With temperatures rising and sunshine on the horizon, it’s time to think about switching up your beauty routine for summer. Many women make the mistake of keeping their beauty routine the same year-round. The average American woman will spend $250,000 on beauty products in her lifetime. With such as hefty price tag, it’s natural to want the best from your beauty routine.
However, warmer temperatures in the spring and summer seasons affect your skin differently, and so do the beauty products you use. From the best ways to achieve a healthy glow naturally to ramping up your sun protection, here’s a quick how-to guide to get your skin summer-ready.
Don’t Forget Your SPF
You should wear sunscreen all year, and not just in summer. However, in summer you gain more exposure to the sun. Excessive exposure to the sun can accelerate aging, cause sunburn, and has been linked to skin cancer. Dermatologists recommend reaching for a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.
If you’re looking for a sunscreen that wears well under makeup, brands like La Roche Posay, Glossier and Kiehl come highly recommended. There are also multitasking SPFs formulas on the market today – sunscreens that can treat acne, refine pores, and fade dark marks.
Incorporate A Good Vitamin C Serum
In recent years, the use of Vitamin C for skin has skyrocketed, finding itself regularly listed as a travel must-have for complexion extraordinaires like Charly and Barbara Sturm. It promotes collagen production, reduces fine lines, and is also a powerful antioxidant. This means it’s great for protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.
Vitamin C is also linked to your melanin production, making it ideal for lightening sunspots. The trick to using Vitamin C in the summer is to apply it after cleansing and before your sunscreen. If you want to amp up your skin’s antioxidant protection, meanwhile, try including a Vitamin E serum in your beauty routine this summer. Vitamin E is perfect for adding an additional layer of sunscreen protection, and for treating sunburns afterward.
Keep It Light And Breathable
Warmer weather means more makeup meltdown tales. With the temperatures getting higher, it’s the perfect time to lighten up your beauty routine to give your skin a chance to breathe. Start with your moisturizer. Instead of a rich moisturizing formula that’s perfect for winter, opt for a lighter hydrating moisturizer with a shine-free finish. Beauty editors at InStyle also recommend reaching for cream bronzers and blushes in the summer to avoid it being cakey in the heat. Less is more in the summer.
Finally, don’t forget to summer-proof your lip care. A moisturizing SPF lip color like Khiel’s Butterstick Lip Treatment with SPF 30 or Ilia’s Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 are good choices. Just like your closet, it’s time to update your beauty routine in time for the summer rays.