There’s nothing more exciting than realizing summer is just around the corner. We have three whole months that we can spend outside in the beautiful weather without the worry of essays or exams. But with all that time spent in the sun, heat, and humidity, our skin tends to suffer, especially if we’re not careful about taking care of it according to the season. And sometimes it can be pretty tricky to figure out what the best strategies are for your skin type. We spoke with several beauty and skincare experts to get you the scoop about the best practices for your summer skincare routine.
1. Wash your face with lighter products
We’d love to think that a healthy summer glow is the result of relaxation, but it’s more likely a lovely sheen of sweat and oil. Blotting sheets become our best friend, and it’s hard not to check our complexions less than three times an hour if we’re out in public. The most basic solution to wash your face, but be wary of what products you’re using. Ira Green, a natural beauty expert and founder of Freedom deodorant, advises that you clean your face with products that are easier on the skin. “Wash…regularly with products that are gentle on your skin and natural,” she says. “You don’t want a lot of chemicals on your skin [as] they can be harder to wash off. [If you don’t wash your face], you can clog your pores, get infections and breakouts; nobody wants that!”
2. Wear sunscreen daily
We all remember when our parents used to slather sunscreen on every visible (and non-visible) part of our bodies, whether it was sunny or cloudy. We didn’t understand then, but now we’re old enough to know just how important it is to protect our skin from sunburn now to prevent cancer down the road. Dr. Sandra Lee, also known as Dr. Pimple Popper, is the founder of SLMD Skincare and assures us that we don’t have a wear a heavy sunscreen under makeup.
3. Exfoliate regularly
In addition to washing your face on a regular basis, learning to incorporate an exfoliation technique can make all the difference in keeping your skin looking fresh and healthy. Using a soft-bristled scrub brush with an exfoliating cleanser can be beneficial in removing dirt and dead skin cells. It can also help you get rid of any peeling skin from past sunburn, which can be an absolute lifesaver if you have to be looking your best for a party or date.
Lisa Winarick, a beauty expert and founder of Doll Face Beauty, believes that a using a face mask in addition to a gentle cleanser can help exfoliation even more. “Doll Face Invigorate Cleanser daily, along with our Konjac Pretty Puff sponge foams away and gently exfoliates to restore a natural glow without upsetting your well-balanced oils,” she says. Just make sure you’re washing your scrub brushes and sponges regularly, or else you’ll only be subjecting your skin to more dirt than removing it.
4. Skip the heavy makeup
One of the worst parts about summer heat and humidity is walking outside and having your full face of makeup virtually just…melt off. We’ve all been there at some point or another, and it’s made us rethink our makeup routines for the warmer weather. If you normally spend a good hour on makeup everyday, you might want to think about cutting back during the summer for skin care purposes. There are plenty of makeup alternatives to heavy foundations and concealers. “Try to wear a BB cream during summer to avoid a lot of makeup that might clog pores when sweating,” says Jennifer Yen, a beauty expert and founder of Purlisse. “One of the products I recommend is our BB Tinted Moist Cream, a lightweight tinted moisturizer that leaves skin glowing while protecting with SPF.” Not only will wearing lighter makeup make your skin feel less sticky, but you’ll also save yourself time putting it on in the morning and taking it off at the end of the day. Why wouldn’t you want to shorten your skincare routine?
5. Hydrate and moisturize well
We wouldn’t think that keeping skin moisturized would be a problem in the summer, because cold winter temperatures are so often associated with dry, cracked skin. However, your skin can become dry if you’re not using a moisturizer or if you’re dehydrated. Drinking enough water is so essential during the summer, especially if you’re spending more time outside at the pool or on the beach. Moisturizers can also be beneficial if you’re using daily cleansers that prevent acne, as they can cause dry patches.