Summer Skincare Essentials: Your Guide to Healthy Summer Skin

Summer Skincare Essentials: Your Guide to Healthy Summer Skin

Summer is a time of sunshine, warmth, and outdoor adventures. But as the heat and sunny days roll in, our skin requires extra care and attention to stay healthy and radiant. Say hello to your summer skincare essentials and learn the do's and don'ts for keeping your skin happy, healthy, and protected all summer long.


Essential Serums

Bring on the antioxidant serums. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and green tea extract help to neutralize free radicals generated by UV exposure and the environment, providing added protection against sun damage and oxidative stress. Antioxidants also help make your sunscreen work more effectively.

TRY: IMAGE Skincare Vital C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum


Lightweight Formulations

Switch to lightweight skincare products like serums, gels, and oil-free moisturizers to avoid clogged pores and greasy skin in the summer heat. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide: HA is a hydrating powerhouse that attracts and retains moisture in the skin, helping to keep it plump and hydrated, which is especially important during hot summer months. And niacinamide (Vitamin B3) helps to improve skin barrier function, reduce inflammation, and regulate oil production, making it an excellent ingredient for summer skincare routines.

TRY: Obagi Daily Hydro-Drops® Facial Serum & iS Clinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion


Exfoliate Wisely

Incorporate gentle exfoliation into your skincare routine to slough off dead skin cells and reveal a fresh, glowing complexion. Opt for chemical exfoliants like AHAs or BHAs for a gentle yet effective exfoliation. Also use caution with retinoids, while AHA’s and retinoids can be beneficial for exfoliation and skin renewal, they can also increase photosensitivity. During times of excessive sun exposure it is recommended to apply them at night, and wear sunscreen during the day. Or refrain from use altogether during prolonged exposures such as vacations. Also don’t overdo it with physical scrubs. Excessive scrubbing can damage the skin's barrier and increase sensitivity to UV radiation.

TRY: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel


Stay Cool and Calm

Keep your skincare products and facial mists in the fridge for an extra cooling effect on hot summer days. This can help soothe irritated skin and reduce inflammation. Don’t use hot water to wash your face. Opt for lukewarm or cool water instead to avoid stripping your skin of its natural oils and exacerbating summer skin woes like sunburn and heat rash.


Sunscreen, Always:

Apply sunscreen generously and frequently, especially when spending time outdoors. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and reapply every two hours, or after swimming or sweating. Don't forget to protect commonly overlooked areas like your lips, ears, scalp, and the tops of your feet. These areas are just as susceptible to sun damage and skin cancer.


FACE: HydroPeptide Solar Defense SPF 30 Tinted

BODY: Colorescience Total Protection Body Shield SPF 50

LIPS: COOLA Classic Liplux® Organic Lip Balm Sunscreen SPF 30 - Original

SCAPL: COOLA Scalp & Hair Mist Sunscreen Ocean Salted Sage SPF 30


Post-Sun Care:

Treat your skin to a hydrating and soothing after-sun moisturizer or gel to replenish lost moisture and calm sun-exposed skin. Look for ingredients like aloe vera and cucumber extract, known for their soothing and cooling properties, which can help alleviate sunburn and calm irritated skin after sun exposure. Don’t skip the after-sun care, even if you don't have visible sunburn. Sun exposure can cause invisible damage to your skin, so it's essential to nourish and repair it after a day in the sun.

TRY: COOLA Radical Recovery Eco-Cert Organic After Sun Lotion

With the right skincare essentials and a few simple do's and don'ts, you can help keep your skin healthy, hydrated, and protected all summer. Remember to stay hydrated, protect yourself from the sun, and treat your skin with the care and attention it deserves. Here's to glowing, radiant skin all summer long!



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