Your wardrobe shouldn’t be the only thing that needs to change with the season. As winters turn into spring and the long summers have started to show their colors in Pakistan- your skincare routine needs a change as well. It’s time we have a little chat about the weather; about how the seasons change and are always changing and how these changes require a swift sartorial edit of our skincare to prevent our faces from puckering with heat. Change can be scary. But when it comes to switching up your serums, moisturizers, and cleansers it’s not something you should do, it’s something you Need to do for the sake of your beautiful healthy skin.
As the weather gets warmer and humidity is heightened, the skin has to adapt. As the skin starts to adjust to warm or hot weather and humid air, this often means feeling greasy and heavy as more oil gets trapped on the surface of the skin.
In the hot and humid months, switching to an oil-removing cleanser to help control excess sebum can be beneficial. If you feel that you need a deeper clean, look for products that contain salicylic acid, like a light moisturizer, lotion, or gel, and be extra diligent using your sunscreen.
Here are a few basic suggestions for you, but whatever you do, do as per your skin type and needs.
Retinol makes your skin hypersensitive to sunlight and may not be your best bet while you’re frolicking on the coast like the glamorous lizard queen that you are. Save that whole ‘new you, new skin’ thing for the cool, dull light of winter. In the meantime, start slathering on a Vitamin C serum in the AM – it’s a powerhouse for fighting against free radicals, sun damage, fine lines, and discoloration. Like a tall drink of water for your face, a good hyaluronic acid serum is key to keeping things plump, fresh and hydrated all year round.
Product Pick: The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
Keep this one simple and, no matter what season it is, try not to overdose with this whole double, triple, quadruple cleansing thing that is currently whipping the beauty world into a frenzy. Your skin can handle a great deal on its own, but if you’re stripping it of its protective epidermal shield, it’s more than likely to turn into a red-faced toddler. The key to switching it up here is texture: all year round, do yourself a favor by indulging in weekly deep cleanse and facial massage with a balm. In summer, tackle hyperactive glands with a clarifying foam.
Product pick: Philosophy Purity Foam 3 in 1 Cleanse Gel and Garnier Micellar Water
You must have seen someone on your Instagram feed with an array of muds and gels painted onto their faces like a cosmetic Picasso. Want to try it for yourself? We’d be lying if we said that it’s more fun than it looks, but it will address all of your skin concerns in one hit. As a general rule of thumb, apply a clay or charcoal mask onto your t-zone to clarify and target breakouts, followed by a brightening, hydrating mask everywhere else. Or just use one on its own according to your seasonal skincare needs. Whatever you feel like. You are the star of this show and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Product Pick: Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask by Bodyshop
Keep it as simple as possible, something that keeps your skin hydrated but not make it greasy is best. There have been some amazing hydration products introduced in recent years. Pick the one that your pocket finds easy to invest in.
Product Pick: Loreal Hydra Fresh Aqua Essence
We really don’t need to wax lyrical about this one. If you want to do your skin, and your future self, a favor, wear an SPF 50+ all year round, whether you are meditating in a damp cave or lounging at the french breach. Use what feels right.