Summer is almost here and if you want to maintain a healthy and radiant glow all season long, you’ll need to do more than just spend time in the sun. The warmer temperatures and high humidity levels can take their toll on your skin and make it prone to breakouts, excessive dryness, or an uneven skin tone. However, there are several things you can do to protect your skin from environmental stressors this season, and maintain that beautiful glow.
Here are five ways to prep your skin for summer:
#1: Start a new exfoliation routine. The change of the season is a great time to change up your skincare routine and you may be due for a good exfoliation session that will get rid of rough and dry patches of skin. Start using a facial scrub twice a week to massage and buff your skin smooth. If you want to give your skin a boost, get a glycol acid or lactic acid peel at a medical spa to speed up the skin renewal process.
#2: Give yourself a skin detox. Whether this involves hitting the sauna or just sweating up a storm at the gym, let your skin breathe and purify itself naturally. You could also use a skin detox mask infused with healing and hydrating ingredients to deep-clean the skin. Try something like the Charcoal Detox Mask by Michael Todd True Organics made with charcoal and antioxidants to draw out impurities and cleanse your pores.
#3: Stay hydrated . Make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day and also moisturizing your skin with a hydrating serum, high-quality moisturizers, and a good nighttime restorative cream. Even though you might be sweating more frequently or have oilier skin during the warmer months, you still need to keep skin hydrated.
#4: Stock up on sunscreen-infused products. It’s always a good idea to wear sunscreen year round but if you plan on spending more time outdoors this season, you’ll need to make sure you’re using sunscreen-infused makeup and other products with SPF 15 or higher to ward off sun damage. The Colorescience Sunforgettable mineral sunscreen collection has several products with SPF 30 or higher, including a face primer and an SPF-infused lip treatment.
#5: Invest in a good toner. Using a toner after cleansing can deep-clean your pores and some toners contain ingredients that will balance your skin’s pH levels to reduce the risk of breakouts and clogged pores. If your skin tends to get oily or breaks out easily when the heat index rises, start using a clarifying toner day and night to balance out your skin. The Clarifying Toner by Dr. Hauschka is a good match for oily and combination skin types and contains several ingredients that will calm down the skin.