The gloriously long, dog days of summer are upon us and while it’s thrilling to finally slip into those uber-light, linen sundresses, our skin couldn’t be less excited. The season’s stifling temperatures have begun to take a toll on our complexions, coaxing our T-zones to produce oil, cheeks to blotch, and under-eyes to appear drier than ever. But there’s a cure (and a mask) for every ailment. According to New York City Dermatologist Dr. Francesca Fusco, ten minutes and a few trusted ingredients are all you need to revive a glowing appearance. From the never-overestimated powers of ice to the best instant brighteners, Fusco shares her top tips for keeping skin happy and healthy this summer.
With raised temperatures and rosé intake, says Fusco, “redness is inevitable.” SkinCeuticals new Phyto Corrective mask, created with a calming dipeptide is ideal for soothing a blotchy appearance at the end of the day, but an ice cube applied to the roof of your mouth will supply immediate relief.
The benefits of sunscreen cannot be lauded enough, though, admittedly, says Fusco, “it can cause skin to dry out and flake” since most are devoid of hydrating properties. Exfoliating in the evening instead of the morning will help stave off sun sensitivity, followed by a water-based mask or “one that’s packed with hyaluronic acid.”
Even if you’re wearing sunscreen, brown spots can develop, often exacerbated by certain medications and oral contraceptives. Prevention is possible however, with the help of regular SPF application and, to intercept melanin production, prescription serums like Elure. In addition, Fusco advises patients to look for over-the-counter products formulated with vitamin C, licorice extract, or hydroquinone, to naturally brighten skin and fade spots over time.
Perhaps the most common and problematic issue associated with the humid season is oily skin, which can cause unwanted acne and clogged pores. Fusco suggests opting for a mask formulated with clay or charcoal and advises patients to “carry a pack of face wipes around throughout the day.” Keeping your skin clear between sunscreen and makeup applications will help prevent breakouts and added oil production.