The sun is shining, temps are rising, and that can only mean one thing: Summertime is upon us. And while you’re likely making room in your calendar for social soirees, barbecues, and seaside vacations, don’t forget to adjust and rebuild your skin care routine, too.
1 – Sunscreen
You’ve heard it before, but non-negotiable, no matter what time of year it is. Start with a lotion or cream base for your SPF as the last step in your morning skin care routine. Make sure you reapply often.
2 – Exfoliate (gently)
Truth be told, exfoliating your skin is essential all year round, but summertime is a great season to slough away dead skin. If you find your skin to be extra greasy come the warm-weather months, reach for an exfoliator formulated with salicylic acid, an oil-soluble ingredient that can penetrate pores and remove excess sebum. Just be mindful to exfoliate at night: Many exfoliators (including alpha-hydroxy acids) make your skin photosensitive and prone to burning.
3 – Use lightweight products
When it’s 90 degrees outside, the last thing you want to feel is a heavy cream or foundation melting atop your face. Switch to gel-cream moisturizing or simply opt for a hyaluronic acid serum to apply under your SPF.
4 – Use Vitamin C
If you’re not already, add a topical antioxidant, like vitamin C, into your summertime routine. UV rays cause up to 90% of photo-aging that happens to our skin, so using antioxidants adds another layer of protection and helps prevent and treat unwanted pigmentation that shows up in the summer months.
5 – Use a gentle cleanser
Since you may find yourself washing your face more often come summertime (sweat, oil, chlorine, workouts), choosing a gentle cleanser will help to keep skin soft and supple while removing dirt, debris, and grime. Gentle cleansers help to minimize stripping natural oils from the skin so skin stays healthy and glowing without feeling dry or cracked
6 – Hydrate from inside out
It’s no secret that proper water consumption is essential when temperatures rise. But in addition to water, watch electrolyte and healthy fat intake, too. They keep the body hydrated, and healthy fats support the skin barrier. So, bring on that huge bowl of watermelon and a daily serving of avocado toast.