Your skincare, like your wardrobe, should change with the seasons. What works in the dead of winter probably isn't right in mid-August. Changes in temperature and humidity require an adjustment in what types of products you should use and what skin issues you will be facing.
During warmer months your oil producing glands actually produce more natural oils. Add to that the fact that your sweat glands are working extra hard to keep you cool, and it's no wonder that summer can mean break-outs, acne, and greasy skin. There's good news, though! Combating summer acne and oily skin is as simple as adding a clay mask to your routine.
The Magic of Clay
Most masks are made from bentonite, kaolin, French green, Moroccan red clay, or a combination of clays and work fairly simply. Just apply the mask as directed and then wait for it to dry. The clay will draw out dirt and grime that may be caught in your pores, absorb extra oils, and exfoliate dead skin cells. The result is a smoother, taut, oil-free face!
Picking the Right Mask
Not all clay masks are created equal. If you have sensitive skin that's on the dry side even during the winter months, look for a mask that contains nourishing ingredients like honey, aloe vera, tea, oatmeal, or yogurt. We recommend Alder New York's Matcha & Honey Face Mask.
If you're dealing with acne and excess oil, use a mask with a higher concentration of clay. Masks with added ingredients that help combat excess oil like activated charcoal or apple cider vinegar are a huge plus. We recommend Origins' Clear Activated Charcoal Mask or Alder New York's Charcoal & Aloe Face Mask.
Mix & Match
Don't be afraid to mix it up and use multiple masks at the same time. Use a gentler mask on sensitive parts or use a charcoal mask as a spot treatment for blemishes and acne prone areas.