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Tips for Summer Skin

Summer can be a demanding time for your skin. Keeping your face looking fresh can be, for most of us, a frustrating challenge during those long, hot, humid days. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid the shiny greasy look that is as sure a sign of summer as swimsuits and watermelons. Here are a few tips on how to maintain a dewy, shine-free complexion during the dog days of summer:

  • Choose a gel cleanser over a lotion or cream cleanser to help remove oil, dirt and make-up residue. For that great and squeaky-clean effect, try iS Clinical Cleansing Complex or, for oily skin, DDFGlycolic Exfoliating Wash.

  • If you have oily skin, use a toner to control oil production in the t-zone area. We strongly recommend DDFGlycolic10% Toning Complex.

  • If you must use a moisturizer, use a very light, oil-free variety -- and only on those areas of your face prone to dryness, such as the cheeks. We suggest DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew.

  • Instead of a regular foundation, try a lighter, oil-free tinted base. We love Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer, which comes with SPF20 sun protection. It provides just the right amount of hydration, sun protection and light, natural-looking color. And you could skip the moisturizer altogether.

  • Avoid heavy concealers and powders. They can clog the pores and contribute to breakouts and blackheads. Control shine by applying translucent powder over shine-prone areas of your face, such as the nose, chin and forehead. We like Benefit Get Even or Clinique Transluscent Loose Powder.

  • For those hard-to-control, especially oily areas, lift off excess oil with blotting paper and follow with pressed powder. We like Clear & Clean Clear Touch Oil-Absorbing Sheets.

  • For the ultimate in ph balance and oil control, we highly recommend Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha-Beta Home Peel System used in the morning 3-4 times a week. It will leave your skin looking dewy, fresh and shine-free. We absolutely swear by it ourselves!