It’s the first few official days of summer, which means we’re talking skin care.
We always impress the importance of changing your skin care routine when the seasons change. Different conditions mean your skin has different needs. The products you were using on your dry Winter skin may be too heavy for more oily Summer skin. So, I’ve compiled a list of the top 7 things you should change for your best summer skin!
- Scrub away the Winter skin!
Exfoliation after the dry winter months is key to bringing back your summer glow! Make sure you’re using a scrub that is appropriate for your face (i.e. NOT an apricot scrub) and you’re scrubbing at least 24 hours before sun exposure. Keep up with scrubbing your face 2-3 times a week for the best results!
2. Swap out your cream cleanser for a gel cleanser!
If you’re like me, warm weather means oily skin. Cream cleansers can contribute to the overload of oil in the heat. By switching to a gel or foaming cleanser, you can reduce shine while still washing away the day. Stick to cleansing once or twice a day and make sure to follow up with moisturizer!
3. SPF, SPF, SPF!
Yes, I know you know but I’m telling you again. SPF needs to be applied everywhere, and I’m talking the heavy duty stuff. For your face, you should be applying something with SPF 30 or higher. Invest in a good moisturizer that has SPF right in it and save yourself the extra time! Rays from the sun break down your skin’s collagen causing premature aging and wrinkles. That tan may look nice now, but the raisin look is out!
4. Lighten up your moisturizer!
Heavy moisturizers can sit heavy on the skin causing more oil and grease build up. Find a good moisturizer with SPF in it so you can skip a step in the morning!
5. Up Your Water Intake!
Dehydration is a big problem in the summer months and it can do some serious damage to your skin. Make sure you’re keeping up with your hydration goals (about 8 cups of water/day). Your skin, and the rest of your body, will thank you!
6. Invest in a Topical Antioxidant
Smog and pollution cause the free radicals to soar in the heat. These toxins stick to the skin, causing buildup, oil and breakouts. One of the best things you can do for your skin is invest in a topical antioxidant to help cut down the free radicals on your skin. They usually come in spray form, and can be applied whenever you need a little sprucing up!
7. Don’t forget your lips!
Did you know that your bottom lip is one of the most sun exposed areas on your body? I didn’t! It’s also one of the most neglected areas when it comes to sun protection. Make sure you’re applying lip treatments that include at least 15 SPF to avoid getting a burn on your lips!
Have you started changing your sin care routine? What changes did you make?