Ah, sweet summertime! Before you revel in the warm sunshine of summer, you should consider how the extra hours in the sun can impact your skin. Aside from the occasional summer sunburn, UV rays can also accelerate some common signs of skin aging like fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin. Increased humidity and temperature can contribute to other summer skin issues too, including extra oil and shine. All of these reasons are precisely why you’ll want to adjust your skin care routine during the summer months. Follow these tips for gorgeous, healthy skin even on summer’s hottest days.
TIP #1: CLEANSE TWICE A DAY
When the air is hot and humid, your skin may be extra oily. You also may find that you sweat more during the summer compared to other seasons. If this is the case, you certainly won’t want to let all the excess oil and sweat linger on your skin day after day. So, the best skin care regimen to help keep summer skin matte, yet moisturized, should include cleansing twice daily with a foaming, mild facial cleanser. First thing in the morning, wash away oil and sweat that can build up on your skin’s surface overnight. Then, before bed, remove makeup and cleanse your skin again.
TIP #2: EXFOLIATE WITH GLYCOLIC ACID AT NIGHT
Summer skin can produce excess oil, but it can also look dry and dull if you don’t exfoliate regularly. Don't just limit to exfoliating with a face scrub; a chemical exfoliating peel pad formulated with glycolic acid can help slough away dead skin cells that can cause the look of dull, lack luster skin. Just be sure to be use a sufficient amount of sunscreen as AHAs like glycolic acid may increase sun sensitivity.
TIP #3: APPLY A WATER-BASED MOISTURIZER
During the sticky summer months, your complexion won’t need the heavy-duty moisturizer you use during the winter. Instead, use a lightweight, water-based moisturizer twice per day.
TIP #4: LAYER ON SPF
As you likely already know, SPF should be a staple in your summer skin care routine—no matter what skin type or skin care concerns you may have. Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF value of at least 15 every day. It’s also a must to reapply your sunscreen at least every two hours or after swimming or sweating. Of course, it’s important to protect your skin via other measures, too. Avoid the sun during its peak hours, seek out shade, and wear a broad-brimmed hat.
TIP #5: TRY A SELF-TANNER
Who doesn’t want glowing, sun-kissed skin during the summertime? However, soaking up too much sun just isn’t healthy for your skin. Rather than sun bathe, try applying a self-tanner for a faux glow. With the right self-tanner, it’s quick and easy to achieve a natural-looking tan in no time. Whichever option you choose, be sure to apply it onto clean, freshly exfoliated skin, and go easy on dry areas like knees, elbows, and ankles.
TIP #6: MOISTURIZE AT NIGHT
In addition to your regular moisturizer, try using nourishing night cream before hitting the sack. Since you won’t want to slather on a heavy-duty cream during the daytime, taking this extra step can allow you to replenish moisture overnight.
Enjoy the summer!