Beat the LA humidity with my hot weather skincare tips

Hey guys!

So I am a huge fan of the “dewy” skin look…but lately this LA humidity has me looking like I am forever in work-out mode! I know I’m not the only one feeling oilier and greasier, so I want to share some simple tips to a shine-free face.

Cleansing

If you haven’t already, switch to an oil-free gel cleanser. If your skin can tolerate it, look for one with salicylic acid which will help exfoliate and prevent breakouts. You can also invest a cleansing tool like the like the Clarisonic brush for deeper pore cleansing.

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Lighten up on Moisturizers

Trade in your heavy creams for a lightweight moisturizer. I love Skinceuticals hydrating B5 Gel because it’s an oil free serum with hyaluronic acid, so your skin stays hydrated but not greasy.

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Don’t skip SPF!

There are so many sunscreens on the market in literally every texture. During the humidity, I recommend switching to a mattifying formula. My favorite is Obaji’s Sun Shield SPF 50. It is a zinc based non-whitening formula and even comes in a tinted option, which I am currently obsessed with!!

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Get low-key chill on your makeup routine

I know we are all equally obsessed with contour and highlighter, but sweat and oil production combined with heavy makeup can lead to a literal melt down. Keep things light, and use a tinted moisturizer or BB cream like Smashboxes Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35,  my go-to since it first came out. Also, avoid anything with glitter or sparkles – which can make your skin look sweatier and extra shiny!
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Stock your fridge – with sheet masks!

Lately I have noticed tiny broken capillaries, and just overall redness – so I stocked up on a ton of Korean sheet masks packed with peptides, aloe and hyaluronic acid. I keep them in my fridge and apply them 3-4 times a week for a calming facial treatment. They feel amazing, and the more frequently I use them, the better my skin feels.

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I did a series of 3 sheet masks last week and lightweight makeup resulting in a #nofilterneeded selfie 😉

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I will be sharing more tips for beating the humidity on next weeks blog for those who are looking for more aggressive treatments. Until then, what changes have you seen in your skin with all this humidity? What changes do you make during the summer to your skincare routine? I’d love to hear your tips!

Stay cool…like a cucumber loves!
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Overboard

I have a tendency to go a little overboard when it comes to my daily skincare routine, and I’m guilty of not taking my own advice when it comes to product useage, which is “sometimes less is more..”

Even though I know better than to pile it on..it’s hard to practice patience when it comes to wanting to see results. So what do I do? I go crazy three nights in a row by applying a strong retinol, followed by a kojic acid lightener, and topped off with a glycolic moisturizer. Typically, you would not want to mix this many active ingredients – but like so many of us, I just wanted to see the quickest results possible!

Go figure, I wake up this beautiful, sunny, Sunday morning in LA with a full blown skin reaction. All because I wasn’t patient enough to take my own advice!

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Bad news is, my face was itchy, rashy and felt like it was pulsating. The 90 degree heat just aggravated it even more. Good news is, I knew how to alleviate the problem. PCA Skin has a product called apres peel which is a hydrator that has a .5% hydrocortizone in it. I applied this sweet smelling balm. It has apricot oil and chasteberry fruit extract, so not only is it soothing..it’s packed with antioxidants! Immediately I felt the burning sensation calm. I slathered on my SPF 50 and out to brunch I went.

Tonight I reapplied the balm and it felt like my skin completely soaked it in. I am a lot less red and itchy. I also mixed a hyaluronic moisturizer by Benev, (a little skincare cocktailing) and immediately felt plumper and less peely.

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Obviously, I went a little crazy with the exfoliators thinking my skin could handle a more aggressive routine. Everything is trial and error when it comes to finding what works with your skin type. I’m not afraid of experimenting with products, but today was a good reminder for me that going overboard can almost make you miss brunch!but seriously, could cause more harm than good. 

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Xx,

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