As the seasons change, so should your skincare routine. During the winter months when the air is cold, dry and harsh, your skin needs extra moisture to keep it hydrated and supple. But once the hot and humid weather arrives, those heavy moisturizers and creamy cleansers can cause excess oil, clogged pores, and breakouts. With the increased exposure to the sun and all of the excess sweating that naturally happens during the summertime, it can be tricky to figure out how to balance it all out. Learn how to alter your skincare habits with these 5 ways to get gorgeous glowy skin this summer.

Switch Up Your Cleanser

First up is your cleanser. Chances are you’ve been using something creamy to battle that excessively dry air during the wintertime. But if you continue to use that during the summer, it can lead to oily, blotchy, acne-covered skin. Remember, your skin will produce much more oil during the sunny months, so changing your cleanser is a must. For those with already naturally oily skin, look for a cleanser that contains salicylic acid. For those with drier skin, avoid soapy face wash and try using a gel-based one instead. And always cleanse your face twice per day.

Use Sunscreen Or Moisturizer With SPF

Sunscreen is essential during the summertime to help protect your skin from those harmful UV rays that can cause premature ageing and skin cancer. So don’t forget to carry some with you whenever you plan to be outside for extended periods. If those standard commercial sun lotions are too greasy for your skin, look for more natural ones that can protect it without leaving behind so much oil. There are a variety of different ones to choose from today, including moisturizers that contain SPF within them. Just be sure you choose one that has at least an SPF factor 30 with a broad UV spectrum. Some foundations and BB creams have SPF in them as well.

Take Advantage of Antioxidants

Since the summertime means you’ll be spending much more time outdoors, your skin will be exposed to more UV rays and environmental pollutants. But giving your skin a dose of antioxidants can help counteract those harsh effects. Look for serums or moisturizers that contain antioxidants like vitamin C and natural extracts which can reduce inflammation, neutralize free radicals and add an extra layer of protection against the environment.

Eat A Wholesome Balanced Diet

Of course, what you put into your body also has a direct and profound impact on your skin. Eating a healthy, wholesome diet that contains plenty of fresh veggies and fruit is essential for obtaining gorgeous glowy skin in the summer and all year round. Be sure to add in some skin nourishing foods like pineapple, berries, dark leafy greens, avocado, citrus fruits, and nuts to boost collagen production and protect your skin.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

We know that once the summer arrives, there’s nothing better than enjoying some cold beverages with friends on a patio. But don’t forget to include some water too! Hydrating is key to healthy, supple-looking skin, and far too many of us are chronically dehydrated. Water replenishes your skin, flushes out toxins, and keeps it looking nice and healthy. Get yourself a reusable water bottle and use an app if necessary to help track how much water you’re consuming so you can get in at least 2 litres each day.

Fight Sun Damage with Facial Treatments

Your skin has to endure whatever the weather throws at it each and every day. So it deserves to get pampered every now and again. Facial treatments can work wonders for rejuvenating, hydrating and correcting issues like sun damage, scarring, acne and more. Book an appointment to give your skin the TLC it needs.

Your largest organ is a complex one that gets neglected far too often. To give your skin the best nourishment and care this summer, come visit us at The Ottawa Skin Clinic. Our professional skin care specialists will assess your skin and offer advice on the best treatments that will get it looking supple, refreshed and ready to take on the summer. Book your consultation today!