While it's important to master a skin care routine that caters to your skin's needs and features your favourite products, it's just as important to know when it's time to switch things up. One of the times you should definitely commit to making changes to your routine is when the seasons change.
During the Summer in particular, your skin has specific needs that are less prevalent in the Winter, including photosensitivity due to more exposure to UV rays, increased oil production, and open pores that are likelier to trap dirt and makeup residue.
As daunting as it may sound to switch up a routine you've got down to a fine science, it's an unavoidable aspect to maintaining healthy skin all year long. You don't have to invest in an endless list of products either, according to one of London's most sought-after skin therapists, Nataliya Robinson, these are the five simple and effective ways to adapt your skin care to suit the Summer months.
Avoid Heavy Products
The heavy moisturisers you use during the Winter might be great at keeping your skin protected from the elements, but during the Summer, they're more likely to clog your pores. Try to switch to using fewer products, opting for lighter formulas that are easily absorbed into your skin.
If you don't want to step out of your budget, opt for natural products that you might not usually use but are just as effective. For instance you can swap your commercial toners for either a fresh infusion of chamomile tea or chilled soy milk, which have calming and brightening properties, respectively.
You should be using SPF year-round, but during the hotter, brighter months it's especially important to keep your skin protected with the right products. Although applying the correct SPF is the most common way of protecting your skin, it actually absorbs UV light, which makes your skin work harder. To make your protection more effective, invest in an SPF that's mineral-enriched, as the minerals reflect the light away from your skin. When laying out in the sun, wear a wide-brimmed sunhat and try to stay in the shade.
We all love having bright, blemish-free complexions during the Summer, but if peels are your main way of achieving this, you should think about laying off. Resurfacing the skin with peels during this season can cause damage to already vulnerable skin and increase your photosensitivity.
Get Your Treatments Tailored
If facials are a part of your regimen, ensure your therapist tailors them to your skin's specific needs. You should be treated with products that are gentler on the skin and have multiple purposes so as not to disturb the skin during a season when it's already vulnerable due to prolonged exposure to the sun.