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Getting ready for the summer glow with Dra. Kat

Skincare for summer can be tricky.

As the sun begins to linger a little longer each day, it gives us more time in the sun. With the change in season comes the opportunity to revamp our skincare routine and embrace the radiant glow that comes with the sunny spell. However, achieving that coveted summer glow isn't just about soaking up the sun. In fact, it’s about nourishing your skin from within and embracing clean beauty practices that prioritize both your health and the planet.

To delve deeper into achieving that ultimate summer glow and becoming #beachready, we had the pleasure of interviewing Dra. Kat Lanuza from MetroSkin Dermatology Clinic, and she shared invaluable insights on how to prepare our skin for the summer months ahead.


1. What are your go-to skincare essentials for the summer season?


"This summer, I’ve used Pure Culture and so far it has been good in my skin. For me, embracing lightweight, hydrating products like Pure Culture’s Wild Algae Super Skin Tonic and Bulgarian Rose Serum can replenish moisture lost to heat and humidity while providing a refreshing boost. Personally, the organic nature of these products ensures that you're nourishing your skin with wholesome ingredients, free from harmful chemicals, aligning perfectly with your preference for toxin-free formulations."

2. Why is sun protection important, especially for Filipinos?


Sun protection is non-negotiable when it comes to maintaining healthy, youthful-looking skin. While spending time outdoors is one of the joys of summer, it's important to shield your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it generously to all exposed areas of skin, including your face, neck, and hands. Opt for mineral-based sunscreens containing ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which provide effective protection without harmful chemicals.  

In addition to daily sunscreen application, consider incorporating antioxidant-rich products into your skincare routine to help defend against environmental damage. Antioxidants such as vitamin C and green tea extract neutralize free radicals, which can cause premature aging and dullness. Look for serums or moisturizers containing these potent ingredients to boost your skin's natural defenses and enhance its radiance.


3. How do I take care of my dry skin during summer?


Summer sun and heat can wreak havoc on dry skin, leaving it feeling parched and flaky. But fear not, with some adjustments to your routine, you can keep your skin hydrated and healthy throughout the warmer months. The first line of defense is hydration, both internally and externally. Aim to drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don't feel thirsty. Dehydration from the inside out can exacerbate dryness. When it comes to topical hydration, swap out your heavy winter moisturizer for a lighter, water-based formula. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and shea butter, which attract and retain moisture in the skin. Apply moisturizer generously after showering or bathing while your skin is still damp to lock in hydration. Sun protection is crucial for everyone, but especially for those with dry skin. 

Similar to the answer on the second question, the sun's harsh rays can damage the skin's barrier, worsening dryness. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and reapply every two hours, or more often if you're sweating or swimming. Look for sunscreens labeled "non-comedogenic" to avoid clogging pores. Exfoliation is another important step, even for dry skin. Dead skin cells can build up on the surface, making your skin look dull and feel rough. Use a gentle exfoliating scrub or wash 1-2 times a week to remove these cells and allow your moisturizer to penetrate deeper. Be gentle, though, as harsh scrubbing can irritate dry skin. 

Finally, consider incorporating a hydrating facial mist into your routine. Facial mists can provide a refreshing burst of moisture throughout the day, especially helpful in hot, dry environments. By following these tips and being mindful of your skin's needs, you can enjoy a healthy, glowing complexion all summer long.


4. Do I need to moisturize if I have oily skin?


Contrary to popular belief, oily skin absolutely needs to be moisturized. While it may seem counterintuitive to add moisture to already oily skin, here's the science behind it. Sebum, the oil produced by your sebaceous glands, is different from hydration. Sebum sits on the surface of your skin, giving it a greasy feel, while hydration refers to the water content within the deeper layers.

Dehydrated skin, even oily skin, can send signals to your sebaceous glands to ramp up oil production in an attempt to compensate for the lack of moisture. This can lead to a vicious cycle of oiliness and dehydration. Using a moisturizer specifically formulated for oily skin can help regulate oil production and achieve a more balanced complexion.

Moisturizer also plays a crucial role in strengthening your skin's natural barrier, which safeguards it from environmental aggressors like pollution and harsh weather. Without proper hydration, your skin becomes more vulnerable to irritation and breakouts. So, the key is to find a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer labeled "non-comedogenic" to ensure it won't clog your pores. Gels, lotions, and oil-free fluids are usually good choices for oily skin. By incorporating the right moisturizer into your routine, you might be surprised by how much it improves your skin's overall health and appearance.

5. What should I do if I get heat rash?


Heat rash, also known as prickly heat, is an itchy irritation caused by blocked sweat glands. It's a common culprit in hot and humid weather, especially for babies and young children. The good news is that heat rash usually resolves on its own within a few days if you can cool down and prevent further sweating.

The key to relieving heat rash is to lower your body temperature and allow your skin to breathe. Get out of the heat and into an air-conditioned space or somewhere with good air circulation. Take a cool shower or bath, avoiding hot water and harsh soaps that can irritate your skin further. Wear loose, breathable clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton. This will help sweat evaporate and prevent clogged pores. To soothe the itching and inflammation, apply a cool compress with a damp cloth or a wrapped ice pack. You can also try over-the-counter remedies like calamine lotion or 1% hydrocortisone cream. If you're pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your doctor before using hydrocortisone cream.

Remember, scratching the rash can worsen the irritation and increase your risk of infection. Avoid sweating excessively by taking breaks from strenuous activity in hot weather. If your heat rash is severe, widespread, or doesn't improve after a few days of home treatment, it's best to see a doctor. They can recommend stronger medication or rule out other possible causes for your rash.

For Dra. Kat, when it comes to preparing your skin for the summer months ahead, adopting a clean beauty routine can help you achieve that luminous glow while also supporting overall skin health.

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