Tips for Changing Your Skincare Routine:
Much like swapping out heavy winter boots for sandals, it’s important to change up your beauty products in warmer months. First, as Dr. Waldorf already recommended, swap out heavy moisturizers for lighter formulas like lotions or gels. In terms of washing your face, she suggests using a either a chemical exfoliator, containing alpha hydroxy acid or salicylic acid, or a manual one like the Clarisonic, to remove the mix of gunk on your face at night.
And don’t be scared of the heavy-hitters in your medicine cabinet. “It’s okay to continue to use a retinoid at night,” she says. “In the Northeast, it’s often easier to tolerate the potential dryness of a retinoid during the humid summer months than the dry winter months.” But of course, it’s important to–yes!–wear sunscreen because of increased sensitivity. (But you already knew that!)
And if you’re sweating (who isn’t?), Dr. Waldorf recommends using a clinical strength anti-persperant like those by Dove or Secret. Still swamped? “If antiperspirant doesn’t work for your sweating, you might have hyperhidrosis,” she says. In that case, try Botox injections under the arms or a radiofrequency device like Miradry, which eliminates sweat glands.