Summer is the perfect time to focus on self-care. With longer nights and more time away from work, there are added opportunities to focus on your health and overall wellness. Self-care is the act of doing what makes you feel and function at your best, and I consider maintaining healthy skin to be one of those things.
A solid skin care routine should be applicable to all seasons, but there are a few changes one might need to consider when transitioning into warmer weather / more tropical climates. Use my summer skin care guide below to help you find the best ways to take care of your face and body all season long!
Incorporating an exfoliation treatment is a must for any skin care routine! If you are doing this type of treatment for the first time, know that it is best to exfoliate dry skin before rinsing with warm water. It helps remove dead skin cells, sweat, and other toxins that can make your skin look congested and tired. Exfoliating your body as well as your face will help buff away flaky skin, help reduce pore size, and leave your skin visibly healthy and glowing.
Pro Tip: In the summertime, it’s best to exfoliate only 1-2 times a week, always in the evening, and to use your acids sparingly (ingredients like glycolic acid can make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure). Try using a simple, all-natural scrub for your body and a low percentage glycolic resurfacing pad for your face.
Due to the heat and humidity that comes with the summer months, your complexion won’t need the heavy-duty products that you normally use during the fall / winter. Instead, opt for oil-free, water-based products that won’t make your skin sticky. Serums are a great alternative to heavy creams that will also give your skin a boost. Think of them as the “superfoods” of skin care: natural, liquid facial serums are made with healthy ingredients that offer a variety of benefits to skin and are full of antioxidants!
Keep Skin Hydrated
Hydration for your skin comes in many forms: drinking enough water, applying face moisturizer twice a day, and consistently using lotion or body oil. Staying hydrated will keep your skin from drying out, prevent sun damage, and improve elasticity. The right moisturizer can make oil glands less active, control uneven skin tone, and soothe sunburn woes – especially the one you use at night, which is the time your skin uses to recover and repair itself.
Pro Tip: switch to a daytime moisturizer that doubles as a sunscreen! A lightweight face lotion with SPF can be worn underneath makeup while also protecting your skin from overexposure to the sun.
I usually follow this rule all year round, but it is the most important in the summertime! Ensure that the makeup you are using is non-comedogenic. This means that the product is formulated without pore-clogging ingredients, which allows skin to breathe, remain hydrated, and keeps it free from breakouts. Not to mention the fact that during the summer, our foreheads and noses adopt an extra bit of shine — if your products are non-comedogenic and oil-free then you can reduce this effect on your face.
SPF: Skin Savior
This last summer skin care hack is (or should) be the most obvious one! However I like to give you a little extra advice: find a sunscreen brand that produces a tinted facial and / or body sunscreen. The added ingredients that provide a smoother complexion and flawless tint also increases UV protection and prevents hyperpigmentation. It is actually great for those with pre-existing melasma or dark spots.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget the lips! This area of the face is considered sensitive and therefore prone to sunburn. Use a tinted lip color with SPF to protect your lips from harmful rays while looking chic at the same time!
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