Maintaining the health of your skin should always be a top priority! The summer season is quickly approaching and while summer is full of fun and lots of time spent outside, it can also be harsh on your skin. During the hot summer months, you wear less clothing to keep cool and as a result, your skin experiences more direct sunshine, making it impossible not to sweat! This means you may need to adopt a gentler approach to your skincare routine while helping to protect it from the sun.

A summer skincare routine can help you take care of your skin all summer long, by protecting it from sun exposure and helping you achieve a luminous glow that never looks overly shiny. Luckily, we’ve put together 5 amazing ways that you can go about shifting your skincare routine away from the drab of winter and into the sun-kissed summer months!

1. SPF Is Your New Best Friend

You've undoubtedly heard it hundreds of times, but sunscreen is really necessary. To protect your skin, you should be wearing sunscreen every day. This is even more important during the hot summer months when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest. You might think you’re safe to forget the sunscreen on cloudy days, but you can even get sunburnt during overcast.

Excessive sun exposure causes sunspots, discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles, making it one of the most common causes of premature aging. Excessive sun exposure over the years usually results in discolored and leathery-looking skin. Remember to wear your SPF every day to avoid the effects of aging and to appear more youthful. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and reapply often.

2. Yes, You Still Need To Apply A Moisturizer

Now, just because we're modifying our skincare routine for the summer, that doesn't mean that we're completely skipping the moisturizer. Excessive summer heat may dry your skin, so it's vital to keep it hydrated! If your skin begins to suddenly turn oily, it might be an indication that it is dehydrated. To defend itself from drying out, your body will increase the production of sebum, an oily material.

Summer heat also means that we spend far more time indoors with air conditioners blasting. Air that is dehumidified in artificially cooled rooms dries your skin out faster and can accentuate wrinkles and fine lines.

Choose a moisturizing face cream like the Rose Quartz Moisturizer for deep hydration that never feels heavy on the skin. The right moisturizer will aid in the restoration of the skin's outermost layer. This layer is essential because it protects your skin from hazardous environmental toxins that irritate and dry the skin out.

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3. Remember To Exfoliate

If you cleanse, moisturize, and apply sunscreen but aren’t exfoliating, then your skin is missing out big time! The summer sun and heat swiftly wreak havoc on sensitive skin. However, exfoliating on a regular basis will keep your skin healthy and firm. This can be accomplished manually with scrubbing or chemically with exfoliants such as Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) or Beta-hydroxy acids (BHA).

Both aid in increasing skin cell turnover, removing dead skin cells, and cleaning your pores of any build-up. As a result, your skin will be brighter and smoother, with fewer breakouts. As a reminder, if you do choose to exfoliate with chemicals, AHAs make the skin more vulnerable to the harsh rays of the sun, requiring the use of sunscreen even more. AHAs and BHAs should not be used more than a couple of times per week. To avoid over-drying, always follow up with a high-quality moisturizer.

4. Make Sure All Of Your Makeup Is Non-Comedogenic

It’s always important to make sure to choose non-comedogenic makeup products at all times. However, it is especially important to keep this in mind during the summer. Non-comedogenic products are free of chemicals that clog your pores. Breakouts and acne occur when there is an overabundance of sebum which is a liquid generated by your skin that mixes with the dead skin flakes on the skin's surface and clogs your pores.

Look for non-comedogenic sunscreen, oil-free primers, and lightweight, oil-free foundations or tinted moisturizers to keep your skin free of breakouts. Simplicity is also key when it comes to your summer makeup looks. Keep it simple with an oil-free tinted moisturizer and some waterproof mascara to keep your skin looking fresh - no matter how hot it gets!

5. Restore Sun-Damaged Skin With Weekly Face Masks

There’s nothing quite like unwinding after a long, hot summer day. Taking the time out to indulge in a little self care is the perfect way to keep yourself glowing both on the inside and outside. Applying face masks with clinically proven ingredients can help heal sun-damaged skin, nourish the skin with instant hydration, and prevent against future damage from the sun.

FRANZ face masks all utilize our own award-winning Tissue X® microcurrent technology. Our face masks are the perfect way to get an "at-home facelift” without having to go through painful cosmetic procedures. The revolutionary technology tones, tightens, brightens, and treats all of the main signs of damage and aging.

The Jet Microcurrent Facial Dual Mask is a lightweight, fast-absorbing option that you can use before applying your makeup or for quick hydration anytime of the day. Taking 20 minutes out of your day to indulge in this soothing and restoring mask will leave you with silky smooth, glowing skin!

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