SE­CRETS TO GLOW­ING SKIN

Prevention (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - WITH RE­PORT­ING BY PAIGE STA­BLES

You switch your wardrobe for sum­mer— and the same should go for your skin­care. Der­ma­tol­o­gists rec­om­mend swap­ping out heav­ier for­mu­las for lighter sea­sonal ver­sions, so here’s how to have re­freshed, ra­di­ant skin in even the high­est tem­per­a­tures.

CLEANSER

IF YOU USU­ALLY USE:

A rinse-off face wash SWITCH TO:

A mi­cel­lar cleanser

Be­tween be­ing out­doors on hot, hu­mid af­ter­noons and spend­ing long days at the pool or beach, you’re prob­a­bly wash­ing your face more of­ten in the sum­mer. So “it’s a good idea to change to one of the newer mi­cel­lar wa­ter cleansers, which you swipe over your face with a cot­ton pad and don’t rinse off,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist Mary P. Lupo, M.D., clin­i­cal pro­fes­sor of der­ma­tol­ogy at Tu­lane Univer­sity School of Medicine in New Or­leans. “It’ll re­move sweat and oil, but it’s also gen­tle and hydrating, so it won’t strip your skin’s nat­u­ral mois­ture or ir­ri­tate.”

PRE­VEN­TION PICK Bioré Bak­ing Soda Cleans­ing Mi­cel­lar Wa­ter, $7, drug­stores

OIL MINIMIZER

IF YOU USU­ALLY USE:

Oil-blot­ting sheets SWITCH TO:

A gly­colic-acid toner

While oil-blot­ting pa­pers work as a tem­po­rary way to sop up mid­day shine, you can help pre­vent the prob­lem by adding a toner to your morn­ing reg­i­men (af­ter cleans­ing and be­fore treat­ment prod­ucts like serum and mois­tur­izer) just for the sea­son. “A for­mula with gly­colic or sal­i­cylic acid will help con­trol oil through­out the day and keep pores clear,” ex­plains Arielle Kau­var, M.D., a der­ma­tol­o­gist and the di­rec­tor of New York Laser & Skin Care in New York

City. A clay mask has sim­i­lar ben­e­fits, so for an ex­tra boost, ap­ply one to shine­prone spots once or twice per week.

PRE­VEN­TION PICKS

Mario Bade­scu Gly­colic Acid Toner, $18, mar­i­obade­scu.com; Garnier Sk­inAc­tive Clean+ Pore Pu­ri­fy­ing 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser/Mask, $8, drug­stores

DAY MOIS­TUR­IZER

IF YOU USU­ALLY USE:

Day lo­tion

SWITCH TO:

A hydrating primer

“Un­less you have dry skin, you may not even need mois­tur­izer dur­ing the day in the sum­mer,” says El­iz­a­beth Tanzi, M.D., a der­ma­tol­o­gist and the founder of Cap­i­tal Laser & Skin Care in Chevy Chase, MD. Try her test: Wash your face and wait 10 min­utes; then, “if your skin doesn’t feel tight, skip lo­tion and ap­ply an antioxidan­t serum fol­lowed by sun­screen.” Next, smooth on a primer la­beled as mat­ti­fy­ing (mean­ing it’ll ab­sorb ex­cess oil) with skin-plump­ing hyaluronic acid. “One with color cor­rec­tors will even out your com­plex­ion too,” she ex­plains.

PRE­VEN­TION PICKS Avène A-Ox­i­tive Antioxidan­t De­fense Serum, $44, drug­stores; Al­may 5-in-1 Primer, $13, Ulta

SUN PRO­TEC­TION

IF YOU USU­ALLY USE:

Mois­tur­izer with SPF

SWITCH TO:

A wa­ter-re­sis­tant face sun­screen

While us­ing an ev­ery­day mois­tur­izer with SPF helps shield your skin from UV rays, it may not give you enough pro­tec­tion from the stronger sun and steamy con­di­tions of this time of year. “Sweat causes sun­screen to wear off faster, so I tell pa­tients to use a wa­ter-re­sis­tant oil-free fa­cial sun­screen when it’s warm out in­stead, even when they’re just go­ing to work,” Dr. Kau­var says. Ap­ply the face sun­screen on top of your usual mois­tur­izer; wait 30 sec­onds to one minute be­tween lay­ers to avoid pilling.

PRE­VEN­TION PICK: Banana Boat Sim­ply Pro­tect Sen­si­tive Faces SPF 50+, $8, Target

NIGHT MOIS­TUR­IZER

IF YOU USU­ALLY USE:

Night cream

SWITCH TO:

An oil-free gel mois­tur­izer

“Even if you have dry skin, hu­mid­ity makes ev­ery­one’s face oilier, so thick creams can sit on the sur­face and trap oil in pores, lead­ing to pim­ples,” Dr. Tanzi ex­plains. To make sure dry skin stays hy­drated with­out get­ting clogged, try a gel for­mula oil-free mois­tur­izer with hyaluronic acid, which “pulls mois­ture from the air to skin but won’t leave it greasy,” she says.

PRE­VEN­TION PICK

Neu­tro­gena Hy­dro Boost Wa­ter Gel, $21.50, drug­stores

BODY MOIS­TUR­IZER

IF YOU USU­ALLY USE:

Lo­tion or cream SWITCH TO:

A dry-oil spray

The hot, sunny weather, along with dry­ing fac­tors like ex­po­sure to chlo­ri­nated and salt wa­ter, can take a toll on your body. But it’s not just your face that gets oilier in the sum­mer: “The up­per back and chest have a lot of se­ba­ceous [oil] glands and are sus­cep­ti­ble to hot-weather break­outs, so you don’t have to rub mois­tur­izer in those places,” Dr. Kau­var ex­plains. “For drier ar­eas like arms and legs, try a dry-oil spray, which hy­drates with a light, grease-free fin­ish.” (If you no­tice blem­ishes, wash the af­fected area twice daily with an acne-fight­ing cleanser such as Mu­rad Acne Body Wash [$43, ulta.com] un­til skin clears up.)

PRE­VEN­TION PICK

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Nour­ish­ing

Dry Body Oil, $34, kiehls.com

MAKEUP

IF YOU USU­ALLY USE:

Cream or liq­uid foun­da­tion SWITCH TO:

A pow­der-based for­mula

Creamy cos­met­ics can melt off in the heat, and “in hu­mid­ity, they could clog pores,” Dr. Lupo says. A bet­ter bet: a ver­sion that’s pow­der-based.

PRE­VEN­TION PICK Pal­la­dio Pow­der Fin­ish Foun­da­tion, $10, pal­la­dio beauty.com

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