By Charmaine Gooden, Beauty Expert
Skin is affected by environmental factors like humidity as well as biological factors like our monthly hormonal shifts, says Dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett, owner of DLK on Avenue. “In the summertime when it’s humid, skin tends to be less dry, but it can also be oilier and break out more.”
A clean start
For most people, Dr. Kellett recommends an exfoliating cleanser with beads that help clean out the blackheads caused by increased moisture and sweat on the skin. Dry skin? Stick with a normal or milk cleanser that’s not too stripping. Try: Clear Start Cleanser rids skin of dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells without stripping essential oils.
Sunblock – your summer moisturizer
“An SPF 25 sunblock is often rich enough so you don’t need a moisturizer in the summer time,” says Dr. Kellett. If you’re dry, choose a richer, creamier sunblock. Oily skin should use a water-based, oil free sunblock. Apply a generous coat, wait half an hour, then decide if you need a moisturizer or not. Try: Clear Waterproof Crème SPF 30 great for sensitive skin. Pabafree.
“My favourite summer makeup is a mix of whatever’s sheer and looks the most natural,” says makeup artist Diana Carreiro, a member of the The Artist Group/L’Oreal Professional Team. Try her pared down, time saving tips to avoid makeup meltdown.
Replace your regular winter foundation with a lightweight tinted moisturizer. “If you have a foundation that matches perfectly, mix one part foundation with one part SPF sunblock and you’ve got your own perfect tinted moisturizer,” says Carreiro.
A faux glow fix
“Tanned skin tends to need less makeup. After you use a self tanner, you’ll see how much tinted moisturizer or concealer you may need,” says Carreiro. On a clean, exfoliated face, squirt a tiny dab of self-tanner on cheeks, chin, nose, forehead and blend.
Use blotting tissues instead of face powder to control shine. “They lift away oil without disturbing your makeup and you aren’t putting on another layer of product, which is the last thing you need on a hot day,” says Carreiro. Gently dab on shiny areas of your face.
Show some skin
Skip foundation completely and use a concealer only where you need it.