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Skin care can be confusing with endless products to shop for, especially during the summer months.
Whether you are shopping for a new mineral sunscreen, serum or moisturizer, there are thousands of brands to choose from.
That’s why “Good Morning America” tapped dermatologist Dr. Nkem Ugonabo for a little extra help with where to start for the summer skin care basics.
“I often take time to chat with my patients about being prepared for sun protection and also using lighter products that won’t make them uncomfortable in humid summer temperatures,” Ugonabo shared with “GMA.”
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Tip 1: Choosing an SPF
“First and foremost, SPF is a must. I recommend broad-spectrum sunscreens with SPF of at least 30,” Ugonabo shared.
SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50
“This product has a light tinted finish — which for some can provide light coverage that allows them to skip makeup, hence simplifying their morning routine. It also contains iron oxides, which provide extra protection against visible light.”
Tip 2: Sensitive skin SPF
“This SPF is lightweight, formulated for sensitive skin and blends well in various skin types even though it’s a mineral sunscreen,” Ugonabo said.
CoTz Sensitive SPF 40 Broad Spectrum UVA-UVB
Tip 3: Use vitamin C
“As a dermatologist, I love to recommend my patients wear vitamin C underneath their sunscreen in order to boost their sun protection. Topical vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects against free radicals in the environment,” Ugonabo said.
Obagi Medical Professional-C Serum 20% (1 fl. oz.)
“This product contains L-ascorbic acid. It’s also lightweight and absorbs nicely into the skin without leaving any sticky residue, making it ideal for the summertime.”
Tip 4: Moisturize
“I always educate my patients that warmer temperatures don’t mean they shouldn’t moisturize their skin. You can consider switching to lighter moisturizer that is more gel/cream-based. One of my favorites for these is Neutrogena Hydroboost Gel-Cream, which contains hyaluronic acid and leaves skin feeling softer after use,” Ugonabo said.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream
Tip 5: Gentle cleanser
“Finally, I recommend washing your face with a gentle cleanser that will leave skin feeling clean without stripping it if its natural oils. One of my favorites is La Roche Posay Lipikar Wash AP Gentle Foaming Moisturizing Wash, which has niacinamide and shea butter which help leave skin feeling clean but still moisturized,” Ugonabo said.
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Wash AP Gentle Foaming Moisturizing Wash
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