As we look forward to warmer – if not always sunny – weather, it becomes necessary to go through a bit of an overhaul! We switch to cooler clothing, brighter colours, lighter makeup and we may even cut our hair, however it’s easy to forget to switch up our skincare. The truth is, if your product routine is working for you then you may not think to change it. However, there are a few small switches Dr. Murad suggests making to ensure you’re getting the most out of your skincare during the summer months:
Switch up your moisturisers. “During the winter your skin is usually drier because the air outside is drier and your skin needs extra hydration from a thicker moisturiser. During the summer when there is more humidity, a lighter day cream is all you need. Do bear in mind though, if you’re constantly inside and surrounded by extreme air conditioning, your skin may still dry out.
I always recommend wearing a day cream with SPF, especially during the summer months when the sun is stronger and you spend more time outside, regardless of your skin type.”
Top tip: if you have a dry skin type make sure your day cream still offers you the hydration you need. All Murad moisturisers contain RepleniCell, a hydrating ingredient technology which turns the water in your cream (previously an inactive element) into an active hydrator. This means 100% of the formula is working to hydrate your skin by attracting and binding water to the skin’s surface while also strengthening the skin’s barrier helping it keep moisture in the skin.
Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 controls oil production whilst providing essential hydration.
Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture intensely hydrates and nourishes skin.
Change your cleanser. “In the summer months we experience increased sweat and oil production which can lead to acne-breeding bacteria and is why many people are more prone to breakouts during warmer months. To combat this you can use a clarifying cleanser to unclog the pores that have become full of sweat, dirt and debris. It’s also important to exfoliate at least once per week to clear away the layers of dead skin cells and give you a clearer, more radiant skin.”
Top tip: take the time to massage your cleanser into your skin for a good couple of minutes before rinsing. Also, don’t skip your night-time cleanse! You need to take the time to cleanse your skin before bed to remove all the dirt and impurities built up during the day and allow your skin the best chance to recover and repair itself overnight.
Daily Cleansing Foam cleanses and tones skin in one step! It balances and revitalises skin while removing pore-clogging impurities for smooth, clear skin.
AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser combines a trio of acids with Jojoba Beads to gently exfoliate away dead skin cells and improve brightness and clarity.
Load up on antioxidants. “Infusing your body with antioxidants both topically and internally will offer dramatic protection from the environment and in particular, free radicals caused by sun exposure.”
Product recommendation: Consider taking supplements with pomegranate extract, like our Pomphenol Sunguard Dietary Supplement. Taking just one pomegranate extract supplement daily will increase your skin’s natural sun protection by up to 20% in just two months. The potent antioxidant also helps ward off free radical damage and lower your chances of sun burn and prickly heat.
Look for multipurpose products for a lightweight feel. “You may also want to consider replacing your foundation for something lighter such as a Murad primer, which provide light coverage whilst controlling oil production. Our primers work as a cosmetic makeup as well as offering skincare benefits. These sophisticated skincare products offer more than temporary benefits – they treat skin problems, optimise skin health and conceal visible flaws, so they are truly multi functional and offer short and long term results.”
Skin Perfecting Primer Matte Finish provides a light veil of coverage.