We’re in the thick of summer, and you know what that means: the usual slew of summer season skin issues. Whether it be dehydration, melasma, acne triggered by humidity, or anything in between, clients who come to us (both in-person and online!) in the summer and early Fall often complain about the havoc the hot weather has wreaked on their skin.
Clear Skin Solutions’ fixes for summer skin woes? High-quality, tested-and-true, science-backed ingredients.
Today, we’ve listed our top five summer skin care ingredients— as well as the star products they feature in here at Clear Skin Solutions!
The All-Rounder Summer Skin Care Ingredient: L Mandelic Acid
L mandelic acid has long been hailed as a “multi-tasking marvel”, and it’s small wonder why: L mandelic acid’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and melanin-inhibiting formula makes it so it has the capacity to take on acne, sun-triggered photo aging, fungal skin conditions, and hyperpigmentation.
However, that’s not to say that all mandelic formulas are created equally; here at Clear Skin Solutions, we pride ourselves on choosing only the best of the best when it comes to ingredients in our skin care. That means that we favor the L formula over the common DL due to it being more effective and faster at neutralizing fungal bacterias. The result? Reducing tyrosinase expression and diminishing bacteria at the pore openings!
In fact, the difference between the two mandelic formulas is so vast that a client of ours actually had her skin texture reversed by buying DL mandelic acid online! Because L mandelic acid is more expensive, people often assume that DL will be a cheaper, equally effective alternative… when in actuality, because the L molecule isn’t isolated in the DL formula, the same benefits aren’t seen in the skin. The result? Zero improvement in texture (with a risk of improved texture regressing!)
The Dehydration-Fighter Summer Skin Care Ingredient: Hyaluronic Acid
Dehydration: the enemy when it comes to clearing skin! Why? Because it slows down the skin’s natural healing time, which, in turn, results in slowed pigmentation repair and scar-fading.
Some acne sufferers, however, believe in the myth that adding more moisture to their skin care routine will perpetuate their breakouts by causing more oiliness… which couldn’t be further from the truth!
Hyaluronic acid in particular is a science-backed method of incorporating long-term hydration into your skin care regimen; a substance naturally produced within the human body to lubricate the eyes and joints, hyaluronic acid, when applied topically, works to promote supple skin, speed the healing of surface abrasions, locks in hydration long-term, and strengthen your skin’s lipid barrier.
Clear Skin Solutions’ star hyaluronic acid-based skin care product is our soothing Balanced Hydration, but remember: since hyaluronic acid is a humectant that is best applied to damp skin and sealed with a moisturizer, don’t skimp out on your face lotion to yield the best results!
The Acne-Soother Summer Skin Care Ingredient: Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid is, hands-down, one of Clear Skin Solutions’ favorite tried-and-true acne treatments!
One of the most popular alpha-hydroxy acids on the market, glycolic acid diminishes breakouts by cleansing the build-up of sebum that can clog the hair follicles. Glycolic acid’s ability to gently and effectively remove dead skin cells makes it the perfect addition to your summer skin care routine if you deal with acneic skin: amid the layers of sweat, sunscreen, and makeup that our faces are subjected to over the summer months, investing in a glycolic acid-based product to nip clogged pores in the bud is invaluable.
Our top pick for a product containing glycolic acid? The Brighten & Renew Advanced Glycolic Serum. After all, summer is best enjoyed with fresh, no-makeup needed skin— and glycolic acid can get yours there!
The Age-Defier Summer Skin Care Ingredient: Ferulic Acid
Last but certainly not least is ferulic acid, one of the star anti-aging ingredients here at Clear Skin Solutions. A powerful plant-based antioxidant commonly utilized in anti-aging skin care, ferulic acid is best known for preventing free radical damage, which is linked to age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Suitable for the majority of skin types, ferulic acid’s versatility, effectiveness, and strong photoprotection abilities (when used in tandem with Vitamin C) make it a staple for many of the anti-aging products here at Clear Skin Solutions. We cannot recommend the Ferulic E and C Creme, Cascading Infusion, and Ferulic C enough for those looking to both protect against future environmental damage and reduce pre-existing signs of aging.
Clear Skin Solutions Wants to Hear: What Does YOUR Skin Need Help With This Summer?
Whether it be dehydration, acne, or visible signs of aging, the Clear Skin Solutions team is here to help you overcome your skin challenges this summer; reach out today!