Summer is here, which means millions of people will be headed outdoors for some rest and relaxation under the sun. Regardless of what you have planned for the season, though, you should follow some basic steps to keep your skin clean and clear. When neglected, your may skin may develop acne as well as become dry and irritated. So, how can you achieve healthy, glowing skin this summer?

1- Apply Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion

Wearing sunscreen lotion will allow you to safely enjoy the summer sun while protecting your skin from otherwise harmful ultraviolet (UV) light. But the problem with sunscreen lotion is that most contribute to breakouts. The UV-blocking chemicals and ingredients can clog your pores, resulting in the formation of acne. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide lotions, however, don’t suffer from this problem. According to HuffPost, sunscreen lotions based on these minerals reflect sunlight directly off the skin rather than absorbing them like chemical-based sunscreen lotions. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are also used in many acne treatment and prevention products, so you don’t have to worry about these minerals causing breakouts.

2- Regulate Humidity in Your Bedroom

What’s the humidity level in your bedroom? During summer, high humidity is a common occurrence throughout much of the United States. Neglecting to regulate and control humidity in your bedroom during this time of year will exposure your skin to significant amounts of moisture vapor. As your skin becomes saturated with moisture, natural oils like sebum are unable to escape, thereby increasing the risk of acne. To prevent this from happening, install a dehumidifier in your home, preferably your bedroom, and set it to 50 percent relative humidity.

3- Eat More Tomatoes

When you think of foods that benefit your skin, tomatoes probably don’t come to mind. Nonetheless, this juicy fruit contains natural compounds that rejuvenate the skin. According to CBS News, lycopene is an antioxidant found in tomatoes that protects the skin from cellular damage. Acne, irritation, dryness and other skin conditions are often caused by harmful compounds known as free radicals, but Lycopene keeps these chemicals in check to promote healthy skin.

4- Wash Your Face Daily

Using a gentle facial cleanser, wash your face at least once a day this summer. Throughout the day, your skin will produce sebum to moisturize and protect it from dryness. The downside to this natural bodily function, however, is that it increases the risk of acne. If you allow sebum to accumulate on your skin, some of it will fill your pores. And when this occurs, your pores won’t be able to breathe, allowing acne-causing bacteria to thrive. So, wash your face daily this summer to maintain clean skin. If you wear makeup, you’ll achieve the best results by washing your face at night. If you don’t wear makeup, you can wash your face either in the morning or at night.

5- Exfoliate

A gentle facial cleanser isn’t always enough to remove oil and debris that’s become deeply embedded in the pores. Cleansing foams, creams, soaps and other products lack the deep-cleaning power needed to fully clean the pores. Therefore, you should include exfoliating in your summer skincare regimen. Exfoliating products typically contain small beads mixed with traditional cleansing ingredients. When applied to your face, the beads work to extract sebum and debris from your pores.

Depending on your skin type, you should exfoliate your face once or twice a week. If you have oily skin, the former is recommended. If you have normal skin type that’s not too dry nor too oily, the latter is recommended.

Don’t let acne breakouts or other skin problems prevent you from enjoying summer. Follow these five steps to keep your skin clean and clear throughout the summer season and beyond.

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