The complete summer guide for your skin
The good news is, that summer is better than winter for your skin. The bad news is, that summer has its own challenges that keep your skin from being protected and hydrated, making the summer challenges more complex than winter. Here is the complete guide to taking care of your skin this summer.
by Herb Essntls
A year ago
The good news is, that summer is better than winter for your skin. The bad news is, that summer has its own challenges that keep your skin from being protected and hydrated, making the summer challenges more complex than winter.
Below is a guide that breaks down how summer can affect your skin and how you can make sure to navigate through the hurdles. We also go through how Herb Essntls and our products can support you in this adventure.
Humidity is good!
Depending on the climate where you live, there’s usually a lot more humidity in the air during summer. (The south west of the United States being a clear exception to that rule, so all you SoCal friends - take precaution to oil cleanse and moisture up like it was winter in New York City.)
The humidity in the air helps because you can think of your skin as a sponge. The more humidity and oils your skin is able to contain, the less the risk for drying out and cracks.
Summer’s challenges that can outweigh the humidity are, unfortunately, all connected to the fun and comfy stuff. Sun exposure can be a direct assault on your skin and even light burns will cause a lot of damage, skin peeling, leaving the layer beneath exposed, and potentially leading to earlier signs of aging.
Sunscreen is your friend, but the best way to protect yourself, and especially your face, is to get an awesome hat, and stay in the shade.
Water is both your best friend and worst enemy
One key to healthy summer skin is keeping yourself hydrated. Drinking a lot of water helps keep your whole body in balance, and keeps your skin hydrated as well. Another skin-related reason for drinking water is that it helps flush out toxins and anything else that shouldn’t be in your body, so the yuck never reaches your skin in the first place. Studies show that drinking a lot of water can help against acne, for example. Stay hydrated, both internally and externally. That is key.
Some SPF solutions, bug sprays and maybe even your usual cleansing regimen can contain harsh soaps and solvents that can irritate your skin and dry it out. This means that cleansing becomes extra important during the summer months. Consider switching to a Cleansing Oil during the summer months if you don’t use it normally. It’s a milder cleansing method that cleans your skin efficiently without stripping it of moisture .
Pools are a lifesaver when spending the summer in the city, but they contain chlorine which is a pretty aggressive chemical that can pull out moisture quickly, if you frequent the pool. And even if oceans and lakes don't have chlorine, these waters come with their own problems.
Although water initially moisturizes your skin, long exposure to water removes the surface lipids, allowing the moisture to leak out, causing dryness. When those lipids are gone, water dries out even more. To lock in moisture after a bath, moisturize immediately after patting your skin dry.
AC is a life saver - and a skin ager
Air conditioners are life savers in the heat and humidity, but it comes with a price that your skin has to pay. AC removes moisture from the air and creates a drier environment, and when you go in and out of air conditioned buildings and cars, your skin's own oil production can’t keep up with the changes and loses control.
Our guess is that evolution hasn’t been able to keep up with the technological advances of the modern age. Moving in and out of air conditioned buildings and cars when it’s 90 degrees and 99% humidity outside, is the equivalent of going in and out of summer and winter many times a day. Our skin has no natural defence against that at all.
As always, Cannabis is the answer
Luckily, Cannabis Sativa seed oil stimulates and helps balance your skin’s natural oil production, helping you to cope with both summer and technological advances. All Herb Essntls skincare products contain Cannabis Sativa seed oil and it works its magic differently for each product.
For your face, the oil goes into your skin and helps balance the skin’’s natural oil production to help you with hydration if your skin is dry and to moderate the production if your skin happens to be oily.
For your body, the omega-3 and omega-6 ratios in Cannabis Sativa seed oil perfectly mirrors the ratio that is already in your skin, helping your skin hydrate itself from underneath the surface without leaving your skin feeling sticky.
The Cleansing Oil, based on Cannabis Sativa seed oil is the most efficient and yet mild way of cleaning the sensitive skin on your face. It works like an oil change for your pores. Dirty oil is flushed out and replaced with clean oil that keeps the skin hydrated and happy. And because Cannabis Sativa seed oil scores a zero on the comedogenic scale, it doesn’t clog your pores at all. This is a pretty unique feature as most oils clog pores to some extent when your trusted friend Cannabis Sativa seed oil doesn't.
For more information about Cannabis and skincare you can take a look at this overview that HighTimes put together.
Sweating is good - but can lead to bad
Another summer related enemy to your skin's health is sweat. Let’s face it, heat makes you sweat, and if you move around in heat you sweat even more. Sweat in itself isn’t a problem, on the contrary, it usually carries toxins and other non wanted guests out of your system, however it’s critical that you make sure to not let the sweat stick under tight clothing as it can get stuck under your skin, which can lead to acne.
Sweat can get trapped inside the skin. Sometimes dirt and dust clog the sweat ducts of the skin, locking the perspiration in. This can result in annoying itchy rashes, blisters or mini-bumps. So make sure to clean your skin promptly after sweating. And, as previously mentioned, opt for something friendly and stay away from those harsh soaps - especially when you have to wash more often than usual.
The same is true for sweaty clothes, even after they have dried. Make sure you wash your clothes or headbands or armbands —any sort of fabric that's been absorbing sweat, really—before you wear it again. The previously used clothing can now be filled with toxins and dirt that your body was trying to get rid of, so applying the cloth directly to your skin can cause skin problems.
Here’s how you protect yourself from summer
In conclusion, the summer might be easier on your skin in one way, due to the humid weather (almost) everywhere. But it’s a more complex “enemy” than winter. It requires you to pay a little more attention and take care of your skin diligently. But don't despair! Just take the appropriate precautions, use the right products, and both you and your skin can have a great summer.
The key takeaways are:
Wash, wash, wash - yourself, your face, your clothes, headbands, bandanas, clothes, masks etc (any cloth that has skin contact.
Oil cleansing instead of soap - especially for your face. It’s a milder yet efficient way to clean your face.
Hydrate - drink water. A lot of it and often. It’s important to stay hydrated for many reasons, but remember that your skin is where poor hydration shows first.
Moisturize - Make sure to moisturize your face and your body often. Especially if you are in water a lot.
Limit your sun exposure - especially during the peak sun hours. Wear sunscreen and other forms of protections.