As the seasons shift, so do the needs of our skin. Even if you’ve found the perfect suite of products, a change in environment can trigger conditions like dehydration, congestion, tightness or excessive shine. Think of it like this: you wouldn’t wear your warmest coat during the summer months, so why would you use your thickest moisturiser?
The good news is that there’s no need to overhaul your entire routine. Instead, a handful of small but smart updates can make all the difference.
Keep scrolling for expert advice to maintaining healthy skin during the cooler months and into the heat of summer.
How Our Environment Impacts Skin Health
Our skin functions as a mirror for the world around us – it changes as the seasons do and behaves differently according to the weather conditions.
In winter, the air tends to contain less moisture. Couple this with cold winds, hot showers and central heating, and dryness/ dehydration is often unavoidable.
Summer, on the other hand, brings about high humidity and sticky, sweaty weather. For some, this can translate to congestion and frequent breakouts. And let’s not even get started on the risk of sun damage – those with pigmentation will know exactly what we mean!
So, what to do? Read on for our seasonal skincare breakdown.
Summer Skincare Tips
While every complexion is unique, it’s good practice to switch out heavy oils and creams in favour of lightweight moisturisers during the warmer months. Not only will it feel more comfortable, it can help minimise the risk of congestion.
If your skin is typically dry or prone to dehydration, it’s a smart move to layer hydrating products. On cleansed skin, start with a face mist, go in with a water-binding treatment like our 1% Hyaluronic Complex Serum, and finish with a mid-weight moisturiser.
Another important summer skin tip is to focus on proper cleansing to remove excess oils, makeup and sunscreen. This will reduce the risk of clogged pores and optimise the rest of your routine. Gentle Cleanser is a great pick for all skin types, while Glycolic Cleanser 12% works to gently brighten and decongest. And be sure to always double cleanse in the evenings.
Try: Gentle Cleanser
This purifying formula removes light makeup, oils and pollutants without disrupting the barrier. Use it morning and night.
Glycolic Cleanser 12%
Packed with Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, this formula is a top choice for those prone to dullness, shine and breakouts.
The easiest way to maintain skin hydration in summer is with Multi-Active Mist. It’s packed with Hyaluronic Acid and antioxidants to boost moisture, plus it’s super refreshing. Use it between skincare steps.
1% Hyaluronic Complex Serum
Lightweight but supremely hydrating, this serum works for all skin types. Comprised of four weights of Hyaluronic Acid and Pentavitin for moisture retention, as well as Panthenol to fortify the barrier, this summer salve is a winner but won’t leave your skin shiny.
If your skin is normal to dry, Moisture Defence for Normal Skin will provide you with all the nourishment without the heaviness.
On the other hand, if your complexion is prone to shine year-round, our Oily Skin formula will hydrate while providing a comfortable matte finish.
A Note On Sun Protection
It goes without saying that environmental protection is critical for skin health all the time, but summer presents a unique challenge because UV exposure is more prevalent. Excessive heat can also trigger pigment-producing cells called melanocytes, which cause a blotchy or discoloured complexion.
The solution? Use Vitamin C to guard against free-radical damage and load up on sunscreen every single day (don’t forget to reapply frequently, too).
Try:10% Vitamin C Super Serum
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that works hard to prevent environmental-related ageing. Our Super Serum is formulated with Ascorbyl Glucoside, Kakadu Plum and Ferulic Acid to protect, brighten and firm.
Winter Layers (For Your Face)
Cold, dry air and excessive heating can zap the moisture from our skin in the colder months, leaving it dull, flaky, itchy and uncomfortable.
Because of this, it’s important to reach for nourishing formulas, and products that will replenish lost lipids while caring for the barrier.
One easy switch you can make is to implement a rich face moisturiser – normal complexions will love Moisture Defence for Normal Skin, whereas super dry types will enjoy the richness of Moisture Defence Ultra Dry Skin.
Another easy way to boost your skin is to incorporate a face oil. Our very own Multi-Active Oil is unique in that it’s light and readily-absorbed, but works like a charm to comfort, soften and replenish. Either press it in before your moisturiser or add a few drops into your face cream for a glowing finish.
Try: Multi-Active Oil
You really can’t beat face oil during autumn and winter. Multi-Active Oil is packed with Rosehip, Jojoba and Macadamia Oils, as well as antioxidants, to support the barrier while keeping your complexion soft and luminous.
Because this formula is rich in fatty acids (Shea Butter, plant and nut oils) as well as Oat extract and Peptides, it’s super nourishing and soothing. Perfect for stressed-out winter skin.