Ah, summer… It’s when everything in nature, including our sebaceous glands, can’t wait to have its moment to burst into the scene and reveal its glorious self. Summer also brings us closer as people with different skin types. After all, nothing ignites a sense of community better than a common skincare concern, especially when it involves greasy skin. But no worries. You can enjoy the weather without worrying about your skin. And I’ve got the best summer skincare tips to help you with that.
Most of us, especially the ones with oily skin, deal with excess oil during this season. It’s because the higher temperatures make the oil glands work overtime. And you end up having to deal with oily, greasy-looking skin throughout the day. And it’s not just the oil.
When not taken care of, excess oil production leads to congested skin, blackheads, enlarged pores, and even acne. When you’re someone who’s already prone to acne, it becomes a problem. Similarly, the sun dehydrates the skin. And that’s a problem not just for dry skin but also for oily skin.
While we’ve got the weather working against us, we also need to remember that sun protection gains a whole level of importance in this season. Understandably, we need to make tiny changes here and there to summer-proof our skin.
And needless to say, hot and humid weather already feels uncomfortable on the skin. And most of us don’t want to put anything on the skin unless we really need to. Too many products, too much product, products that leave a noticeable feel on the skin, products that leave residue -anything of that sort feels uncomfortable, sticky, and inconvenient.
So if you want to care for your skin in summer with minimal effort and maximum gain, keep reading to find out how. And remember one thing. Whatever you do, your summer skincare routine should be all about protecting your skin, and ensuring that you don’t get any dark spots by the end of summer.
Summer Skincare Tips
Whether you have oily skin, dry skin, or combination skin, find below the best summer skincare tips.
Tip #1: Consider cleansing foams.
Foaming cleansers are treated unfairly because they used to be really drying for the skin. These days, most of them don’t even contain SLS, which is the problematic ingredient that dehydrates the skin.
Compared to gel cleansers, cleansing foams do a better job of leaving the skin matte and completely oil-free. So if your current cleanser doesn’t seem to be enough, and if your skin gets oily again really quickly, make a run for the drugstore and get a foaming cleanser.
Tip #2: Swap your cleansing balm with micellar water.
While you may want to keep wearing full-face makeup during the summer, you might want to consider switching your first cleanser to micellar water. This is especially helpful when you have oily skin. Cleansing balms and oils are great when you want to melt away your makeup while nourishing the skin with antioxidant-rich oils. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with double cleansing with an oil cleanser!
But if your skin gets oily quickly, this summer skincare tip will help a lot! Because of the heat, the feeling an oil cleanser leaves on the skin can be uncomfortable even if you wash it away with a second cleanser. Micellar water, on the other hand, is weightless! So if you’re going to double cleanse, consider removing your makeup with micellar water in summer.
Tip #3: Add vitamin C into your skincare.
As an antioxidant, vitamin C neutralizes free radicals caused by sun exposure and prevents them from giving you dark spots and fine lines. And vitamin C is one of the best antioxidants that thrive in topical formulations.
When we are this exposed to the sun, it makes all the more sense to add this antioxidant into your routine in the form of a face serum. Use it once or twice a day to prevent hyperpigmentation and protect your skin from UV damage. And that brings me to my next point.
Tip #4: Use SPF moisturizers.
We all know that we need to be extra generous with our SPF application during the summer. But if you don’t like layering products in summer, definitely use a moisturizer with SPF.
These are multi-tasking products that also prevent pilling. It’s when you layer your skincare products and they don’t absorb and just pile up on the skin surface until they rub off. So if you deal with that, or if your sunscreen is pilling, consider using an SPF moisturizer.
Tip #5: Keep a sunscreen spray in your bag.
If you’re someone who does right by their skin and uses sunscreen in winter and even indoors, then you know the importance of reapplying your sunscreen every two hours. And in case you are not, well, it’s important to reapply your sunscreen every two hours.
After ensuring you get a nice first layer in the morning by applying enough sunscreen, you just need to freshen it up every two hours or so. And the easiest and most convenient way to do that is by using SPF sprays and mists. They’re perfect for when you’re on the go and when you don’t want to ruin your makeup. Also, they make it easier to apply sunscreen on your hands, chest, and other visible areas.
