Living in a climate with 365 days of summer means warm weather skin problems are a year-round woe. Oily skin, acne, clogged pores and hyper-pigmentation — there is no escaping these skin conditions commonly associated with hot and humid climates. Caused by sun exposure, stratospheric temperatures combined with pollutants found in an urban environment, and excess sebum mixed with makeup, these summer beauty challenges are major barriers to achieving flawless glass skin.
Short of packing up and moving to a temperate country, here are some pro tips on how to win the battle against summer skin problems!
Up your sun protection
Sunscreen is the most important, yet least practised step in skincare. The common consensus is that sunscreen is only needed when it’s sunny, which is a misconception. The two kinds of UV rays – UVA and UVB – are always present in the day regardless of the weather. The former are the rays that cause tanning as well as wrinkles and other signs of premature aging while the latter cause sunburns and skin cancer. Both are damaging to the skin and constant or prolonged exposure to UV rays is the number one culprit for the top summer skin problems.
To counter this, sunscreens have come a long way from those pore-clogging, breakout-inducing formulations. Today, they are now stronger, longer lasting and smudge-proof. Most of the over-the-counter sunscreens are also oil-free, water-resistant and boast moisturising qualities to prevent clogged pores over time while keeping the skin hydrated. So, even if you’ve overslept for the day and rushing to get out of the house, always throw in a small tube of sunscreen to apply throughout the day!
Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate
Sixty per cent of the body is made up of water and it’s best to keep it that way. Not only is it crucial to keep the body hydrated from all that perspiring in the heat, keeping the body hydrated also means keeping the skin hydrated. Not only does a good level of moisture keep wrinkles at bay, it also maintains the skin’s softness, suppleness and radiance in the long run.
The market is now saturated with moisturisers for all skin types. Look out for lotions or gel and water-based moisturisers instead of creams for oily skin types and it’s also best to find a moisturiser with exfoliant ingredient to prevent clogged pores from excess sebum. For dry skin types, a cream is a better option as it contains higher oil content. If moisturising hasn’t been a step in your skincare routine, it’s high time to get started on one!
Say no to comedones
Comedones are the skin-coloured, small bumps frequently found on the forehead and chin of those with acne. Open comedones are blackheads; black because of surface pigment and closed comedones are whiteheads where the follicle is completely blocked. In laymen terms, black heads, white heads, oil seeds – we’ve been there, done that, and always trying to fight that.
The added humidity, perspiration and facial oil means increased chance of clogged pores, leading to black and white heads, pimples and other blemishes. The best solution to this is to go for non-comedogenic products. These products are usually lighter in consistency and it also helps to look out for the ingredient isopropyl myristate, which has been consistently proven to accelerate the proliferation of comedones. To make things easier, do adequate research on any product before purchase to make sure that they are light, and non-comedogenic and suitable for the skin in the heat
It can get a little tiring trying to keep up with all the cleansing, exfoliating, masking on a daily, so facials are a great way to get a quick glow-up. Detoxing your face and removing it of dirt, excess sebum and gunk while giving the skin a quick moisture boost, NOVU’s newest HydroLift Facial does it all in just a little over an hour.
The refreshing 75-minute treatment aims at targeting various skin problems such as skin surface roughness and sensitivity, clogged pores and fine lines, and helping to regain its glow and luminosity from within. Consisting of six steps in total, the HydroLift Facial starts with a relaxing milk cleansing massage, followed by a gently exfoliating HydroCleanse, radiofrequency-and-LED light therapy, Nano Oxygen Spray, application of a soothing mask and of skincare.
The skin is first prepped with a gentle, oil-free milk cleanser that removes dirt and makeup from the skin’s surface. HydroCleanse then gently exfoliates the skin, ridding the skin of dead skin cells and excess sebum while radiofrequency-and-LED light therapy boosts skin rejuvenation and combats skin laxity. The ultimate skin indulgence facial is followed by soothing hydration with Nano Oxygen Spray before a mask and skincare is applied to lock in the moisture.
Medically developed by NOVU Aesthetics to maximise results with each treatment, the treatment helps clear the skin’s clogged pores while hydrating it, resulting in a smoother, softer skin that is radiant and dewy.
Summer is gruelling for the skin. UV rays are extremely harmful and perspiration and excess oil and sebum can cause clogged pores on top of the sun damage. Always remember to keep your face moisturised and use products that are water-based to prevent comedones. If you find yourself unable to keep up with the daily routine, NOVU’s Hydro-Oxy Lift Facial does all that for you and is now available for you to try out at $98! Give NOVU a call at their Bedok or Yishun outlets to book your trial and put an end your summer skin problems!