8 summer beauty swaps to make now

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8 summer beauty swaps to make now

Ready to make some summer beauty swaps? As temperatures begin to climb (albeit slowly), it’s time to switch up your beauty routine and swap out the heavy hitters for lightweight formulas that truly go the distance.

In summer, the goal is natural makeup and luminous skin that looks well-rested and glow-y. And while this doesn't sound like a big ask – our makeup has a lot to contend with in the heat. Sweat, increased oil production and SPF can all contribute to melting makeup disasters.

But with a few clever switches (along with strategic placement and light layers), skin will shine and makeup can be minimal. Below are the heat-proof products our beauty team are swapping in for summer. Take note!

Out: Rich emollient creams
In: Water-based skincare

Rich emollient creams are a winter skincare staple. But come summer, these thick creams can feel too heavy on the skin. A good alternative, water-based skincare is much lighter and, thanks to their high-water content, are seriously hydrating. Plus, the skin will drink them up immediately – so no greasy residue.

“Often in summer, skin holds its hydration better and doesn’t need heavy duty barrier protection,” says Dr Sophie Shotter, aesthetic doctor, “so focus on lightweight HA serums instead.”

Thank You Farmer Sun Project Water Sun Cream SPF50+

Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream

Lightweight, whipped-gel moisturiser that's loaded with hydrating hyaluronic acid, balancing willowherb and peptide polyglutamic acid to lock in moisture. 

La Mer The Moisturizing Cool Gel Cream

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Out: Cream and balm cleansers
In: Foaming cleansers

In summer, our cleansers need to be able to remove sweat, oil, SPF and waterproof makeup with ease. And while the best cleansing balms and creams do work – they’re not as thorough as foaming formulas. The latest foams will cut through grease and oil without disrupting the skin’s barrier for a fresh-faced complexion that’s prepped and ready for your next skincare step.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Cleanser

Clarins Gentle Renewing Cleansing Mousse

Medik8 Micellar Mousse

Out: Full coverage foundation
In: Tinted moisturiser

Just as you swap out quilted coats for light jackets, the same seasonal change should apply to your base makeup too. Instead of heavy, full coverage foundation, opt for one of the best tinted moisturisers or BB creams. These breathable bases subtly even skin tone and boost glow without clogging pores or settling into fine lines. Tinted moisturisers with SPF are a great summer staple that will also protect skin from harmful UV rays – double tick!

“Dewy skin in summer is the way forward with a definite less is more approach, so switch from heavier coverage to something that lets your summer skin shine through,” agrees Shotter.

Rare Beauty Positive Light Tinted Moisturiser

Beauty Pie Super Healthy Skin Sheer Tinted Oil-Free SPF20

Rose Inc Skin Enhance Luminous Tinted Serum

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Out: Powder bronzer and blush
In: Cream bronzer and cheek stains

Powder products don’t play well in summer. They tend to flake, crease and starve skin of glow. Replace powders with cream textures that will hold in the heat and lend skin a radiant sheen. CHANEL’s Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream is a great pick. Apply onto the high points of the face, where the sun would naturally hit, for a natural sun-kissed look. Over on cheeks, tints and stains deliver a fresh flush that will stay put for hours.

CHANEL Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream

Bobbi Brown Creamy Colour for Cheeks and Lips

Benefit ChaCha Tint Mango Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain

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Out: Lip gloss
In: Tinted lip balms

To avoid sunburned lips, steer clear of super shiny lip glosses that can reflect UV rays and lead to sun damage. In their place, go for one of the best balms with a hint of tint for a polished pout that’s well moisturised. Look out for those formulas containing SPF too.

Clarins Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer

Dior Addict Lip Glow

Lanolips Tinted SPF30 Balm

Out: Shimmery highlighters
In: Balmy sticks

If you like a dewy skin finish, then stash away your powder highlighters and apply a balmy or liquid formula instead. Shimmer and glitter-free, balms bestow a fresh-faced glow that looks healthy and expensive. For holiday, go for a stick formula – they’re easy to apply and are great for on-the-go touch-ups. Simply swipe along cheekbones, brow bones and across the cupids bow for a fresh, radiant complexion.

Westman Atelier Lit Up Highlight Stick

Charlotte Tilbury Easy Highlighter Wand

NARS Cosmetics The Multiple

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Out: Regular body lotion
In: Shimmer body lotion

With more skin on show in the summer months, we recommend replacing your best body moisturiser for a deluxe shimmer oil instead. One of the easiest summer beauty swaps to make, you will not regret it. Just as hydrating as standard lotions, these shimmer formulas contain pearlescent pigments (as well as nourishing ingredients) that lend limbs a luminous, sun-kissed glow.

Summer Fridays Pool Time Glowing Body Oil

Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop'Lit

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oi

Out: SPF 50
In: SPF 30

Switch out your SPF 30 for an SPF 50. “In winter in the UK, an SPF 30 is usually adequate,” notes Shotter. “But over the summer months with higher levels of UVB radiation, make sure you switch to daily use of an SPF 50 with broad spectrum UVA coverage as well.”

Paula's Choice Sunscreen SPF 50