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Summer-ize Your Beauty Routine With These 5 Steps



It’s no secret that style rules for summer differ from the fashion guidelines that rule during the colder months, but you may not have considered that your beauty game should differ from one season to another too. You will always look different during warmer months than you will when its cold. Weather has an especially powerful effect on your hair and skin.

Because of this, you should absolutely adjust your beauty ritual accordingly. It isn’t difficult, it’s just a matter of making a few small changes. Here are some I’d recommend:

Exfoliate less: Sloughing away your dead skin is always important – but you can get away with fewer exfoliations in the summer. Your skin tends to look much duller during the winter so it’s especially important to get rid of that dead skin then. You likely have a brighter complexion in the summer, meaning you can use a scrub just once a week (maybe even less if your skin is super sensitive.) Exfoliating will also strip away your tan a bit so feel free to cut back a little bit.

Cut back on the shampoo: We all know that it isn’t healthy to wash your daily but sometimes it is necessary – especially in the winter, when your hair gets greasy and flat really quickly. You’ll likely have less grease up there during warmer months so feel free to cut back on washes. You can also part with your blow dryer for a few months – you can step out with slightly damp hair and let the sun do the drying for you, whereas in winter leaving your hair wet will pretty much ensure that you’ll wind up with icicles in sweeping your shoulders.

Swap moisturizer for SPF: Your skin is naturally hydrated when it’s warm outside so unless you have very dry skin, a lotion that contains SPF can definitely replace your heavy heavy moisturizer for daily use. You obviously need more sun protection when it’s, well, sunny – so this is a good idea for more than one reason.

Use stains: Lip and cheek stains are a great way to add a pop of color. They work well when you lips and skin are hydrated (see above) so they are perfect for the summer. They also have great staying power, meaning you don’t have to worry about sweating them off on warm days.

Cut your hair: It grows longer during warm months so a cut is essential. Opt for layers if you want tons of body – keep in mind that humidity will make your hair look more textured than normal – and go for a one-length look if you want it to look a bit sleeker. Taking some length off for summer months is a great idea as it will keep you cooler.

I'm a Chicago-based writer and graduate of the Medill School of Journalism who has written for sites like,,,,, Racked, Thrillist and The Huffington Post.