Spring and Summer Skincare Hacks That You Must Know
It’s that time of year again: spring has sprung, and summer is right around the corner! Gone are the whipping winds of winter and the dry, hot air keeping us toasty inside. Since everything is in bloom right now, let’s talk skincare. Because even though spring and summer weather aren’t typically considered to be as harsh as winter can be, it’s still a perfect time to step up when it comes to skincare.
Here are some spring and summer skincare “hacks” that will make taking care of your skin as simple as possible.
Want great skin? Start with a great cleanser. Spring and summer are the perfect seasons to try a soothing, purifying facial cleanser that won’t be overly harsh or cause irritation to your complexion. One cleanser I especially love is Rhonda Allison Foaming Peptide Cleanser. It gently removes impurities, infuses your skin with nourishing vitamins and probiotics, and is safe and gentle enough for the most sensitive skin. It’s perfect for all skin types and should be enjoyed year-round.
Hack 101: Summertime brings on more sweat, and sweat leads to more zits. It’s the one downfall of that beautiful weather! Two easy ways to bring down inflammation are ice and salt. Icing down a pimple can help with swelling, and salt contains powerful antibacterial properties to pull oil from the pore. Try combining a little sea salt with enough water to form a paste. Dab it on your problem pimple and let it sit for an hour or so. Rinse it off and be amazed!
Though warm temperatures are friendly and favorable to our faces in a variety of ways, skin can still get dried out no matter how much lotion or moisturizer you may use. This is where exfoliation comes into play! A great DIY exfoliating scrub that I like to use from time to time is just a simple mix of brown sugar and coconut oil. You can add oatmeal or honey, or even your favorite natural fragrance oil. Exfoliating can be done 2-3 times per week, depending on the sensitivity of your skin. This helps alleviate your complexion of dead skin cells while opening up your pores to allow for optimal hydration.
During the summer, gentle exfoliation is a must for clearing away impurities. Even if you’re switching up your skincare to more lightweight products, your skin will still tend to be a bit oilier than usual when the weather is warm. Exfoliation will leave your skin fresh and radiant!
Hack 101: Make your own DIY peel! Sure, facial masks are all the rage, but why not try a peel for proper exfoliation? Mix two teaspoons of baking soda with one teaspoon of water, and squeeze a little lemon juice into it. Apply the mixture to your face and let it dry for five minutes or so before you rinse with warm water. You’ll have smooth, radiant skin in a matter of minutes.
My favorite little skincare hack about moisturizing: do it in the morning and the evening when your skin is still damp after cleansing and/or exfoliating. Remember, some oils are good for your skin so don’t be tempted to go completely oil-free. Look for products with natural oils, like cosmetic-grade flaxseed or grapeseed. These are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. For the delicate skin surrounding your eyes, I can’t recommend enough adding an eye cream to your routine. Especially during the summertime when we’re out in the sun, which can be extra drying or damaging no matter how much SPF we slather on. Eye creams are designed and formulated specifically to target that area, and you won’t regret using one no matter how “old” or “young” you are.
Hack 101: Wake up and smell the roses, literally. Rosewater is awesome for hydrating skin, and when mixed with a little water and used as a spritz, it’s the perfect spring and summertime skin replenisher. It also smells fantastic and seasonally-appropriate!
Talking about the sun -- our favorite thing to see in the sky during these spring and summer months-- brings me to my next hack. Protection, protection, protection. Sunscreen is truly the only way to effectively protect your skin from harsh UV rays. It can help protect you from skin cancer, sun damage, and aging.
My most important skincare rule for warm weather is always wear an SPF 15 sunscreen (or higher), which contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These ingredients physically block both UVA and UVB rays from penetrating the skin and won't irritate sensitive or acne-prone skin. Protecting your skin from these rays is vital to your health, and it can delay the onset of fine lines and wrinkles. To put it simply, it is a MUST DO no matter if you apply it underneath your makeup (most foundations already contain an SPF, if that’s a better route for you) or on your bare, beach-going face.
Hack 101: On a hot day or when you’re on vacation, keep your sunscreen on ice or in your cooler. Trust me, it feels amazing (you can hear your skin sigh, “ahhhh”, I swear) and you’re more likely to reapply it because of this.
During the summer months, your skin and your body crave even more hydration than usual. Keep a bottle or glass handy of fresh, cool water to sip from (and refill) throughout the day. Water cleanses your system, plumps up your skin cells, and helps keep your skin moist, dewy, and fresh. Staying hydrated can keep you feeling alert and refreshed all day long, which is great for body, skin, and mind!
Hack 101: Looking for some spa-like hydration? Look no further than your cupboard. Use organic honey, coconut oil, and a little lavender essential oil to make your own ultra-hydrating facial mask. Leave it on until it dries naturally, then rinse it off. You’ll feel like you spent an hour at a spa!I’ve compiled my favorite spring and summer skincare “hacks” that will make taking care of your skin as simple as possible.
Alana Mitchell is a licensed esthetician and industry-expert in beauty and skincare. She has made it her personal goal to make beauty and skincare easier for others to understand, and has a strong passion for ingredient-savvy products that actually deliver results. When she is not busy with skincarebyalana.com, based in Dana Point, she enjoys spending time with her family – especially her two young boys.