3 Beauty Ingredients To Avoid In The Sun For Healthy Skin

The heat reminds us that summer has arrived. Prepare for the sun and adjust your beauty routine accordingly.

Just as there are essential beauty products for summer, like sunscreen, there are also some products you should avoid, especially if you’re aiming for a tan. 

Whether you’re staying in the city or traveling to tropical destinations, adjusting your beauty routine to the season will help keep your skin healthy and protected, giving it a radiant glow.

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Let’s begin with the most important one: retinol. Skincare products containing retinoids, such as retinol and tretinoin, offer several powerful benefits. 

According to Healthline, these benefits include brightening the skin, reducing hyperpigmentation, minimizing wrinkles, and fading acne scars.

However, as per Real Simple, they should not be used during the summer or when planning to be in the sun for extended periods. 

Retinoids can increase skin sensitivity to sunlight, raising the risk of sunburn and sun damage. So, for the warmer months, it’s best to switch to gentler alternatives like hyaluronic acid or ceramides to ensure your skin remains protected.

Exfoliating Acids

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Acids like glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acid are strong ingredients known for their ability to gently remove dead skin cells, as reported by Medical News Today. It helps with renewing and brightening the skin. 

However, using these acids in direct sunlight can make the skin more sensitive to UV radiation, increasing the risk of sunburn and sun damage. 

These acids work by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin more sensitive to UV rays. 

While this might not be a problem in winter, using these ingredients without sun protection in summer can cause skin irritation, inflammation, and dark spots. 

However, you can still use them in summer; just limit their use to two to three times a week and use them in your nighttime skincare routine.

Full-coverage foundations and concealers

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During the summer, it’s best to steer clear of heavy, full-coverage foundations and concealers. 

Fae Beauty warns that while these products might seem like a great way to achieve flawless skin, they can actually cause problems when your skin is exposed to the sun.

Some products often have thick formulas. This can can block pores and trap sweat, leading to acne, irritation, and clogged skin in hot weather. 

Also, because they provide high coverage, they can form a barrier on your skin. This makes it harder for your skin to breathe and regulate temperature properly. 

When combined with sunlight, these products can increase the chances of clogged pores and heat-related skin issues. 

Instead, it’s better to use lighter, more breathable options like tinted moisturizers, BB creams, and lightweight concealers. 

If you can find ones with SPF protection, that’s even better.

Banner photo by Kalos Skincare via Unsplash.

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