There’s a reason why beauty writers talk about how to transition your skincare behaviours at this time every single year: not enough people are pro-active about the change. Too many ladies and gents only look for the winter-to-spring wisdom after their first major breakout or when a friend tells them their foundation looks chalky, but the logic behind transitional changes is that they need to be introduced into your regimen early enough that your skin can adapt to the changes in both environment and products. If it’s when August when you suddenly remember, “man, I haven’t worn SPF in three months,” reach for some sunscreen stat and make a mental note to start much earlier with your summer-to-winter transition next year.
Switch our your heavy-duty makeup bases for lighter coverage so that your skin gets used to breathing evenly while perspiring more. This is the ideal avenue for you to find yourself a product that provides medium-buildable coverage and SPF in one, and while I personally am a fan of the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream with SPF 35 ($50), a cult classic in this genre is Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer ($56). The point is to switch out cream foundations to cushions and pressed powders by starting to use the latter regularly before the warm weather even arrives; if you anticipate going much darker by laying on the beach for hours on end, once you find a formula you like, you might want to buy a couple of shades to keep your complexion even throughout the summer.