In the summer, skin care routine may need to be a little more lightweight. The heat and humidity of summer means we can swap out a heavier cleanser (think cream or oil cleanser) in favor of a gentle, foaming option.
Guide to Summer Skin Care
The first step and one of the most important to follow is lighten up your skin-care routine
To help lighten things up, switching to a combination moisturizer and sunscreen during the summer. A lightweight moisturizer with SPF of 30 or higher. Thicker moisturizers can lead to clogged pores, inflammation, and acne. Especially if you have acne-prone or oily skin, losing one skin-care step with a combination moisturizer/SPF can help keep skin clear.
Thicker moisturizers can lead to clogged pores, inflammation, and acne. Especially if you have acne-prone or oily skin, losing one skin-care step with a combination moisturizer/SPF can help keep skin clear.
Don’t stop moisturizing
Moisturizers reestablish the stratum corneum, your outermost layer of the skin, which protects from harmful pollutants and chemicals and prevents further irritation or dryness. This is where that combination moisturizer/SPF comes in: A lightweight texture will help keep that outer layer nourished without feeling too heavy on your skin.
Invest in a solid vitamin C serum
Vitamin C is great year-round, but all the more important in the summer. Vitamin C helps prevent hyperpigmentation, improve the appearance of fine lines, and can help with collagen production. Layer a few drops on your skin between cleansing and moisturizer.
Summertime 'tis the season to slough away. If you have oily skin, incorporating "more exfoliation" into your skin-care routine. That doesn't mean a daily dose of all your favorite acids, but try slowly increasing the amount of days you exfoliate per week. alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) pads to "open up blocked pores and remove oils that result in acne.
Cut down your tub time
Many of us shower more than once a day during the summer. keeping showers short, around four to five minutes. "Over-showering, or showering in water that is too hot, can lead to over-drying your skin, leading to inflammation and even summer time eczema.
Make sure all your makeup is non-comedogenic
Take a close look at your makeup product labels and only keep those that are non-comedogenic. Over the summer, wear makeup that is not going to occlude your skin. That might include options like a powder sunscreen, an oil-free primer, or a lightweight foundation.
Stay in the shade
Wear sun-protective clothing specially wide-brim hats, and sunglasses in the sun. Be mindful to expose as little of your body as possible to direct sunlight. That might mean sitting underneath an umbrella, wearing an extra-large hat, or avoiding the midday sun.
Don't forget to hydrate
Hydration is always important for our skin, but even more so in the summer. Aim for eight glasses of water a day, will have great results when it comes to your skin. Hydration can also help skin recover after a sunburn but we know you're all too smart to get those in the first place.
Wear sunscreen, broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Don't forget about hands, feet, ears, and lips. Do not forget, sunscreen needs to be reapplied every couple of hours, so make sure to pack extra sunscreen for longer summer days outdoors.
Pro tip: Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to reapply.