When seasons change, so should your skincare routine. This summer, save face by tweaking your usual regimen, which will help you ensure clear, glowing skin. Whether you're oily and need to replace your moisturizer or sensitive and need to nix a few ingredients, start customizing your summer skincare now by incorporating these small changes into your routine. Just remember, whatever choices you make, be sure to take the SPF out of hibernation and apply every day, as the sun transitions from guest star to leading role come hot weather.
Combination Skin: The Foaming Cleanser
While combination skin does, at times, get oily, transitioning from one season to the next can be tricky as you have probably been on the dry side for most of the winter. If you haven't already done so, now is the time to switch up your heavy cream-based products for lighter ones. Start off by washing your face with a gentle foam cleanser that wont strip your dermis of its natural oils, leaving your skin with that air-tight, uncomfortable feel. Also, replace your heavy moisturizer with an oil-free lotion, skipping over your T-zone during your morning routine as you have enough oil production there as it is.
tFS Pick: Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser $30
Oily Skin: The Hydrating Toner
Even if you don't usually breakout in the summer, switch to a cleanser that fights pimples, as this will keep the oil at bay and your skin looking matte. The key is to select one with only 2 percent salicylic acid, which helps break down oil without stripping your pores dry. Once you are done cleansing, skip your regular moisturizing routine and instead opt for a summer-friendly toner which will keep your skin hydrated and soothed. Unlike the old astringents, today's toners aren't harsh on the skin as they don't rely on alcohol, which dries out your pores completely.
tFS Pick: Claudalie Moisturizing Toner $28
Normal Skin: Adding the Serum
Even normal skin gets oily during the summer, especially if you live in a humid climate. That being said, nix your creamy, hydrating cleanser and switch to a gentle foaming or gel-based one instead. After you have cleansed, take your bedtime beauty routine down a notch. If you were using a cream, switch to a lotion, and if you were using a lotion, now is the time to switch over to a hydrating serum.
tFS Pick: Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum $42.50
Sensitive skin: Soothing Ingredients
The most important thing for sensitive skin during the summer is to switch to products with the least amount of ingredients in them, as the heat only aggravates your skin's interaction with irritating properties. If you haven't already done so, switch to both a fragrance-free cleanser and moisturizer. When searching for a new cleanser and moisturizer, be on the lookout for ones with natural, calming ingredients like chamomile and aloe, which visibly reduce signs of irritation like redness, all while soothing your skin.
tFS Pick: Aveeno Daily Moisturizer Ultra Calming SPF 15 $14.27