How to Layer Your SPF and Skincare this Summer
It takes patience to find the ideal daily skincare routine adapted to your exact skin needs. Here are our best tips on how to perfect your summer skincare regimen this time around, so keep reading to learn more on how to maximize your pre and post sun skincare rituals!
In this article, you’ll discover:
How to Prep Your Skin Before Sun Exposure
- Start with Your Lightest Products
- Turn to the Powers of Vitamin C
- Keep it Minimal
- Top Off With SPF
How to Care for Your Post-Sun Skin
- Cleanse Away
- Rehydrate and Soothe
How to Prep Your Skin Before Sun Exposure:
Before your skin is exposed to the sun’s harsh UV rays, it’s essential to improve skin defense with the right skin-protecting products. Summer skincare also necessitates some paring down to adapt to the warmer climate. To make things clearer, we’re breaking down how to optimize your summer skincare routine:
Start with Your Lightest Products
When starting your sunny-day skincare routine, start with your thinnest products like your essences or toners. We recommend not skipping this step, as a pH-perfecting toner can fortify your skin’s natural defenses before it’s outside and fending against factors like the sun’s harsh UVA and UVB rays. The next step is to follow up with your daily serum(s), being sure to give them time to absorb so their active ingredients can penetrate and work more efficiently. Continue your routine by applying on your daily creams and oils before sealing the deal with sunscreen.
Turn to the Powers of Vitamin C
When your skin is constantly being exposed to the sun’s UV rays, Vitamin C is one of the most beneficial powerhouse ingredients to harness in your daily skincare routine. This essential skin-enhancing antioxidant brightens and diminishes pigmentation that’s caused by the harsh summertime sunshine. At the same time, vitamin C works to protect against future sun damage and promotes collagen production which tends to be weakened with the UV’s free radicals.
How to get your fix of vitamin C
- Our Mandarin Cleansing Milk offers an instant dose of vitamin C to protect your skin from sun damage as well as offer light hydration while you cleanse.
- For a more potent dose of this damage-repairing antioxidant, add this high-performance luxury blend of vitamin C ampoules to your routine.
Keep it Minimal
During the dry winter months, dermatologists recommend layering on products to offer extra hydration (like the way you’d layer on extra layers of clothing to stay warm). In the same sense that you would shed those extra layers of clothes when summertime comes around, your skincare routine could also use some stripping down to adapt to the warmer climate. Depending on your skin type and the humidity levels of your environment, you may even find that a dewy pH perfecting toner and a lightweight daily moisturizer with SPF 30 are enough to keep you hydrated.
Pro tip: Even if your skin feels blotchy or oily during the warm summer months, don’t skip out on moisturizing! If you cleanse without replenishing moisture on your skin, you can leave your complexion stripped of its natural protective oils, leaving it prone to more irritation. Doing this can also leave your skin trying to overcompensate for its lack of natural oils, causing further oiliness. To balance your skin Simply make the switch to a lightweight cream to be sure to offer enough hydration for the surface layers of your skin.
Top It Off With SPF
A broad-spectrum SPF is key to protecting your skin cells against major damage.
By simply adding creams with SPF into your skincare routine, you can prevent, delay, and diminish the most common effects of prolonged sun exposure:
- Premature aging
- Sun spots
- Skin sagging
- Skin cancer
Circcell’s Moisture Shield is an oil-free SPF that also doubles as a cream to offer your summer skin some much-needed hydration and protection. Once your skin is dry and your previous skincare products feel like they’ve been fully absorbed, apply a generous amount of SPF, remembering to reapply every 2-3 hours.
Discover why Moisture Shield is a top choice when it comes to SPF:
- Oil-free formula doesn’t clog pores
- Provides long-lasting hydration
- Infused with skin-healthy antioxidants
- Contains plumping hyaluronic acid
- Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection
- Fortifies your skin’s natural protective barrier
- Ideal for all skin types, including sensitive skin
- Free of fragrances, parabens, colorants, and phthalates
- Brightens and evens skin tone and hyperpigmentation
How to Care For Your Post-Sun Skin
Harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun can have a lasting impact on your skin. Keep reading to discover an easy and effective routine to care for your post-sun complexion.
Cleanse Away Sweat and Impurities
After a long day spent outdoors, your skin could likely use a good cleanse. Often, sunscreens combined with unavoidable summer sweat can leave your skin feeling sticky and gross. To start your post-sun skin routine, cleansing should always be the first step. Having the right cleanser on hand effectively removes any unwanted dirt, sweat, oil, and impurities that are lingering on your skin’s surface. The result? Skin that looks (and feels) clean and comfortable. So go ahead and lather up with your favorite facial cleanser. Our personal summertime favorite is Geothermal Clay Cleanser as it swiftly absorbs excess impurities without stripping skin of moisture.
Hydrate and Soothe Your Sunkissed Skin
Excess sun exposure can leave your skin both stripped of hydration and prone to redness. While your skin is still damp after cleansing, follow up with your favorite face cream or oil to restore deep hydration and offer calming relief to irritated skin.