• 7 Rules of Summer Skincare

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    Now is the perfect time to switch your entire skincare regimen to a summer regimen. Naturally, there are products you just can’t live without all year round, but generally it is recommended that you change a few of your skincare products and usage with the change of seasons. While in winter it is mostly recommended to use thicker, intensely hydrating creams and strong serum treatments, summer time calls for lighter, gentler formulas for all the products you may use. Here’s what you should change this summer:

      1. Use a lighter, water based moisturizer. In winter, skin is drier and needs extra protection from cold so an oil-based moisturizer or a thicker formula is best suited for your skin. But summer’s soaring temperatures, sun and sweat won’t make a good environment for the heavy creams. Switch to a light lotion that is preferably water based. For oily skin, choose an oil-absorbing, mattifying formula or apply a primer over your moisturizer.
      2. Increase your SPF usage. Not just the frequency, but also its number! If winter time is mostly cloudy where you live, a SPF 15 is generally a good choice for everyday wear. But summer’s sun is most damaging for your skin, especially if you are wearing other medicated treatments, so increase the SPF to 20 or 30 or even higher if needed, but make sure to reapply often (after sweating or washing your face it is best to reapply sunscreen in order to stay protected)
      3. Apply less makeup. Natural looks and shimmering shades are great in summer time. If last winter you could apply a full coverage foundation and some powder, this summer ditch the layers and opt for a tinted moisturizer or a light, dewy foundation instead. Only apply powder if needed in the t-zone area, otherwise you risk ending the day with smeared, melted makeup all over your face. For eye makeup, opt for waterproof formulas and use an eye primer to make your colors last all day long.
      4. Use multi-purpose products. In the spirit of keeping makeup at a minimum, choose multi-purpose formulas to save time and face! A tinted moisturizer with SPF is a great product that can function as moisturizer, foundation and sunscreen at the same time, and it’s barely noticeable. An eye brightening treatment can be your 2-in-1 eye cream and concealer.
      5. Add pre-moistened face wipes and an acne spot treatment to your everyday carry-on items. Especially if you have oily, acne prone skin, these wipes will make cleaning your face easier on the go, whenever you need it. Use the spot treatment the minute you feel a pimple coming on and prevent inflammation and redness.
      6. Use a toner. If you skip the toner in winter time because it can be a bit too drying for your skin, you can re-consider this skincare step in summer. Toners shrink pores, eliminate impurities left behind by your cleanser and help control oil production.  And that refreshing feeling you get after using a toner – priceless!
      7. Use oil-blotting papers for a perfect complexion. Extra sweat and oil make your face shiny. Make sure you use special oil-blotting papers or simply use a coffee-shop paper napkin to gently press onto your skin and absorb excess oils. Use powder sparingly and only if needed.

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