Summer is upon us and it’s time for a whole new set of skincare concerns. Whether it was the bitter cold from outside or working from home with our heaters turned up for hours, many of us struggled with dry skin this winter. The feeling of solidifying a winter skincare routine is unlike any other, but every year there comes a time where we need to put down the heavy creams and start thinking about our summer skincare routine.
Now, before you start stressing out about having to spend more money and time on new products, let me put your mind at ease. You don’t have to buy a whole new 10-step routine for the upcoming warmer months. One of the best things about a summer skincare routine is that less is more. While certain products depend on where you live and what your summer climate is like, the two key highlights of any summer routine are lightweight hydration and exfoliation.
Extreme dryness can compromise the skin barrier which can lead to a variety of skin issues like acne and severe irritation. To prevent a damaged skin barrier, we resort to layering a combination of products like hydrating toners, 1-2 serums, moisturizers, sunscreen, night oils, chemical exfoliants, and overnight sleeping masks. Summertime also means more sweating, which can cause clogged pores (and yes, this also leads to acne). You can still experience dryness, but the overbearing heat from outside means keeping the hydration at its max but drastically cutting down on the skincare layers.
A summer skincare routine generally looks like a hydrating toner, hydrating serum, a chemical exfoliant, a light moisturizer, sunscreen, and maybe a sheet mask every now and again. If you’re still pressed about having to find a new skincare routine, let me put you onto a summer starter kit. As always, patch test all your new products to see how your skin reacts to them.
Hydrating toner – Etude House SoonJung pH 5.5 Relief Toner ($15.60)
Hydrating serum – Hadalabo Gokujun Premium Hyaluronic Solution ($13.49)
Light moisturizer – Benton Aloe Propolis Gel ($19)
Chemical exfoliant – KraveBeauty Kale-Lalu-yAHA Resurfacing AHA Toner ($25)
Sunscreen – Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Sunscreen SPF 50+ ($17.99)
If you can hydrate your skin to the max while feeling as if you have nothing on, you’ve done a good job.