Just as we transition our wardrobes for warm weather, the shift in seasons necessitates a change-up in our skincare routine. From more moisture in the air to increased sun exposure, summer introduces a new set of needs to be addressed. To help us determine which products to put on hold, what to add, and how to achieve the perfect summer glow, we reached out to Summer Layton, founder of Sugar & Hive Beauty Bar in Richmond, Virginia, for expert advice.
Change up your cleansing routine. “During the winter months, we tend to gravitate towards a creamy or oil-based cleanser,” Layton says. “But during the hot, humid summer months, we recommend a light, gel-based cleanser.” You can still use your oil-based cleanser, but follow up with a second cleanser that is light and gel-based (Layton’s favorite is Orange You Jelly by Sorella Apothecary) that will help control the natural oils that we tend to produce more of during the hot summer months. In addition, avoid cleansing with hot water and opt instead for a lukewarm splash.
Lighten up. While cold weather calls for packing on serums, balms, oils, and moisturizers combat dryness, summer conditions generally diminish the need for a lot of extra moisture. Therefore, Layton recommends switching from a heavier moisturizer to one with hyaluronic acid, which is found in many skin care products (Layton’s favorite is The Main Squeeze by Sorella Apothecary). Don’t let the word acid scare you; our bodies naturally produce hyaluronic acid, but as we age, our production slows.
Protect your skin with SPF. According to experts, ninety percent of the signs of aging come from sun damage, so wearing sunscreen is an important step in your skincare routine. Simply having SPF in your makeup is not enough—Layton advises wearing at least a teaspoon on your face and a quarter of a cup on your body—and she notes that there are some amazing SPFs out there that are hydrating and tinted. Two of her favorites are Elta MD and Supergoop, which she reapplies throughout the day.
Get a detox facial. If you don’t get monthly facials, Layton recommends getting a professional facial to detox your skin from one season to the next. “During a professional service, the esthetician is using products that are for professional use only, and you can’t get the same results at home,” she says. Contrary to popular belief, Layton says, peels are perfect for helping the skin shed from one season to the next. She is also a fan of dermaplaning, a noninvasive exfoliating treatment that allows your products and serums to work at a deeper level. At Sugar & Hive Beauty Bar, they love doing dermaplaning with a light peel, or as an add-on to a facial to really help take the skin to the next level.
Exfoliate at home. Layton recommends exfoliating at least twice a week. “But this doesn’t mean going after your skin with a harsh scrub,” she notes. “Exfoliation should always be a gentle process.” She recommends the Cherry Pepper Peel by Sorella Apothecary, a light peel that helps to promote a gentle exfoliation using a chemical reaction with no scrubbing required. Another product she loves is Sorella Apothecary’s Grapefruit Polishing Powder, which helps to unclog pores, removes dead skin cells, exfoliates, and combats acne-causing bacteria. “This product is amazing,” Layton says. “You can use it on its own to exfoliate, you can add it to your cleanser, or you can use it as a mask to help control oil and breakouts. It really is a game-changer in the summer months.”
Purge old products. The beginning of a new season is an excellent time to evaluate your skincare products and makeup. Throw away old products (check the label for guidance) and stock your beauty cabinet with plenty of SPF.