Summer product switches

Judging by the weather in Cape Town yesterday, I think it’s safe to say  that summer is finally on her way.


A change in weather calls for a change in beauty routine. Your skin’s needs in winter are different to those in summer. Try these 4 switches to make your summer more beautiful.

Squeaky clean: Dry skins should switch to water or light cream cleansers. Rich cream cleansers are great for winter when your skin lacks moisture, but opting for a lighter formula in summer will means your pores are less likely to get clogged. Oily skinned girls should try water cleansers in warmer weather. The chemicals in foaming cleansers can strip the skin of its natural oils, which, in turn, will cause your skin to produce yet more oil. Using a gentler cleanser will help keep your skin’s oil barrier in balance. My favourite cleanser (for all skin types) is Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution (around R140 from selected Dis-Chem and Clicks stores).

Rub-a-dub: All skin types should be using enzyme exfoliators all year round. So if you haven’t made this switch yet, make this the season to give it a try. Granular scrubs can damage your skin’s natural protection barrier, which can lead to breakouts and excess sebum production. Enzyme exfoliators, on the other hand, gently dissolve dead skin cells without damaging the healthy skin underneath. Lamelle Correctives Cathepzyme, R385, is one of the best I’ve tried.

Night, night: Some girls may find that just a serum is all they need at night during summer. But if you can’t go without, switch to a lighter texture. Try a gel formula rather than a cream. You’ll still wake up with great skin, but it will be glowing rather than greasy.

Good foundations: As with everything else, switch to a lighter formula for your foundation. BB and CC creams are flooding the market at the moment, so take advantage of it. They are great because they deliver a light to medium coverage, contain skin-boosting ingredients and have built-in SPF (this is not to say you can forego higher SPF underneath!) If you are an old-school make-up girl, then just switch to a tinted moisturiser instead.