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Saving Your Skin During Summer

May 22, 2014, 6:19 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Saving Your Skin During Summer

Now that the weather is finally warming up, you might want to think about your skin care.

Whether you're watching your kids at the playground or taking in spring flowers at the park, there are plenty of reasons to get outside.

"I met my husband over his lunch hour," Becky Kocer said.

While Becky Kocer loves the tulips and daffodils, she knows what the warmer weather can do to your skin is not so beautiful.

"My moisturizer I use every morning has sunscreen. If I know I'm going to be outside, I put an extra layer of sunscreen on," Kocer said.

Dermatologist Kelly Jerstad recommends putting sunscreen on every morning, instead of moisturizer.

"Under your makeup or mixed with your makeup -- However you do it, make sure it's closest to your skin," Dakota Dermatology Dr. Kelly Jerstad said.

Jerstad says at night, especially if you have dry skin, you should moisturize. Make sure you find a gentle moisturizer.

"Maybe a little bit lighter than during the winter," Jerstad said.

Something else to keep in mind is that if you are outside sweating, you may be more prone to acne.

"Wash your face at least twice a day. Once in the morning with a gentle cleanser," Jerstad said.

You can use either a water-free cleanser or a soapy, foaming cleanser. Also, make sure to wash your face in the evening, but don't go overboard.

"You can over-wash your face. There are natural oils in your skin that are very beneficial to healthy skin. Over-washing your face, even if you are acne prone, can be a bad thing," Jerstad said.

Another skin problem that can appear during warmer weather: Melasma. The common skin problem causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face.

"It's much more common with women because it's hormonally driven as well as sun driven," Jerstad said.

Your best protection is sunscreen. You can also try a hydroquinone. But with the right products, your skin can be at it's best, just like mother nature.

"The flowers are all in bloom and the trees," Kocer said.

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