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NEWA as a brand has always been grounded in science and we love to take that same approach with the education we share with our customers. We emphasize the importance of sun protection always but it’s even more important with today’s topic!
Summer is just around the corner and the weather is already heating up. With any change in season, it’s important to know how to adjust your routine accordingly. So let’s discuss how to make sure your skincare routine is summer ready and how to adjust it to fit the changing seasons.
Summer and your Skin
UV rays are present year round and the most prevalent and damaging type - UVA - isn’t deterred by cloudy weather or windows. But the UV Index is higher in spring and summer and people are also more likely to be active and outside. For this reason, we do suggest being even more mindful of protecting your skin.
Did you know that your skin can also change depending on the season? While hormones are the primary influencing factor in terms of sebum output, it has been shown that climate and season can play a role as well. Summer is when many people notice that their skin is more oily and if you have preexisting melasma or rosacea, symptoms can worsen too.
It’s important to take the above into consideration and adjust your skincare routine based on how often you’ll be outside, if you’ll be engaged in activities that involve water or you’re sweating, added stress to your skin, and any changes to your skin as far as skin type and condition.
So what are the most important things to keep in mind in terms of getting your routine summer ready? It’s all about protection.
First, sunscreen. If you’re not using a broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen, this is your sign to make it a priority. You don’t want to undo all your hard work this year with your NEWA device and the rest of your steps. The sun’s rays are the number one factor in premature skin aging on top of the many other risks to our health.
While SPF 30 doesn’t seem like you’re missing out on much with 97% UVB protection but the 1% increase you get with SPF 50 is a lot when it comes to UV rays and what you’re letting in. And since most Americans don’t apply enough sunscreen already, that SPF rating makes an even bigger difference when not enough is applied. Find something that has great protection -
but make sure that you like it and can apply liberally and often.
The other important consideration is adding antioxidants, whether that’s topical Vitamin C, E, and ferulic acid or orally. As we mentioned, most people don’t apply the amount of sunscreen needed but even if they did, no sunscreen protects 100% and not against other environmental factors. In addition to proper sunscreen use and other safe sun habits, a great antioxidant serum can enhance photoprotection and further protect your skin.
As long as you’ve got a great sunscreen and some antioxidants, you’ve got the important bases covered. But let’s finish by discussing other ways to adjust your routine.
Adjusting Your Routine
Hotter weather, being outside more, wearing water resistant sunscreen, and more oiliness means that you’ll want a little more cleansing power - and to keep steps lighter and more hydrating.
- Swap your creamy cleanser for a gel cleanser that is still mild but leaves less residue
- Consider a cleansing oil as a pre-cleanse at night to help remove water-resistant sunscreen as well as prevent clogged pores
- If you’re still noticing congestion, consider a salicylic acid wash
- Swap out your richer moisturizer for a gel cream
- Layer lighter hydrating steps instead of just a few rich, emollient steps
- Look for ingredients like green tea, centella asiatica, and niacinamide if you notice more oiliness as they’ll help control sebum and protection
- Don’t start products like retinoids in the middle of summer but you can continue using if it’s already in your routine
- You should continue your NEWA treatments in the summer to maintain results