Your wardrobe isn’t the only thing you should switch come summer time. Those heavyweight moisturisers and harsh cleansers that worked just fine in winter might not cut it in your summer grooming routine, since warmer weather and increased sun exposure can have different effects on our skin. For example, higher temperatures make our skin go from ordinary to oily, leaving it greasy and potentially leading to breakouts. Also, the harmful UV sunrays create more skin concerns, such as uneven skin tone, skin pigmentation, ageing and sun spots. Hot weather also leads to dehydration that makes our skin feel irritated, dry and even red. Therefore, it’s important to have a solid summer grooming routine. Here’s how to change things up now that it’s getting warmer…
1. Switch to a gentle cleanser
Your face sweats a lot, especially in the summer and after a workout at the gym. Dirt is more likely to stick to sweaty skin, leading to clogged pores. When you do wash your face (which you should do twice a day), avoid harsh cleansers that strip your skin of its moisture. Invest in a gentle face wash like The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser to clean your mug like a pro.
2. Add an exfoliator to your routine
No matter how frequently you wash your face, using a scrub twice a week removes pore-clogging debris and dead skin cells. It also opens up hair follicles, allowing for a closer shave. Incorporate Elemis’ Super Food Exfoliator into your routine – it’s jam-packed with antioxidant-rich fruit extracts that gently exfoliate the skin.
3. Swap thicker moisturisers for lighter lotions
Heavy-duty moisturisers have their time and place… And it’s not during the summer. Lightweight and water-based formulas and SPF-packed hydrators should be at the forefront of your grooming routine for summer. Clinique for Men Max Hydra Water Gel packs a lot of hydrating power that boosts the skin’s moisture for up to 24 hours.
4. Pick the right sunscreen
If you think you can use the same sunscreen on your body and face, you’re mistaken. It can irritate sensitive skin or cause acne-prone skin to break out more. Instead, pick an oil-free sunscreen that’s specifically formulated for your face. Clarins Men UV Plus SPF 50 Day Screen is the perfect multi-tasking facial treatment for men. This product protects you from UV damage and the stresses of urban living. Bonus: it doesn’t leave any white streaks on the skin.
5. Hyaluronic acid is a skin hydration hero
Don’t be put off by the word “acid” – hyaluronic acid does not burn or sting. It’s a skincare superhero for summer. It’s supple on the skin and capable of retaining moisture. If you want to get all of the hydrating effects of HA, pick up Kiehls’ Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Just apply the serum after washing your face, but before applying moisturiser.