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This summer isn't just the sun that's hot, skin care is becoming HOTTER than ever! As temperatures rise, so do beauty trends - leaving us all feeling a bit frazzled as we try to keep up. 

But don't put yourself through the frustration; let us help you get updated on what products should be adorning your bathroom shelves this season. Sit back and relax while I walk you through our guide to staying gorgeous in the hottest period of 2023. Kick off your shoes and prepare yourself a piña colada because I rounded up everything from sunscreens and masks that will take your routine from basic to boujee. 

Get ready to reveal your new lusciously hydrated complexion and step into summer knowing you have all the knowledge, plus a cool beach bag full of beauty goodies.

Why your skin care routine should change during the summer?

Being exposed to the summer sun is undeniably enjoyable, but it can also take its toll on your skin. The sun's rays are especially strong during this time of year and can cause drowsiness, dehydration, oiliness, breakouts, and premature aging symptoms. That’s why, regardless of your age or complexion type, it is important to switch up your skincare routine in order to protect your skin during the summer months. 

For example, you should switch to lighter formulas and moisturizers that are designed for hotter months as they can help protect your skin from extreme weather conditions while also restoring hydration levels. Moreover, summer humidity can also lead to breakouts, so making sure you use a cleanser that won't clog your pores is key. Additionally, it is important to use sunscreen with a higher SPF level than usual and reapply every two hours for optimal protection as ultraviolet rays are more powerful during the summer.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to change your whole skincare routine. To make the changes, you have to analyze what products can work for you all year long (like serums, toners, and essences) and which ones need to be changed as the seasons pass (like moisturizers, cleansers, and sunscreen). 

13 Summer skin care tips you need to apply

As the summer months begin, it's essential to pay extra attention to your skin care routine. Sun exposure, chlorine, saltwater, and heat can all have a damaging effect on our skin, so here are the summer skincare tips that will help you out: 

1. ALWAYS wear sunscreen

Wearing sunscreen is the most important Summer beauty tip during the summer months. Sunscreen helps block ultraviolet (UV) radiation created by the sun which can cause short and long-term damage to our skin. Not only does UV radiation lead to skin cancer, but it can also cause premature wrinkling and dark spots as well. Sunburns can occur in as few as 15 minutes of exposure, so it is essential to properly protect our skin from the sun's rays all season long. 

Applying a broad-spectrum SPF every 2 hours when outside for extended periods of time and immediately after swimming or perspiring will ensure maximum protection against harmful UV rays.

Sun Protection
Sunprise Mild Aity Finish
Sun Protection Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Spf50 Pa+++
Sale price$15.00
Sun Protection
Soon Jung Mild Defence Sun Cream
Sun Protection Soon Jung Mild Defence Sun Cream
Sale price$25.00

2. Level up your SPF

As the hottest season of the year, the sun's rays are at their most powerful and intense during summer, making it essential to take our SPF game to a new level. In this sense, wearing sunscreen is an excellent way to do this, as long as you select products that feature an SPF (sun protection factor) rating of 30 or higher. 

Higher SPF ratings will block out more of the sun's harmful UV rays, ensuring that your skin remains healthy and protected from dangerous exposure to the sun's strong radiation. So, don’t forget to apply sunscreen with a high SPF during the season. 

Sun Protection
 Solarbiome™ Primer 50ml SPF50+ PA++++ With Box
Sun Protection Solarbiome™ Primer Spf50+ Pa++++
Sale price$45.00
Sun Protection
Day-Light Protection Airy Sunscreen
Sun Protection Day-Light Protection Airy Sunscreen
Sale price$35.00

3. Go from creamy textures to gels

This is especially important for those with oily skin, but applies to all skin types. 

During the summer months, it's essential to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated wherever possible. However, it's important to switch high-intensity heavy creams in favor of lighter formulations at this time of year. 

Heavy moisturizers are ideal for cold climates or during winter when the air is dryer but they can be too cloying during the heat of summer and don't provide adequate ventilation. Depending on your skin type and climate, opting for a lightening moisturizer will ensure that there is a perfect balance between moisture and airiness. 

Not only will this allow sweat to evaporate properly but also make it easier for your skin to absorb any active ingredients you may have added to your routine such as vitamins or minerals. Changing your formula during summer prevents your pores from clogging - which could mean fewer breakouts - so it's well worth making the switch!

