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These Are The 4 Skincare Ingredients We Ought To Avoid This Summer

Lately, we’ve sensed a chirpiness in everyone’s spirit, and if my guesses are correct then it has definitely got to do with the few sunny days Joburg has shared with us in Cape Town. Summer is tip-toeing in and I get the feeling that we’re pretty much ready for its many trademark pleasures such as those balmy temperatures, longer days and plenty of margaritas by the deck. As much as we’re all ready to embrace summer, it’s important to note that during this time the sun may be a little harsher and a lot less kinder to our skin.

A golden rule in the beauty community is that slapping on a good quality sunscreen religiously will protect our skin against those harsh sun rays, which is true - however, it’s important to note that sunscreen might not be enough. Certain ingredients found in the products that we’re using could actually increase sensitivity to the sun. We chatted to Medical Trainer at Lamelle Research Laboratories, Lisa Breytenbach, to find out which skincare ingredients we should give a rest and put away just for the Summer season.

1. Alcohol-based Products

Most alcohol-based products will strip the skin and cause barrier impairment which will worsen the skin concern. If you have dry, sensitive, eczema, or any allergies an alcohol-based product might irritate or dry the skin even more.

2. Benzoyl Peroxide

Generally, benzoyl peroxide is a superhero ingredient for clearing blemishes and breakouts. However, this ingredient has the ability to be too aggressive for some skins and may have a bleaching effect on the skin, as well as dry the skin out, again compromising your skin barrier integrity. In saying that, make sure that you proceed using this ingredient with caution.

3. Sunscreen Texture/consistency

Surprisingly, the consistency of your sunscreen matters. Thicker sunscreens can cause congestion and will inevitably worsen breakouts, so it is very important to choose the correct SPF for your skin type.

4. Vitamin C

This is one skincare ingredient that has garnered quite a bit of buzz as of late, and rightfully so. Vitamin C has a multitude of benefits for the skin, however, it may cause an acne sufferer to have a few breakouts due to the activity of the product. Opt to introduce the ingredient gradually into your skincare routine or alternatively when the skin has shown better tolerability.

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