Having a birthday late summer is both happy and upsetting. It is wonderful because, well, it’s summer. It is upsetting because at the end of each summer I have seem to get acne. My doctor and dermatologist can not seem to work out why this is, even after endless blood tests. Could it be because this is when school or university started back after the summer break each year and caused me stress induced spots? Well, that’s what I thought until I finished uni and it still continued to happen the following two years when I had finished university.
Maybe there is simply is no correlation between the end of summer and my acne, just coincidence.
Although, with all this being said, now that I have finally got rid of my acne thanks to Roaccutane I am more determined than ever to look after my skin more carefully than ever before as I am terrified it may come back. I am sorry this post has come a little late for many of us that have already had our fair bit of sun but I hope it can help you going forward.
In the summer we all sweat a lot more than normal. For me, traveling about in London on the sweaty tubes buses and trains I am sure this can not be good for my skin. I don’t want to over use any products on my face to strip it from it’s natural state so I have come up with a simple facial routine for each day: one for work life and one for the holidays. Hope they help you 🙂
Work Life Facial Routine:
I have been using Balm Balm Face Serum as a moisturiser underneath my foundation in the morning as I am currently on a quest to get rid of my scarring (read more lower down this blog). Use less make up than normal to help prevent any clogging caused from increased summer heat induced sweat. Use a light cleanser to wash away any make up at the end of each day.
(Clarins cleanser is nice and light. I use it daily. Approximately £12 and lasts me about six months!)
I would personally avoid any make up remover wipes as they just spread the make up and bacteria around your face rather than wash away the dirt.
TIP: Use a lighter foundation than you would in the winter preferably with an SPF.
(This Rimmel foundation (approximately £8) has an SPF15. It is a fairly light foundation but not as light as the Maybelline Fit Me range (approximately £10) which I like to use for evenings out when I don’t need an SPF.)
Holiday Lifestyle Facial Routine:
During the day DO NOT wear any make up on your face. You do not need make up when jumping in and out of the pool. It has taken me a really long time to feel confident enough to go make up free when not in the comfort of my own bedroom but this year I finally did it and felt such a sense of relief. I still have a little scaring which is visible but I just feel…these people are never going to see me again so…screw it :p However, If you do feel too naked without make up as a form of protection from the scary public eye, go heavy on the eyes to draw people’s attention away from your skin. Buy some waterproof mascara, ‘Natural Collection’ and ‘Little Miss Sporty’ do very cheap waterproof mascaras (£2-4)
During the day use a face specific sun protection (only apply with clean hands) every couple of hours.
(This Clarins SPF face cream cost me approximately £15 and as you can see over a weeks holiday of using it constantly I still have loads left for the rest of the summer.)
Don’t be scared to use a higher protection than you would normally, you will still get tanned and can always use a darker foundation if you want to look more tanned when going out in the evening. Remember your face is meant to be lighter than your skin tone anyway.
In the evening slather on and massage a thick oil full of organic oils such as mandarin and rose as these are oils which aid scarring repair. I have seen a huge difference in my scarring since my holiday and feel the oil skin massages have helped me so much.
(Balm Balm ‘Little Miracle Rosehip Serum’. Approximately £13. Lasts sooooo long!.)
My scaring has gone down to such an extent that I even went food shopping this morning with no make up on at all! I don’t think I have done that since I was a kid :p
When you get back in from the beach/pool and have your shower, make sure you use a cleanser to wash off your sun cream from your face.