14 March 2014

Woman applying face creamAs the weather has been warming up this week, its the ideal time to pay attention to your skincare regime. An article in Pakistan's Express Tribune advises that perspiration should not be taken as a "sentence for your skin, but a warning". It's possible to prevent trouble before it starts, advocating regular exfoliation every other day in the hottest weather as this helps counter the skin's tendency to regenerate itself more slowly once we reach our mid-20s and early 30s."This is the number one way to prevent clogged pores and dead skin build-up that can cause acne," notes the article. Having a bath can actually provoke acne, so anyone who really craves this relaxing experience should take a hot, invigorating shower and exfoliate first, with the help of a gel containing Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide. To counteract the over-activity of the oil glands in the skin, which is common during warmer weather, and can leads to blackheads, a water-based toner should be used morning and night not one containing alcohol, as this dehydrates the skin. An effective wide-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 is also an important ally in preventing acne, and it is recommended to avoid using waterproof products for daily use, restricting these for when on the beach. Finally, two key tips for effective summer skincare are to renew facial products at the start of the season, and avoid using multiple products. People are advised to "just keep it simple. -Do you find that your acne is worse during the summer months? Let us know on Facebook.