Seasons come and go, and so do your skin’s needs. What works in the winter might not be so great in the summer. It’s like changing clothes. Your skin care routine can follow the same rule, switching a heavy moisturize with sunscreen, for example.
But how do you know exactly what to change or not? Also, do you need more skincare products in the summer?
Here is what you need to know.
What Should You Do Every Season
Changing your skincare products as the seasons change shouldn’t be that complicated. Experts recommend dropping or adding some things in your skin care routine, including:
- in the summer, the sebum production increases, so you may want to change your cleanser; salicylic acid is a great ingredient, often used for summertime cleansers;
- if you use a chemical or physical exfoliator, try to use them less;
- replace the moisturizer and makeup, and start using a hydrating, tinted SPF in the morning; you don’t need to apply a lot of products to your skin;
- use a green tea serum instead of an oil-free moisturizer; green tea can do wonders because it’s photoprotective.
Dr Loretta Ciraldo, MD, FAAD, recommends:
“If you’re planning to visit the beach, be sure to use a water-resistant SPF. [staying out more] be sure to apply a sweat-resistant product.”
What About Sun Spots/ Freckles/ Unwanted Pigmentation
Exfoliation is essential if you want to reduce the dark spots. The reason?
Apparently, your living cells can produce pigment, which ends up in your dead cell layer. So, by choosing to exfoliate regularly, you’ll get rid of those dead cells, and you’ll notice some fading of dark spots.
Remember, sunscreen is essential because it protects your skin from UV. There are many sunscreen products that you can use, including mineral formulas with a tint from iron oxide (fade dark spots faster).
Do You Need Retinol?
You can still use retinol in the summer, but there are a few things you should know. First, you have to apply SPF in the morning, even if you applied retinol at night. Second, retinol makes your skin more sensitive to UV. So, you should be careful with it.