Summer brings warm weather, bright sunshine, and great opportunities to spend time outside with friends and family. Of course, with this summer heat your skin sweats more, making your skin feel oilier than usual. While your basic routine and steps should stay the same year-round, there are some simple swaps you can make in the warmer months to keep your skin looking and feeling fresh.
Sunscreen All Day Everyday
You know it, I know it, and all the experts know it: sunscreen is essential. An SPF of over 30 on your face, neck, ears, and lips is recommended. There are plenty of options for non-greasy sunscreen sticks, sprays, and chapsticks. Sunscreen should be applied after the rest of your skincare and before your makeup. Reapply every couple of hours!
A great option is to use a combination moisturizer and sunscreen. A lightweight moisturizer can help keep your pores clear and clean. Combining two products into one lightens up your whole routine so that there are less layers on your skin. Not only that, but there’s less to remember to put on.
Change Up Your Cleanser Type
In the winter, gentle cleansers are great to prevent your skin from drying out, but in the summer, you can use more intense cleansers. A foaming cleanser is popular for oily and combination skin, and gel cleansers are generally deep cleansers that remove excess oil and sweat.
Vitamin C Is King
Vitamin C products are beneficial year-round. This super ingredient brightens the skin, evens the skin tone, reduces the appearance of blemishes and dark spots. Vitamin C is a great overall ingredient for the skin’s appearance. In the summer especially, vitamin c helps to minimize sun spots and brighten the skin after the sun dulls the skin.
In the summertime, the skin tends to get oilier than in the cold. A great option to fight oily skin and clogged pores is to make sure to exfoliate your skin. You can slightly increase the number of days you choose to exfoliate. Exfoliation can be physical or chemical. Chemical peels that use AHA and BHA can make the skin more sensitive to the sun, so sunscreen is even more important.
Hydrate with Hyaluronic Acid
In the summer, you might find that replacing your moisturizer altogether with a hyaluronic acid serum. Hyaluronic acid attracts up to 1,000 times its weight in water, which is pulled into your skin to hydrate and soothe. Apply beneath your sunscreen for the best effects.
Retinols are known for making the skin more sensitive to the sun. As the retinols slough off dead skin, it reveals a new layer of skin that is more sensitive to the sun’s harsh rays. However, you don’t need to quit retinol entirely. Retinol creams are best applied at night so that your skin has time to absorb the product throughout the night. In the morning, be sure to apply a sunscreen that’s at least 30 SPF. Nightly retinol helps fight signs of aging and encourages collagen production.
The start of summer is a great time to try something new and switch up your skincare routine. Make sure to swap things out one at a time so that you can control reactions and side effects. In general, summer is made for lighter products but for slathering on sunscreen. Enjoy your summer sun and lighten up your routine!