The sun is finally shining here in New York, and I’m ready to switch up both my wardrobe and beauty routine to better suit the rising temperatures. Unfortunately, this means dealing with my worst enemy—oily skin. It’s a daily battle to fight off that inevitable shine, which also means trying to prevent additional acne flare-ups. Who needs that when all I want is to be fresh-faced and bare-shouldered?
With that in mind, I came up with a few battle-tested tricks that have kept my complexion clear in warmer weather. Here are my five favorite tips for keeping breakouts at bay in the spring.
A few weeks ago, I flew to Austin, Texas to visit my parents. Over the course of my three-day trip, I was so busy hunting down food trucks, browsing vintage store racks, hiking, and swimming that I neglected to follow my number one beauty rule: always wear sunscreen. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but my punishment awaited me back home in Brooklyn when I found a scattering of unsightly sun spots on my face and hands. It was a brutal reality check that made me wish I could go back 72 hours to berate my forgetful self, or that I could wear a ski mask and gloves in public without being ostracized.
Now that I’m feeling particularly sun-conscious, I’m making it a point to slather on SPF every morning, even if I’m just going to be sitting in the office. My favorite formula of the moment? Likewise Facial Moisturizer + Sun Protectant. Depending on how you look at it, it’s a SPF-filled moisturizer or a moisturizing sunscreen. But either way, the creamy unscented lotion is great for those who fear goopy, smelly formulas.