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Make sure you're using a facial wash in this hot weather

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As I'm sure you've noticed, it is currently pretty hot. In this hot weather you are sure to be sweating but you are also likely to be slapping on the suncream. 

If you are putting suncream on your face then, first of all, good for you. Sun damaged skin is not a good look, especially as you start getting older. But there is a potential downside and that is blocked pores and greasier looking skin- which can produce acne breakouts. If you already have naturally oily skin then adding a suncream on top can really block those pores. 

If you want to try and prevent spot breakouts then a simple and good way to do this is by simply using a facial wash combined with some good splashes of water. The reason why this works is that facial washes specifically contain a type of ingredient called a surfactant. Surfactant is a name for a group of chemicals that work by attracting oil and water to them. That way, when you wash your face the surfactant grabs onto the oily molecules and then when you throw over some water the surfactant grabs onto the water and the oil is broken up and washed away. 

Just using water is sometimes not good enough because there is no surfactant present so the water doesn't manage to wash away or break up all the oily dirt on your face. If you're not someone suffering from oily skin or spots then water may suffice but if you do have a problem try a facial wash. And if you're in the shower or bath already feel free to use a body wash on your face too. What's important is the surfactant chemical being present.

If you want to learn more about what chemicals are surfactants then just Google it. But some common ones are: Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Coco Sulfate. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a surfactant too but is often used in cheaper products and can be overly harsh on your skin, you can read about that here: https://handsomefella.co.uk/blogs/news/sls-in-skincare-products

But to summarise, if you want to reduce oily or spotty skin in this hot weather and wash away the remnants of suncream from your face then make sure you use a facial or body wash containing a surfactant!