Tip #6: Use water-based moisturizer.
Water-based moisturizers are usually humectant, gel moisturizers. They are made with super hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid. And they tend to be weightless. If you need something for summer and your current moisturizer feels heavy on the skin, consider trying these lightweight products. But here’s the thing. I find it incredibly wasteful to buy a moisturizer just to use in summer.
A regular-size moisturizer lasts at least 6 months! Summer is only 3 months! And your moisturizer is going to expire by the next summer. For that reason, if you need to make that switch, get a mini size. For example, one of my favorite summer moisturizers is Origins GinZing Gel Moisturizer. It comes in both 50ml and 30 ml. So if you’re not going to use it after summer, get the smaller size. It’s more budget-friendly.
Tip #7: Use face mists.
Face mists multi-task big time. They set your makeup, refresh your makeup, and revive your skin throughout the day too. And a face mist is definitely a summer skincare must-have.
You can try a hydrating one to rehydrate your skin whenever you want or you can go for an antioxidant-rich option to care for your skin. When the heat and humidity start to dehydrate your skin, face mists just revive lackluster skin with a few spritzes.
Tip #8: Use exfoliating pads.
Exfoliation is way easier to do in summer compared to winter. Your skin is ready for it! Exfoliating with hydroxy acids prevents congestion, blackheads, and acne. But instead of exfoliating with serums and peels, consider exfoliating with peel pads. They tend to be gentler. And instead of exfoliating in the morning, consider exfoliating in your evening skincare routine.
Because hydroxy acids make the skin prone to sunburn. And if any chance you’re not diligent enough with your sun protection during the day, you might deal with redness and irritation. So it’s much easier and safer to do it in the evening with gentler options like pads.
Tip #9: Less cream, more serum.
Summertime is the perfect time to use up your face serums! Anything water-based, liquid, runny, and milky is going to be hydrating enough to replenish the skin without a heavy feel. Plus, water-based serums contain a lot of humectants like hyaluronic acid. And humectants thrive in humid environments.
They plump the skin and reduce the visibility of fine lines. Similarly, lotion-like serums contain enough emollients to lock water in and prevent transepidermal water loss. These types of products are easier to layer too. Unlike creams, you can layer these comfortably without worrying about pilling. These include hydrating toners and essences too. Your sunscreen does the rest!
Tip #10: Don’t forget your eyes and lips.
Remember to use your sunscreen around the eyes too. That area is really exposed and prone to dark spots from sun exposure. So while you’re using sunscreen, bring it closer to the under-eye area. If your sunscreen irritates your eyes, consider switching to a mineral sunscreen or using eye creams with SPF.
Similarly, the sun dehydrates the skin on our lips too. Maybe they won’t be too chappy like they are in winter. But they tend to be dry and look pale. So try using a lip scrub to exfoliate your lips and use lip balms with SPF to protect your lips.
Tip #11: Try natural skincare in your evening routine.
If you’re always out and about and your skin is too exposed to the sun during the day, consider trying home remedies in your evening routine. Sometimes, when you wash your face in the evening, you’ll see that the skin looks red, which might indicate a lack of enough sun protection during the day.
So to help your skin bounce back, try using aloe vera gel or making a DIY oatmeal face mask to calm irritation, and soothe the skin. This also helps to get rid of redness if you’re dealing with rosacea flares in summer. You can also try soothing, cooling, and hydrating sheet masks.
Tip #12: Remember to care for your body.
Maybe you’re stuck at home and don’t have any plans for summer or maybe you’re enjoying a nice beach view or a nice drink by the pool. Either way, this is the best time to care for your body! And it doesn’t have to be a whole thing. Just remember to exfoliate with a body scrub once a week or dry brush your body.
And use body serums or light body lotions to make that skin glow. You don’t need to be lying by the beach to want to care for your body. Do it even if nobody sees it. It’s about feeling better about yourself.
So these are some of the best summer skincare tips you can try this year. Needless to say, stay hydrated and take advantage of the seasonal antioxidants nature offers in the form of fruits and veggies. And remember your goal; no new dark spots! Now, if you’ve got your skincare covered, check out some summer makeup tips to complete your look.
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