and skin experts. Read on for their advice. (Note: Any products marked with an * are owned by our parent company L’Oréal.)
Amp Up Your Cleansing Game
Spending more time outdoors, especially now that temperatures are warm, means a buildup of more sweat, dirt, bacteria and oil on skin. Plus, once social restrictions loosen, you might start wearing more makeup than you have been over the past several months. These are all great reasons to cleanse regularly (morning and night, as well as before and after removing a facial covering) with a quality formula. Dr. Joshua Zeichner, an NYC-based board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com expert, recommends a foaming cleanser that can effectively remove these impurities from the skin. Try the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Foaming Face Wash*.
If you have acne-prone skin, Dr. Hadley King, another NYC-based board-certified derm and AcneFree partner, recommends looking for a cleanser that contains salicylic acid. “This helps to prevent pores from becoming clogged and can help remove clogs that have already formed. AcneFree's Blackhead Removing Scrub is a great 2% salicylic acid product that is also formulated with charcoal to help absorb oil,” she says.
Boost Your Moisture Barrier
Using a lightweight moisturizer that helps protect your moisture barrier, especially if you’re wearing a facial covering outside, which can be irritating is a good idea. “Hyaluronic acid is a great ingredient to look for to hydrate the skin,” says Dr. King. “And look for emollients like ceramides to support the skin barrier.” The Vichy Aqualia Thermal Water Gel Moisturizer* contains both hyaluronic acid and emollients.
Stick With a Less Is More Approach to Skin-Care and Makeup
Higher temperatures, wearing more makeup and wearing a mask can be a recipe for clogged pores and irritation. Avoiding heavy, comedogenic products is a good idea in the summer, but even more so when wearing a mask. “I would also recommend zero to minimal makeup under the mask, perhaps focus makeup more on areas that aren't covered, like the eyes,” says Dr. King.
For skin care, Josie Holmes, an esthetician at SKINNEY Medspa, says: “Because less is more in the summer, I find that utilizing a serum that has multiple benefits is much better than layering a variety of serums for those same benefits.” She recommends the SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum, which targets fine lines and wrinkles and moisturizes. Team Skincare.com loves the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate Serum* that hydrates, boosts radiance and improves signs of aging.
Be Diligent About Sunscreen
“If you haven't been using sunscreen, now it is a must,” says Dr. Zeichner. “Look for sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and the words “broad spectrum” on the packaging.” We recommend the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Milk Sunscreen for Face and Body SPF 100*, you can help protect your skin this summer. For reapplication during the day and/or on the go, Dr. King recommends Brush on Block Mineral Powder Sunscreen. “It absorbs excess oil so it serves a dual purpose as a finishing powderwhile providing sun protection,” she says.