With the weather changing yet again, you might be noticing some changes in your complexion. The changes in climate causes skin to go through a period of acclimatization. To keep your skin happy and healthy during the seasonal change, now is a good time to adjust your skincare routine.
Keep reading for our skincare swaps for the summer season that will keep your skin in tiptop shape...
Add lighter facial oils and swap out heavy creams and moisturizers. Winter skin needs thick oils and heavy creams. Summer skin needs lots of hydration and extra UV protection. It’s important to hydrate your skin all year round. However, as temperatures rise, our skin doesn’t need that ultra thick oil to protect against wind and colder temperatures. With higher temps, comes sweat and humidity — which might leave your skin feeling more oily, as sebaceous glands kick into overdrive. To help dissolve excess sebum (oil), lighten your routine with a lightweight, quick absorbing facial oil. Hydrate Facial Oil will sink easily into skin, keeping it plump, protected and hydrated, without triggering breakouts from the weight of a heavy oil or cream. Rich in organic Baobab, Camellia, Jojoba, Maracuja and Squalane to balance oil production, preserve + boost collagen, and deeply nourish and plump skin with naturally occurring vitamin A, C and E.
Add clay masks, physical exfoliants + retinol alternatives and swap out chemical exfoliants. Don’t get us wrong, we love non-toxic chemical exfoliants but in the summer, it’s essential to protect your skin against harmful UV rays. Using chemical exfoliants can make your skin more susceptible to sun sensitivity and damage, so it’s best to put them away until the colder months. Exfoliants are a great way to get rid of dead skin, sweat and SPF buildup from the day but opt for clay masks and gentler physical exfoliants to reveal clean, glowing skin. Follow with a retinol alternative serum such as Resurface. High in skin-mending vitamin A, collagen-boosting vitamin C, carotenoids, which acts as antioxidants for the skin, protecting it from UV exposure and moisturizing vitamin E, this oil helps smooth lines, repair sun damage, scars and balances oil production. Revealing that dewy, summer glow.
Add higher SPF and swap out lower SPFs + products with added SPF. Sunscreen is something you should be applying every day, even in the winter months. Typically in the colder months, we’re spending more time inside, so you can usually get away with lower SPFs and tinted moisturizers. Sunscreen is crucial for healthy skin — providing protection against harmful UV rays but also helps with keeping melasma, rosacea and other skin conditions at bay. Exposure to UV breaks down collagen and elastin, leading to premature aging, wrinkles and dullness.
If you’re spending money on skincare and you’re not using sunscreen, you won’t get the skin benefits of your products. Even if you have a very minimal routine, sunscreen is the bare minimum. In the summer months when we’re spending a lot more time outside, it’s important to be more intentional with your sunscreen usage. Make sure you’re using at least a SPF 30 or higher and don’t forget to reapply.
Add light + gentle oil cleansers and swap out rich balms. Between the sun, heat and humidity, the last thing your complexion needs is something too thick or heavy. When it comes to cleansing in the summer, swap out your rich, thick balms for something gentle and light that will still remove impurities without striping or drying the skin, but also doesn’t leave behind a residue that could lead to overproduction of oil and won’t trigger breakouts from the product weight. Opt for lighter oil cleansers with plant ingredients like skin-mimicking jojoba or green tea to soothe skin and contain anti-inflammatory properties — ideal after a day in the sun.
Add facial mists + cryotherapy to your routine. Face mists can be used so many ways and are a great way to keep your skin healthy and dewy and can help you beat the heat and reactivate serums and oils throughout the day. Balance Tonic Mist works to refresh and maintain hydration, prevent moisture loss, absorb excess oil causes from humidity and extra sweat — soothing and brightening skin. Your skin requires hydration to protect from both UVA and UVB radiation, making face mists and tonics a must.
If you’re already a face mist queen, try adding cryotherapy / face icing to your daily skincare routine. Cryotherapy is the art of using low temperatures to improve blood circulation, de-puff, tighten skin and helps to cool skin before applying skincare.
Pro tip: if you’re new to cryotherapy or don’t want to try face icing, keep your facial mists and tools (gua sha) in the fridge to rejuvenate tired, hot skin in minutes.