K-Beauty Summer Beauty Hacks
Summer is the perfect time to shake up your skincare routine because not only is it the season of sun, surf and sand, it also goes hand in hand with enlarged pores, oiliness, congestion, pimples and pigmentation.
Stick around because today, I’ve got all your summer skincare bases covered.
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After a day of fun in the sun, you’ll want to make sure you remove all traces of your sunscreen (and makeup if you were wearing any).
The Korean two-step cleanse is perfect for this, starting with a quick oil cleanse.
After you’re done removing your sunscreen and makeup, follow up with a foam cleanse. This helps to remove any other traces of dirt or debris.
Toning is essential to help reset skin after washing up. It also helps your skin to properly absorb the next products you apply.
If the humidity has bought out any breakouts, blackheads or congestion, use your toner to help get it under control. I love iUNIK Tea Tree Relief Tonerfor a light, summer layer that tackles congestion.
Essence will go to work on your skin at the cellular level. With the additional stress from the sun, humidity and air-conditioning, your skin will need a little extra TLC.
For a light, nourishing layer that soothes red, irritated and sensitive skin, we love Tosowoong’s Green Tea Eco Brightening Essence.
Summer is not the time to be lathering on heavy serums, so opt for light layers. Choose ones that are jam-packed with active ingredients and nourishing extracts.
To tackle any new pigmentation or sun spots that have cropped up, APLB Vitamin C Serum will give you visible skin brightening results.
If you’ll be spending any time in-flight or in air-conditioning, we’d go with d’Alba Piedmont’s First Spray Serum. This is a cult Korean product that went viral after it was revealed to be the secret behind Korean airline hostesses’ hydrated complexions in flight.
If the humidity has you looking like an oil slick, Benton’s Snail Bee Ultimate Serum is the perfect fix. It treats damaged, acne-prone and rough skin perfectly without overdoing it on the hydration.
Moisturisers should be kept to a light layer unless you suffer from really dry skin.
If you’ve totally cooked it at the beach, Benton’s gentle Aloe Soothing Propolis Gel will help coax skin back to life.
If you’re experiencing extra breakouts or blotchiness, iUNIK’s light gel textured Centella Calming Gel Cream is your match. Packed with 70% Centella Asiatica and 10% tea tree leaf water it takes care of skin in a fast-acting formula.
Skin often feels oilier in summer, and if you’re oily already, no doubt your skin is going into overdrive right now. Time to cut the moisturiser so you don’t overdose on oil, right?
What to do instead: Summer is not the time to skip your moisturiser, as moisturiser actually helps balance your skin’s oil and moisture levels to regulate sebum production. Instead, look for a lightweight moisturiser that’s non-greasy with a matte finish to help balance everything out.
Instead, just opt for lighter textures – gels are perfect for summer.
We all know about the need to wear a proper sunscreen that blocks both the sun’s UVB and UVA rays, but often, we’re one and done as soon as we’re out the door in the morning.
In summer, applying sunscreen once a day simply won’t cut out.
What to do instead: As a general rule, we should be reapplying after every 2 hours of sun exposure, after towelling off, sweating vigorously or doing exercise.
Get STYLE STORY’s tips for how to reapply sunscreen while wearing makeup here.
Sun exposure is one of the key causes of aging and results in everything from blotchy, red skin to pigmentation and wrinkles. Getting sunburnt is a good way of going about everything from premature wrinkles, sun spots and even skin cancer.
What to do instead: If you’ve cooked it (literally), then opt for skin soothing products containing Aloe Vera.
Summer is not the time to be layering on thick makeup, especially if you’re going to be sweating in the sun. Pores open up when you sweat, opening them up to dirt, oil and makeup. Particularly for those of us who are acne prone, wearing makeup while sweating can aggravate it.
What to do instead: Opt for light textured BB Creams like Missha’s M Perfect Cover BB Cream, which tackles all the primary skin concerns like uneven texture and redness but without blocking your pores. If you find yourself getting oily throughout the day, products like Innisfree’s No Sebum Mineral Powder work wonders as a substitute to blotting paper.
Summer can be harsh on pores, as they open up when you sweat, making them much more susceptible to congestion. Pore problems are the root of skin problems and can contribute to acne.
What to do instead: Treat the root of problem pores with cleansing ingredients like charcoal and clay, to vacuum up any impurities and keep pores minimised, matte and smooth. Oily skin can also make pores appear bigger than they are, which is why it’s important to balance your oil levels.
Chances are that if the sun’s out, your feet will be too. Cracked, callused heels and dead, rough skin are a sight for sore eyes, especially in sandals.
What to do: Make sure your tootsies are in tip-top shape with a peeling foot mask to remove any dead, rough, cracked or callused skin. If you don’t have time to wait for your feet to peel with a foot peeling mask (which are really popular in K-Beauty), then try APLB Foot Repair Cream. It works to take care of old skin on your feet to reveal the baby-fresh stuff hiding behind it!
Not only do they work to tighten pores they also improve uneven skin. That's because clay works to vacuum up any impurities. It also take care of large pores, uneven texture and dullness.
Don’t let pimples ruin your summer – if you see one rear its head, reach for Subi Pimple Patch over it. They suck the sebum and pus out of active pimples and also work to prevent acne scarring.
If you’re in a dry climate, suffering from oily skin or are feeling leached by the air-conditioning, let Jelly Ko Cherry Blossom Sleeping Mask repair your skin for you while you sleep.
If your summer is being marred by blackheads, congestion, sebum and impurities, you’re not alone. Try a sheet mask!
Skin like a grease ball halfway through the day? Need a quick pick-me-up? Just want to spritz something cool all over your face?! Grab APLB Centella Mist Toner and get to it.
Slough away blackheads, whiteheads and the dead skin cells that clog pores and make skin look dull with Skin Food Black Sugar Wash Off Mask. This multi-tasking scrub is formulated with 35% black sugar and is the perfect treat for summer skin.
Try the minis before you buy the full sized products!
This handy travel-sized set & bag contains some of K-Beauty’s most popular lightweight summer skincare products.
You can make sure they are a good fit for your skin before you buy the full sizes.
"Summer is the perfect time to shake up your skincare routine because not only is it the season of sun, surf and sand, it also goes hand in hand with enlarged pores, oiliness, congestion, pimples and pigmentation."- Lauren Lee, Host of the Korean Beauty Show podcast
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