Summertime brings the arrival of longer periods of sunshine and increased sun exposure, making it more important than ever to stick to a good skincare routine. Wondering how to get flawless skin? Start by switching up your skincare routine. Using the same products all year round just isn’t going to cut it, particularly if you live in a climate where there’s a dramatic change between seasons.
While the colder winter months can bring issues like dryness and dullness to our skin, the summertime comes with its own set of challenges, requiring some significant changes to your skincare routine. These challenges include dehydration, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, oiliness, clogged pores and more frequent breakouts, but thankfully, a good summer skincare routine can make all the difference to the appearance and feel of your skin. Keep reading to find out what changes you should be making during the summertime.
Why is it important to protect skin during summer months?
One of the biggest challenges our skin faces during the hot summer months is staying protected from the sun’s UV rays. While sunlight is important for maintaining our body’s vitamin D levels, if our skin isn’t sufficiently protected, then it can easily become damaged under the sun’s harsh rays.
It’s important to keep our skin protected all year-round, since too much UV exposure can cause damage to the outer and deeper layers of our skin, resulting in reduced elasticity and premature aging. If your skin has had years of sun exposure, then as you get older you may notice some age spots, which are caused by overactive pigment cells. Too much unprotected sun exposure can also lead to skin cancer, so it’s important to keep our skin protected during the summer months.
Hot weather causes increased sweating, which results in clogged pores and a greater frequency of acne breakouts. That's why a good summer skincare routine is important, and with the right products, you can keep your skin feeling and looking healthy all summer long.
Step-by-step summer skincare routine
Above all, the right summer skincare routine can help to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Take a look at our useful step-by-step summer skincare routine below.
1. Clean your face
To help your skincare products absorb properly into the skin, begin by cleansing your skin using a product such as our MULTI CORREXION® Revive + Glow Gel Cleanser. Once you’ve cleansed, you can then exfoliate your face to remove any bacteria or dead skin cells. This ensures that the face is clean by removing any excess oil or impurities, leaving you with the perfect base to begin adding products to.
2. Apply a vitamin C serum
As one of the most effective antioxidants and multi-benefit ingredients for skin health, it’s essential that we get our vitamin C from external sources, since it’s not something that the body can produce on its own. Known for its anti-aging, antioxidant, and brightening benefits, vitamin C will keep your skin radiant and even-toned. Using a serum like our MULTI CORREXION® Revive + Glow Daily Serum will allow your skin to absorb the most concentrated levels of vitamin C, leaving it looking visibly brighter and tighter in just a matter of weeks.
For best results, apply a thin layer of serum with your fingertips using a light tapping motion, then wait a few moments for the product to sink in before moving on to the next step in your routine.
3. Add a hydrating moisturizer
The best moisturizers for summer are lightweight and non-greasy, keeping dry skin hydrated without excess oil. Many people experience oily skin in the summer, and while it may sound contradictory to apply a hydrating moisturizer to oily skin, it will actually help reduce the body’s sebum levels, resulting in less oil.
For protection and hydration, look for a moisturizer that contains SPF, like our MULTI CORREXION® Hydrate & Plump Moisturizer with SPF 30, which is ideal for dehydrated skin and invisible on all skin tones.
4. Wear SPF
Short of completely covering your head when you go outside, adequate sun protection is essential to maintaining skin health and defending against the aging forces of the sun. A product containing SPF like our RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30, can be useful for keeping your skin protected. The higher the SPF, the more protection you’ll get, so look for a product that offers SPF 30 or more if you’re prone to burning. If your favourite moisturizer doesn't contain SPF, then simply apply a separate sunscreen on top of your moisturizer.
5. Replenish moisture at night
After a day in the hot weather, your skin is likely to be in need of some hydration, and products containing hyaluronic acid like RoC Multi Correxion Hydrate Hyaluronic Capsules are ideal for restoring moisture. Hyaluronic acid works by drawing moisture from the air and locking water into the skin, resulting in hydrated, plumper skin.
As we sleep, our bodies boost blood flow to the skin, so an overnight product can be extremely effective.
The warmer weather can bring about new skin challenges, and it’s important that we make the necessary changes to our skincare regime. To get glowing skin this summer time, take a look at our Brightening Vitamin C Skincare Trio, or explore our range of protective sunscreen and SPF products.
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