Every person’s skincare routine is unique based on many different factors, including skin type, personal preferences, and environment. In Canada especially, the climate and seasons directly affect a person’s skin and skincare routine.
While harsh Canadian winters call for a skincare routine that combats redness and dryness, hot and humid Canadian summers call for a different skincare routine almost entirely.
When dealing with Canada’s summer heat, these are the steps you’ll want to integrate and update in your seasonal skincare routine.
More Vitamin C Serum
Serums are great for your skin all year round, but Vitamin C-based serums are particularly good for you in the summertime.
Add a few drops of Vitamin C serum after your cleanser and before your moisturizer to help promote collagen production, prevent hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage, and reduce any fine lines that may form during the summer.
There are many great vitamin-c based serums, but experts commonly recommend the Vitamin C Serum from SkinCeuticals. SkinCeuticals is a medical-grade skincare product that is offered by SkinCeuticals authorized retailers in Canada, including online retailers, skincare stores and medical spas.
SPF All Day, Everyday
Even on humid, overcast summer days, SPF is essential during Canadian summers. UV rays wreak havoc even from behind clouds, so it’s essential to protect your skin at all times. Opt for an SPF of 30 or higher on any exposed skin, and be sure to utilize skincare and makeup products that have SPF for more everyday protection.
Dominique Baker, an Ottawa-based skincare and hair expert, shared with Global News that it’s a good idea to incorporate mineral or chemical sunscreens into your summer skincare routine, as well as a spray or powder SPF to apply on top of your daily makeup.
When heat and humidity open up your pores, it can trap dirt and oil in your skin, leading to acne breakouts. Humidity and heat also increase sebaceous glands’ activity, making oily skin more oily and dry skin drier.
The best way to avoid this build-up is regular double-cleansing. Double cleansing, as its name suggests, involves two rounds of cleansing. First with a cleansing balm or oil, and then second with a water-based formula
Exfoliate Once a Week
In the winter, when heavy winds cause dry skin, experts caution against over-exfoliating. In the summer, however, exfoliating can help reduce many oils that can build up when humidity levels and temperatures rise. Summer is the time to incorporate exfoliation back into your skincare routine slowly.
New York-based dermatologist, Dr. Kally Papantoniou, told Bustle that people should exfoliate once a week in the summer unless they are particularly active. She explained, “If you are going to be in the sun for prolonged periods, like going to the beach or playing an outdoor sport, I would suggest holding off from any exfoliation.”
Look For Non-Comedogenic Products
Non-comedogenic products are specifically developed without any ingredients that could potentially clog your pores. These products are easy to spot since they are often labelled non-comedogenic.
Most of us fight dryness in the winter and oily, greasy skin in the summer. Products with minimal oils are almost always a solid choice.
Your body wears less in the summer to accommodate the heat, and so should your face. Wearing heavy makeup can induce sweating, bacteria build-up and generally weigh you down. Opt for lighter skincare that will keep you fresh and glowing.