Summer is the time to put your feet up and relax, but it is definitely not the time to give your skin care routine a vacation. It is important to change your routine with the seasons, as different temperatures and environmental factors call for a little regimen tweaking.
During summer, the heat, humidity, and sun exposure are the main factors to consider when switching up your skin care.
Here are a few tips to keep your skin glowing and healthy throughout the warmer months.
The rise in heat and humidity during the summer causes the skin to produce more oil, which mixes with dead skin cells and dirt build-up, clogging pores and leading to breakouts. To combat this, switch your cleanser to one meant for acne-prone skin – even if you don’t struggle with acne. The salicylic acid will help keep your pores clear and your skin free of breakouts. If you have sensitive skin, only cleanse once per day.
Using a gentle exfoliator twice a week during summer is beneficial – not only will the exfoliation smooth away dry, flaky skin and give you a summer glow, it will also allow your skin to better absorb products you apply after (such as moisturizers).
Dry, dehydrated skin is common during both summer and winter. If you have been using a heavy moisturizer, now is the time to switch! The heat combined with a thick moisturizer will clog your pores and leave you feeling weighed down. Serums or light-weight moisturizers are perfect for summer, especially if you have oily skin.
When skin is at its oiliest during summer, a gentle, alcohol-free toner can do wonders to help balance out the pH levels of your skin. This can help reduce the appearance of large pores, help control oil, and give your skin a boost of refreshment.
Sunscreen is the post powerful tool to protect your skin, especially during the summer when the sun’s rays seem to beat down at all times of day. Incorporating sunscreen into your daily skin care routine will help keep away sun spots, burns, signs of aging, skin cancer, and other sun-related damage.
By following a simple cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, and protect skin care routine that adapts to the seasons, your skin will be healthy and happy year-round.