Is summer’s rising temperatures wreaking havoc on the skin? Whether it’s the outdoor heat and humidity or the dry indoor AC air causing the damage, here are five tips for keeping your skin in tip-top condition over the hot summer months.
1. Cleanse without drying out your skin
Get a smart face cleanser that recognises what your skin needs. Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash clears only excessive oil production, keeping drier patches intact so skin feels clean and supple.
2. Use toner to restore balance
Toning is an essential for summer skincare as it preps the face for the next step in your beauty routine. Clarins has toners for different skin types – its Toning Lotion With Iris combats oily or combination skin by purifying and rebalancing, while its Extra-Comfort Toning Lotion is perfect for dry skin, cleaning without stripping away moisture. Its Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner revitalises dull skin.
3. Go easy on the exfoliation
Switch from skin-sloughing exfoliators to mild formulas such as Elemis Gentle Rose Exfoliator. It gently buffs away dead skin, keeping moisture levels in check and your face ultra-smooth.
4. Switch to a lightweight moisturiser and SPF
Opt for lightweight gel-like or fluid formulas that hydrate the skin without being heavy or greasy. Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Ultimate Hydro Gel is light and soothing, Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 is powerful yet lightweight, Shiseido Ibuki Beauty Sleeping Mask is the perfect leave-on overnight mask, with vitamin C and E capsules that plump and renew skin by the morning.
5. Pile on the sheet masks
Skin soothers such as sheet masks are serious saviours for dry, irritated or inflamed skin. We especially love the inexpensive Oleva+ Soothing Moisturising Bamboo Mask – keep it in the fridge before applying for an ultimate cooling effect. Once the sheet is off, massage the excess into the skin.