Published: June 10, 2015
Changing up a skin care routine is something that makes many women feel edgy and nervous. After all – you’ve found the perfect cleanser and moisturizer, and they seem to be working absolutely fine. Why on earth would you want to make changes in the first place, right? Well, studies have shown that as the seasons change, so do our skin care needs. Lionesse has some tips for revamping your skin care for summer in the article below, and we show you just what exactly you should change.
Cleanser & Moisturizer
If you’re still using the cleanser you’ve used since the winter months, you’re in for a rude awakening! That cleanser is oriented more for the months where your skin needed that added dose of hydration through means of a thick cleansing cream or face wash. Now that spring has come and gone and summer has arrived, it’s important to take the current environmental state into consideration.
During the summer, the weather changes as more humidity moves in and the amount of dry air reduces. By using the wrong cleanser – for instance, one that is formulated to help dried out skin – you are doing your skin a disservice because your skin will naturally absorb more humidity within the air. What does this mean for you? Well, your skin could react badly between the combination of a thick, creamy cleanser and moisturizer – leaving you with acne, irritated skin, and clogged up pores. Instead, opt for using a thinner water-based cleanser and moisturizer, and if you only need to apply your moisturizer to specific parts of the face such as the T-Zone, by all means – make those changes. You don’t want to end up with more problems than you started out with. Always choose products specific to your skin tone to avoid further problems from occurring.
When it comes to exfoliation, chances are you will need to change that up, too. During the summer months, we naturally dress for the weather – shorts, tank tops, and flip flops. Therefore, it’s essential to exfoliate our bodies more often, and our faces less. We should be exfoliating our faces with a gentle exfoliant once per week, such as a mask, polish, or peel. On the other hand, our legs, arms, trunks, and other areas should be exfoliated twice per week using a loofah, pumice stone, or gentle body scrub. Your feet should be exfoliated more often due to the fact that you will most likely be wearing sandals and flip flops more often. Twice per week with a pumice stone and a good foot scrub should do the trick.
Cosmetic products should also be changed up to aid in the difference in your skin care routine. Lighter cosmetics should be applied to provide your skin room to breathe when it’s hot out. Also, the lighter cosmetics you apply, the less likelihood that your products will ‘melt’ or sweat off of your face. Opt for products such as mineral foundation, which generally comes in a powder or cream form, bronzer to give yourself a beautiful glow, natural hued eyeshadows with a bit of shimmer. Other great summer options are lip gloss, lip balm, or lip oil for color. Blush should only be applied to the apple of the cheeks and should be worn very sparsely. Waterproof mascara can be utilized on a daily basis as it’s hard to budge. Waterproof eyeliners are also a safe bet.