Summer Beauty Routine: 5 Steps for Protecting Your Skin
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5 Steps for Protecting Your Skin
As the temperature rises, the layers come off; but does that apply to your beauty routine too? Heat and humidity can change the state of your skin and ruin a perfectly good makeup look. For some people, summers are for bare faces and fewer products. While for others, this just won’t do.
Whether you’re a minimalist or a glam-lover, there are a few easy changes you can make to adjust your beauty routine for the summer months. Keep reading for tips on swapping to warm weather essentials!
1. Cleanse Twice a Day
Makeup wipes are great for washing your face quickly when you’re on-the-go or feeling too lazy at night to go through your entire beauty routine. However, as heat can cause sweat and oil to sit on the skin, makeup wipes simply aren’t enough to effectively cleanse your skin on their own.
In the evening, after you’ve already used a makeup remover, use a cleanser to clear off any excess makeup or oil. This will ensure your skin is cleaned thoroughly and all unwanted residue is removed. Then, in the morning, be sure to cleanse your skin again to wash away any sweat that may have built up overnight. Be sure to use a face cleanser suited for your skin type so that you don’t experience any irritation or adverse reactions.
2. Use Products with SPF
Sunscreen should be worn year-round, even on overcast days, to protect your youthful look. Adding SPF to your beauty routine doesn’t need to be an extra step, as many beauty products on the market now contain SPF.
Between foundations, setting powders, face mists, and lip balms, there’s an SPF beauty product for each category to choose from. By using dual-purpose products, you’ll get the most out of your purchases while also protecting your skin. Make sure you don’t skimp on SPF when it comes to the area around your eyes, as this is a delicate, yet often overlooked area. Consider applying a hydrating eye cream with SPF to avoid early signs of crow’s feet.
3. Introduce Corrective Treatments
During the summer months, your skin may need some special treatment to counteract the negative effects of the sun. An important treatment to introduce into your beauty routine is vitamin C. This vitamin contains antioxidants that help your skin fight off free radicals from the sun that could potentially harm skin cells. Additionally, it helps prevent sun-induced hyperpigmentation and gives you an overall outer glow.
You should also incorporate exfoliants into your summer beauty regimen. This can be as simple as using a regular face and body scrub to get rid of dead skin cells, or you can take it a step further. Skin-care products like glycolic acids or prescription-strength retinoids can boost cell turnover to reveal a younger, more radiant complexion. This is especially important for cleaning out your pores to aid in reducing breakouts.
4. Try a Self-Tanner
Summer is great for giving your skin a sun-kissed glow, however, soaking up too much sun is harmful to your skin. There’s no need to compromise getting a glowing look; simply use a self-tanner instead. If you’ve never used one or worry about upkeep, here are some tips!
A gradual self-tanner is great if you fear turning orange or going significantly darker than your natural skin tone. On the flip side, using self-tanning water can give you a natural tan without that signature self-tanner smell. To keep your faux tan looking beautiful all summer long, be sure to always moisturize at least twice daily. This will help the product stay on your skin for longer and prevent it from peeling off. Once you do notice the tan starting to fade, be sure to exfoliate in the shower to get your skin prepped for another application.
5. Don’t Forget About Your Scalp
When we think about our skin, we often forget that our scalp needs some extra TLC in the sun too. There’s nothing worse than a sunburned scalp. Including an SPF hair and scalp mist into your beauty routine may help protect you from sun overexposure and the UV rays’ harmful effects. Simply spray the top of your head and throughout your hair before stepping outside for best results.
Additionally, using a scalp scrub is a great idea for the summer months as hair products and oil can accumulate very easily. Build-up of excess oil, dirt, and debris can make it harder for your hair to grow, weigh your hair down, and cause you to develop grease more easily. Try using an apple cider vinegar scalp scrub to remove impurities and dead skin cells. Your scalp with thank you for it!
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