Summer Skin Care Tips And TricksSarah Malouf
We had the chance to sit down with our TSC Esthetician Hannah Clayton to talk all things summer skin care! Keep reading for some hot (pun intended) tips and tricks…
Q: What are the best ways to avoid breakouts when frequently wearing heavy makeup?
A: This is a great question that I get from my clients often! As the weather starts to heat up, you may start to notice more black heads, white heads, or tiny little bumps all over your skin. The oil glands on the surface of your skin are a lot more active as the weather starts to warm up and the humidity rises. So, here’s what I recommend:
- Clean your makeup brushes once a week (minimum!) with a sulfate free antibacterial soap.
- Buy new makeup brushes 1 – 2 times per year. The start of summer is a great time to do that!
- Beauty sponges are a HUGE one. We all love them for that airbrushed look they provide, but washing them after each use is super important here.
- If your skin is oily, especially in the warmer weather, incorporate an exfoliating wash to keep your pores cleaned out. Something like a salicylic acid wash is great, but I recommend talking with any of your TSC providers to find the perfect cleanser for you.
- Properly removing your makeup and incorporating exfoliation is key in order to remove bacteria buildup from the surface of your skin and to avoid clogging your pores overnight.
Q: How do you specifically transition your skin care for warmer weather?
A: Hydration and exfoliation is key for summer skin care. Here’s what I recommend – –
- I like to opt for a moisturizer light weight in consistency to incorporate in with my SPF during the day time and then pull for a heavier, richer cream overnight to aid my skin in staying hydrated.
- Many clients (especially acne prone clients) think they should skip this step because their face already feels greasy. What can happen here is your oil glands may overcompensate and actually create more oil leading to more breakouts.
- Water, water, water – improves elasticity and increases hydration.
- SPF is vital in a summer routine. We should be wearing SPF year round, rain or shine, but once warmer weather starts to rise you are now at higher risk for common skin concerns like hyperpigmentation and aging.
- I recommend wearing SPF 30 or higher and to preferably use a mineral sunscreen that contains zinc oxide as one of its main ingredients. This is one here is one of my favorites!
Q: How do you prep and prime your skin before applying makeup?
A: Makeup is only as good as the skin underneath it…
- Set yourself up with a morning routine of cleansing first and then applying Vitamin C, a hydrating serum, your daytime moisturizer and, of course, your SPF.
- Let your skin care have some time to set in and then you can start to apply your makeup with clean makeup brushes only.
- It is so hard to hide texture under makeup and oftentimes we find that adding foundation or powder actually makes our texture more noticeable. Exfoliated and hydrated skin is key here!
Q: Should I be using retinol in the summer?
A: Absolutely!! You should continue or start using your retinols if you aren’t already pairing with an antioxidant such as vitamin C!
- This step is crucial for stimulating collagen production and lessening the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne and hyperpigmentation.
- A common misconception is that you should stop applying retinol in the summer due to UV rays.
- Instead of avoiding altogether, apply at night and let the retinol do its best work while you sleep. (Shop one of my favorite nighttime retinols here!) Wash your face the next AM and apply Vitamin C to help the retinol be more effective and then follow with SPF.
- Irritated skin is a common concern with retinol. The humidity helps your skin produce more natural oils and can actually help with any retinol irritation or dryness you may experience
Q: How should I be removing summer makeup and SPF at bedtime?
A: This is one of the most important steps in your summer skin care routine. Here’s what I suggest…
- Start by removing your makeup with something like a micellar water, cleansing balm, or cream cleanser depending on your skin needs.
- Then, I like to go in a second time to double cleanse with a cleanser that best fits my skin type. I have more dry skin so I use a cream based cleanser at night.
- I incorporate a cleanser with AHA glycolic acid 2-3 times per week to help aid in the removal of dead skin cells on the surface of my skin.
- If you are oily you may want to opt for a gel cleanser and incorporate a BHA such as salicylic acid to penetrate deeper to help unclog the pores.
- On nights that I am not using an exfoliator I like to go in with a retinol or a retinoid.
- When using actives such as AHA’s, BHA’s, or retinoids your skin is more prone to irritation. I like to go through a weekly skin cycle to help control any irritation or inflammation to the skin. Skin cycling also allows your products to work better due to some ingredients canceling each other out when using them to close together. I do a 4 night skin cycle that looks something like this ..
- Night 1: Exfoliation (AHA’s, BHA’s, Polisher, etc.)
- Night 2: Retinols/ Retinoids
- Night 3: Rest
- Night 4: Rest
- Rest nights in skin cycling allow your skin barrier to heal post active ingredients. On these nights I focus on healing and hydrating the skin. I love to throw in a hydrating mask on one of my rest nights.
- After following your skin cycle step, you want to go in with hydrating serums and night time repair creams. I love to use Hyaluronic Acid here along with a cream that has repairing and anti aging ingredients such as peptides or stem cells.
Talk with your TSC provider to create your own personalized summer skin care regimen! 🙂