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Summer Skin Guide

Q: My skin does not react well to summer. Between sweating the moment I step outside to hiding in the shade, I cannot win and am left with a combination of oily skin, dry patches and sunburn. Any tips for how I can care for my skin?

A: Between its harmful UV rays and sweat it causes on your brow, the strong summer sun is the usual culprit in why your face is now oily along the t-zone, burnt on the forehead and dry on the apples of your cheeks. Fortunately, there are plenty of inexpensive, at-home remedies to prevent and soothe your skin.

For preventative measures, sunscreen, as you already know, is key. In addition to applying sunscreen to your face daily, you can help your skin further by slathering sunscreen on in the weeks leading up to your vacation or beach weekend getaway. By rubbing in sunscreen each night, you actually build up a layer of sunscreen in the outermost layer of your skin making it less likely to burn.

If you do get a sunburnt, first take an ibuprofen and apply hydrocortisone cream to the affected area. To further relieve your discomfort, soak a face cloth in a bowl of milk and ice. Lay the towel on your sunburn for five to ten minutes to soothe your skin.

To balance out your complexion and restore it to its springtime glow, take an inventory of your makeup bag and, wherever possible, swap your beauty products for oil-free versions to keep breakouts at bay.

Also, honey’s natural, skin-saving antioxidants can quiet acne and even out your complexion by moisturizing and soothing the skin. To reap its benefits, apply a thin layer of raw organic honey to slightly damp skin. Rub it gently in a circular motion and let it rest for 30 minutes. Gently rinse off the honey with warm water and bask in your face’s newfound glow!