How To Take Care Of Your Skin This Summer

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How To Take Care Of Your Skin This Summer

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.

bh loves:

Glow Lab Gel Cleanser, $13.49 at Chemist Warehouse

La Roche-Posay Micellar Water Ultra for Reactive Skin, $14 at Chemist Warehouse

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.

bh loves:

BIODERMA Sensibio Toner, $32.99 at Adore Beauty

Nude by Nature Hydrating Toner Mist, $11.99 at Chemist Warehouse

Hydrate

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. 

bh loves:

CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $29.95 at Chemist Warehouse

Bondi Sands Everyday Skincare – Thirsty Skin Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $15.95 at Bondi Sands

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. 

bh loves:

Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, $68 at Clinique

Neutrogena® HYDRO BOOST Gel Cream, $26.99 at Chemist Warehouse

Protect

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.

Eau Thermale Avène Sunscreen Emulsion SPF 50+, $19.99 at Chemist Warehouse

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Clear Face Lotion SPF30, $8.49 at Chemist Warehouse

Main image credit: @tashoakley

Do you have any summer skin care tips? If so, what are they?

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    • When using a humectant like Hyaluronic Acid, remember to layer it with an emollient and if your skin can bear it, an occlusive. Also make sure that you stick in humid environments otherwise HA can have the opposite effect. HA draws moisture from its surroundings so you need to seal it in. I put on my HA before bed and use a humidifier overnight. Hope that helps!

  2. I use toner all year around to remove the last of traces of my foundation. I just change the type according to the time of the year. BIODERMA is my fav not just because of the product but also the unique pump dispenser.
    Hydrate and Sunscreen is a must ALL year around.

    • Which hydration quencher do you use Yo? I’m like you, I wear IZ on my face and neck and then slap on a wide brimmed hat, sunnies and UPF clothing! I must say, I love the Nivea and Dermaveen sunscreens I recently trialled!

  3. Summer Time certainly is looking after your Skin especially applying Sunscreen and moisturise more and more, cleansing, toning and again using Serum and a moisturiser are so important in keeping your Skin clean and brighter.

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