With so much choice available – from brands to bottles, formulations, iterations and promotions – finding skincare products you like can feel like an impossible task. When you do stumble on a combination of products that work – ones that leave your skin feeling comfortable, clean and calm – you wouldn’t be blamed for wanting to stick with them forever.
But as the seasons change, so do the effects on our skin. The thicker moisturiser that felt good in winter might feel heavy and sticky in summer, and the sweat caused by warmer weather can contribute to spots and inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea that require specific treatment.
So how do you know when it’s time to swap up your products? Registered nurse and skin specialist Felicity West says that the best thing we can do for our skin is to listen to what it’s trying to tell us.
“You know when you wake up in the morning and it’s the middle of winter and your skin’s all dry? And you put on your moisturiser and it sucks it all up, it really takes it in?” she says.
“Listen to what your skin’s telling you. When you get out of the shower and look in the mirror, you can see in yourself whether your skin is looking hydrated. Or you can feel for yourself when your skin needs a little more nurturing,” she explains.
And updating your routine for summer doesn't just mean staying away from heavier formulas.
“There will be days during the summer when you feel dry," says Felicity. "If you’ve been sitting in front of an air conditioning unit all day, it will tend to dry you out, so don’t be really strict and regimented about your skincare routine. It should be flexible – and you can change it daily if you want to.”
Everyone’s skin is different, so updating your skin routine for summer isn’t prescriptive. Listening to your skin is the first step. Incorporating some hero ingredients is the next.