Ready, set, summer
How to make your beauty routine work for summer.
Just like you shed your clothes in summer, so too should you shed your winter beauty products. You’ve probably noticed that your skin reacts differently in different climates and the same goes for different seasons, naturally. That’s thanks to the humidity, which rises as the weather gets warmer and can leave your skin feeling greasier than usual. Combine this with the heat and aircon which dehydrates the skin, plus the constant swimming and it’s no surprise things probably feel out of whack. Here’s how to make over your beauty routine to get the best out of your skin this summer.
If your face turns into an oil slick in the warmer months, the first thing you need to do is try to control the excess sebum by switching to oil-free varieties of both your cleanser and your moisturiser. If the oil is causing breakouts, look for ingredients like salicylic acid or tea tree oil which have antibacterial properties and help to unclog pores. It’s also worth considering adding a hydrating serum or oil into your routine. It may seem counterintuitive if you’re facing oily skin, but oily skin but in fact, hydrating product will help protect the skin from water loss – so it won’t go into overdrive, producing more oil.
One of the best things you can do for your skin – and the environment – is to limit your time in the shower, especially hot ones. This will only further dehydrate your skin, which can compromise the skin barrier and cause it to overcompensate by producing more oil. Try keeping showers to a max of five minutes, and make sure you us a gentle, nourishing body wash with hydrating ingredients like shea butter, jojoba or avocado oil. The same goes for out of the shower. The best time to moisturise is as soon as you’ve stepped out of the shower, after you’ve pat-dry your skin, as this helps to trap in some of the water to which helps hydrate the skin. At a time when salt water and chlorine-filled pool swims strip the skin of their natural oil, this is even more important.
Summer is not the time for thick full-coverage foundations, lipsticks and smokey eyes. Instead, switch up your routine by opting for lighter, summer-friendly variants instead. Try a tinted SPF instead of your regular foundation, a fresh tinted lip balm with a hint of colour (with extra nourishing ingredients and hydrating oils) instead of your lipstick, with a lick of natural mascara to finish your look.
Salt and Stone Tinted Face Sunscreen Stick, SPF 50+, $29.95
If you needed an excuse to update your fragrance wardrobe, summer is the perfect one. If your winter perfume was a heady mix of warm smells like amber and woods, switch to “lighter” scents like citrus, summer florals, fresh greens, or even something watery and ocean-based. It’s also the ideal time to go from an EDP to a Eau de cologne which is lighter on the skin and not so heavily concentrated – perfect for a time when smells are already heightened.
It’s summer, in Australia. The country with a huge Ozone hole gaping over it. Therefore one thing should always be non-negotiable: sunscreen. Sunscreen should be as much a part of your daily routine as brushing your teeth, and on top of this remember to reapply every two hours, especially if you’re outdoors. Also, don’t forget your hands, lips and hair too – none are not resistant to the environment and need hydration and protection too!