And now that I think about it, putting a heavy cream all over my body in the middle of the summer is basically the skin-care equivalent of bundling up in a heavy coat. "What’s key is to choose a lotion or gel, not a cream or ointment," says board-certified dermatologist Michelle Henry, MD, explaining that while creams are richer and more moisturizing, they're also more likely to leave behind a film. "Also, consider in-shower moisturizers, which allow you to absorb the moisture while your skin is wet and most susceptible." These are great because once you get out of the shower, you can just towel off any leftover grease.
"Heavy creams can trap sweat and clog pores, which leads to acne and folliculitis, which is inflammation of the hair follicle," adds Lily Talakoub, MD, of McLean Dermatology and Skincare. Here, both derms share their picks for summer skin care that won't leave you looking like the sweaty mess that I did this a.m. You're welcome.
Shop derm-approved body lotions for summer
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