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8 Ways to Summer-Proof Your Face Routine

Because it's way too hot for a full face.
8 Ways to Summer-Proof Your Face Routine
Because it's way too hot for a full face.

Being extra with your beauty routine in the dry season (A.K.A. "summer") is quite the struggle. Less automatically feels like more, leaving all of us with no choice but to make a few necessary switches. Nobody wants to look a mess, we reckon, so we gathered our favorite tricks for a summer-proof face. Check them below!

1. Trim your skincare routine down to the essentials.

Sadly, there is such a thing as too much skincare when it's too hot out. Keep your products to a minimum especially in the day time (here's a list of essential steps to keep!) so you won't overwhelm your pores. Having less layers will help make your makeup last longer, too, since there would be less products competing to hold onto your skin.

2. Amp up your cleansing regimen.

We all feel extra grimey after a day out in the sun. With sweat and increased sebum production in the equation, we end up with more dirt, oil, and pollution stuck on our skin than the rainy months. You'd want to get rid of all of these at the end of the day, so consider doing a more thorough cleanse at night. Double cleansing (makeup remover + face wash) is always a great way to take everything off, but you can also opt for a cleanser or a face mask with pore-clearing ingredients like salicylic acid and kaolin clay.

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SEPHORA COLLECTION Mattifying Cleanser, P968,

3. Use products with a lighter texture.

Anything that your skin can't absorb in five minutes is an automatic pass for the summer. Save all your rich face and body creams for the night time or shelf them temporarily until the temperature goes down. For now, you can't go wrong with water-based products, gel textures, light creams, and dry oils for moisturizing and getting your glow on.

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NEUTROGENA Hydro Boost Water Gel, P898, Watsons

4. Simplify your base routine.

If your usual foundation-concealer-powder routine is feeling more mask-like than usual, it's time for an overhaul. Skip a full face if you can and focus on correcting imperfections with a few dots of concealer (learn the "conceal-dation" trick here), and maybe keep shine at bay with a powder if you have oily skin. You can also opt for a lightweight powder foundationskin tint, or a tinted moisturizer to quickly even out your skin tone.

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SHISEIDO Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Custom Finish Powder Foundation, P2400, TriNoma

5. Waterproof what you need to.

Makeup tends to fade faster than usual in hot weather. To make sure your face stays on, switch to longer-lasting formulas (or stick to the ones you swear by) so you won't end up with a half a brow or no blush at the end of the day. You don't necessarily need to have a fully waterproof routine, though! It's all about choosing which parts of your makeup you struggle with the most and making the change there. If your brows fade first, use a waterproof or more wax-based product; if you want your blush to stay on longer, use a long-lasting lipstick or a tint on your cheeks instead.

PHOTO BY Ellana, Maybelline

ELLANA Life-Proof Eyebrow Pencil, P599, Watsons; MAYBELLINE SuperStay Matte Ink in Initiator, P349, SM Beauty

6. Don't overmattify.

You've probably heard it a million times, but let us tell you again for dramatic effect—overdrying your skin makes it even oilier and sweatier. Meaning, don't drown your face in alcohol-based toners that claim to "mattify" and cover your skin in powder until it cracks. Instead, use a more lightweight moisturizer or skip a few non-essential steps in your skincare to fight oiliness. A mattifying primer is a great choice for helping control sebum under makeup, too, so you won't have to use a ton of powder later. Besides, a little bit of oil isn't that bad.

PHOTO BY Laura Mercier

LAURA MERCIER Pure Canvas Primer Blurring, P2095, Rustan's

7. Use enough SPF.

It goes without saying that you should be wearing SPF in the summer. If anything, you should be using more. Go for sunscreens that have at least an SPF 30 to protect you from UVB rays, and a PA on the label to make sure it protects you from UVA rays. Don't forget to apply SPF on your body!

PHOTO BY Watsons

SUNGLOW X FRESH Creme Tinted Sunscreen SPF50 PA++++, P429, Watsons; SNAILWHITE Body Booster SPF30/PA+++, P449, Watsons

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