Just as you change your wardrobe when the seasons change, to keep your skin in the best condition possible you should also change up your skincare routine also.
In the winter, we add lots of heavy moisturisers and thicker products to create a protective barrier on our skin against the cold weather. It’s important to keep our skin hydrated whilst we battle with indoor heaters, which dry out the skin.
In summer, the skin doesn’t need thick heavy products as much, but actually the opposite. Here are 7 ways to change up your skincare routine and prep your skin for summer…
Cleanse twice a day
Warmer weather means the skin produces more sebum and sweat, which can clog pores. Wearing SPF can also do the same, so cleansing twice a day is essential to wash away dirt, sweat and SPF, whilst helping tackle impurities and preventing spots.
Use a lighter moisturiser
Switch out the thick, hydrating moisturiser for a lighter, water-based one. Your moisturiser still needs to hydrate the skin, so look out for hydrating ingredients such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid. Aloe Vera is also a great ingredient for both the face and body to soothe the skin after sun exposure.
SPF is essential all year round, but if you don’t have an SPF in your skincare routine already, then definitely add one. Whether you’re directly in the sun or not, UV rays can cause damage to the skin and also increase the ageing process!
Serums and face masks are a good addition to a summer skincare routine, to keep the skin hydrated and glowy.
Wear lighter makeup
Wearing a full face of makeup can feel heavy and tacky in warmer weather – I want nothing more than to wipe it off as soon as I’ve applied it! Try switching your foundation for a bb or cc cream to give lighter coverage, but enough so that you still feel like you’re wearing makeup.
The best way to get rid of dry skin and remove dead skin cells is by exfoliating. Revealing a fresh layer of skin can make skin appear healthier and more glowy. Using a buffing brush on your body can help improve circulation and reduce collagen as well as exfoliating. When exfoliating, using a body scrub is fine, but for the face, try and stick with a chemical exfoliant (containing AHA’s) rather than a physical exfoliant that will damage the skin cells.
If you’re not looking forward to getting your summer wardrobe out without having a tan, use a fake tan! There are loads of different types on the market now, from mousse, cream and even tanning water. A gradual tanning product can also make such a difference. A product like the Tan Luxe Super Glow Hyaluronic Self Tan Serum hydrates the skin, whilst tanning at the same time. Always remember to cleanse and exfoliate the skin before applying tan and make sure to moisturise those awkward bits like elbows and kneecaps where tan tends to stick!