As the weather gets warmer and the sun goes brighter, it’s time to make the transition to what seems to be one of the hottest summers we will ever experience. Just as you switch to the summer wardrobe and your cosy sweaters get replaced by flowy dresses, it’s time to switch your skincare products to something more suited for the warm water.
Have you ever wondered how some people manage to keep their skin healthy and glowing no matter the weather? That’s because they adapt their skincare routine to the weather outside. Summer comes with a new range of skincare challenges that we need to tackle.
How much SPF is enough SPF? Do I need to moisturize if my face turns oily? Can I use foundation?
All of these questions pop into our minds at least once during the summer, and we are here to answer them one by one. Your skincare routine should change with the seasons to make sure your skin receives what it needs to stay healthy and undamaged by the burning sun. To make the transition easier, we spoke to a few dermatologists and came up with this list of tips means to help you achieve healthy-looking skin all summer long.
Never leave the house without SPF
If you have to choose one single piece of advice from this list, this is the one. Ideally, you should never leave the house without SPF, even during the winter, because sun rays can be damaging to your skin when temperatures are low as well.
In the summer, using sunscreen should be mandatory for those wanting to keep their skin healthy. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 on all parts of your body that get exposed to the sun. This includes your face, neck, chest, arms, and legs because they need protection as well.
Keep in mind that sunscreen needs to be reapplied every few hours, so it’s best that you set an alarm to remind you to reapply your SPF.
Go for lightweight products
Just as you are not going to wear chunky clothes during the summer, you don’t need to cover up your skin with heavy products either. As the weather gets warmer, it is important to remember to switch to more lightweight skincare products that allow your skin to breathe and prevent it from becoming oily.
As you shop for summer products, keep in mind the weather is going to be humid most of the time, which means you can give up on your creamy cleansers and choose a gentler one. Ideally, go for products that feel hydrating and refreshing, such as water-based ones.
Don’t skip the moisturizing process
While the weather does become hotter and more humid, it does not mean you should skip moisturizing. Unfortunately, that extra layer of sweat does not count as hydration, so you need a suited moisturizing cream that does the job even in hot weather.
After you cleanse your face, apply a small amount of moisturizer and rub it gently on your skin. As skin experts at Skinora point out, moisturizers help restore the outer layer of the skin, which is responsible for protecting you from chemicals and pollutants in the air. Skipping this step can leave your skin feeling unnourished and tired, making it much more difficult to fight blemishes and skin problems.
Consider a vitamin C serum
Dermatologists say you should use vitamin C all year long, but it is especially important to do that during the summer. Vitamin C can have tremendous benefits for your skin, preventing hyperpigmentation, smoothing out fine lines, and improving collagen production. All of these can become huge issues during the summer when your skin runs an even bigger risk of ageing.
Invest in a good vitamin C serum and use it right after cleansing, before you apply moisturizer. Just a few drops are enough to get the desired effects, and if you manage to find a serum that is also enriched with vitamin E, even better.
Keep showers short and cool
Many of us shower multiple times a day throughout the summer as we try to get rid of excess sweat. However, it is best that you stay away from long showers during the summer, no matter how soothing they may seem at the time.
Ideally, you should keep your showers under 5 minutes when the temperatures are hot outside to prevent hot water from drying up the skin and cause damage. If you want to stay in the shower longer, make sure the water is never hot – warm to cool showers can do wonders for your skin during the summer.
Exfoliate more often
Skin experts always warn against over-exfoliation, but summer calls for at least another exfoliating session every week, especially if you have oily skin. And no, this does not mean you need to exfoliate after every shower; it just means you need to do it more frequently than during cold weather when your skin is dry and sensitive.
If you are used to exfoliating four times a month, try increasing the number to five as the temperatures start to rise and get to eight times a month during very hot weather. Using products that contain alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) will help open up the pores and protect your skin from oils that can easily lead to acne. Keep in mind, however, that AHA can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so SPF becomes that much more important.
Switch to non-comedogenic makeup
If the term non-comedogenic sounds strange to you, don’t sweat it out too much (pun intended)/ This is basically a shorter term for products designed with a special formula that does not clog up the pores. The ingredients in these products are lightweight, allow the skin to breathe, and reduce the risk of developing acne and blemishes.
This proves you can use makeup during the summer, but only if you choose products that don’t block your pores. So, next time you go shopping for a new foundation, read the label and go for a non-comedogenic option.