Looking for summer skincare tips for transitioning your K-beauty routine as the hot summer weather kicks in? Don’t sweat it! Read below for five easy ways to transition your skin care routine into a summer winner.
Tip 1: Never forget to double cleanse
A lot of people shy away from oil cleansers when they’re skin gets hot and sweaty, but in the summer (just like any other time of the year) that is a definite no-go. In reality, the best way to combat oil is with oils! Oil-based cleansers, like the Banila Co Clean it Zero Purity, break down surface impurities and pollutants, and the oils in their formula help to remove excess sebum from the skin. This leaves your skin clear and ready to receive the rest of your skin care and will help to regulate your skin’s oil production.
Once you’ve oil cleansed, your skin is prepped for your water-based cleanser. This step is so important during the summer because your face is producing more sweat than usual and pores can become blocked more easily. Using a cleanser like the Skinfood Tea Tree Bubble Cleansing Foam is great if you want to target acne, since breakouts are more common in sweaty, congested skin. The gentle, tea tree infused bubbles will help to keep your pores clear and healthy. If you have oily or combination-oily skin, we recommend using a product with charcoal, like the Erborian Black Soap, since charcoal is great at drawing out deeply set oil, sebum, and impurities.
Tip 2: Swap your cotton masks for hydrogel masks
While the heavy dose of essence delivered by a classic cotton mask is a beautiful thing in the fall and winter, it can be a bit much in the summer heat. That’s why hydrogel masks should be your summer go-to since they’re made with a light amount of essence to ensure your skin gets just the right amount of product, no more, no less. This allows for a lighter and more refreshing sheet mask experience.
The Manefit Natural Gift Green Tea Pore Care Sheet Mask is a great option for summer because it delivers all the moisture and nutrients you need, while also being infused with green tea leaves, which help to calm your skin and reduce redness and irritation. For an added boost of cool, I recommend putting the mask in the fridge before putting it on to cool the skin and reduce puffiness. Trust me, there’s nothing quite like the feel of a straight-from-the-fridge face mask after a hot and humid day in the sun!
Tip 3: Use a spray-on essence or a spray-on serum
Opting for spray-on serums, like the Neogen H2 Dermadeca Serum Spray, is one of the best summer skincare tips. Even though it may be hot and humid, all skin types still need moisture! The air is still swarming with pollutants and free radicals that damage the skin and strong air conditioning can be very drying.
Sprays are ideal because you don’t have to layer on a heavy liquid—you just spritz and go. They provide just as much moisture and nourishment with half the time and weight. I love to carry a spray in my bag so if I feel my skin getting a bit heated during the day, I can give my face a cool, refreshing spritz. And just like your masks, keeping your spray essence in the fridge is a great way to ensure you’re delivering the coolest blast of goodness possible.
Tip 4: Use a lightweight moisturizer
Your moisturizer is likely the heaviest product in your routine, but when the weather gets warmer, it’s always a good idea to lighten up. And lighter definitely doesn’t mean less hydrating. If you have oily or combination-oily skin, you should look for gel moisturizers like the Missha Super Aqua Ultra Water-Full Clear Cream. It’s a clear gel that’s packed with moisture but goes on lightly. It’s also highly mattifying, which is perfect for combating the appearance of sweat and oil.
If you have dry or combination-dry skin, look for a moisturizer that’s lightweight but also has moisturizing oils (if you haven’t gotten the hint already, oils are the key to good for summer skin.) Using an oil-infused moisturizer like the Erborian Yuza Double Lotion is a great way to manage dry skin because the oils in the formula deliver intense moisture without the weight of heavy creams.
If you have sensitive, dry skin that craves deep moisture, lightening your moisturizer is also totally doable! The key is to look for ingredients that provide nourishing, calming, and hydrating effects, without a lot of weight. Go for the Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel. The gel goes on light and clear, but it doesn’t feel heavy at all. The formula is enriched with 80% aloe and propolis, so the moisture it delivers is incredible. Propolis is one of my absolute favorite skincare ingredients—find out why here.
But if you’re still on the “no moisturizer during summer” team, don’t fret. A great option for people with super oily skin is swapping your moisturizer for an emulsion. Emulsions are basically a lighter version of moisturizer that still deliver powerful hydration. I love to mix my Enature Birch Juice Hydro Emulsion with a few drops of rosehip oil to boost the moisture and reap the benefits of the oil. You can do this with any of your favorite oils to really get moisturized in the lightest way possible.
Tip 5: Always, ALWAYS, wear sunscreen!
Last but most certainly not least is sunscreen: arguably the most important part of your summer routine. With the increase in heat also comes an increase in the strength and intensity of the sun’s rays. Just like any other time of year, you should be applying sunscreen every day, rain or shine, but it’s important to make sure you’re using the best and strongest sunscreen you can during the summer months.
It’s critical to look for a sunscreen that has SPF 50, as well as PA+++. 50 is one of the highest SPFs and provides the strongest protection, and the PA+++ in your sunscreen will keep dark spots from forming on the skin. We love the Missha Nearskin Dustless Defense Sun Block, because it checks all the summer skin care boxes. It has SPF 50 and PA+++, and it’s also formulated with botanical extracts to form a barrier against pollutants and free radicals. To top it off, it’s also super mattifying! Long story short, it’s a win-win-win.