Your skin’s needs change with the seasons, meaning now that summer is quickly approaching, you need to make a few changes to the products that you use. From a stronger cleanser to a lighter moisturizer, these are the skin care products that you need to have in your beauty arsenal this summer.

A Stronger Cleanser
Your skin naturally produces more oil in the summer than it does in the winter, meaning that a hydrating cleanser is not really needed. Instead, you need a product that is able to clear away all of the excess oil that has settled on the surface of your skin, which is what a gentle yet foaming formula will do.

A Gentle Toner
Toners are available in so many different formulas, but those that contain alcohol will be far too harsh on your skin. The best toners to soothe and nourish your skin after a day of dealing with summer’s heat are the ones that contain natural, botanical ingredients, such as witch hazel or rose water.

A Lighter Moisturizer
The summer months bring with them a higher level of humidity, meaning that a thick and greasy moisturizer will only end up clogging your pores, leading to blemishes and breakouts. A lighter lotion is adequate for the summer months, as this will still provide your skin with coverage and protection, but will allow it to breathe at the same time.

A Gentle Exfoliant
Exfoliation is key when it comes to a healthy complexion, as it sloughs off all of the dead skin cells that remain on the surface of the skin, revealing the fresh, younger skin cells beneath. However, this can also make the skin much more sensitive to the sun, especially if you spend a large amount of time outdoors, so try to limit your exfoliation in the summer months to once or twice a week, using as gentle an exfoliant as you can find.

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Facial Masks
The sun can really take its toll on the skin, and some extra care and nourishment once a week would definitely not go amiss in the summer. Facial masks are ideal for this, and are designed to target just about every skin issue that you can imagine. So, whether you suffer from dark spots and an uneven complexion, or oiliness and acne, you are bound to be able to find a facial mask that can really help with this, leaving you with a clear and bright complexion for the summer months.

SPF is vital throughout the year, but people tend to spend more time outdoors in the summer months, and therefore experience more sun exposure. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is recommended, and this should be re-applied every couple of hours.

Skin care is important throughout the year, but you need to understand the different needs that your skin has as the seasons change. While you may already have a number of go-to skin care products, you need to check that these are suitable for the warmer, humid, summer months, otherwise they will only have a detrimental impact on your skin.