At this point, we’re a safe distance away from winter and enjoying the few weeks of crisp spring before plunging into the summer heat; the sweaters have all been packed away and slowly replaced by sandals and sundresses, pedicures are once again a monthly—nay weekly—necessity. But there are other important, yet often overlooked changes that should occur, but don’t. We’re talking about your skincare. Think your creamy, ultra-hydrating night cream is a necessity in the summer? Think again. And how do you plan to deal with the inevitable moisture and makeup buildup that accumulates on your face on those particularly hot, sticky summer days? We’ve got you covered—read on to find out which skincare swaps you need to make as we head our way into summer!

Swap Heavy Moisturizers For a Lightweight Formula
Unless you live in a literal year-round beach paradise, we’re guessing that you use a thicker, creamier moisturizer to give your skin an extra dose of hydration in the cold winter months. But with climbing temperatures and intense humidity, your skin will start retaining more moisture, meaning that your favorite wintertime moisturizer will leave you feeling swampy—not chic. Instead, opt for a lightweight hyaluronic acid based moisturizer, which will absorb into the skin without leaving an oily sheen.

Say Ta-Ta To Your Foundation
Remember that bit about your skin retaining more moisture in the summer? The same thing applies with your foundation. Come June and July, your go-to cream and liquid foundations will buildup and cause breakouts. Tinted moisturizer or a lightweight powder foundation will feel much fresher—your skin will thank you.

Stock Up On SPF
Would this be a summer skincare blog without a single mention of sunscreen? A critical step to any skincare routine year-round, sunscreen is particularly important during the summer months when the sun is at its peak strength. Apply generously to your face, neck, hands and any other area of skin that will be exposed during the day.

Give Yourself a Sun-Free, Gorgeous Glow
There is nothing more coveted than that “I-Just-Got-Back-From-Vacation” sun-kissed glow, but sunbathing comes at a price. Rather than risk skin cancer and accelerated aging, treat yourself to a gorgeous glow using one of the many self-tanning products on the market. Apply lightly and regularly for a gradual—and natural!—transition that will make you the envy of the office.

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