As the weather gets warmer and you spend more time soaking up the sun, make sure you’re taking good care of your skin by updating your daily routine. UV damage and high humidity levels can affect your complexion, but there are several things you can do to protect your skin from the elements and maintain a healthy glow. Here are five ways to update your skincare routine for summer:
#1: Get a peel. Even though it’s a good idea to get chemical peels during the winter months to prevent sun damage to sensitive skin, you can freshen up your look with a light peel at the spa this season. A lactic acid or glycolic peel will exfoliate the skin from inside out to bring out your natural glow. Just make sure to avoid sun exposure for a few weeks after the peel and be diligent about moisturizing your skin day and night to maintain healthy skin.
#2: Use the right moisturizer. Most people do need to switch to a lightweight moisturizer or serum during the summer because regular moisturizers can be too heavy during those long summer days with heat waves. I like to use a hyaluronic acid serum instead of moisturizer because it sinks into the pores quickly and hydrates the skin without clogging pores.
#3: Stick with sunless tanners. Sunless tanning products designed specifically for the face are your best bet for maintaining that sun-kissed glow all season long. Skip the tanning booth in favor of a sunless tanner that will give you that beautiful glow without damaging your skin.
#4: Use facial blotting papers. These are a must-have item for your handbag and when traveling. Facial blotting papers soak up sweat within seconds without smudging your makeup. Pick out a set of papers that are infused with antioxidants and skin-soothing ingredients for a much-needed refresher in the middle of a hot day.
#5: Use a foaming cleanser. Foaming cleansers are great for killing bacteria and deep-cleaning your pores. Switch to an oil-free foaming cleanser to get rid of sweat, toxins, and bacteria that may be embedded in the pores. Clinique’s Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser is a great option for regular makeup wearers and will even get rid of that layer of sunscreen with ease.