The Manual

Face Summer Head On

It’s safe to say that you aren’t sitting around worrying about “seasonal skincare.”  But whether you’re heading to the beach this weekend or just trying to make it in to the office without pitting out, let’s face it, summer weather is officially here, and that means changes for your skin as well as your wardrobe.

In fact, your skin type and composition can actually change in the summer with greater heat and humidity, and higher levels of pollution, dirt, and pollens. Warmer skin also means larger pores, and that combined with elevated sweat and oil levels, means that your skin is wide open to all kinds of new crud. New crud that can lead to blackheads, razor bumps, whiteheads, and acne. Fear not, we have the quick fix summer list

1.  Wash skin twice a day to combat build-up. We’re big fans of our award-winning Glycolic Facial Cleanser to combat oiliness (on cooler days, aim for more hydration, e.g. the Algae Facial Cleanser, and our Anti-Wrinkle Glycolic Peptide Serum to help increase the natural production of collagen). If your summer plans are keeping you busier than usual, grab a pack of Glycolic Exfoliating and Resurfacing Facial Wipes to cleanse your skin on the go. The dual-sided wipes are specially designed to clear away surface grime and impurities, exfoliate dead skin cells, and help to minimize the size of pores leaving skin smooth and hydrated.
2. Make sure you’re cleansing before moisturizing. You wouldn’t wax your car before washing it, right? It’s important to cleanse prior to slathering on lotion; otherwise, you’re trapping impurities and buildup (and wasting perfectly good product).
3. Try an oil control product to keep that T-zone shine free. Our Instant Fix Oil Control treatment instantly absorbs oil, reduces shine, minimizes pores, and helps to reduce breakouts.
4. Pick the right moisturizer. If you’re someone who goes from dry and chapped in winter to oily in the summer months, be sure to check your moisturizer’s label to make sure you’re using one that’s right for your skin type. If your face gets greasy in the sun, invest in something that specifically says oil-free, like our Oil Free Facial Lotion.

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