During the winter months we’re constantly told about the importance of moisturizing and preventing our skin from cracking off in below freezing temperatures.
While it’s still important to keep your skin moisturized in the summer, the warmer months bring along a whole new set of worries. Between keeping your skin protected from the sun to dealing with the humidity, it’s important to have a routine down to keep your skin in tip-top shape.
From what products you should start using to cutting back on others, here are a handful of tips to follow this summer.
As I said above, it is still important to moisturize in the summer, but it may be a good idea to find one with SPF. In fact, a lightweight moisturizer (with an SPF of 30 or higher), will not only prevent your pores from getting clogged, but it will also keep your face sunburn-free.
Though it’s still important to put on sunscreen over your moisturizer (especially if you’re spending ample amounts of time in the sun), a moisturizer with SPF is a great place to start.
You should be using a Vitamin C serum all year round, but you should definitely be using it in the summer. Vitamin C not only keeps your skin looking bright and refreshed, but it also prevents hyperpigmentation, something a lot of people struggle with in the summer.
If you have oily skin, it is probably a good idea to incorporate exfoliation into your skincare routine. Now, this doesn’t mean you should start exfoliating every single day (this will leave your skin very irritated), but it is OK to do it a few times a week in the summer.
Whether you decide to use AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) pads or a serum (like this one from The Ordinary), it will help to remove any buildup that causes acne. Just make sure, especially if you don’t regularly exfoliate, to start with one time per week. See how your skin reacts and then go from there.
The best thing you can do for your skin this summer (besides lather it in SPF) is to let it breathe. Keep your skincare routine as simple as possible and do your best not to wear a lot of makeup. In fact, try cutting back on makeup altogether! This will not only save you money (makeup is expensive), but it’ll also keep your skin from feeling clogged.