The days are getting longer and warmer which means that summer is finally here (yay!). But before you head out into the sun, remember that a change in weather calls for a change in beauty routine. Your skin’s needs in winter are different to those in summer, which is why we’ve got four easy changes you can make to ensure your summer is that much more beautiful!
1. Squeaky clean: If you have a dry skin you should switch to water or light cream cleansers. Rich cream cleansers are great for winter when your skin lacks moisture, but opting for a lighter formula in summer will mean your pores are less likely to get clogged. Oily skinned girls should try water cleansers in warmer weather. The chemicals in foaming cleansers can strip the skin of its natural oils, which, in turn, will cause your skin to produce more oil. Using a gentler cleanser will help keep your skin’s oil barrier in balance. We recommend Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution (around R140 from selected Dis-Chem and Clicks stores) which is suitable for all skin types.
2. Rub-a-dub: No matter your skin type, you should be using an enzyme exfoliator all year round. So if you haven’t made this switch yet, make this the season to do it! Granular scrubs can damage your skin’s natural protection barrier, which can lead to breakouts and excess sebum production. Enzyme exfoliators gently dissolve dead skin cells without damaging the healthy skin underneath. Lamelle Correctives Cathepzyme (R385) is one of the best we’ve tried.
3. Night, night: Some girls may find that a serum is all they need to use at night during summer. But if you can’t go without a cream too, we suggest you switch to a lighter texture, or try a gel formula rather than a cream. You’ll still wake up with great skin, but it will be glowing rather than greasy.
4. Good foundations: You’ll also need to switch to a lighter formula with your foundation. BB and CC creams are flooding the market at the moment, so take advantage of it. They’re great because they deliver a light to medium coverage, contain skin-boosting ingredients and have built-in SPF (this is not to say you can forego a higher SPF underneath!) If you’re an old-school make-up girl, then just switch to a tinted moisturiser instead.
Emmy is the daughter of a sailor, animal loving, coffee addicted, beauty product junkie editor of rouge.co.za