Summer Skin Care Plan: Say Goodbye to Shiny Skin & Breakouts

Wash your face before bed because sebum production is at its highest point while you sleep

When it comes to the glowing skin we picture during the warmer months, greasy, shiny skin does not come to mind. But, unfortunately, all too often, the soaring temps create sweaty situations for our skin. Combine that shininess with breakouts, and your plans for a makeup-free summer seem inconceivable, right? Au contraire! Bask in this summer action plan to keep shiny skin—and blemishes—at bay.

Cleanse the skin at night
Sebum production is at its highest point while you sleep (which is why your skin can be super shiny upon waking up). Use a gentle or no-rinse product so you a.) don’t weaken the hydrolipidic film that protects skin, and b.) remove excess sebum, perspiration, and impurities built up over the day on skin’s surface, shares skin care expert Florence Benech.
Try: Normaderm Gel Cleanser

Protect skin from the sun
The quickest way to turn a matte finish into a greasy mess? The sun. Look for a 2-in-1 sun care product that retains moisture to help keep skin soft while it maintains a matte finish.
Try: Idéal Capital Soleil SPF 50

Resist the urge to scrub off blemishes
It’s tempting, but this will prompt the skin to produce even more sebum. Rather, use a gentle, non-irritating cleanser formulated for oily skin.
Try: Normaderm Gel Cleanser

Skin free of debris is less likely to break out
Stick to products formulated with exfoliating ingredients like salicylic acid or glycolic acid, which slough off dead cells from skin’s surface, unclog pores, and encourage surface cell turnover.
Try: Normaderm Beautifying Anti-Acne Care

Oily skin needs moisture
Strange, but true. Pick a light-textured, oil-free product specifically formulated for blemish-prone skin. Look for the words “non-comedogenic,” “tested on sensitive skin,” and “24-hour hydration” on the packaging.
Try: Normaderm Beautifying Anti-Acne Care

What to avoid
Avoid overusing clay masks—which can be drying—products formulated with alcohol—which can dehydrate skin—and washing your face with soap—as the overly alkaline pH can be super-drying.
Try: Any of Vichy’s skin care products! With an infusion of Vichy’s proprietary mineralizing water from French volcanoes at the heart of each and every product, you’ll be able to strengthen and soothe while hydrating your skin during the summer months…and beyond.

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