Summer is synonymous with shiny and beautiful skin. Images of freckled faces, scant makeup and a natural, sun-kissed look have forever dominated the aesthetic landscape of the season. From the effortless glow of Gidget, forever on the beach of the 1960s, with Lorde’s recent “Solar Power”, powered reminder that even your legs should look better in summer. But for all the goodness of vitamin D, summer brings a host of unique skincare challenges and questions, like “Should I pause my retinol routine in the summer? ” or “Do I need to improve my exfoliation game? ” Like a summer day, our query list is long.
Fortunately, our favorite estheticians and skincare professionals have answers to these questions and many more. Because a good skincare routine should work no matter where you are, but an occasional adjustment here and there can make all the adaptive difference. “You should only change your routine if your skin requires it,” says a famous facialist. Candace Marino. “But our indoor and outdoor environments play a huge role in how our skin behaves and I will often help my clients adapt accordingly.”
We surveyed three skincare experts: Lauren Zaucha, Nashville supplier Skin Pharm; Natalie Burt, Lead Esthetician at Popular Dallas Event Preservation house; and Marino, in all our burning questions about the beauty of summer. So prepare your broad spectrum SPF, fill your fridge with some emergency aloe vera, and read on for your best summer skincare routine.
Editor’s note: While we’ve listed all the products our experts recommend for a summer skincare routine, you certainly don’t need to buy them all. Each person’s skin is unique and our journey to healthy skin is different. Also experiment with various beauty products or tools to find out what works best for you and, most importantly, within your budget. But most of all, have fun doing it!
Exfoliate. Rinse. Repeat.
Although we are aware of the dangers of over-exfoliating, the oiliest months on our skin seem to require a bit more shedding. The best advice from our experts: do what your skin tells you.
“If your skin seems oilier in the summer months, it might be a good time to improve your exfoliation game,” advises Zaucha. “In addition to adding an exfoliating cleanser, using an exfoliating mask once or twice a week is a great way to soften baby’s skin.”
Also, don’t forget to add your body scrub to your summer skincare routine – an increase in sunscreen products and oil production can lead to unpleasant results.
“This is great for all skin types, but especially those with sensitive skin.” – Natalie Burt
Brighten up your summer skincare routine
Just as we rely on heavier creams to keep skin hydrated in the winter, consider swapping your moisturizer for a lighter formula when temperatures rise, especially if you start to notice breakouts or imbalances. Of course, summer means something different depending on where you live. “Skin stressors vary from place to place,” Marino says. “My clients in the desert are retaining their moisture, while my clients in humid areas are switching to lighter formulas like gels.”
“A great lightweight formula that is still super hydrating, this cream is packed with antioxidants and vitamins to help nourish and repair skin. It also contains aloe vera, amino acids, and its proprietary TFC8 that helps repair and strengthen the skin. “- Candace Marino
“When someone is really greasy or on an extremely wet client, this hyaluronic acid-based gel is a great option that contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial botanicals to soothe the skin and prevent (or treat) breakouts.” – Candice Marino
“For someone who needs extra moisture due to its hot and dry climate, I love to recommend Senté Dermal Repair Ultra Nourish, which treats dryness and sensitivity while providing superior anti-aging benefits.” – Candice Marino
“I love adding an exfoliating cleanser in the summer. Both physical and chemical cleansers help remove dead skin, unclog pores, and prevent breakouts, but I prefer to use a chemical exfoliating cleanser as it tends to be gentler on the skin and avoids user error by scrubbing too hard. strength. “- Lauren Zaucha
Retinol (almost) never needs a break
Unless you’re pregnant or have consulted a doctor, the mighty skincare hero is your friend even when sun exposure is at its peak. “It is a mistake to think that retinol is dangerous during the summer,” says Marino. “The only time retinol is dangerous is when someone is not taking the necessary precautions to protect their skin from the sun. Daily use of SPF is required for safe and effective use of retinoids. “
Natalie Burt, the lead esthetician at the popular Dallas House of Preservation, is committed to using the anti-aging product in sunny months. “Summer is surprisingly my favorite time to start introducing retinol,” he says. “The moisture in the air helps your skin adjust more easily because the process can be irritating.”
“We called this baby retinol because it’s a fruit acid that can help get your toe into the retinol game.” – Natalie Burt
Add vitamin C to your vitamin D.
All of our experts agreed that vitamin C products should be applied in the morning throughout the year, although the powerful antioxidant can be particularly helpful in the summer months. Studies have shown that the topical product can be used to help optimize your sunscreen and help protect against harmful UV rays.
“This is one of my best selling products. Customers love it because it provides environmental and sun protection, as well as soothing and calming properties to reduce inflammation and redness of the skin. “- Candace Marino
What makes up your makeup
“I generally recommend skipping foundation and opting for a tinted sunscreen or BB cream for lighter coverage in the summer. Then I just treat the problem areas with concealer, ”says Burt. “However, if you are using a foundation, look for any product with silicone or mineral oil.”
Your summer skincare routine needs an SPF BFF
The importance of SPF can never be stressed enough, no matter what season it is in. That said, the SPF market seems to get more saturated every year, which makes finding your perfect protector a daunting experience.
“The best SPF is the one that works for you and the one you will use consistently,” says Marino. “Find out what kind of texture and side benefits you want from your SPF. Do you want a tint or something clear? Do you want it to serve as a makeup primer or just protect you from the sun? “
The aforementioned saturation has led to some fun innovations. Marino targets the Supergoop brand for mastering the art of niche sunscreen products, from the Bright shadow silky eyeshadow SPF to your Dust part of poof. Beauticians’ all-time favorite skincare product also happens to be an SPF: Extreme Protect SPF 30 by iS Clinical.
“This tinted mineral cream formula blends with most skin types, providing a more even, more even complexion while being the purest all-mineral SPF I have found.” – Candace Marino
“I have melasma, a skin condition that is exacerbated by both sunlight and heat. I use this tinted SPF because zinc oxide and titanium dioxide work together to block harmful rays without producing additional heat energy. “- Lauren Zaucha
In the event the dreaded event occurs, what is the best way to treat a sunburn?
All the experts agreed with this. Best Action Plan In Case Your Best Sunscreen Efforts Fail: Take a cold bath or use cold compresses (try adding whole milk for an added painkiller), take an aspirin or other anti-inflammatories, and get the most post-sun healer iconic: pure aloe vera.
“This is my favorite aloe-based product. It contains lavender, which has pain relieving properties and helps remove heat from a burn while speeding up skin recovery time. “- Candice Marino
“This lightweight, non-sticky formula contains Greek yogurt to nourish and restore skin.” – Candice Marino
“This product was created specifically for burns and scraped skin.” – Natalie Burt