It feels like only yesterday that the new year began, but now it’s almost summer! And just as the seasons change, so do your skin’s needs. How you cared for your complexion during the winter and spring months may not necessarily be the best way to deal with your skin come summertime, which means transitioning from spring to summer skin care is a must.
After all, if you live (or are vacationing) somewhere hot and humid, you could be dealing with extra oily skin during the summer, and that means it’s a good idea to switch up your routine. Here are a few tips to make the transition from spring to summer skin care easier.
1. Refresh Yourself with a Facial Mist
One of the best ways to cool down your complexion during the summer months is to spritz on a facial mist. This product is easily portable and is formulated to not mess up your makeup, so you can throw one in your bag and use it on the go whenever you need.
If you’ve got a big summer vacation planned, a facial mist will come in handy when you fly. Airplanes are notorious for drying out your skin, so keep a travel-sized facial mist in your purse and spray yourself throughout your flight. Pick one with calming, hydrating ingredients, like aloe and cucumber, so you’ll be able to soothe and replenish moisture in a flash.
2. Have Aloe on Hand
Whether you’re headed to the beach for the day or you’re simply planning to take a walk during your lunch break, you know you need to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, which can cause damage and signs of aging.
But even with diligent sunscreen use, sunburns happen. That’s why it’s a good idea to always have an aloe plant or a bottle of aloe vera gel on hand. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, aloe helps soothe mild sunburns and storing it in the fridge so it’s cool when you apply it helps nix the pain.
Taking frequent, cool baths is another way to mitigate the pain. To prevent your sunburn from getting worse, make sure you’re doing everything you can to protect your skin. In addition to applying enough SPF every couple of hours, cover up your sunburned skin while you’re out so it’s not exposed to the sun.
3. Cleanse Twice a Day
You may not think it’s all that bad to skip out on washing your face but think of all the gunk that builds up on your skin as you go about your day. In the summer, the heat, humidity, and sunscreen can leave your skin sticky or greasy, so choose a gel cleanser to get a deep clean and use it morning and night to keep your face grime-free.
To take your cleansing routine a step further this summer, try double cleansing. This is a popular skin-care method that involves first wiping your face with a towelette or micellar water, then following up with a traditional cleanser to remove every last trace of dirt. After your morning cleanse, don’t forget to follow up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
4. Use Separate Daytime and Nighttime Moisturizers
Your skin may feel slick during the summer months, but that doesn’t mean you should completely skip out on applying moisturizer. Before you head out for the day, slather on an oil-free moisturizer with built-in SPF to ensure you’re getting enough sun protection without any of the greasiness that can come from traditional sunscreen.
At night, target specific skin care concerns. If you experience mild acne during the summer, consider using a moisturizer with salicylic acid (a beta hydroxy acid), which exfoliates skin to help keep your complexion acne-free.
If your complexion is looking a little lackluster, choose a lotion with an alpha hydroxy acid such as glycolic, lactic, or malic acid to brighten things up. All of these acids exfoliate your skin, bringing fresh new skin to the surface and thus leaving your skin more vulnerable to the sun. So it’s imperative you use sunscreen when you apply these ingredients.
5. Visit a Professional
Hitting up the salon for bikini waxes and mani-pedis may already be something you do regularly when the weather is warm. Besides those basics, consider an in-office cosmetic treatment like TempSure™ Envi to further prep your body for summer. This full-body skin revitalization system can help make your skin glow while reducing the look of frown lines, crow’s feet, and other fine lines.
These simple skin-care swaps will ensure your skin looks its best during the summer months. Now go take a few beach selfies and show off your summer glow!