Hello, everyone! As the summer season is at its peak, I’ve decided to share some skincare routines. I’m no skincare guru or expert, and this article isn’t a complete guide, but I thought it would be helpful to prepare for the skin during the summer.
Aside from your occasional summer burn, our skin naturally tends to become oiler from the humidity. This can cause other skin issues too where the oil can clog your pores. All of these reasons are precisely why you should adjust your skincare routine for the upcoming months.
The 5 steps are as follows:
1. Double cleansing
When weather becomes hot and humid, the surface of the skin produces more sebum. Along with this, you might be sweating often compared to other season. As such, I recommend using a cleansing oil or balm to break down all of your makeup and other surface grime from the day. Follow up with a good cleanser to wash off the oil, sweat and makeup.
Exfoliaters can help shed your dead skin faster, leaving a fresh skin underneath. As we all know, excess oil is the culprit for dry and dull skin. So switch up your routine by exfoliating every week. A glycolic acid peel works wonders in sloughing away dead skin. My personal favorite is Innisfree Refining Gommage Mask with Green Barley. Apply them on a freshly cleaned face. Just a pointer though, be sure to use sunscreen because glycolic acid may increase sun sensitivity.
Every skin type needs a moisturizer, whether you have oily or dry skin. Moisturizer not only helps to, well, moisturize your skin, but it also helps to absorb all the other nutrients from the previous products you have applied. Go lightweight. Use a water-based moisturizer twice per day. Lately, I’ve been impressed with the Innisfree skincare line, especially the Hydrating Serum with Green Tea Seed. I love this serum! It’s super light and moisturizing. Plus, my skin didn’t break out. So that was a big bonus.
As you already know, sunscreens have always been sticky and give you a white cast, but those are sunscreens of the past. Today, sunscreens can be thin and comfortable enough to wear every day. Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF value of at least 15. Reapply as needed every 2-3 hours after summer activities and swimming.
5. Sleeping Masks
I never really used sleeping masks in the past. Until I discovered it’s becoming a wide spread phenomenon that’s sweeping across the states. Sleeping masks took off in South Korea as packs that’s used at night and gradually moisturize the skin throughout the skin’s natural repair cycle. This may fix the dullness that occurs with oily skin. When you wake up the next morning, you’ll find your skin plump and glowing.
And these are my current recommendation for a summer skincare routine. My complexions are naturally dry, so I know I need to double my moisturizing game. But most of the products I use works wonders for oily skin too. Let me know if there’s anything in particular relating to skincare that you would like to see next!