Moisturizer
Pumpkin Moisture Soothing Gel 300ml
Moisturizer Pumpkin Moisture Soothing Gel
Sale price$15.00
Moisturizer
Yuja Niacin Brightening Moisture Gel Cream
Moisturizer Yuja Niacin Brightening Moisture Gel Cream
Sale price$20.00
Moisturizer
Centella Calming Gel Cream 60ml
Moisturizer Centella Calming Gel Cream
Sale price$15.00

4. Take the time to wash your face

With all the summer fun, it is tempting to forget a day and nighttime face-washing routine altogether and let sweat and dirt dry as the day goes by. However, such a mistake can lead to risks of skin irritation. Plus, the sun's powerful UV rays and hot temperatures can increase oil production, resulting in clogged pores which may lead to breakouts.

Generally speaking, a mild cleanser that doesn't contain drying alcohols, fragrances, or dyes should be used twice a day - once in the morning and once at night. You can also include an oil-based cleanser to get rid of the sunscreen and makeup you wore during the day. Doing this will help keep skin clean, hydrated, and healthy right through the summer. 

Facial Cleanser
Honest Cleansing Foam 150g by Benton
Facial Cleanser Honest Cleansing Foam
Sale price$14.00
Facial Cleanser
BYE BYE BLACKHEAD 30 DAYS MIRACLE GREEN TEA TOX BUBBLE CLEANSER
Facial Cleanser Bye Bye Blackhead 30 Days Miracle Green Tea Tox Bubble Cleanser
Sale price$22.00

5. Include antioxidants, if you haven’t yet

During the summer months, oxidation is especially prevalent due to higher UV exposure resulting from the intensity of the sun. Including antioxidants in a skincare routine is key as they protect skin from environmental damage caused by the sun's UV rays. 

Additionally, they help fight off skin cell damage and may even make skin appear more youthful by countering oxidative stress. Antioxidants can increase collagen levels which aid in firming skin for a more youthful appearance, even out skin tone, and help prevent premature aging due to overexposure to the sun.

Good antioxidants to start including are vitamin C and vitamin E. You can find it in toners, serums, moisturizers, and masks. Apply them during your daytime routine, layer some sunscreen, and you’ll be protected from sun exposure. 

Serum
The Vitamin C 23 Serum
Serum The Vitamin C 23 Serum
Sale price$25.00
Facial Toner
Refresh ABC Daily Toner | AHA BHA Vitamin C
Facial Toner Refresh Abc Daily Toner
Sale price$10.00
Serum
Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Serum 30ml
Serum Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Serum
Sale price$30.00

6. Reduce the use of retinoids

Thanks to the temperatures, skin is more prone to sun damage and UV radiation. Reducing the use of retinoids may prove beneficial in order to avoid additional stress on the skin. Retinoids are a potent form of vitamin A typically found in certain topical creams used to treat acne and other skin conditions. Since they can make skin even more sensitive to sunburns, it is important to reduce or avoid their use during summer to give your skin some time for recovery from the harsh UVA and UVB rays. 

Additionally, many retinoid-based products carry warnings about wearing sunscreen when going out in daylight as well as avoiding direct sun exposure; hence, even using them during summer can be potentially dangerous

7. Exfoliate to get rid of damaged dead skin cells

Exfoliation is important in the summertime because it helps to remove dead skin from your face and body which not only prevents clogged pores but also boosts cell turnover to promote healthy skin. This can make a significant impact on your overall appearance by revealing softer, smoother, and brighter-looking skin that’s healthy and hydrated. 

By regularly exfoliating you can also minimize ingrown hairs caused by shaving or waxing, reduce irritation resulting from excess sweat trapped within the skin, and benefit from improved absorption of SPF products if you’re planning any outdoor activities. Lastly, exfoliating regularly allows certain topical treatments like serums, facial masks, and moisturizers to penetrate deeper into the skin for a more effective result.

Facial Exfoliator
Lime Moisture Mild Peeling Gel 120ml
Facial Exfoliator Lime Moisture Mild Peeling Gel
Sale price$12.00
Facial Exfoliator
CNP Invisible Peeling Booster
Facial Exfoliator CNP Invisible Peeling Booster
Sale price$50.00

8. Avoid comedogenics

During the summer months, when the temperature rises and our sweat glands are working overtime, it's important to be aware of which products we're applying to our skin. 

Products that contain comedogenics such as mineral oil and coconut oil can clog facial pores, leading to a build-up of excess oils and resulting in breakouts. It’s therefore wise to opt for non-comedogenic products such as natural oils and lighter lotions when choosing moisturizers for your face or body throughout the hotter months. This can help maintain healthy-looking skin without risking unwanted acne flare-ups. And if in doubt, always check labels!

