5 Skin Care Routines to Keep Your Skin Glowing During Summer
Written by Rania Calvetti on July 29, 2019
You envision a glowing sun-kissed look in summer, right? But you can’t achieve it if you don’t match your skincare routine with hot weather.
Heat and humidity in summer can make your already active oil glands hyperactive which makes oily skin appear oilier and dry skin look rough, pores get more open, clogged with dirt and oil, resulting in a dull complexion.
During summer, you may need some slight changes and adjustments to protect your skin from being dehydrated and inflammation caused by the sun, salty water, and compounds in sunscreen and anti-aging products that get irritating in summer.
Summer skincare is not just about wearing sunscreen and protection at the hottest time of the day. As you take off your heavy winter clothes, you need to switch some of your skin products and move from heavier creams to lighter lotions.
- Change Your Cleansing products
The cleanser is the foundation of your skincare as it balances the skin’s pH and draw out the excess oil from your skin.
Sun’s rays in summer make your skin more vulnerable, so you should switch to a more gentle cleanser based on your skin type that can balance your skin PH without leaving any irritation:
Oily skins: switch to a gel-based, foaming cleanser, without any sulfates
Combination skin: switch to a foaming, balancing cleanser
Dry skin: switch to a cream-based, gel-based, or low-to-no foam cleanser
Sensitive skin: switch to a low-to-no foam that has no sulfates
- Lighten Up Your Moisturizer
When sebaceous glands get activated in the summertime, you don’t need as heavy moisturizers you used in winter. Those of you who now see an INCREASE of oil production, and your skin get shiny in the afternoon, then you may want to consider lightening up your moisturizer. Skincare in summer requires a lighter, non-greasy or gel-based moisturizer that suits the weather.
- Gentle Exfoliation
No matter what season it is, exfoliation is essential to brighter and smoother skin as it removes dulling skin debris and piled up dead cells which prevent the skin from breathing.
However, there are some points in exfoliating at summertime. Only do exfoliate at night because most exfoliation products contain AHA and BHA, which increase the photosensitivity of your skin that might lead to hyperpigmentation.
Instead of using a leave-on exfoliating serum or creams, go for a powder-based exfoliation that you can rinse it off after use to prevent skin sensitivity.
- Tweak Your Makeup
Hot and humid weather inhibits the skin’s ability to breathe and stress it out. Minimal facial makeup is the best choice for the summertime as it allows the skin to breathe better.
Avoid anything heavy on your face. Use a tinted sunscreen instead of your foundation, tinted lip balm rather than a highly pigmented lipstick to pamper your skin during summer.
- Special Care of Eye & Lip
During summer months, make sure your eyes are covered with sunglasses and lips protected with a balm. We often forget the area around our eyes and lips has a very delicate skin and needs extra attention.
The next tip is using the right eye gels or eye creams. In summer, if you are outside most of the time and you will notice that your eye make-up will start to melt, especially if you’re wearing sunglasses, it is because of your eye cream. So it is better to switch over to a water-based eye gel. They have a lot of humectants that draw the moisture to your skin, and as it’s not oily, it does not melt any more.