Summer is great for lots of things. Like hanging your feet over the edges of speedboats. Picnics involving things like brie and prosciutto. Mini golf.
What summer is not always great for is your skin: each season arrives toting along a new set of exciting challenges for your pretty face. I was going to say that the winter is the worst for me, because my skin is terribly dry and flaky…but I actually think it’s the summer months that make me craziest, because sometimes it feels that my skin has a panic attack in response to virtually anything I put on it.
Heat and humidity can trigger all sorts of lovely reactions, from rashes to breakouts, and while I enjoy the summer because my armadillo-ness takes a temporary leave of absence (and because I get to pretend that nothing in my closet exists except for my jean shorts), my sensitive skin does not like having stuff on it when over-90 degree temperatures are involved. At all. And it lets me know that it does not like this in very decisive ways, such as bestowing me with very large, uncoverup-able pimples in fabulously attractive places like the sides of my nose.
Of course I still want to moisturize, even in the summer. But the key, for me at least, is finding facial skincare products that accommodate needs that change with the seasons. Heavy moisturizers are just a terrible idea for me during the summer – I need something light and breezy, and that I don’t feel sliding off my face the second I step out the door and the heat hits me.
Up until the weather turned crazy-hot, I was using Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer, but for the summer I’ve switched over to Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer. It has no perfumes or dyes, and the lightest-possible texture, and is it’s exactly what I need right now to keep my skin moisturized without creating a breakout situation.