Adapt your routine to the rising temps
Words: Leila Petersen | Images: Getty
As we bid adieu to multiple layers, thick scarves and indoor heating and change our wardrobes to suit a new season, the same applies to our skincare routines. It’s time to start spring cleaning our heavy winter skincare products and swop them out for those light and bright summer essentials. Think higher SPF levels and ingredients that increase your skin’s radiance.
In winter, our skin requires much more moisturisation, but this is not the case in summer. Heat and humidity increase our natural oil production and our heavy cream cleansers, oils and thick moisturisers should be replaced with lightweight options that provide the same skin-soothing ingredients, without adding extra oil and grease.
The most sought-after complexion for summer is one that’s radiant, dewy and fresh-looking. The key to this is a good exfoliating treatment to create the perfect base. Apart from getting rid of the dry, dead skin cells left over from the harsh winter months, gentle exfoliation once or twice a week also assists with product penetration and unblocking pores, amplifying the efficacy of the rest of your products so that you’re left with an enviable glowing complexion.
If you’re looking to supercharge your existing skincare routine with a powerful antioxidant, then consider vitamin C. With more sun exposure, we are at higher risk of hyperpigmentation and collagen damage. Enter this superhero ingredient, which stimulates collagen for a radiant glow. Whether you choose to get your daily dose in the form of a serum, moisturiser, powder, face oil or even a mask, ensure that the formula is not exposed to light or air, which will impact the effectiveness of the ingredient.
Two words: hyaluronic acid. Super-gentle and mega-hydrating, adding this skin-saving ingredient to your summer skincare routine is a no-brainer. Water-based (so perfect for rising temps), this humectant is able to hold onto water and attract further moisture to the skin. Added bonus? Hyaluronic acid works very well with your vitamin C, both of which can even help sunburned skin heal faster.
While using SPF throughout the year is non-negotiable, it’s wise to amp up the protection factor to more than 30 in summer. Choosing a broad-spectrum formula is best, as this type of sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays. (UVA rays are the ones that can cause visible signs of ageing, while UVB rays are the ones that can burn.)
Although not technically skincare, your heavy winter foundation just won’t cut it in summer. Not only does a full-coverage foundation feel uncomfortable in the sweltering heat, it can also clog up pores and cause acne flare-ups. Tinted moisturisers or feather-light hydrating options are your best bet, as they offer just enough coverage while still allowing your skin to breathe and your natural complexion to peek through.