Six essential tools for summer skin care continued...
Look for a serum containing one of the following proven skin-protecting ingredients: vitamin C, green or white tea, ferulic acid, or vitamin E.
• Juice Organics Vitamin Antioxidant Serum ($20/1 oz) gives your skin the benefits of a glass of fresh-squeezed OJ with a potent form of vitamin C.
• Kinerase N6-Furfuryladenine Hydrating Antioxidant Mist ($29/6.6 oz) offers another way to absorb antioxidants in this white-tea-loaded skin drink.
• Origins A Perfect World White Tea Skin Guardian ($33.50/1 oz) shields the skin from environmental damage with silver-tip white tea.
While it makes sense to strip off heavy layers of clothing once the mercury rises, you shouldn't go naked. The same goes for your skin. "Sweat and humidity might make you feel greasier, but your skin still needs moisture to say healthy," says dermatologist Amy Weschler, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. And the salt in perspiration along with heat can actually cause more dehydration. "Without added moisture, your pores produce more sebum to compensate for drying, which causes a frustrating cycle of breakouts and irritation," Weschler says.
"Switch to lighter products such as oil-free lotions and milks rather than creams or ointments," Colbert says. He suggests looking for oil-free formulas and ingredients such as silica that will give your skin more of a matte look, especially if you have an oily complexion. Otherwise, your moisturizer should sink into your skin within 30 minutes and not look shiny.
• Boscia Oil-Free Daily Hydration SPF 15 ($27/1 oz) fights shine with this natural, preservative-free sheer fluid.
• Bliss Best of Skintentions Daily Moisturizer ($35/1.7 oz) combines antioxidants and SPF to multitask while it hydrates.
• Clean & Clear Soft Oil-Free Day Moisturizer SPF 15 ($8.49/4 oz) absorbs quickly without feeling greasy.
5. Nighttime Retinoid
Consider a vitamin A treatment, or retinoid, the big gun when it comes to battling the consequences of sun exposure. "There is so much documented research on how retinoids treat UV damage, but also great evidence on how these agents can reverse aging," Colbert says. "Everyone can benefit from a form of retinoid." Once exposed to sunlight, retinoids are no longer effective and can make your skin more sun-sensitive.