New season, new skin care needs. Summer is here (yay!) and with it comes increased humidity, warmer weather, longer days and more sun exposure. Make sure to switch to summer skin care and adjust your regimen to address the challenges of the season and keep that gorgeous skin of yours glowing — and damage free —all summer long.
It’s hot. Opt for a cleanser that deep cleans while also leaving your skin feeling calm and refreshed. Don’t get us wrong, we love a creamy cleanser, but summer months beg for the benefits of a foaming wash. Formulated with aloe, willow bark, apple, blessed thistle and sage, the Purifying Cleansing Gel gently but effectively removes dirt, makeup and impurities from pores without drying or irritating the skin.
Give Your Retinol a Break
Retinol can do wonders for your skin. Think increased collagen production, reduced fine lines, improved texture and minimized congestion — sounds great, right? But with all its perks, using retinol increases your susceptibility to sun sensitivity, making it a poor choice for summer skin care. Instead, reach for a serum that exfoliates while hydrating the skin. Our pick: Lactic Acid Hydrating Serum. It’s gentle enough for daily use, while still having the power to firm, refine and improve skin texture and tone.
The Power of Antioxidants
When people think about protecting their skin from the sun, they usually think about wearing sunscreen — which is a must — but there’s more to it than that. Adding a well-formulated vitamin C serum to your daily routine can greatly improve your skin’s ability to defend itself against the damaging effects of the sun. Our hands-down favorite is SkinCeuticals’ C E Ferulic. It delivers advanced protection against photo aging, neutralizes free radicals and can be used daily under your moisturizer or SPF.
Opt for Oil Free
Your skin will always need moisture, no matter what time of year it is. And luckily, there are plenty of oil-free options that won’t weigh you down. Our anti-aging, summer pick is the Weightless Moisturizer. Light and refreshing, this gel-like cream creates balance, repairs, calms and soothes the skin. Bonus: it absorbs instantly on contact while easing the signs of aging.