Keep your skin fresh and hydrated this summer with the perfect skincare routine.
The summer heat can cause damage to your skin: sunburns, clogged pores, dehydration, and
sun spots if you’re not taking the necessary steps in your skincare routine. The best way to
prevent sunburns and other unfortunate skin mishaps is with the right products and a consistent
Being consistent with your skincare year-round keeps skin hydrated and healthy, but during the
summer season, just a few skincare steps need extra care to beat the heat and aid your skin
against the summer sun. The essential summer skincare steps are to:
Commit To Sunscreen Daily
Every day our skin protects us against harmful UV rays, which is why sunscreen is an essential
step in any summer skincare routine. Sunscreen prevents skin cancer, wrinkles, and skin
discoloration over time. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, sunscreen is proven to “decrease your risk of skin
developing squamous cell carcinoma by about 40 percent, and lower your melanoma risk by 50
percent.” For the best results, apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply
body before you dress for the day. You’ll be protected if your clothes shift or move throughout
It’s also a good idea to apply sunscreen even if you’re inside for the day, this helps create the
habit of daily sunscreen, and it’s worth noting if you’re working or sitting near a window that UV
rays are still able to penetrate through. If you’re inside all day, you will not need to reapply
Keep Moisturizing Skin
important! Skin hydration and skin oil levels are different; oily skin can be from trapping oils like
sebum. Healthline.com states sebum is an oily, waxy substance produced by your body’s
sebaceous glands, and it coats, moisturizes, and protects your skin. So if the skin is oily, it
doesn’t mean it is hydrated, and the skin may be dry.
A general rule of thumb is to use moisturizer even in summer. If you have oily skin, maintaining
good moisture is still recommended. Make sure to moisturize your face after you’ve cleansed,
Cleanse Your Face
The summer season may result in more sweating than other seasons. This means washing your
face daily is vital to prevent clogged pores and prevent acne breakouts. External environmental
impurities also accumulate throughout the day, like pollution, dust, and dirt, and you want to
cleanse your skin correctly for clean skin.
The best way to cleanse your skin is by washing morning and night with a skin cleanser that’s
right for your skin type. The cleanser types suggested for summer by Dr. Alexis Stephens, a
board-certified dermatologist, are water-based cleansers because they are typically light-weight
and help to remove h20-based impurities like sweat and dirt.
Continue Vitamin C Serum
vitamin C serum in your skincare routine, even in summer. Applying vitamin C serum in the
morning after cleansing your face and before sunscreen is recommended. Make sure to wear
sunscreen with your serum!