5 Essential Steps to Radiant Summer Skin
It’s a no-brainer to swap out jeans for sundresses and knit hats for sunglasses when summer rolls around, but have you considered your beauty routine? Between sun exposure, humidity, and dips in the salty ocean, your skin may need some extra care during the warmer months. Below are five skincare essentials that will keep your skin glowing this summer.
The right cleanser for the summer might depend on your climate. For those living in drier climates, a cream cleanser like Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser helps replenish some of the moisture you loose from the heat while those living in humid climates might prefer a seaweed-based cleanser like The Body Shop Seaweed Deep Cleansing Gel Wash to keep oil under control.
Exfoliation is key for glowing skin, but over-exfoliation can break down the skin barrier and increase sun-sensitivity. Use a gentle facial scrub like Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub and keep exfoliation to no more than twice a week. It’s also a good idea to stop exfoliating a few days before going to the beach, lake, or pool to prevent irritation.
Summer’s extreme heat can wreak havoc on your skin, and masks are a great way to keep things under control. Mud masks like Origins Clear Improvement Mask absorb oil and clear pores while gel masks like Glamglow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment temporarily lower the skin’s temperature to reduce redness and sensitivity from the sun. Keep your gel mask in the refrigerator to increase its cooling benefits.
Between the swimming, sweating, and copious amounts of lemonade you’ll be drinking, you may think that your skin is receiving enough hydration throughout the day. It’s actually very important to continue to use a daily moisturizer in the summer to help your skin recover from sun exposure. Look to use a lighter, oil-free formula such as Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer, however, especially if you live in a humid climate and your skin tends to get oily.
5. Sun Protection
Hopefully, you already know the importance of wearing SPF daily, but it’s even more important in the summer when you’ll be spending more time in the sun. Lightweight formulas like Coola SPF 30 Matte Finish Moisturizer is comfortable for everyday wear and can be worn under makeup. For mid-day touch ups, look for a powder formula like Supergoop 100% Mineral Invincible Setting Powder that will help control shine.