As the weather starts to warm up and your environment starts to change with the seasons, you may notice those changes in your skin in addition to the changes all around you. From sunlight, sweat, excess sebum, pollen and other environmental factors, warmer weather can actually bring a lot of different sensations and stimuli to your skin. Whether you’re interested in natural skincare already or you’re just now getting into a routine, forming a skincare process catered to your skin and your environment can help you take care of your skin as best as possible.
No matter what your skincare routine looks like right now, shifting your regimen for warmer weather is just another way to take care of your skin. While everyone is different and each person has their own skincare needs, there are a few tips you can keep in mind as you form your new warmer weather routine.
1. Combine Sunscreen and Moisturizer
While you should always wear sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays, wearing layers of goop on your skin when the sun is beating down on your face doesn’t always seem all that appealing. However, there are ways around that. Finding a moisturizer that also works as a sunscreen can mean less layers on your skin while still giving you the hydration and protection you need. Try to find something with at least 30 SPF so you can make sure your skin stays thoroughly protected.
2. Combine Foundation and Sunscreen
If you tend to wear foundation or BB cream, you can also apply the combination sunscreen rule to your cosmetics. If you happen to have a moisturizer you love and don’t want to give it up, you can instead find an SPF boosting makeup to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
3. Use Retinol at Night
Retinol products are great for fighting both acne and aging, with their regenerating properties and smoothing capabilities. Retinols are strong, which means you shouldn’t need to use them every day to see a positive result. While this is important to do all year round, it can be especially crucial during the summer to use retinol products exclusively at night, as they can increase sun sensitivity and damage your skin in bright light.
4. Switch to a Lighter Moisturizer
It’s important to moisturize, no matter your skin type or the time of year. While some moisturizers do feel heavy and greasy on the skin, finding a gel or even a whipped moisturizer can leave you dewy, but still hydrated.
5. Reduce Physical Exfoliants
There are two kinds of exfoliators out there: physical and chemical. Physical exfoliators are what you tend to think of as traditional exfoliators — scrubs, beads and other textured products. If you tend to use scrubs in your usual routine, you may want to consider pulling back in the warmer months. Whether you get down in the sand at the beach, out in the sun or down and dirty hiking, the conditions of warm weather are often harsh on the skin, and adding abrasion can be irritating. Even if you love scrubs, you may want to try a chemical exfoliator instead.
Skincare for Warm Weather
Everybody has different skincare needs, and those needs can vary based on the time of year. As the weather warms up, you may want to change up your skincare routine so you can take even better care of your face.