If your skin is sweating bullets and feeling like an oil slick, it is a sign that summer is officially here! Transitioning from the breezy spring season to the scorching hot summer sun can adversely affect your skin. It’s no secret that following a skincare routine (religiously, ladies!) will keep it from premature aging and sun damage.
The warm weather will have us questioning our skincare routine and issues, I mean do we need to apply a face cream if our skin is drenched in oil? We’re here to shed some light on a few amazing skincare secrets to keep your skin looking youthful and glowy under the summer sun.
The most important step during summer is to calm and soothe your sun-drenched skin. Use hydrating cleansers to replenish irritated skin post sunbathing. This is where detoxifying your skin will help you get rid of all impurities, dead skin cells, excess oil, toxins, and pollutants. A mild pH-balanced cleanser will help deep cleanse and remove all pollutants. Deep cleaning your skin twice a week will improve blood circulation, restore collagen and elasticity, improve dullness, and reduce blemishes from the surface level.
You want to use the right cleanser or antioxidant face mask for your skin type to prevent any irritation. If you have dry skin, try an oil cleanser that will cleanse and hydrate your skin. For oily or acne-prone skin, use a green tea face mask to protect and repair skin cells to combat aging and dullness.
Looking for the best-kept secret to radiant summer skin? Take your skincare routine to the next level with fruit acids. Since our skin is more prone to pollution, sun sensitivity, UV damage, and pigmentation during the intense summer months, using fruit acids before you go to sleep will soften the skin and reduce premature wrinkles.
Fruit acids such as glycolic acid and lactic acid contain exfoliating benefits to help shed off dull, rough skin to expose a brighter complexion. In the daytime, skin barriers can be weakened so we want to heal our skin overnight for a boost to brighten and smoother complexion.
Aside from the sun's harmful impacts, there are other factors to consider for our skin's protection, such as free radicals. Using an antioxidant-rich serum will work wonders to keep your skin plump and boost collagen. Antioxidants attach to free radicals at the molecular level, helping to reverse any damage to the skin and reduce inflammation, especially for acne-prone skin.
A Vitamin C serum is the best-kept summer secret since it protects and repairs your skin from oxidant-induced damage. It helps to reduce pigmentation caused by damaging UV light. Vitamin C also responds the most during the summer since our skin is more exposed to UV-induced damage.
It goes without saying how important SPF is in your beauty arsenal. We know that for our skin to stay youthful, we must protect it from UVA and UVB radiation with a daily SPF of at least 30. If you’re feeling carefree without a worry about sun damage, not using sunscreen will cause premature aging, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and stubborn tan…should we go on? UVA and UVB protection are a non-negotiable necessity.
Using a specific facial sunblock with broad-spectrum coverage should be reapplied every 2 hours for maximum prevention. If you’re prone to breakouts, using a sensitive skin sunscreen that is fragrance-free and non-comedogenic will not feel greasy like traditional sunscreen.
Avoid Cream Makeup
Makeup and sweat are a major no-no. As the temperature goes off the charts and humidity rising, your skin's sebaceous glands will tend to produce more sebum (natural oil). The oil released clings to the skin's surface, causing breakouts and clogged pores. Now imagine applying cream foundation and concealer on top of greasy skin, it’s just going to slip and melt off making you look like a sweaty mess.
Humidity can impact how your skin reacts to anything you apply on top. Skip out on heavy cream-based makeup and switch it out with mineral powder makeup with SPF 15+. The powder will adhere to your skin longer without slipping off, especially on your t-zone.
Keep your skin bright, fresh, and glowy all summer long with these secrets to add to your beauty routine. Level up your skincare routine free from all worries with sweat-induced clogged pores and dark sunspots to help downplay the seasonal side effects of summer.