Summer is in full effect, and while you’re sure to have some fun in the sun, that heat might also pose some challenges for keeping your skin care game on lock.
Simply put, when it’s hot, we sweat; if you let that sweat dry on your face without washing it away, it can start to clog your pores, exacerbating acne breakouts and leading to a gang of other skin issues.
On top of that, you’ll have to contend with UV rays, which can further damage your skin, and while you’re spending time indoors, heavy air-conditioned environments can make it difficult to keep your skin hydrated.
You’re gonna need some special attention if you want to dodge the Ashy Larry aesthetic. Luckily for y’all, we’ve got the summer skin care commandments that’ll put you on the righteous path to a healthy, grown-man glow. Peep the secret sauce:
Up That Water Intake
When you sweat a lot, you also lose valuable fluids that’ll keep your body and skin hydrated. You’ll want to re-up by drinking plenty of water, around eight 8-ounce glasses a day, so that you can maintain that ideal hydration for the body.
And here’s another revelation for y’all; if you’re worried you’ll have to up your water intake because you like to drink caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, energy drinks), don’t even trip. Research shows that taking in caffeine won’t dry you out as much as you might suspect, and there’s “no clear basis for refraining from caffeine-containing drinks in situations where fluid balance might be compromised.”
Watch the Diet
Nutrition can have a powerful influence over the condition of your skin, and during the summer cookout season, you’ll want to pay close attention to what you’re eating. Try to limit your consumption of salty snacks, sugary treats, fried foods, and alcohol (when possible). Instead, opt for healthy choices like fresh fruits, leafy greens, and seeds/nuts to get those nutrients that’ll help your skin get what it needs to thrive.
Two particularly healthy options to keep high on your list are tomatoes and avocados. The former is rich in vitamin C and carotenoids, which help prevent skin damage from the sun, while the latter is packed with healthy fats that can improve your skin’s flexibility and hydration (aka GOOD fats).
Get Hip to a Skin Routine
There used to be a stigma that skin care regimens were only common amongst the women of the world. Well, guess what, skin care applies to all of us and skin issues see no gender.
And on the topic of summer skin health, as a whole, it isn’t just about what you add to your body and skin, it’s also about what you take away via cleansing and exfoliation. This will help remove summer grime and dead skin that’s obstructing debris from your outer layers and also work to improve your overall body circulation.
Bevel Face Wash, for instance, uses a summer-friendly formula that cuts down on irritation while also opening up those pores. The combination of ingredients, which include witch hazel extract, coconut water, tea tree oil, and niacinamide, keep this formula light (ideal for the hotter months and sensitive skin types). They also work in tandem to cleanse, hydrate, and leave your skin feeling cool and refreshed af, mane.
Following up the face wash with Bevel Exfoliating Toner (twice weekly) helps to unclog your pores and remove dead skin cells from your face without using abrasive microbeads that can occasionally tear up the skin on a micro-level if you’re a sensitive skin-type. Key ingredients like glycolic acid, aloe vera, witch hazel extract, and niacinamide provides some protection from those UV rays, targets blemishes and uneven skin texture, and also sets you up nicely for the last step on the summer skin care checklist.
Don’t Forget to Moisturize
Summer will require some routine facial hydration on your part to offset the moisture you lose throughout the day. Especially for oily skin types, a fix like Bevel Moisturizing Face Gel is good for getting that moisturization without being weighed down heavily, as you could see with oil-based creams. In addition to vitamins C, E, and algae extract, which provides vital antioxidants, it contains manuka honey — a natural antimicrobial that helps to cut down on summer breakouts.
When the summer heat rises, so does the need for skin care. Don’t get left out to dry. #BevelSkin