Summer Is Coming! 10 Skin Care Tips To Have In Mind

Last updated on : August 05 2021

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As summer approaches, it's time to make specific changes to your skincare routine. These adjustments will help ensure your skin gets a bit of tan and retains all of its glow while remaining healthy and youthful for a long time to come. 

In this post, we'll be taking a look at ten tips that will ensure you make the most of the summer and take care of your skin as it deserves. 

1. Consider Your Basics 

Your first step is to reconsider your regular daily and nightly routine. Whether it's dry, combination, or oily, our skin needs a bit more moisture in the winter when the harsh weather dries it out. So, in the wintertime, we use richer moisturizers. 

As the days get hotter, however, the time is ripe for switching to a lighter moisturizer. Gel formulas are particularly refreshing, and light on the skin can still provide all the nutrients it needs.

As always, ensure your moisturizer matches your skin's needs, and forget all that nonsense about oily skin not needing moisturizing when it gets hot and humid. Your skin still needs to be taken care of, despite the heat. The only trick is in finding a product that works specifically for you. 

You can also revise the cleansers you're using, as well as any oils, serums, or other treatments. The general rule of thumb is to go for lighter products that will sink into the skin faster and provide plenty of nourishment instead of harsher, more stripping ones. 

2. Understand Your Skin's Needs

To select the right set of products, you need to take stock of your skin's condition. The goal is to understand what your skin needs. For example, it may be dehydrated or prone to redness when exposed to UVA and UVB rays. On the other hand, it may be drier in some areas now that it's been working up a tan. 

As the seasons go by, your skin's needs change. So before you go right back to the moisturizer you used last summer (a fresh jar of the same product, we honestly hope), consider how your skin has changed. 

Perhaps you now need to be more focused on anti-aging products? Maybe you have some pigmentation you want to stay on top of during the summer? Or have you developed some scarring from maskne (mask acne)? 

Don't forget about your body's needs either. It probably has somewhat different needs than your face, and it's not unusual for someone with combination skin to have dehydrated skin on their legs or arms. 

To get a tan that lasts for weeks and weeks after the holidays are over, ensure you moisturize your body and your skin ready to glow. 


While we should ideally be wearing SPF every single time we leave the house, most of us tend to neglect this habit in the winter months. However, as soon as the sun's rays get harsher, you need to start applying SPF daily, both on your face and body.

Even if you don't feel your skin burning, it may be experiencing microdamage. This type of damage will later lead to sunspots, hyperpigmentation, and other issues you will have a hard time combating. 

Use an SPF on every part of your body that will be exposed to the sun every time you leave the house. Then, you'll thank yourself in the winter.  

4. Choose The Correct SPF

The thing about SPF is that it can break us out, clog our pores, and even cause irritations. These reasons are why it's essential to choose the right one.

First, consider the factor. The number associated with SPF represents how long you can expose yourself to the sun without harming your skin. And don't make the mistake of believing that an SPF of 50 will prevent you from getting a tan. 

For example, if you'd start to get burnt within 2 minutes of sun exposure without SPF, an SPF of 30 will prolong that time by 30. So 2 x 30 means you can stay in the sun for an hour and be protected. An SPF of 50 will protect you for 100 minutes. 

It would be best if you then chose the right formula. SPFs now come in sprays, oils, creams, and moisturizers. There's plenty of choices, so you won't have a hard time landing on a solution that works for you. 

Make sure also to consider the ingredients in your chosen SPF. Go for a neutral, perfume- and paraben-free formula for your face, as this is the least likely to break you out. 

Look for SPFs that care for your skin classified under the skincare category rather than something that you'd take to the beach. 

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5. Don't Layer Too Much

If you're using a moisturizing SPF, you don't also need a moisturizer in the morning. Layering too much product on your skin will clog your pores and prevent any sweat from resolving naturally, so you should use as few products in the morning as possible. 

If you feel your skin needs some extra TLC, apply any serums, masks, and emulsions in the evening. Your skin will have plenty of time to absorb all the ingredients while you sleep. 

6. Be Mindful Of Your Daily Habits 

The minor changes can often make the most difference to how our skin looks, and there are things you can do today to improve your complexion

For starters, you can become more mindful about the things that regularly touch your skin. That would be your phone, your pillowcase, and your brushes, to name a few. 

Clean your phone daily, change your pillowcase weekly, and wash your brushes after every couple of uses. Have several similar brushes on hand to make this less of a chore.

Stop touching your face as much, and avoid messing with any breakouts or clogged pores. If you must give yourself a facial, steam your face first, use gloves, and disinfect your skin afterward. 

7. Stop With The AHAs And Retinoids On Time 

You also want to make sure you consider the acids you're using on your skin in the summertime. 

AHAs and retinoids are absolute complexion savers, but you need to lay off them for a while in the summer. If you absolutely must use them, always wear SPF afterward without fail. Make sure you keep reapplying the SPF throughout the day.

Using products that are high in Vitamin C can also increase sun damage. So, make sure you go through your bathroom shelves and cupboards and put on hold any products that may damage your skin when hit by the sun.

8. Exfoliate Your Way To The Perfect Tan

To ensure your skin not only tans ideally but also retains that tan for longer, you need to exfoliate your skin regularly. It may seem counterintuitive, but removing the surface layer of dead skin will boost your tan no end.

Get into a weekly exfoliating habit before the summer arrives. If you're going on holiday, exfoliate the day before you head out. Then, do another round mid-holiday – this is crucial, as it will ensure your skin is in prime tanning condition. 

Once you get back home, do your usual routine (exfoliate once every week to ten days), and your tan will remain with you until well into the winter. 

And, of course, don't ever forget the SPF.

9. Invest In A Water Bottle 

No amount of moisturizing can prevent your skin from drying out if it doesn't get the internal hydration it needs. So, drinking enough water becomes even more critical in the summer.

As water makes up most of our bodies, we need to ensure we replenish what we lose so rapidly by sweating when the weather gets hot. 

Lugging a water bottle around might feel like a chore, but investing in one that will keep your water cool can significantly boost the radiance and suppleness of your skin in the summertime. 

10. Minimize Your Makeup Routine

Finally, it's best to refrain from applying too much heavy makeup in the summer. If you want to use makeup when it's sweltering outside, lighter formulas and mineral makeup are the way to go.

Most products don't react very well with the high moisture content in the air or the sun's scorching rays. Light BB creams or tinted moisturizers, a waterproof mascara, and a hint of color on the cheeks should be your go-to routine. 

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Final Thoughts 

When the summer finally arrives, we all want to look our absolute best and embrace radiant complexions. However, we can't just blindly rush out into the sun and expect it to wash all of our imperfections away. A healthy tan will beautify us, but we must never forget how harmful the sun can be. 

With a fair bit of precaution and carefully selecting the right products, you can ensure you'll have an enchanting summer glow not only on holiday but throughout the entire year.

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