As we all know, the skin on your face acts as the base for your makeup. This is why it’s important to keep it healthy and glowing all the time so you have a beautiful, easy to use palette for anything you might want to do on your face. While makeup does have the ability to make your skin look clear and glowing, as well as cover up any imperfections, it’s best that you keep it genuinely clear and healthy as the first building block for any look! If you are somebody that wears makeup often or tends to create more intense looks that include layers of makeup on your face, it is even more pertinent to follow these steps so that your skin can recover after each application.
1. Wear sunscreen
One of the most important things you can do in the summer is to wear sunscreen on your face! It doesn’t only protect your skin from cancer, but also prevents burns, peeling, and long-term issues such as sun spots and wrinkles. If you are applying makeup there are two options; apply a thin layer of sunscreen or moisturizer that contains SPF underneath or choose a foundation that includes SPF.
It might seem counter-intuitive to moisturize when everybody is hot and sweaty, but it’s important! The frequency that you clean your face and time spent in the pool and sun during the summer dries skin out – this will make your glands try to overproduce oils that it has lost, in turn making your face even more oily. You can combat this by applying a layer of face moisturizer before bed or in the mornings before your makeup routine!
3. Clean, clean, clean!
As mentioned before, summer gets hot and sweaty. Which translates to your pores being clogged even more than normal during your daily activities. And this is especially true if you wear makeup! Make sure to clean your face every night after being out or having applied makeup. Follow this by whatever skin care regimen works for you – most also use a toner and moisturizer as mentioned above. However, the most important takeaway from this tip is to stay consistent! Never go to bed with your makeup on or think that if you wash your face twice the next day it’ll make up for it. Keep your skin clean and happy and it will thank you in return!
4. Exfoliate Less.
Celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau says that “exfoliation can increase sun sensitivity by up to 45%.” This is because when you exfoliate you are removing the top layers of the skin that usually protect the lower layers. Because of this, if you spend a lot of time in the sun during the summer it’s a good idea to cut down the normal 2-3 times a week exfoliation to 1-2 times a week. Also try not to do any heavy exfoliation before being directly in the sun the following day!
5. Take days off.
Take days off of wearing makeup for your skin to breathe! This is a smart thing to do during any time of year, but especially in the summer when your skin is combatting things like heat, sweat, and sun as well. Utilize beach days or a Saturday at home to go bare faced.