Summer is the time for light clothes, light vibes and light skin care. Because when the weather is at its best, your skin has slightly different needs than usual. So let's take a look at our skin care routine! With 3 tips, this article ensures that summer will also be your most beautiful season.
Everything you need to know about summer skincare
Skin care in summer follows its own rules
We love summer! Long days, warm air and splash on the sun terrace, we sorely missed all of that over the winter. But the very things we look forward to the most present new challenges for the skin . Here you can find out what they are, how they affect your skin and what rules of thumb there are for skin care in summer. Of course, we also make a detour to UV protection. Because it should not be missing in your daily routine.
Tip 1: Why moisture comes before fat in summer
The rule of thumb for skin care in summer is “moisture before oil” . In winter it was the other way around. There we put a greater emphasis on oils to protect the skin from cold and dry air. But in warm temperatures, rich products often feel directly uncomfortable. So put away the cosmetic winter clothes and take it easy!
In summer, sebum production increases compared to other times of the year. So your skin is naturally a little oilier when it gets warm. That is why the face quickly feels oily and shiny when it is hot. You can compensate for this by adjusting your skin care routine. Use oil-based products sparingly and ramp up moisturizers.
Summer skin care for dry skin
The increased sebum production is helpful for dry skin types. Now she's finally making enough fat. If you find yourself here, make sure you stay hydrated anyway. Water doesn't evaporate from your skin that quickly, but you have to have enough of it first. Top up your stores in the morning by applying a small amount of face oil or cream along with plenty of moisturizing serum .
Summer skin care for oily or combination skin
Skin types that already produce enough or even too much sebum cannot get enough moisture in summer. It improves the skin's own cleansing function by liquefying the sebum and thus promoting the removal of fat. An excess of thick, sticky sebum can clog pores and cause pimples to sprout.
Depending on how oily your skin feels, you can sometimes do without oily care completely on warm days and just use a moisturizing serum . You can of course continue to use special facial oils that fight the cause of the impurities, such as our facial oil for impure or oily skin . Play around with the dosage here to keep your skin from feeling too oily.
Tip 2: Don't forget sun protection!
UV protection is a must , period. It is the most important means of preventing premature skin aging and skin cancer. Basically, it doesn't matter whether you use a mineral or synthetic filter. From a natural cosmetic point of view, I definitely recommend the mineral one. Why this is better for the skin and the environment and how you can find your favorite product is covered in the article Natural sunscreen - what to look out for , my absolute recommendation to read before buying sunscreen!
☝️ The 3-step rule applies to all-round effective sun protection . The article How much sun can my skin tolerate will tell you what it is. – 7 sun protection tips.
The dilemma with sun protection for the face
For the face, oil-based sunscreens can be more of a challenge. In summer we don't want to put too much fat on the skin because it produces more itself. At the same time, when it comes to UV protection, you shouldn’t skimp on the quantity.
Mineral sunscreens based on aloe gel are ideal here . It has a naturally cooling effect and provides plenty of moisture. This effect is further promoted by glycerin , for example . My favorite: The Madará Age Protecting Sunscreen SPF 30 . It was the clear winner of our sun screen test last year and can easily be combined with our products.
With synthetic filters , there is an even wider range of textures, such as weightless UV water or gels. However, they are not natural cosmetics and usually also contain silicone and PEG.
😎 Where does the sun protection come from?
- Mineral filters: apply skincare first and sunscreen last. However, if you want to combine the sunscreen with make-up, you can apply it over the sunscreen. Tip: Use mineral makeup . This consists of zinc oxide and therefore has a light UV filter already built in.
- Synthetic filters: It doesn't matter here, you can apply them with your skin care routine or after your makeup.
Always wash off sunscreen thoroughly
In order for your skin to regenerate optimally overnight , it must be able to breathe. So the sunscreen should be washed off thoroughly every day. UV protection with synthetic filters can usually be easily rinsed off with a shower gel.
Mineral sunscreens are best removed with body oil or make-up remover oil . The FIVE make-up remover gives your sun-stressed skin antioxidants and soothes it with mild organic almond, apricot kernel and jojoba oil.
Tip 3: Peelings for the perfect glow
Regular peelings contribute to smooth skin and an even tan. They remove dead skin cells and this has many advantages.
- Care products can have an optimal effect.
- Hair removal is more thorough because fewer hairs grow in.
- Peelings promote blood circulation and thus regeneration .
- They soften rough areas for a better tanning result - applies to self-tanners and the sun.
- Facial scrubs can effectively reduce blemishes .
With so many plus points, the effort is definitely worth it. And it's limited, because once or twice a week is completely sufficient. Exfoliating too often can make the skin sensitive. And one more thing: When it comes to scrubs, you should definitely differentiate between the body and face because the skin is different.
Mechanical peelings can be used as a body scrub . Both products and beauty tools such as dry brushes or sisal gloves are recommended here. What is particularly impressive about the glove is its ease of use. You can use it to give your skin a massage before you shower. This also brings a hello-awake effect in the morning!
The face prefers it the gentle way. Especially in summer you should use mild products. My tip is therefore enzyme peelings or a DIY peeling with chickpea flour . Under Everything goes smoothly with the right peeling , you can find out in more detail why the milder versions are better than fruit acid peelings.
Products with a fruit acid complex (AHAs or BHAs) should be used with caution in the summer anyway. Due to their peeling effect, they increase the skin's sensitivity to light. That's why they should only be used before going to bed, if at all. Sensitive skin in particular sometimes reacts irritated to sunlight even the next day. That's why you play it safe with the gentle variants.
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Lying on the beach as a fluorescent lamp doesn't feel very sexy. If you don't want to sizzle in the sun for days to get that crunchy caramel, self-tanners are an alternative. They are also available in natural cosmetics as a cream, spray or feather-light mousse.
The tanning active ingredient in self-tanners (both natural cosmetic and conventional) is called dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and is a sugar that is usually obtained from glycerine - so it's also purely vegan here. Self-tanners are being discussed because of this substance. Under certain conditions, formaldehyde can split off here. While the levels are within the EU Cosmetics Regulation, not everyone likes to take a risk for a tan.
Unfortunately, there are no unreservedly recommended methods for a summer tan, be it sunbathing or self-tanning. Here you have to find your own personal feel-good solution. There is a little help at Peppermynta, where you can get an overview of natural cosmetic self-tanners .
☝️ Tip: Formaldehyde splits off in tanning products, especially when stored too warm. Note the information on the packaging and put the product in the refrigerator .
Conclusion: 3 tips ensure beautiful skin in summer
There are also seasons in skin care. With three basic rules, your skin will shine as soft, fresh and crunchy as a peach, even in the summer heat:
- Moisture comes before oil - your face's best friend is a moisturizing serum, while oils are now used sparingly.
- Sunscreen is a must - products with mineral UV filters and aloe gel provide purely natural protection and provide plenty of moisture.
- Regular peeling – this refines the complexion, enables an even tan and reduces impurities.
So, we are ready, summer can come!