Ready to ditch the heavy moisturizers and greasy sunscreens? Spring is here and it’s time to transition your skincare routine for the warmer weather! Goodbye thick creams, hello light lotions! Get ready to learn how to transform your winter skin care into summer ready skin care.
How your skin changes from winter to summer
As winter makes way for summer, your body will experience a variety of changes due to varying temperatures and outdoor activities. While much of the basic pieces of a proper skincare routine remain constant between each season, there are specific changes you can make that ensure your skin’s health when transitioning from winter to summer.
In the winter months, you likely experience dryer, flakier areas with higher levels of dehydration. In the hotter months it is important to recall that sunburns and long-term damage due to UV rays are possible even on days with light cloud cover or cooler weather. UVA rays can still penetrate through windows and damage skin even when it is not particularly sunny outside; and increased heat can cause more humidity, which leads to losing hydration faster than in previous seasons.
Knowing these changes, it’s important to adjust one’s natural skincare range accordingly by:
- Increasing hydration levels through serums or deeply-moisturizing creams.
- Refining textures such as smoother, brighter skin with exfoliants like chemical peels or AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids).
- Strengthening the protective layer of the skin to fend off against environmental aggressors like irritants, pollutants, or harsh weather conditions through layering sunscreen during the day and products rich in antioxidants at night.
Tips for transitioning your skincare routine
During the winter, cold weather, lowered humidity, and indoor heating tends to cause dryness, irritation, and dehydration. So, it’s important to transition your routine as the weather warms up. Fortunately, with some simple steps, you can safely transition into summer while keeping it healthy:
- Swap out your heavier creams and moisturizers for lighter alternatives such as lotions or gels. These formulas are better for summer since they won’t clog pores and will instead allow more air circulation to keep skin feeling light and refreshed.
- Increase the frequency of exfoliation in order to remove dead cells from the surface of your skin which can dull its appearance in warm weather. Enzymes or chemical exfoliants (such as alpha-hydroxy acids) that dissolve dead cells without irritating are best for this purpose.
- Look at the SPF content of all products you use on your face since high SPF protects against UV damage in warmer months, preventing sunburns and wrinkles down the line. Products with SPF 15 or higher should always be applied when you plan on spending time outdoors during the day—even on cloudy days!
- Use a toner after cleansing in order to maintain optimal pH levels which will help protect skin from pumps while still allowing it to breathe properly in hot temperatures. Toners can also be used throughout the day when necessary to maintain a freshly cleansed feel of skin while away from home or exposed to environmental factors during activities like jogging or biking outdoors.
Taking the time to properly transition your skincare routine is essential to preserving the health and appearance of your skin. As the seasons change, so do our skin’s needs, and it’s important to make sure you are mindful of the adjustments that must be made.