Reason No. 1: Summer's Way Harsh
The summer has a unique mix of factors that affect how your skin looks and feels. "The sun, air conditioning, and chlorine all dry out our skin, causing it to look weathered, when everything around you has a hand in depleting your skin of hydration, then you need a sturdy and emollient moisturizer to replenish those dried-up cells!
Reason No. 2: You Always Need a Barrier
Think of moisturizer as the complexion shield you can't leave the house without wearing. "The skin needs to maintain a balance, and staying hydrated is paramount to skin health and overall appearance," says Dr. Amanda Doyle, a dermatologist and skin expert for Vaseline. "The appropriate moisturizer helps to keep the skin barrier intact so germs and other irritants aren't as bothersome." This goes for your entire body, so make sure to apply hydrators from head to toe.
Reason No. 3: Oily Skin Is a Social Construct
Kind of. "A common misconception about moisturizer is that it makes skin more oily, but it can actually make skin less oily overall," Dr. Doyle says. There's some science behind this, of course. "You can opt for a lighter moisturizer in the summer, but don't go for products with alcohol—your oil glands may overcompensate and produce more oil from being unnaturally stripped of good oils," Burki says.
Reason No. 4: Sunscreen-Moisturizer Combos Might Not Cut It
Yes, there are moisturizers with sunscreen, but it's a good idea to separate the two. "Some patients use their sunscreen/moisturizer in the morning, which is fine, as long as their faces aren't dry or flaky without an extra layer of hydration," Dr. Doyle says. If you find that your skin is peeling or itchy, pop a light or heavier moisturizer back into your regimen, then follow up with your sunscreen.
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