6 Skincare Habits Ruining Your Skin This Summer

Skincare Habits Ruining Your Skin

Summer is finally on the horizon and as the temperatures rise and the sun’s rays become more intense, it’s time to revamp our summer skin routines accordingly.

While summer brings forth a plethora of outdoor activities, it can also bring new challenges to maintaining healthy, glowing skin. From dodging those sneaky skincare ingredients wreaking havoc on your pores to ditching habits that leave you feeling like a sweaty mess, we asked Clinic Lead at Face the Future, Kimberley Medd, for her take on what to avoid this summer.

Heavy Ingredients“One of the biggest mistakes people make during summer is continuing to use heavy moisturisers or skincare products formulated with occlusive ingredients. Whilst these ingredients may provide great hydration during colder months, they can trap sweat and sebum in the pores when temperatures rise, leading to clogged pores and dreaded breakouts. Instead, opt for a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturiser that absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving a heavy residue.”

Skipping SPF“Sunscreen is non-negotiable year-round, but it’s especially crucial during the summer months when UV radiation is at its peak. Unfortunately, many people either skip sunscreen altogether or don’t apply enough to provide adequate protection. To avoid sunburns, premature aging, and skin cancer, opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and reapply every two hours, especially if you’re sweating or swimming. Suncreams labelled “non-comedogenic” or “oil-free” like the Heliocare 360 Gel Oil-Free SPF 50 (£24.99, are also less likely to clog pores and interfere with sweat production.”

Not Prepping For Sweating“Sweating is the body’s natural way of cooling down, but it can also lead to clogged pores and breakouts when mixed with oil, dirt, make-up, and bacteria on the skin’s surface. To combat this, consider switching to lightweight, oil-free skincare and lighter make-up products that won’t congest your pores. Additionally, make sure to cleanse your skin thoroughly after sweating.”

Using Fragranced Products“Fragranced skincare products can be problematic during the summer months as, whether synthetic or natural, they can increase skin sensitivity, especially when exposed to sunlight. This can lead to irritation, redness, and even phototoxic reactions known as phytophotodermatitis, a skin reaction that occurs when skin exposed to sunlight encounters certain chemicals. Instead, opt for fragrance-free or unscented products like Q+A Hyaluronic Acid Moisturiser (£8.50, to minimise the risk of skin irritation, particularly when spending extended periods outdoors.”

High-Concentration Vitamin C Serums“Vitamin C is a powerhouse antioxidant that can brighten the complexion and protect against environmental damage. However, high-concentration vitamin C serums, particularly those formulated with L-ascorbic acid, can be unstable and prone to oxidation when exposed to heat and sunlight. During the summer months, consider using lower-concentration vitamin C serums or alternative antioxidants like vitamin E such as the Hello Sunday The Mineral One (£25, maintain skin health without the risk of product degradation.”

Hot Showers and Baths“Hot showers or bath can actually strip the skin of its natural oils and disrupt the skin’s natural moisture barrier, leading to dryness and irritation. This is only further exacerbated when combined with sun exposure. Instead, opt for lukewarm water when cleansing your skin during the summer months to prevent moisture loss and maintain skin’s hydration levels. Additionally, limit shower or bath time to avoid over-drying the skin.”

Products mentioned:

Heliocare 360 Gel Oil-Free SPF 50, £24.99,

An oil-free dry touch sunscreen that’s clinically proven to protect against UVA and UVB. The formula contains advanced filters and a Bioshield System that provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA, UVB, visible light and IR-A (infrared radiation -A) as well as powerful antioxidant activity.  

Q+A Hyaluronic Acid Moisturiser, £8.50,

For a healthy, youthful-looking complexion, Q+A Hyaluronic Acid Moisturiser has been formulated with polyglutamic acid and hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate, along with a blend of zinc PCA, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid to tackle congested pores.  Helping to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, the nourishing moisturiser is made from 97.5% natural ingredients, is cruelty-free, and is vegan-friendly.

Hello Sunday The Mineral One – Lightweight Serum SPF50, £25,

This lightweight yet powerful serum is made with 100% mineral sunscreen to give your skin a veil of protection from UVA and UVB rays. Fragrance-free, the serum is enriched with hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and kukui oil that offers hydration, nourishment, and antioxidant properties.

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