The ul­ti­mate sum­mer-skin­care swap comes in gel form.

ELLE (Canada) - - Storyboard - ByVic­to­ri­aDiPlacido

Gel mois­tur­iz­ers are your skin’s sum­mer­time BFF.

EV­ERY SUM­MER, my chron­i­cally dry and de­hy­drated skin does a one-eighty, be­com­ing what skin­care pack­ag­ing would la­bel as “com­bi­na­tion to oily.” Ac­cord­ing to Dr. Lisa Kel­lett, a Toronto-based der­ma­tol­o­gist, it’s not all in my head. “Heat can in­crease the pro­duc­tion of se­bum in the se­ba­ceous glands,” she ex­plains. “Be­cause of the wind and cold tem­per­a­tures in the win­ter, you have an in­crease in trans-epi­der­mal wa­ter loss, which makes skin ap­pear flakier and drier. You don’t have that in the sum­mer­time.” So while you might need a richer for­mula to pre­vent skin from feel­ing tight in the win­ter, it may be too heavy for the warmer months. The fix: Con­sider swap­ping your oil­based mois­tur­izer for a wa­ter-based gel or serum. “I tell peo­ple to look at the prod­uct, not the mar­ket­ing on the pack­age,” says Kel­lett. A gel ab­sorbs quickly into skin and is usu­ally clear—not white. And if you feel that your skin is hy­drated enough with just sun­screen on, you might not need any­thing else. De­spite my fluc­tu­at­ing skin type, I use gels year-round, lay­er­ing on more in the win­ter—some­thing Kel­lett rec­om­mends to all of her pa­tients with acne. “I find one of the most com­mon causes of break­outs is us­ing some­thing that is too rich for your skin,” she says. n

Clock­wise, from top: Erno Las­zlo Fir­ma­rine Lift Essence Lo­tion ($88); Beau­ty­counter Coun­ter­match In­tense Mois­ture Serum ($48); Bio­therm Aqua­source Gel ($52); Yves Rocher Hy­dra Végé­tal An­tiFa­tigue Mois­tur­iz­ing Fresh Gel ($29); Glam­glow Water­burst Hy­drated Glow Mois­tur­izer ($62); L’Oc­c­i­tane en Provence Aqua Réotier Ul­tra Thirst-Quench­ing Gel ($34). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

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