Here’s How You Need To Be Switching Up Your Skincare Routine This Summer

Like your mood - your skin also changes with the weather.

I know it may be hard to believe thanks to this cold snap we’re currently in, but we’re very nearly into summer.

Right now you’re probably busy planning your holiday abroad and raiding your local Penneys for those summer bargains – but have you given any thought to what needs to change in your skincare routine before the warmer months kick in?

Just like your mood, your skin changes with the weather – so it’s super important to pay attention to how your skin is reacting to the heat and sun and change your products accordingly.

We asked the skin experts at Renew Clinic what you need to be doing this summer to keep your skin in tip-top shape.

Add an antioxidant to your routine

If you don’t use an antioxidant already, adding one into your skincare routine during summer is a must. “Antioxidants protect skin by limiting the production of free radicals, which can damage skin cells”, explains Renew Clinic nurse Nicola.

We’re trusting that you’re already using an SPF in your daily routine, so if you add an antioxidant you’ll have 90% protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. You can get your antioxidants in a serum form, and they can range from super affordable to crazy expensive. The ELF Cosmetics Booster Drops is just a tenner in Boots and will save your skin on your hollibops this year.

Cut down on retinol

If you’re off to a super sunny location this summer (or if we’re lucky enough to catch some rays in Ireland), Nicola strongly encourages to lash the suncream on your face and wear a big floppy hat when you’re by the pool. If you do that, you won’t need to make any changes to your active products. However, if you think you’re going to be exposed to the sun for long periods of time this summer, you’ll need to cut down on your retinol.

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, which can thin the skin, decreasing its “protective capacity.” If you’re going to exposed to the sun (which again – you should be taking all precautions not to be), then cut down on your retinol use and lash on the SPF.

Still use your active products

It’s a common myth that if you’re in the sun you need to cut down on your active products and load up on the hydrating products. However, if you’re keeping your face out of the direct sun and using your SPF, Nicola says there’s no need to stop using your active cleansers. “If anything, your skin gets oiler during the warmer months,” she says. So make sure you pack that salicylic cleanser in your case!

Hydration is key

This tip comes from us here in STELLAR HQ. Take lots of steps to keep your skin hydrated while you’re exposed to warmer weather. We love a hydrating face mist – they’re great for keeping your makeup fresh throughout the day and are a GODSEND when you need to cool down. Also – don’t forget to keep your lips hydrated. Apply SPF to your lips as well as your face to avoid any damage and dryness.

Team STELLAR’s key summer products

Avene Thermal Water Spray


IMAGE Prevention + Daily Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 30

Skinceuticas Phloretin CF® With Ferulic Acid

Burt’s Bees All Weather SPF 15 Lip Balm


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