The Greatest Go-To Summer Skincare Routine

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Are you getting ready for the summer? Digging out your cutest warm-weather wardrobe and working out your bod for the upcoming heat and sunshine? While you’re at it you should definitely consider upgrading your skincare routine for the season as well. 

As the seasons change, so should your skincare routine. During the winter you should be focused on protecting your skin from the low temps and keeping it properly exfoliated and moisturized with heavier creams. During the summer you need to come prepared for the high temperatures and long, sunny days. We’ll go over some of the best products to add to your arsenal and simple ways to keep your skin beautiful all summer long.

Drink Your Water

Water is one of the most important parts of a good skincare routine. Keeping hydrated will help keep your skin moisturized from the inside out, give it a beautiful, natural glow, and boost your skin’s natural elasticity. The elasticity is what keeps your skin looking youthful. Drinking enough water also helps flush out nasty toxins in your body that can have negative effects on your skin. 

It’s also important to note that drinking water isn’t going to magically solve all your skin woes though, it’s just one part of your routine. 

Put Away Those Heavy Creams 

When summer rolls around, you should think of your moisturizer as you think of your wardrobe. During the winter, you need heavy coats and lots of layers to protect you from the frigid winds and chills. As the temperatures rise, we drop those extra layers and swap our wools for lighter linens. The cold temperatures wreak havoc on your skin which is why dermatologists suggest picking up and using heavier moisturizing creams. They help restore the balance that your skin desperately needs at the time while also providing a good protective layer from the cold. During the summer, those same heavy creams can leave your skin feeling oily and unable to breathe. 

  • Moisturizer Tip: Keep an eye out for a light, oil-free moisturizer. This will help keep your skin looking supple and glowy without smothering it in lotion. If you’d like to a little bit of color, there are some great tinted moisturizers that are perfect for the summer weather. 

Some dermatologists suggest skipping the moisturizer altogether. Founder of the Miami Skin Institute Dr. S Manjula Jegasothy explained to Influenster that the only areas of your face that require year-round moisturizer “ are the skin around the mouth and eyelid.” She added, “If you feel that you must moisturize, or feel tight and dry on any other parts of the face, consider using a light-as-air vitamin C serum to undo new sun damage caused by lazy summer afternoons by the pool.”

Boost of Vitamin C

We know that vitamin C is the best defense against illnesses by boosting your immune system, but did you know it can give your skin a good boost as well? Daily use of vitamin C serums helps fight free-radicals that cause damage to your skin by helping your skin regenerate damaged cells. It can also help fight signs of aging, brighten dull skin, and protect against sun damage. “Vitamin C helps combat SPF rays that aren’t fully blocked by your sunscreen,” Anne Chapas, M.D., a dermatologist at Union Square Dermatology in Manhattan, explained to Vogue. 

Wear Sunscreen

No matter the season, you should always have sunscreen on. Medical director and dermatologist at Eudelo Dr. Stefanie Williams explained to Bazaar that “the skin-aging UVA rays don’t fluctuate” as the seasons change, leaving your skin vulnerable to damage if you’re not careful. UVB rays that cause your skin to burn are stronger during the summer. 


There are so many different kinds of sunscreens out there ranging from SPF 5 to SPF 100+—so which one is right for you? Williams suggests an SPF between 30 to 50 “to slow down the aging process and keep your skin in optimal condition long-term.” A water- or sweat-proof SPF is best if you plan on doing any activities outside and to ensure your skin is protected from the sun all day, remember to reapply your sunscreen every two hours. And don’t forget to pick up a good lip balm with SPF in it as well to keep your lips protected from the sun’s vicious aging rays.


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