9. Don’t forget to keep your skin hydrated

Hydrating your skin during the summer is vitally important for your skin health due to the sun’s harmful rays.  By taking preventive measures such as drinking adequate fluids, eating nutritious foods, and applying sunscreens you can protect yourself from dehydration, and its effects. Moreover, well-hydrated skin retains water longer and acts as a natural barrier against pollution, dirt, wind, and dry air. 

Therefore, it is necessary to keep your skin moisturized throughout the year but especially during summer when hot temperatures are more likely to leave you feeling dried out due to higher evaporation rates. Additionally, hydrating with quality products helps seal in much-needed nutrients that help maintain the natural beauty and preserve the long-term health of your skin. 

Serum
Beauty of Joseon Glow Serum
Serum Glow Serum: Propolis + Niacinamide
Sale price$20.00
Moisturizer
Etude House - Glow On Hydra Base - 30ml
Moisturizer Glow On Hydra Base
Sale price$20.00

10. Get rid of any heavy makeup

During the summer months, it is important to refrain from using heavy makeup as it can damage not just your face, but your overall health. Occlusive cosmetics don’t let your skin breathe and block much-needed oxygen and moisture, which can cause clogged pores and even breakouts. 

Plus, wearing too much makeup can also be detrimental to outdoor activities such as swimming and jogging in the heat. When you wear makeup in the sun, your skin's natural oils get trapped beneath the layers of foundation and powder which causes an increased risk of irritation or infection. 

Lastly, instead of relying on a thick layer of makeup to make you look good- try embracing a more natural look in summer. You can include a light-tinted moisturizer with SPF or sunscreen with makeup, you will find that better than using heavy makeup! 

Etude House Face Blur Smoothing SPF 33 PA ++
Face Blur Smoothing Spf 33 Pa ++
Sale price$20.00

11. Choose refreshing skincare products

Summertime can be extra harsh on your skin, so it’s important to make sure you’re using the right skin care products for summer. Luckily, there are a lot of great natural options that can help provide deep hydration and nourishment throughout the summer months. 

Plant-based oils such as jojoba, tea tree, and grapeseed oil are all ultra-moisturizing while being lightweight enough to wear in hot temperatures. Cucumber and aloe vera are other essentials to treat and soothe your skin after a hot Summer day. Serums infused with antioxidants like green tea or pomegranate extract can also help protect you from excessive sun exposure without clogging pores. 

Additionally, look for products with hyaluronic acid for deeper moisture penetration and lighter formulas that don’t leave a thick layer on the skin after application and will give you glowing skin. 

12. Wear sun-protective clothing over exposed skin

Wearing sun-protective clothing is an essential part of any sun safety plan, as it can help to reduce the amount of UV light reaching your skin and consequently prevent harmful health effects. 

Exposure to UV light has been proven to increase one's risk of skin cancer, premature aging, and other devastating health issues. Sun-protective clothing is made from fabrics that are designed to act as a shield against the sun's rays, blocking out UVA and UVB rays more effectively than traditional fabric. 

Many items labeled UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) provide excellent coverage - the higher the number on the rating label, the better protection it will offer. So, yes, you should wear sunscreen every day, however, if you’re doing any outdoor activities, don’t forget to add this type of clothing too. 

13. Don’t forget your lips

Exposed to the sun's UV rays and hot temperatures, lips become chapped and uncomfortable if not properly cared for. Applying lip balm with sunscreen is essential to keeping lips healthy and moisturized in the summer months. It provides a physical barrier against the elements, as well as a thin layer of protection from harmful UV rays. 

Lip balms made with natural oils can be very soothing on your lips, providing intense hydration throughout the day. Regular use of lip balm also prevents dryness and cracking that often comes with spending time outdoors during hot weather.

Lip Care
Tonymoly - Mini Peach Lip Balm
Lip Care Mini Peach Lip Balm
Sale price$10.00
Lip care
Mini Berry Lip Balm SPF15 PA+ (Cherry Tomato)
Lip care Mini Berry Lip Balm Spf15 Pa+ Cherry Tomato
Sale price$10.00
Lip Care
Lip Sleeping Mask EX Apple Lime
Lip Care Lip Sleeping Mask Ex Apple Lime
Sale price$22.00

The best skin care products for summer: Where to find them? 

Summer can take its toll on the skin more than any other season. Long days of sun exposure, the effects of perspiration and higher temperatures all combine to weaken the skin’s protective layers and cause damage. That’s why it’s so important to take into account our skin care for summer tips to keep skin healthy throughout the season. 

Now that you know how to adapt your skin care regimen to the hottest season of the year, it’s time to find the best skincare goodies for you! From moisturizers and sunscreen to cleansers, toners, serums, and masks, in Asian Beauty Essentials you’ll find everything you need to rock the Summer without damaging your skin! 

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