Lawrence A. Schiffman, D.O., FAOCD - Board Certified Dermatologist

Lawrence A. Schiffman, D.O., FAOCD - Board Certified Dermatologist


The Best Summer Skin Care Routines for Your Skin Type

Published June 15th, 2022 by Thepracticeagency

Your skin is your biggest organ and as such, it's the organ most exposed to external conditions like hot and cold weather, wind, sun, and damage. With summer just around the corner, prepping your skin for the hot air and humidity can do wonders for its elasticity, youthfulness, and glow.

If you already have a skincare routine, consider adjusting it to your summer skincare needs. Knowing your skin and how it reacts to products and external changes can help you create the perfect routine for the summer. 

Keep reading to learn our best tips on summer skin care and how you can keep your skin healthy and moisturized all summer long.

Develop a Summer Skin Care Routine

With the temperatures rising, the air becomes drier and your skin needs more water to maintain its elasticity and glow. This is why you need a new summer skin care routine that fits your skin condition and skin type.

For some, this means adding a new step or product to your skin care collection. For others, it can mean removing a step or downsizing the products you've used in the colder months.

Every skin is different and has different needs but the most important thing to remember when creating a skin care routine for summer is hydration.

Moisturize Your Skin

Moisturized summer skin is healthy, glowy skin so choose a moisturizer with great ingredients that work for your skin type. Some of the best ingredients to look for in a summer moisturizer include glycerin, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, SPF, AHA, urea, and essential oils.

These ingredients will absorb into your skin and stay in its outermost layer to keep it constantly hydrated. For the summer, it's best to go for water or gel moisturizers as they tend to be lighter and gentler on the skin. Heavy face creams can clog the pores and lead to breakouts so it's best to leave these for the colder months.  

Keep a bottle of face hydrating mist in your beach bag or purse so you can freshen up whenever your skin feels a little dry. This is an extra step that can do wonders for dehydrated skin. You can also wash your face and put moisturizer on wet skin to help lock in the moisture.

Wear Sunscreen With SPF 30+

SPF is the holy grail of summer skin care products and you should never leave the house without one. There are special SPF products for your face and ones for your body, with different formulations and properties.

You can choose regular SPF cream or use a tinted one for a subtle glow and light coverage. Aim for 30+ SPF for the face and wear a hat and sunglasses whenever possible.

If you're on vacation, re-apply SPF every 30 minutes, especially after swimming. The sun rays can be very harmful to your skin if it's not protected. Aside from sunburn, they can cause skin damage, sun spots, premature aging, and skin cancer so it's important to wear sunscreen whenever you're outside, even in the shade.

Wear Lightweight Makeup

In the summer, your skin produces more oil and sebum than the rest of the year. This is because the air is hot and humid and your skin needs to cope and adjust.

If makeup is a part of your skin care routine, opt for more minimal, lightweight options. For example, wear CC or BB cream instead of foundation, wear lip gloss or tinted lip balm instead of lipstick, and a little bronzer to give your skin a summer glow.

Finish off the look with a hydrating face mist that doubles as a fixing spray and you're good to go! This minimal makeup will last longer on your face but you can always touch it up on the go.

Exfoliate Regularly

Whether it's chemical exfoliation at your dermatologist or gentle peeling at home, your skin texture and health will improve after removing the dead skin cells.

In the summer, your skin sweats more and produces more sebum which stays on the surface and clogs the pores. Combined with skin care product buildup, this can make your skin look dull and even cause breakouts and blackheads. A good exfoliation can help resolve this issue and bring your skin back to its youthful glow.

Exfoliate once per week or once every two weeks to prevent skin irritation and drying out. Some skincare products are very gentle so you can use them a few times per week, depending on your skin needs.

Drink Plenty of Liquids

Skin dehydration is very common in summer but sometimes, your skin needs way more hydration than what your favorite moisturizer can provide. The key to elastic and healthy skin is its water content, which means you need to hydrate on the inside as well.

Regular drinking water is the best choice but you can also hydrate with caffeine-free ice tea, fruit juices, fruits with high water content, and coconut water. Caffeine drinks can further dehydrate your body and skin so limit their consumption whenever possible.

Eat More Fruits and Veggies

If you don't eat a nutrient-rich diet, not even the best skin care products can make your skin look healthy. Luckily, summer is the season of all kinds of fruits and veggies so you can boost your vitamin intake and still have a delicious snack.

The best fruits for your skin include watermelon, honeydew, citrus fruits, apples, berries, mangoes, and cucumbers. They have all the vitamins and minerals, as well as the water necessary for bright, luminant skin.

These Summer Skin Care Tips Will Make Your Skin Look Healthy and Radiant

Whether you're a sun lover and love to get a tan or stay away from the sunshine as much as possible, your skin needs special care in the hot summer months. From proper hydration to using SPF all day every day, these essential summer skin care tips will make your skin radiant, glowy, and healthy.

Curious to learn how to keep your skin looking younger and wrinkle-free? Read this article to learn the best anti-aging tips that can help stimulate collagen production in your skin.

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