How to tweak your skincare routine to survive the hot summer
I think it’s safe to say that everybody has been feeling the heat. We’re all looking for some respite, whether by hitting the beach, going up to Baguio, lounging by the pool, or even just collapsing on our beds with the fan at full blast. You may even have updated your wardrobe to consist of light, airy, and perhaps skin-baring pieces to keep from getting hot and bundled up. Just as we adjust our clothes to be more weather-appropriate, it’s a good idea to do the same for our skincare regimen. Like it or not, our environment has an effect on our skin and this causes our skin’s condition and needs to change. If you haven’t done it yet, here’s some quick guidelines on how to transition your routine and make it more summer-ready.
Do some spring cleaning
Many beauty brands release special collections for the summer season, so if you’re looking to add some new pieces, it’s a good idea to clear out your vanity and beauty storage. You may already know when to toss your makeup but are you familiar with skincare expiration dates as well? With the heat at full blast, products that aren’t properly stored can degrade at a faster rate. It may be tempting to still use it, especially when there’s no funky smell or it change in appearance but considering that you apply it directly on your skin and expect to reap benefits, stop to consider if you should take the risk.
Make sure to store your products in a cool part of the room, away from direct sunlight, and possibly in a sealed container to avoid gathering of dust and ensure product freshness. Transparent organizers are a good investment as storage for your skincare and makeup, particularly if you’re a hoarder like me!
Switch to lighter moisturizers
Cleaning out your stash may have led you to unearth products that you’ve quite forgotten about. Hydration is still key no matter what weather is like, so this is the best time to trade in your rich creams for a lighter formula. Water-based and gel type moisturizers offer your skin good hydration without weighing it down or causing a sticky sensation. It can take time for skin to adjust to a new product, so if you have sensitive skin, it’s best to start with alternating between the established product and the new one every other day. You may increase it to daily application by the following week.
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