How to Summer Proof Your Skincare Routine

Keep oils in check and turn on your natural glow.
How to Summer Proof - Skincare Library

High temperatures translate into short sleeves, sandals, and a less-is-more approach to skincare. Rethinking your summer skincare routine is a must, and it’s as simple as making some quick product swaps. Here’s our top four tips for lightening up your summer skincare routine, keeping oils and check, and turning on your natural glow.

Only Use the Essentials
While we’re (obviously) big fans of skincare (and have 12-step regimens to boot), we do believe in using only the necessary products, especially when heat and humidity dial up sweat. Stick to the essentials for your summer skincare routine—cleanser, serum, moisturiser, eye cream and SPF—so you’re still providing your skin with all the benefits it needs, but not overwhelming and overloading it with too many layers.

Cleanse
Cleansing your skin is always important, but in the summer? It’s a must! Sweat, dirt, and grime will pile up on skin. And, more time outside ups your exposure to pollutants and toxins. This creates a perfect storm that could clog your pores and trigger breakouts. So, keep skin clear by keeping up your morning and evening cleansing regimen to remove debris and refresh.

Lighten Up
Layers are for fall, and winter months call for heavier creams. But hot summer months should have you reaching for an ultra-light moisturiser. Nutrient-Charged Water Gel is our water-light, oil-free gel moisturiser that’s enriched with five vitamins, five minerals and five peptides to instantly hydrate, plump and lock in moisture without a greasy finish.

Never Ever Forget the SPF
You know that SPF is for every day and every season. But increased outdoor activities leaves you extra susceptible to UV damage. Combine that with this fact: UVB rays can damage your skin 365 days a year, but the most significant amount of UVB hits the United States between 10 am and 4 pm April through October.

Be hyper-vigilant about applying sunscreen at least 15 minutes before you step outside (this gives it time to react with your skin to properly protect). And, if you’re sweating or in the water, reapply every 2 hours to ensure protection. Don't forget: you need a quarter-sized amount of protect your face, and 2 tablespoons (think the size of a shot glass) for your body. Murad’s selection of SPFs unite broad spectrum protection, antioxidants and skin-specific benefits for sunscreen-meets-skincare formulas you’ll want to wear every day. And for warm summer days when we all can feel a little more prone to oiliness and shine, try Oil and Pore Control Mattifier Broad Spectrum SPF 45 that delivers 10 hours of mattifying power in an oil-free, lightweight formula. (It’s especially helpful as a base on those days when you’re wearing makeup).

Ready to switch up your summer skincare regimen? Shop Oil and Pore Control Mattifier Broad Spectrum SPF 45, and all of Murad’s SPFs now at murad.co.uk.