Attention all sun-seekers, beach bums, and outdoor enthusiasts: it's time to shake off those winter blues and get ready for some fun in the sun! With summer just around the corner, it's the perfect time to update your skincare routine and give your skin the TLC it deserves.
Whether you're planning a tropical getaway or simply enjoying the warmer weather closer to home, your skin will thank you for taking the time to pamper it with some summer-specific skincare tips and tricks. So grab your sunscreen, put on your shades, and dive into some exciting ways to keep your skin looking and feeling its best all summer!
Does Your Skin Change With the Seasons?
Yes, your skin is definitely affected by seasonal changes. As the weather shifts, so do the levels of humidity, temperature, wind, and sun exposure that your skin is exposed to, which can all have an impact on its overall health and appearance. During colder months, you may notice that your skin becomes drier, while warmer months can bring about slightly oilier skin. These temperature and humidity fluctuations can disrupt your skin's natural barrier, leading to sensitivity or even breakouts. We've put together some skincare tips tailored to the changing seasons to help you transition seamlessly from your winter skincare routine to your summer one.
Tips for Transitioning
Start with a Gentle Cleanser
In the summer, you'll likely be sweating more, which may cause excess oil and buildup on your skin. Therefore, it's important to start your routine with a gentle cleanser that can effectively remove dirt and oil without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Look for a cleanser that is suitable for your skin type, and make sure to cleanse twice a day to keep your skin clean and refreshed.
For the warmer months, we love using our Algae Deep Cleanse. Combining the potent properties of seaweed, purifying clay, botanical oils, and 100% pure essential oils, this formula works to penetrate your pores deeply, ensuring that your skin is left impeccably cleansed. As an added bonus, you’ll feel a cooling and tingly sensation on your skin-perfect for those sweltering days.
With the increase in sweat and oil production, your skin can become clogged with dead skin cells and impurities. Therefore, it's important to exfoliate regularly to slough away dead skin cells and unclog pores. However, make sure not to over-exfoliate, as this can damage your skin's protective barrier. Instead, aim to exfoliate once or twice a week, and use a gentle, non-abrasive exfoliant.
To help give skin a renewed appearance, use our Silt Scrub to exfoliate one to two times per week. This unique scrub combines Colloidal Freshwater Silt, micro exfoliants sourced from volcanic minerals, Bentonite Clay, and Activated Charcoal derived from coconut, to gently but effectively give skin a radiant look. You’ll also find extracts like Aloe Vera and Elder Flower, which work together to give your skin a hydration boost that helps to avoid the look of irritation and prevent natural oils from being stripped away.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
In the summer, the heat and sun can dehydrate your skin, so it's essential to hydrate your skin from within and without. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated from the inside. As the weather gets warmer, you may find that your skin produces more oil and sweat, making it feel greasy after applying a heavy moisturizer. To combat this, consider switching out your thick lotions for lightweight options like gel moisturizers or facial serums that are easily absorbed into your skin. This will not only provide your skin with the hydration it needs but also prevent that heavy, greasy feeling that can come with traditional moisturizers.
One of the most versatile weapons we suggest for your beauty tool kit? MerGel. MerGel is a versatile facial product that does more than just moisturize. It can also act as a nourishing serum and leave-on mask, making it a multi-purpose addition to your skincare routine. The secret to its effectiveness lies in the unique combination of algae, Hyaluronic Acid, Green Tea, and Sea Buckthorn, which are expertly blended together in a cooling, weightless, gel-like lotion.
Fortify Your Skin Barrier
Strengthening your skin barrier during the summertime is important for several reasons. First, the heat and humidity may cause your skin to produce more oil, leading to a weakened barrier. This can make your skin more susceptible to damage from environmental factors such as UV rays, pollution, and bacteria. Additionally, air conditioning can dry out your skin, further compromising your skin barrier. By strengthening your skin barrier, you can help your skin retain moisture, prevent dehydration, and protect it from these external stressors.
For the ultimate barrier protection this summer, ensure you’re applying our Marigold Barrier Serum. Regular use of this botanical serum is a crucial component of any skincare routine. Its specialized formula is designed to visibly enhance the health of your skin's barrier, helping it to perform its vital protective functions more effectively. Ingredients such as Arnica Flower and Sesame Oil help to reduce the look of sun and UV damage, which is ideal during the summer months.
Protect Your Skin From the Sun
The sun's harmful UV rays can cause damage to your skin, so it's important to protect your skin from the sun's rays. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, even on cloudy days, and reapply every two hours if you're spending time outdoors. Broad Spectrum indicates that sunscreen can protect against UVA and UVB rays. Some foundations, whether cream or powder, offer extra protection.
Between 10 am and 4 pm, the sun's rays are at their strongest, so it's important to seek out shady areas whenever possible during those hours. However, it's important to note that shade is not a foolproof defense against UV rays, as some may still penetrate through to your skin. You can also wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes from the sun.
How do you plan on switching up your skincare routine for warm weather? Let us know in the comments!