As you're switching out your spring to summer wardrobe, it's essential to take a look at your skin care also. There's a drastic change in the temperature and climate which inevitably affects the condition of the skin. Here we're going to talk about some of the main ways you can prep your skin for the summer!
1. Step up your cleanser
During the summer months, you can be prone to clogged pores and breakouts due to excess sweat and oil production. You'll also be applying sunscreen (hopefully!) which can be difficult to remove from the skin thoroughly. It becomes even more critical to have an effective cleansing system:
- Try the double cleanse method, which includes an emollient such as a cleansing lotion, oil, or balm that works to breakdown resilient products such as sunscreen, makeup, and oil. Then follow up with a foaming or gel cleanser to remove all product from the skin entirely.
- Use a cloth or cleansing brush to exfoliate the skin and further breakdown product, making it easier to wash away. Something as simple as a washcloth can help keep your skin clear during the summer months. Muslin cloths are also beneficial as they provide gentle exfoliation and are excellent at removing makeup.
2. Switch moisturizers
Whereas you may usually use a thicker cream or oil, try switching to a lighter formula such as an oil-free lotion during the summer months. The humidity levels during the summer can be pretty intense. This causes the skin to hold on to moisture for longer periods. So using a heavy moisturizer along with the moisture that builds up in the skin throughout the day can leave your pores on overload. It's best to keep it light, especially in the morning. However, be sure to pay attention to the weather and your skin's signals. Dry heat can undoubtedly be dehydrating to the skin. Therefore if the climate is on the dry side in your area, then your skin may need more moisture than normal.
3. Use products with UV protection
We all know that summertime equals more time in the sun. Too much sun exposure can lead to early signs of aging in the skin, damage, and hyperpigmentation. Therefore it's important to make sure your skin is protected.
- For regular days with an average amount of sun exposure, the sunscreen in your moisturizers and foundations should be sufficient. Many makeup products are formulated with SPF, so look for that on product packaging.
- Also, using a setting powder that contains sun protection is an easy way to protect the skin and can be re-applied throughout the day without adding additional weight to the skin.
- If you're going to be spending an excessive amount of time in the sun, then you should be re-applying a sunscreen lotion every few hours to ensure your skin stay protected.
4. Protect, Repair and Reset
During the summertime, the skin can go through a lot of wear and tear not only by the sunlight but also through free radical activity in the environment and sensitivity brought on by the heat. To help protect the skin, use a vitamin c serum at the start of your day. This will help to fight against damage and hyperpigmentation.
At night, you'll want to use a product that helps to repair and rejuvenate the skin after a long day outside. The Fracora Lift'est Proteoglycan works as a skin booster to prevent premature signs of aging by increasing the skin's hydration and collagen levels. Using a serum like this before you go to bed will help your skin repair itself overnight and reload on nutrients for the next day.