If you’re like me, you’re already dreaming of the relaxing poolside afternoons and sunshine-filled days of summer. And with new weather comes a new skincare regimen.
Although I make sure to protect my skin from the sun every day of the year (yes, even on cloudy days!), it’s important to be especially diligent during the summer, when you’re more likely to be outside.
Apply and reapply sunscreen frequently throughout the day.
A good sunscreen will always be my No. 1 summer skin care product. When you’re shopping for a facial or body sunscreen, look for a formula with an SPF 30 maximum. A broad-spectrum sunscreen offers protection from UVA, UVB and infrared rays. I am a big fan of MBR’s High Protection Face Cream and Body Lotion SPF 30
Don’t forget--it’s important to reapply sunscreen at least once every two hours when you’re outside in the sun. Now, you might be thinking “Joanna, I’m wearing a full face of makeup…I can’t reapply sunscreen every 2 hours!” In that case, I recommend this Colorescience powder SPF for easy application over makeup.
If you do get a little too much sun after a day at the beach, don’t panic — it happens to the best of us! Reduce any swelling, inflammation or pain by taking a cool shower or bath, or by rolling a piece of ice over your burn. Continue to moisturize and drink plenty of water.
Swap out your heavier creams for lighter serums.
Just as you change up your wardrobe for the summer months, you should adjust your skin care routine, as well. Richer creams that satisfy our skin’s thirst for moisture in the winter months may be too heavy for the heat and humidity of summer. Instead, opt for a lighter moisturizer. It will soak into your skin faster and feel much lighter than a cream, but won’t compromise on powerful, moisturizing ingredients that your skin will drink up.
Load up on Vitamin C.
Vitamin C not only boosts your immune system, but it also acts as an antioxidant, helps stimulate collagen and elastin production, minimizes the appearance of pigmentation spots and protects the skin from damaging free radicals. The combination of these powerful effects will improve the texture and appearance of the skin and make you positively glow all summer long. My favorite vitamin C serum is Medik8’s CE-Thione Rechargeable Vitamin C.
There’s no question about it: To ensure your skin is getting all the moisture it needs, incorporate a hydrating serum or moisturizer into your skin care product lineup. Hydration is key for firm, even skin and general good health. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated, especially during the summer and make sure your serums have a hyaluronic acid component for maximum hydration.
I highly recommend applying a few drops of the powerful Vintner’s Daughter serum to your face, neck and décolletage every day. I also recommend Medik8’s B5 serum. This routine keeps the skin feeling fresh and hydrated.
Exfoliation is a must in any skincare routine — it removes dead skin cells, sweat, dirt, and other toxins that clog your pores and reduce the efficacy of your other skin care products. I love Biologique Recherche’s Lotion P50, a gentle micro-exfoliator that balances your skin’s pH level and prepares your skin for the rest of your regimen.
Don’t forget about your body!
Your face is not the only thing that needs to be taken care of in the summer. Often times we get so caught up in making sure our faces don’t get burned that we forget about the rest of our bodies, which is just as important. I use Environ’s Derma-lac Lotion as a microexfoliator, and Environ A, C and E Oil, which is packed with antioxidants that make skin look hydrated, plump, and glowing. It evens out skin tone and makes it more resilient to damaging UV rays. Bonus: My tan seems to last longer!
Taking care of your skin in the summertime can feel like a bit of a balancing act, but when you combine the right products with these simple guidelines, you’ll be free to venture outside and soak up all this season has to offer!