Imagine the perfect summertime complexion; it’s smooth, it’s clear and it’s radiant. Of course, reality can be a little different. The clash between sweltering humidity and air-conditioning, sun exposure and sunscreen, and salt water and chlorine, makes striking a balance between melting down and drying up tricky. As we move ever closer to the hottest part of the year, we must ask: is your summer skin care routine up to the task?
Here are the facts: summer weather causes us to sweat. Sweat can then clog pores and cause breakouts. Fun, right?
On top of this, warmer days often lead to a higher production of oil. Due to this, a few tweaks and swaps to your routine (it isn’t a complete overhaul, we promise) can help prevent seasonal outbreaks and flare-ups.
Switch to a gentle cleanser
As the temperature rises, consider switching from rich and thick cream cleansers to a formulation that is a little lighter. It doesn’t mean you have to halt your double cleansing routine, but we suggest starting with a refreshing micellar water and finishing with a hydrating, breathable gel cleanser.
Introduce a toner
Toning not only completes the cleansing process, it works to refine pores and prepare the skin for moisture. Additionally, it gives you the cool, fresh zing you need in hot weather.
The right formula will give the skin a boost of radiance and remove lingering traces of cleanser, trapped dirt, excess oil and makeup.
Every skin type needs moisture, especially in summer when our bodies are losing more water than normal. Replenishing our water stores by drinking our allocated 3L per day will leave our skin smooth, soft and supple.
As an additional (and incredibly effective) step, layer a hyaluronic acid serum beneath your moisturiser for a targeted and more intense method of hydration.
Lighten up your moisturiser
Now that the icy winds, drying heaters and hot showers that took their toll on our skin over winter have subsided, we no longer require the same heavy lotions and balms we depended on during the cooler months.
Park your rich creams and swap them out for a lightweight formula more suitable for the humidity and hotter nights. Seek out ingredients like glycerin to restore hydration without the heaviness.
There’s little sense in caring for your skin if you’re not going to properly protect it from the damaging effects of the sun. With these light, non-greasy and convenient products, there’s certainly no excuse for facing summer without sunscreen.
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Do you have any summer skin care tips? If so, what are they?