10 essential summer skincare tips – how to slightly alter your skincare routine during the warm, sunny months and enhance your summer beauty to the max…
The summer is finally here and I know we all can’t wait to run to the beach, lie in the sand and dip our toes into the water. We’ve been waiting for it the whole year and now – it’s a party at the beach time!
The heat, the noise, the humidity and the excitement don’t leave much space in our brains for serious thoughts and much planning. But it all changes when we get the first sunburn or notice a new dark spot on our skin.
To avoid summer beauty bummers and skin disasters, it definitely pays off to have some strategy on how you’ll combat the UV rays, dehydration and excess oil secretion. Luckily, at least for most people, all you need is to slightly alter your skincare routine and adjust it to what your skin needs during summer.
So, here are the most important summer skincare tips, tricks and hacks to help your skin stay youthful, plump, hydrated and well-protected all summer long:
10 Essential Summer Skincare Tips
1. Sunscreen is a must!
No matter your age or skin type. No matter if you go to the beach or to the office. You. Need. To. Wear. Sunscreen. Every. Single. Day!
Wearing a sunscreen is mandatory throughout the year. But during summer, when the heat just keeps going up and the sun is shining bright, you should be crazy to spend more than 5 minutes out in the sun unprotected.
Luckily, these days there’s a variety of sun-protective products to choose from. You can most definitely find something that will fit your skin type and your lifestyle.
So, broad spectrum sunscreen, 30+ SPF, reapply every 2 hours. No excuses.
2. After-sun skincare
Other than to protect your skin from the sun, during summer it is very important to help your skin restore and recover after the sun exposure. So, after-sun skincare products are at the top of the list of summer beauty essentials.
The minute you come home after a day in the sun, what you need first is a relaxing, refreshing shower. Use lukewarm to slightly warm water and a gentle cleanser. That will be enough to remove all the sweat, sand and sunblock residue.
Your skin is probably sensitive and irritated from the sun and the whole day outdoors. So, right now is not the moment for harsh cleansers and rough scrubs.
After the shower, while your skin is still slightly damp, apply a cooling, soothing after-sun lotion. Aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, yogurt or cucumber extract are more than desirable in this type of products.
3. Wash your face twice a day
Now that the weather is humid and hot, your skin tends to become oilier than at any other time of the year. You can pretty much count on clogged pores, acne breakouts and uneven skin tone.
Washing your face regularly will help keep your pores clean and your skin clear and imperfection-free. In the morning, you should start your skincare routine by washing off the sebum produced over night. In the evening, first remove makeup (you can use micellar water for this), then wash your face with a face cleanser suitable for your skin type.
You should replace gentle, creamy cleansers you’ve been using during the winter with some stronger foaming or gel cleanser. You need a product that can thoroughly remove all the dirt and sweat, but not too harsh so that it doesn’t dry out your skin.
4. Regular but gentle exfoliation
Regular exfoliation is a very important part of a summer beauty routine. It helps remove all the dead skin cells, dirt, bacteria, excess oil, sweat and sunscreen residue off your face. That way, it unclogs your pores and keeps your skin clear and even-toned.
Plus, scrubs stimulate the skin cells renewal process. Using a scrub once or twice a week encourages the skin to regenerate and renew itself. It has an anti-aging effect and gives you a skin that is soft, smooth, youthful and beautiful.
However, at summer more than ever, it is very important for the scrub to be gentle. If your skin is already irritated from the sun, sand and chlorine, the last thing you need is to irritate it even further. Plus, exfoliation can increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so you should only use scrubs at night, before going to bed.
Instead of going for commercial products, you can make your own scrub and adjust it to your needs. Here you can find the recipes for Strawberry-Sugar Face & Body Scrubs.
5. Enhance your summer skincare routine with a hydrating mist
If during summer your skin gets oily and develops a greyish complexion, there is a good chance it is actually dehydrated. Dehydrated skin looks tired, dull and sunken and makes you look older.
Luckily, a quality face mist can raise your summer beauty routine to the next level. It can quickly replenish and plump up your skin, giving you a lighter, fresher look almost instantly.
Many women use face mists wrong – just spray it on their face and hope for the best. The problem with this is, the water evaporates really fast in this heat and leaves the skin even more dehydrated that it was before.
What you actually should do is spray the mist to your clean face and lightly dab it around with your fingers. Then, while your skin is still slightly damp from the mist, apply your face moisturizer. The moisturizer will prevent the water evaporation, sealing the moisture into your skin and making the skin plump, youthful and glowing.
6. Light moisturizer for day
With the heat, sweat, sunscreen and makeup, the last thing you need is some heavy face cream that takes ages to get absorbed and just mixes with the rest on the top of your skin.
Lightweight moisturizers, gel or water-based formulas are just what you need. Especially look for products that contain hyaluronic acid, glycerin, aloe vera and vitamin C.
You should apply your daily face cream to a clean face, while your skin is still slightly moist from toner, mist or essence. That way, you will ensure your skin gets all it needs and it will stay hydrated all day long.
7. Replenish at night
While you sleep, your skin is working on regenerating itself and repairing all the damages from the previous day. The least you can do is help it with some quality restoring night cream.
Make sure to pick a moisturizer that is rich, nourishing and rejuvenating. It should contain vitamins A, C and E, as well as other antioxidants. They will neutralize the damage that free radicals make and ensure your skin stays supple and youthful.
8. Hydrating & restoring face masks
In this heat and often exposed to the sun, our skin tends to get dull, lifeless and dehydrated. Providing it with some extra moisture, vitamins and antioxidants is one of your most important summer skincare tasks.
Light, hydrating and energy-boosting face masks will restore and rejuvenate your skin and alleviate the damages the sun and weather make. You can use them once a week or even every other day, but it is definitely a summer beauty step you shouldn’t miss.
If you want to make your own summer face masks, try out this Super Hydrating Face Mask for Bright Skin and Dewy Glow or this simple but powerful DIY Aloe Vera and Honey Face Mask. Cucumber face masks are also always welcome in summer skincare routine.
9. Avoid cosmetics with sun sensitive ingredients
While choosing summer skincare products that contain everything your skin needs, you also need to make sure they don’t contain any sun sensitive ingredient.
There are some common ingredients you can find in many products and are great for your skin, however, you should still avoid them if you are going to be out in the sun. The reason for this is – these chemicals create changes in your skin that make it more sensitive to sunlight.
This can lead to many skin damages, including redness, irritations, sunburns and even blistering. To avoid all of this, make sure your products don’t contain retinol, fragrance, essential oils, AHA and BHA, benzoyl peroxide, hydroquinone etc.
10. A couple more summer skincare, beauty and health tips…
Of course, one of the best summer skincare tips you can find is – take care of your skin by slightly altering your everyday lifestyle habits. This includes much more than applying the right products at the right time. But it is also the best way to ensure your health and beauty are radiating through your skin from the inside.
One of the most important things you can do for yourself is make sure you stay out of the sun as much as you can. Try to finish most of your errands in the early morning or after 5 pm.
Of course, there will always be days when you can’t avoid being out. In those days, you can still try to use sunshades, wear sunglasses and protective clothes in pastel shades.
As always, drink enough water and eat the food that’s full of water, like watermelons and cucumbers. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that fights free radicals, so take enough of it through fruit and vegetables. Omega-3s are always welcome and you can find them in fish, avocado and nuts. And don’t forget about apricots and carrots, since your skin definitely needs some beta carotene during summer.
Stay beautiful and healthy and enjoy the summer…