Do You Need A Moisturizer in the Summer?

Published: 06th September 2009
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The answer to the question is a resounding 'Yes'!

Summer is the time to dig out your cool summer clothes, maybe head to the beach or pool and show some skin. And yeah... Keep a bottle of sunscreen handy! However, what happened to your moisturizing lotion? Women often consider the summer months as an escape from all the moisturizers and toss them into the closet for the winter.

The most common argument is moisturizers tend to make the skin greasy and it becomes a mess in the sweaty summer. However, your skin requires moisture even in the summer months, just like it needs during winter.

Here are some reasons why you should definitely use moisturizers during the summer.

Control Excessive Oiliness

It is a popular misconception that moisturizers cause the skin to become more greasy in the summer. In fact, when you don't use a moisturizer, the skin seeks to compensate for the lack of moisture by producing excess sebum to form a protective layer on your skin surface. However, this protective layer makes the skin oily and the excessive sebum clogs the skin pores and makes it difficult for the skin to breathe. This makes the skin look dull and lifeless.

Moreover, the summer heat along with the UV rays of the sun and pollution rob the skin of it'snatural moisture and take away the natural glow. Therefore, to combat excessive oiliness and to ensure the healthy and natural glow of your skin stays in place, it is important to use a moisturizer during the summer.

Prevent Aging caused by the Suns Rays

The suns rays contain harmful UV radiation that penetrate the skin surface and cause inherent damage to the skin cells and thus accelerate the process of premature aging. In fact, it causes damage to the collagen fibers that support the skin structure. If the skin is not well moisturized, it becomes increasingly vulnerable to UV damage and develops premature wrinkles and fine lines. Thus it is extremely important to moisturize your skin effectively during the summer.

Protect against Environmental Damage

Moisturizers form a protective coating on the skin surface that prevent the accumulation of dirt and toxic particles within the skin pores. This further prevents the formation of blackheads and whiteheads and controls acne inflammations significantly. As a result, the skin remains healthy and flawless.

No matter what the season, you should use a good moisturizer that would hydrate your skin and keep it radiant. Use a oil-free water based moisturizer for summer that won't make your skin oily. Also make sure you clean your skin twice a day - once in the morning and once at night in order to flush out all the dirt and debris accumulated within the skin pores.

Product Suggestions:

La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX
It is a great moisturizer that also doubles up as a sunscreen. It offers complete protection against sunburn and other signs of sun damage. It contains Mexoryl SX which is photostable against UVA rays so it does not breakdown and lasts longer than most sunscreens. It is also the first sunscreen approved by the FDA!

Kinerase Hydra Boost Intensive Treatment
This lightweight moisturizer instantly hydrates the skin using Kinetin, 25% Hyaluronic Acid and other moisturizing agents to provide maximum moisturizing from the inside out for a healthier, younger complexion. It also contains Hyacare that utilizes hyaluronic acid to retain moisture, Malakite to prevent the skin from oxidizing and causing damage and Lipomoist, a molecular film with moisturizing properties.

iS Clinical Poly-Vitamin Serum
This moisturizing serum serves to regenerate, hydrate and provide essential vitamins, bionutrients and antioxidants to improve many unwanted skin problems. It is great to increase the micro-circulation of the skin to fight free radicals and provide nutrients to compromised skin. It contains Sugar Cane, Bilberry, hyaluronate and green tea that help hydrate and regenerate your skin.

Dr. Marilyn Syrett is a professional physician and skin care expert. She offers skin care advices and reviews various skin care products belonging to brands like Obagi, iS Clinical and La-Roche Posay.

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