As the summer approaches, many of us spend time cleaning the home and swapping out our winter gear, but what many of us don’t include on that list is altering our skincare routine. Different seasons bring along a different set of challenges for our skin. In winter, it’s the dry and intense cold air that we have to worry about. And in the summer, it’s the heat, humidity, and sweat. To keep your skin looking its best this coming season, follow these 7 tips for getting your skin summer-ready.

Exfoliate To Remove Dead Skin

During the long winter months, our skin endures a lot of abuse from the extreme cold temperatures and wind outside, in addition to the intense heat and dry air inside. That’s why exfoliating is an imperative step for any skincare routine to buff away the dead skin cells that have accumulated on the surface. This will create an instantly brighter complexion and also help your cleanser and moisturizer penetrate deeper into the sub-layers of the skin and do what they’re designed to do.

Make sure you’re using a natural exfoliator and use a gentle amount of pressure when scrubbing, especially around delicate areas like under the eyes. To avoid dullness throughout the summer, exfoliate twice each week. This will also help prevent clogged pores.

Cleanse Properly

If you have oily-prone skin, summer can be particularly challenging with the combination of high heat and humidity. Since our bodies tend to sweat much more during the summer season, the pores can get clogged easily, causing those embarrassing pimples to form when you least expect them. Cleansing your skin on a daily basis is essential, especially when applying sunscreen. But it’s equally as important to learn which one is best to use for your skin type. When applying any product to your skin, it should be done according to your specific skin type and the time of year since they all serve a different purpose. For example, if you do suffer from regular breakouts, cleansers that contain salicylic acid can help to control and even prevent further breakouts. So talk to a skincare professional to learn what’s a suitable option for you.

Hydrating Skin Treatments

Here in Canada, our winter season can make the air as dry as the Sahara Desert at times, which is why our skin can appear dull, flaky, and dehydrated come spring. Those who suffer from chronic skin conditions like eczema can face an even greater challenge to calm flare-ups. Thankfully, skin treatments can help soothe and nourish by correcting damage and replenishing the moisture back into your skin to make it appear healthier and supple.

At the Ottawa Skin Clinic, we offer a wide range of skin treatments, including our signature Hydra Facial treatment. This utilizes super-serums to hydrate the skin and reverse the signs of aging while protecting it from both the sun and other environmental factors.

Choose the Right Moisturizer

During the winter, our skin needs more protection from the dryness, which is why thicker, creamier moisturizers are recommended. With more sweat and oil to contend with during the summer, those same thick moisturizers can lead to aggravating breakouts. That’s why it should be swapped out for a lightweight one that won’t leave your skin oily, weighed down or clogged.

Eliminate Unwanted Hair

Before it’s time to step into your bathing suit, make sure that your skin is prepared to show off at the beach. Removing unwanted body can be a pain, but it doesn’t have to be. To get your skin smooth and hair-free, try switching up your razor more often to avoid razor bumps. If shaving or waxing is too tedious and time-consuming, you can opt for laser hair removal instead. With only a few sessions, you can have hair-free skin that you won’t have to worry about whenever it’s time to hop into your bathing suit.

Get a Little Sunshine on Your Skin

Being stuck inside for many months without much exposure to the sun can make our skin pale and delicate as the summer sun emerges. Exposing yourself to the full intensity of the summer heat can be dangerous and damaging to your skin which is why it’s recommended to start by getting some sun gradually, a little at a time. Getting in some rays in the early morning or evening can help build a gentle base tan to protect your skin when you’re enjoying long days outside in summer.

Don’t Forget SPF

Don’t forget, the most important part of protecting your skin during the summer, (and anytime it’s sunny out), is to apply SPF to your skin. There are many different types that you can choose from today, whether it’s a natural one or added into your moisturizer for extra convenience. Whatever you choose, always use SPF factor 30 or more, and apply every 30 minutes when you’re outside for longer periods of time.

Find a range of specialized skin treatments, laser hair removal, BOTOX® and more to get your skin looking its best for the summer. Contact the Ottawa Skin Clinic to book a consultation.