So you change up your wardrobe every season, but what about your skincare regimen? We reached out to Carly Woods, an HSN contributor and beauty blogger to get tips on the best changes to make to our skincare lineups (skincare wardrobe, as Woods calls it) during the spring and summer months.
Do: Increase your SPF
Rain or shine, an SPF should always be a part of your skincare routine, Woods says. Whether you use a moisturizer with SPF or a separate product altogether is up to you. Woods is partial to the latter — “this way I know the SPF is of good quality and I can change the protection – so a higher protection if I know I will be in direct sun all day,” she says.
Lately, I’ve been using Cover FX 30 Protection Primer, underneath my go-to Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, which boasts an SPF of 20. I also moisturize with this miracle product from One Love Organics. Josie Maran made a moisturizer with SPF that I loooved. It’s been MIA for months, but apparently has been reformulated with an SPF of 47 — I’m excited to try it.
Don’t: Obsess over trends
Facial oils and serums are in right now, but that doesn’t mean you need to slather them all over your face noon and night. What you use depends on your skin type (this anti-aging Q&A offers a good guide). Woods keeps it lightweight during the daytime hours, saving heavier serums and facial oils for her p.m. routine.
Another trend to watch out for is matte mania. “Most people think when the heat turns up everyone should opt for all mattifying products,” says Woods. “However, if you have dehydrated skin or dry skin this won’t help you at all and will just cause more problems. Stick to products that address your main skin type or concern.”
Do: Incorporate other sun-friendly products into your routine
In addition to upping your SPF quotient, be sure to incorporate other products as you’re getting more sun. Woods recommends incorporating a gradual face tanner into your p.m. regimen if you’re looking for more of a natural glow. She also recommends having a cooling and extra nourishing body moisturizer to apply after sun exposure. I’m a fan of Prtty Peaushun, which will give you extra moisture and a glow. Another pick is Coola’s radical recovery after-sun lotion. Plain old coconut oil works well, too.
Don’t: Stop moisturizing (regardless of the season)
Many people stop moisturizing during the summer because they think their skin doesn’t need it. Woods says this is the biggest skincare mistake you can make during the warmer months. Worried about breakouts? There’s a simple — and universal solution: Remember to wash your face, morning and night. “It ensures there is no product build up, which causes breakouts and clogged pores,” Woods says.
If you’re lazy like me, try making your cleansing ritual more luxurious. My trick? I use muslin baby washcloths (seriously) to wash my face. They’re super soft and feel indulgent.