While the summer months are much gentler on your skin than the harsh winter temperatures, your skin still needs a certain amount of extra care. However, this does not need to be anything complicated, as all you need to do for your skin to truly thrive this season is to follow these few steps.

An Effective Cleanser

Your cleanser should change with the seasons, as your skin produces so much more oil in the summer months than it does in the winter. While a mild and gentle cleanser would have been necessary in the winter to preserve all of your skin’s natural oils, you will likely end up with excess oil in the summer months, making a foaming cleanser the best option. However, for those with dry or sensitive skin, stick to a cream-based cleanser, as the ingredients used in foaming cleansers can often be quite harsh.

A Natural Toner

As necessary as cleansers are, they also disrupt your skin’s natural pH levels, which is where a toner comes in. Not only does this rebalance your pH levels, but it will also clear away any particles that your cleanser may have missed. There are many toner formulas out there, but a simple spritz of some rose water or witch hazel will also do the job.

A Serum

Serums are compact and lightweight, and the reason why they often come with a large price tag is because they contain high levels of potent active ingredients, meaning that you only need to use a small amount each time. Serums are designed to target specific skin care concerns, such as aging or dry skin, so look for one that is able to tackle your top few skin issues.

An Eye Cream

Many people only begin to use an eye cream when they notice their first few fine lines appearing, but it is far more effective to use one before this happens, as a form of prevention rather than treatment. The skin around the eyes is extremely delicate and fragile, so make sure that your eye cream contains nourishing and hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, peptides and ceramides.

A Moisturizer

Moisturizers do not need to be complicated, although the texture and the consistency of a moisturizer is something that you do need to pay attention to. In the winter months, a thick and greasy moisturizer is essential to keep your skin hydrated and protected, but, with the increased humidity of the summer months, a rich moisturizer will only end up clogging your pores, leading to oily skin and breakouts. For this reason, opt for a lighter moisturizing lotion for the summer, re-applying this during the day if your skin needs the extra care.

A Sunscreen

Your sunscreen is your most important skin care product in the summer, especially if you plan on spending plenty of time outdoors. A broad-spectrum sunscreen is essential, as this will protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays, and it should preferably be at least SPF 30.

Your skin’s needs change with the seasons, and it is important to understand this so that you can make the necessary changes to the products that you use. From a stronger cleanser to a lighter moisturizer, these are the only products that you really need in order to achieve a healthy, radiant glow this summer.