Summer Skincare Tips


1. Lighten up your skincare

We’re all about sticking to a skincare routine, but that doesn’t mean you can’t change things up with the seasons. “I recommend different skincare routines for summer, especially in areas like the east coast where temperature changes are quite different during the seasons,” says Dr. Markowitz. Specifically, your moisturizer can be more lightweight during warmer, humid months. “While it’s always good to moisturize, you don't always need occlusive or thick skincare products,” the derm explains.

To prevent any dryness, try a weightless gel cream. We like KINSHIP Supermello Hydrating Gel Cream Moisturizer, which contains hyaluronic acid and coconut water so it’s moisturizing but won’t feel greasy in the heat of summer. And if you don’t typically use an antioxidant serum, now’s the time to add one into your routine. YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE 15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serum not only gives skin a glow in the morning, the vitamin C also helps protect against free radicals from the environment that can lead to premature aging.

2. Wear sunscreen—every single day

Even if your daily beauty products like moisturizer or foundation contain SPF, added sun protection is never a bad thing. “My sunscreen recommendation is to have anywhere between 30-70 SPF—that’s the sweet spot,” advises Dr. Markowitz. And don’t forget to apply underneath your clothes, too. “Another misconception is that you can’t get sun exposure when wearing clothing, but a light cotton T-shirt only provides, at best, SPF 15,” says the derm.

3. Don’t neglect your scalp, lips, and ears

“People often forget those locations,” says Dr. Markowitz. “All over the body, face, scalp, feet, hairline, behind ears, lips, etc.,—there isn't a part of the body that doesn't need protection from the sun.” To avoid painful burns, throw a lip balm containing SPF and sunscreen stick such as the COOLA SUNCARE Classic Organic Sunscreen Stick SPF 30 in Tropical Coconut into your bag so you can apply (and reapply) easily. And don’t forget those sunglasses, either. “Even retinas can be damaged by UV, so eyes need to be protected,” she adds.

4. Use the right products for your skin type

If you have acne-prone or oily skin that flares up during the summer, your skincare products may be contributing to your breakouts. Use a gentle foaming cleanser to wash away any excess oil and grime, and look for non-comedogenic formulas. “You want to lean towards a mineral sunscreen or mineral combo if you have acne-prone skin, and should also avoid oils, oil-based, ceramide-based or shea butter-based products as they can potentially clog pores,” says Dr. Markowitz. Those with sensitive skin may prefer mineral sunscreens too, as chemical formulas can sometimes cause irritation.

5. Tend to over-sunned skin

No matter how many times you reapply, sometimes sunburns are inevitable. “If you have a burn, use aloe vera—I like the soothing benefit—and an anti-inflammatory like 1% hydrocortisone oral antihistamine,” recommends Dr. Markowitz. For extra skin-soothing benefits, “keep cool compresses and creams in the fridge to apply afterwards.” Finally, be sure to hydrate and stay out of the sun until the burn heals.

6. Set a reminder for mist o’ clock

Face mists feel nice and refreshing in the heat, and many formulas have added skincare benefits too. Case in point: the GLOW RECIPE Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist, which contains AHAs for a glow, adds a burst of hydration, and smells like a popsicle. Or, use the time as an opportunity to reapply your (you guessed it!) sunscreen. “I love mists with SPF to cool you down,” says Dr. Markowitz. “Instead of using water to remove sunscreen, you are actually adding SPF.” Her product recommendation: COOLA Scalp & Hair Mist Organic Sunscreen SPF 30, which also provides protection to the scalp, another oft-overlooked area.

7. Get a tan (from a bottle)

Traditional tanning can cause sun damage in both the short and long-term. And as they say—”they” meaning doctors—the only safe tan is a sunless tan. If you want a little color before hitting the pool or beach, apply a self-tanner such as B. TAN Too Tan to Give a Damn Mousse, which is vegan, easy to apply, and comes in a range of shades.


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