Welcome to a new Three jewelry skincare blog: “Skincare For This Summer”.
In one of previous blog posts I wrote about skincare tips and recommendations for last spring. Writing that post was a lot of fun, so I thought it would be fun and helpful to write another post focused on this season, summer. Although the transition from spring to summer is not gigantic and you do not have to make big changes, there are still things to consider in terms of your skincare routine. The most important factor is the sun. High temperatures, inflammation, skin sensitivity, redness, pigmentation, etc. are all things to keep in mind.
In today’s blog post I will be talking about the following:
- Which skincare changes you should consider making during the summer
- The best ingredients recommended for the summer
- My personal skincare recommendations for this season
- Which skincare changes should you consider during the summer?
Compared to spring, the sun is much more active during the summer. This results in higher temperatures, more harmful sun-rays, a higher chance for skin inflammation and pores clogging, more difficulty to get rid of hyperpigmentation, etc. At the same time, this also means that light-weight products are more than welcome and you can keep your skincare routine more simple, depending on your skin type and needs. Regarding some skincare changes you can consider or keep in mind for this summer:
- Go light on chemical exfoliants and strong actives, such as AHA, Vitamin A and C. Using these ingredients, especially in higher concentrations or too frequent use can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. In turn, your can skin can become more prone to sensitivity, developing hyperpigmentation and skin ageing. Of course, it does not mean you should avoid these ingredients all together. Using Vitamin C, for example is very beneficial if you do it properly. You can use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, consider using lower concentrations, finding alternative ingredients to target your skin needs or using them less frequently. Still Vitamin C and A can be useful for your skin in summer due to their anti-oxidants.
- Focus on using hydrating, refreshing and more light-weight skincare products. Mists, light-weight toners, serums and moisturizers are very useful during the summer season. Mists refresh, hydrate your skin and can also lower your skin’s temperature, which reduces chances of inflammation and irritation. Furthermore, switching your moisturizer to something more lightweight, such as gels and lotions can keep your skin hydrated, without a heavy feeling and potentially clogged pores.
- Use skincare products high in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are very useful during any season and time as they protect your skin from free radicals and harmful sun rays, which damage your skin cells and increase the chance for hyperpigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles. Therefore, they are particularly important during summer.
- Sunscreen. I think this one is the most important. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen suitable for your skin type and make sure to re-apply every couple hours for the best effect.
2. The best skincare ingredients to use during the summer
- Anti-oxidants. As mentioned above, using anti-oxidants is very useful and important during the summer to protect your skin. Some anti-oxidants I can recommend during the summer are: green tea, hyaluronic acid, berry extracts, vitamin C in not too high concentrations and with proper use, Q10 and there are many more amazing anti-oxidants.
- Aloe. One of the best ingredients to sooth, calm down and refresh your skin is aloe. If you have oily, combination, acne-prone or sensitive skin aloe can help your skin in many ways. Aloe is light-weight, not pore-clogging and hydrates your skin as well, especially during hot weather.
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3). Niacinamide helps your skin with many different issues such as, enlarged pores, oily skin, acne, fine lines, uneven skin tone and redness. I would definitely recommend this ingredients for all skin types. You can find Niacinamide in many kinds of skincare products nowadays like serums, toner, masks, moisturizers and sunscreens.
3. My personal skincare recommendations for summer
- Hydrating and refreshing products
These products not only hydrate your skin but offer many other amazing benefits. The Sioris Time is Running out Mist and Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence are great at hydrating and refreshing your skin. The Purito Pure Hyaluronic Acid 90 Serum not only hydrates but also contains many anti-oxidants for anti-aging! Finally, the Sioris A Calming Day Ampoule is great for sensitive skin or if you have redness, skin irritation or dehydrated skin. This ampoule works magic for sure.
- Products high in anti-oxidants
The following products contains a lot of anti-oxidants such as, green tea, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid and Blueberry Extract. Both the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop and Purito Pure Vitamin C Serum contain pure Vitamin C. The Innisfree Green Tea Seed Serum is packed with Green Tea Extract and Oil and the Klairs Midnight Blue Activating Drop contains Blueberry Extract and peptides. Use these serums during the day and/or night to fight-off free radicals. Keep in mind to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen during the day when using Vitamin C.
- Lightweight moisturizers and masks
Use these light-weight, hydrating and cooling moisturizers during the day or night. They contain amazing ingredients such as, Aloe, Vitamin E, Propolis, Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid. The Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel is very soothing to the skin and feels very lightweight. The Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask not only hydrates your skin, but also reduces hyperpigmentation and is ideal for anti-aging. The COSRX and Laneige masks are great for gently hydrating and soothing the skin, while feeling very light on the skin. All of these 3 masks can also be used as a day and night moisturizer, aside from a sleeping or wash-off mask.
These sunscreens are great for summer. The Purito Comfy Water Sun Block feels lightweight and the Centella Green Level Safe Sun is very hydrating on the skin. The Hanyul sunscreen stick mattifies your skin and does not feel heavy and the Innisfree sunscreen on the other hand, is sweat and water resistant and is more heavy-duty.
We have come to the end of this blog post: “Skincare for this summer”. I hope this blog helps you in adjusting your skincare routine for the summer and gave you some useful tips in deciding what kind of products and ingredients are right for you! Let me know what you are changing up this summer regarding your skincare routine. Until next time!