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It’s officially time to start wearing less and going out more! Wearing less means showing more skin and going out more means having confidence to show up in this skin your showing.  To have confidence in your skin, you must care for it. 

For some, summer means oily skin that leads to more breakouts, not wanting to wear bikinis because of scars caused by ingrown hair, eczema flares, and sunburn. All these things make us self-conscious about showing our skin in the summer. 

 Here’s some tips on how to maintain healthy skin during the hot summer months:

Acne-prone: 

So, it’s summer, you have oily skin and you’re experiencing more breakouts than usual. 

1. Stay Away from Oil-Free Products 

I know you’re thinking, if your skin is oily, you want to dry it out by using products that don’t contain oil. WRONG! Like attracts like, so cleansing with products that contain oil will help absorb the excess oil being produced during the warmer months. If you dry your skin out by using oil-free products, your skin will produce more oil to compensate for the dryness.

2. Use a Lightweight Moisturizer 

Heavy moisturizers will literally cause you to sweat more. A lightweight moisturizer that contains oils that mimic sebum like Argan oil or jojoba oil will allow your skin to breathe and not produce excess oil. 

 3. Invest in a Facial Mist 

A facial mist is an antioxidant-rich, hydrating, water-based mist. Facial mists keep your skin cool during the summer months all while delivering minerals, vitamin and hydration. The heat can dehydrate your skin, causing your skin to produce more oil. Using a facial mist throughout the day will give your skin the hydration it needs to balance out oil production. When choosing a facial mist, make sure the mist does not contain fillers (these can be harsh and dry your skin out) and contains a humectant, to help maintain the moisture. 

Bikini Area: 

Who doesn’t want the perfect bikini line while rocking a bikini in the summer months. The scars from frequent ingrown hair or painful razor burn will make anyone subconscious about wearing a bikini. 

 1. Exfoliate

 If you are someone who waxes or sugars regularly, exfoliating is extremely important. Waxing pulls the hair out from the root, making it weaker when it grows back. Weaker hair has a hard time growing through the hair follicle, especially if the hair follicle is clogged with dead skin cells. Exfoliating clears the follicles of dead skin cells and makes the skin soft, so the hair can grow out, instead of in. Wait until the next day to start exfoliating the bikini area and exfoliate 2-3 times a week with the Hibiscus Sugar Face & Body Exfoliating Scrub, this scrub will also lighten any scars caused by ingrown hair.

For those who prefer to shave, exfoliate before shaving to lift hairs so your razor has a smoother glide. 

 2. Use Oil

Shave with a shaving oil or use coconut oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil to soften the hair and provide a smooth shave. Apply the oil a few minutes before you are about to get out the shower, let sit and then begin shaving. A smoother shave won’t irritate the skin, causing painful razor burn.

After waxing, sugaring or shaving, apply tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and open pores to loosen up ingrown hair. You can even add a few drops of tea tree oil to a carrier oil (i.e. Argan oil or jojoba oil) for extra moisture. 

 3. Keep Your Skin Dry

After hair removal, be sure to always keep the area dry after bathing or sweating. Leaving your skin damp can lead to yeast or other fungal infection on the skin or worsen razor burn. Change out of wet clothes immediately after swimming or working out and thoroughly pat dry. 

Eczema: 

1. Stay Cool & Dry

Sweating due to excessive heat and humidity can lead to eczema flares. Avoid being out in the heat for long periods of time. If you must be out, try to stay cool by wearing a sun hat, using an umbrella, or spending time in the shade. Change out of wet clothes immediately and keep areas that prone to sweating, dry. 

2. Apply a Gentle Exfoliating Mask 

A gentle exfoliator will rid you skin of buildup caused by sweating and dead skin cells, all while not being too harsh on the skin. Choose an exfoliator that has calming, anti-inflammatory properties. The Honey, Oats & Tea Exfoliating Face Mask can be substituted for the body to help with eczema flares during the summer months. Honey, green tea and oats all have soothing, anti-inflammatory properties that will help with itching and inflammation. 

Basic Summer Skin Care Tips:

Even if you do not suffer from problematic skin, there are tips you can follow to maintain a healthy summer glow.

1. Hydrate

The sun and humidity can cause dry skin. Keep yourself hydrated to prevent excessive drying of the skin. 

2. Moisturize

Applying too much moisturizer, especially if it’s heavier one, can cause unnecessary sweating. Try switching to a lighter moisturizer containing hydrating oils and apply while skin is still damp.

3. SPF

Yes, melanin goddess, you too need an SPF. If you have ever complained about dark spots, hyperpigmentation, or an uneven skin tone, the sun can worsen these issues. Protecting your skin with sunscreen will decrease the chance of worsening or causing dark patches on your skin or an uneven skin tone. Choose an SPF that caters to darker skin tones.

4. Antioxidants

Use products that contain ingredients that are antioxidant rich. There are some antioxidant rich ingredients that protect your skin from harmful UVB and UVA rays. These ingredients include:

 

You are now fully equipped to enjoying a summer accompanied by glowing, healthy skin that you can’t help but to show off.