Sun is shining, and temperatures are on the rise. This only means one thing: vacations, pool parties, and social soirees. While all this is super fun, your skin starts to act up in the scorching heat. None of us want this, and we would like our skin to look fabulous all summer long. The UV index is getting higher, so it’s time for something lighter. With warmer temperatures comes hot air, humidity, some seriously strong rays, and a new regimen of skincare for summer to match. Here we share the essential golden rules of skincare for summer!
The Golden Rules of Skincare for Summer
Sunscreen for the Win
Sunscreen is a non-negotiable regardless of the weather surrounding you. Do not rely on makeup that contains SPF. Always apply it separately as the last step in your skincare routine. Be very generous with the amount. Always use three fingers full on your face, neck, and decolletage. Don’t forget your body and reapply it throughout the day. You can find plenty of sprays, sticks, and even powder sunscreens that are great for reapplication throughout the day.
Exfoliate But Be Gentle With It
While most of us are pretty diligent about exfoliation during the winter months, most of us let it slide away during the summer. Contrary to popular belief, summer is a great time to exfoliate your skin. Our skin can tolerate acids with the increase in humidity in the winter months. Choose a gentle exfoliator if your skin gets super greasy in the warm weather. It will work wonders for removing excess sebum and cleaning the gunk out of your pores. Always exfoliate at the nighttime to prevent sun sensitivity and burning.
Choose Lightweight Formulations
With the scorching heat, nothing feels terrible than a heavy foundation and cream on your skin. Switching to a gel-based moisturizer, hyaluronic acid serum, and a light bb or cc cream can work wonders. The goal is to let your skin breathe through the day and not look like a grease monster.
Use Vitamin C
If you aren’t using vitamin C in your skincare routine, it is high time to introduce it now. Did you know that UV rays alone are responsible for 90 percent of the photoaging of our skin? Using antioxidants like vitamin C adds another layer of protection. As a result, you can eliminate unwanted pigmentation and have bright, glowing skin. It can be used both day and night right after cleansing.
Switch to a Gentle Cleanser
We tend to wash our faces more in the summer due to excessive sweat, oil, and grime. A harsh cleanser can strip our skin of its essential oils, making it dehydrated and dull. Switch to a natural, gentle cleanser that takes all the dirt and grime off your face without dehydrating it.
Pack Up Your Heavy Makeup
It is time to pack up your heavy makeup as it will lead to clogged pores and a wide variety of skin problems. Switch to light makeup. It not only feels comfortable on your skin but also looks better. Letting a few of your imperfections show through is better than looking like a cake under the bright sunlight. Swap high-coverage skin products with light to medium ones. Swap out lipsticks for tints. Try bronzing instead of sharp contouring, and you will be surprised at how much better you look.
Hydrate From Within
No amount of makeup can fix what you put inside your body. Make sure to drink a minimum of 8 to 10 glasses of water daily. Stay clear of caffeinated beverages. Pay close attention to your electrolyte intake and healthy fat consumption. Water will keep your skin hydrated from within, while fat will ensure a healthy skin barrier. Water isn’t the only source of hydration. Opt for watermelon or any other of your favorite fruit and grab yourself a handful of nuts or eat an avocado toast for breakfast. These simple changes in your diet will make a world of difference to your skin.
Fix Sunburns Quickly
We have already discussed the importance of wearing sunscreen. It can result in overexposure or sunburn, which requires immediate attention. Sometimes life happens, and we either forget to apply SPF in the first place or aren’t bothered to reapply it throughout the day. Always have an aloe gel or an after-sun product by your side and apply it immediately after exposing your skin to the sun.
How to Change Your Routine and Skincare for Summer
While every skin type is different, different products and routines will produce different results for every individual. There are certain basics we can all stick by to see a true skin transformation. Concerning skincare for summer, below are some daytime and nighttime routine essentials to consider. Feel free to add or subtract it as needed.
Morning Skincare Routine
- Cleanser: Begin your morning with a gentle cleanser to get rid of the oil sitting on your face overnight.
- Vitamin C: Add vitamin C serum to your face.
- Moisturizer + SPF: You can buy these two separately or select a two-in-one product. Make sure to be generous with the SPF. Plus, you do need moisturizer during the summer months. Just switch to a gentler option.
Nighttime Skincare Routine
- Cleanser: Get rid of all that dirt and makeup, and never go to sleep without washing your face. You can use a makeup remover first and then go in with a gentle cleanser to ensure your face is squeaky clean.
- Retinol: Using a retinol-based product will ensure cell turnover, stimulate collagen production, even out pigmentation and texture, and make you look younger over time.
- Eye Cream: If you want to wake up with bright eyes, invest in a quality eye cream. Apply it every single night, and you will surely see a difference.
- Night Cream: Seal everything with a high-quality night cream, and you will wake up with a luminous glow.
We hope you found this guide to skincare for summer informative, helpful, and, more importantly, effective. If you do decide to use our tips, let us know how they worked out for you.