Summer officially begins in just over a month, and as the seasons change, it’s always a good idea to switch up your beauty products to better combat the heat (and sweat) that typically comes with those extra rays of sunshine.
No matter what your skin type is year-round, more than likely your skin will become oilier as it is exposed to warmer and more humid weather conditions. Because of this, makeup may require more touch-ups throughout the day if you’re a “full beat” kind of gal—which isn’t always the easiest thing to do depending on how busy your schedule is. If you wear makeup regularly, you should already know to switch up your foundation between winter and summer as your skin will be lighter in the winter than in summer (bonus tip: you may even switch to a matte formula to further help prevent oil and shine). What some of us forget to consider, however, is switching up your skincare products to help combat the oil and sweat before you even apply your makeup.
For cleansers, opt for oil-free, water based products which will deeply cleanse without adding excess oils (you will know the product is water-based if "aqua" is listed as the main ingredient). Follow up with an alcohol-free toner, which cools and calms the skin, helps restore the PH-balance, and removes left-over residue from your soaps and cleansers. A great trusted brand is Thayer's Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner (w/ Aloe Vera & Rose Petals), but you can also make a hydrating facial toner spray simply by mixing a few drops of tea tree oil, purified water, aloe vera juice and rosewater.
When it comes to moisturizing, however, certain oils are good to use on your skin, regardless of skin type. Natural oils that are low on the comedogenic scale (aka less likely to clog your pores), such as jojoba, sweet almond, hemp seed, rosehip and raw shea butter, are great for moisturizing your body from head to toe (including hair and nails). For your face especially, try to use pure, essential oils whenever possible, and remember that a little bit goes a long way! These oils are good because you don’t have to use much and, once absorbed into the skin, they can provide lots of moisture that will last all day without being too heavy or shiny.
NOTE: I intentionally kept our beloved coconut oil off this list because, while it is great for many uses including moisturizing hair, cooking, and other health-related benefits, it is not the best choice to use on your face as it is relatively high on the comedogenic scale (coconut oil is rated at 4 on a scale of 0-5, whereas argan oil is at 0 and almond oil at 2)* and will likely lead to build-up and clogged pores—a BIG no-no!
Once you’ve properly cleansed, toned and moisturized your skin, you’re now ready to apply your makeup for the day (don’t forget the sunscreen! Apply either before or after moisturizing.). By now, you should have matched your foundation to your new summer shade, but remember to use products such as primers, setting sprays and translucent finishing powders to get some extra help locking in your look and keeping the oil and shine at bay. Great options are Benefit Cosmetics' “Porefessional” Makeup Primer, Urban Decay's “All Nighter” Setting Spray, and Coty's Airspun Translucent Setting Powder.
Throughout the day, you may need an occasional boost to hydrate your skin and keep cool in the heat. For this, I swear by Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb, and Rosewater! It is lightweight, refreshing, inexpensive, and smells great! Keep a small bottle in your bag and spritz on your face when applying makeup to help blend, and throughout the day for an extra boost in hydration.
No matter what the time of year, we should always remove our makeup and cleanse our skin before bed to prevent built-up makeup from clogging the pores which cause breakouts. This is especially important in the summer and will be a key factor in keeping your skin fresh and breakouts to a minimum. It may also be a good idea to include a deep cleaning facial mask into your weekly routine to really pull the excess oil and dirt from your pores. Try mixing a few scoops of Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay with a little bit of apple cider vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes--you will literally feel the powerful clay pulsing as it is working on your skin.
Hopefully with these tips you’ll notice a difference in your skin and the durability of your makeup this summer whether you plan on bumming it at the beach or day-partying it up every weekend! Nobody knows your skin better than you, so as always use your best judgment and find what works best for you.