When the flowers flourish and the sun moves from behind the clouds, you happily grab your swimsuit, some friends, and head for the nearest beach. The summer season is in full swing and you’re ready to say goodbye to the winter chill. But should you say goodbye to your winter skincare routine too? Sure, it worked for the dry, cold winter season, but will it still work during the summer?
Developing a solid skincare routine can take some planning. Sometimes we’re just happy if we manage to wash off our mascara before bed, let alone perform a 4, 6, or even 12 step routine. Well, not to worry, we’ve put together a dead-easy summer skincare routine guaranteed to unmask your true summer glow. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Cleanse
Wash your face with a daily cleanser to remove the dirt, oil, and make-up that collects in your pores throughout the day. Remember to wash both at night and in the morning to create a fresh canvas for your daily make-up. Pro tip: Try not to lean your face on your hands during the day; this will help you avoid trapping dirt causing acne and make-up in your pores.
Step 2: Tone
This is one that most people skip over, but toner can be a hero in your skincare routine, especially for people with oily or acne-prone skin. It’s also beneficial for an extra cleanse, especially in the summer when you find yourself applying sunscreen and blotting to keep cool from the summer heat. Using a nice toner with rose or lavender water will help ensure your skin is reinvigorated each and every night.
Step 2: Moisturize
The summer months are usually humid and hot. The thought of adding cream to your face only to sweat it off can make you cringe. However, applying a good moisturizer is an essential step in your summer skincare routine. Hydration is the key to healthy, glowing skin and a high quality moisturizer will help lock in moisture without clogging up your pores. Pro tip: Use a moisturizer with sunscreen to protect your skin from damaging solar rays and remember to moisturize day and night for best results.
Step 3 (Morning): Protect
We can’t stress how important this is! Exposure to UV radiation is the fastest way to age your skin and also puts you at risk for developing melanoma (skin cancer!). This is doubly important during the summer when we’re frequently laying poolside or at the beach, however even minimal time outdoors, regardless of the season, is ample time for the sun to do its damage. Find your favorite facial sunscreen, multi-spectrum, SPF 50 or higher) to stash in your beach bag and purse for immediate access.
Step 4 (Evening): Nourish
So, where is the fun in this summer skincare routine? Well, fortunately we saved the best for last. After you’ve cleansed and toned, apply a sheet mask that will both moisturize and nourish your skin after a long, hard summer day. The beauty of adding a sheet mask at the end of your routine: you can choose from a huge variety of formulas that cater to every specific need. After a long day in the sun, consider our Aloe Rescue Revitalizing mask to help out with any redness or irritation (in case you skimped on the sunscreen!). Feeling the after effects of a late summer night? Throw on a Green Tea Detox Purifying mask. You get the idea!
Well, there you have it: your complete summer skincare routine! It might feel like a lot to keep up with, but these products are quick to use and fit into even the most hectic summer schedule. Give these ideas a try and you’ll be on your way to healthier, happier, brighter skin!