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If you’re anything like us, then you probably look forward to summer all year long. Once the warmer weather starts to hit, you can stash your jackets, sweaters, and boots away and show off your skin in all your cutest summer clothes. But summer can come with its own set of challenges in terms of your skin. Sticking to the best skin care regimen—one that consists of a broad-spectrum sunscreen, mattifying face mask, our best moisturizer for oily skin, and smoothing face scrub—can help ensure that your skin looks healthy all summer long. Keep reading for 10 summer skin care tips for healthy-looking skin.
While you may pack sunscreen with you when you head to the beach, it’s important to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily as directed during the summer (and all year-round, really), as you can get burned even on cloudy days. Broad-spectrum sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays, so check the label to ensure the one you’re using fits the bill. Apply it as directed to your face and body, and make sure to reapply at least every two hours (or immediately after swimming or sweating. If you want to cut down the number of steps in your skin care routine, try using a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30.
Wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen as directed isn’t the only sun protection measure you should take this summer. Additionally, you should limit your amount of time in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which are the sun’s peak hours, seek shade whenever you’re outside (yes, bring that beach umbrella with you!), and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
No matter how diligent you are with sun protection, sometimes sunburns happen. Aloe vera can help provide soothing relief for sunburns, so keep your vanity stocked with a bottle. It’s also a good idea to take cool baths, apply moisturizer to damp skin, and wear loose clothing.
Does your skin tend to look oilier during the summer? Then add a mattifying face mask, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask, to your skin care routine this season. This face mask can help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and reduce the appearance of excess shine. Three times a week, apply an even layer of face mask to clean, dry skin, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
In the summer, all the humidity in the air can leave you with a buildup of sweat that needs to be washed away. Reach for a purifying facial cleanser morning and night. In the A.M., use the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser to remove excess sebum from the surface of your skin for a refreshed look and feel. In the P.M., take your makeup off and cleanse in one step with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin. All you have to do is pour some out onto a cotton pad and wipe the pad across your face.
Just because you may have oily skin in the summer doesn’t mean this excuses you from using moisturizer. Switch to a lightweight lotion, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water for long-lasting hydration and provides a matte finish. In the morning, you may want to skip this moisturizer in favor of a moisturizer with SPF, but definitely apply this at night post-cleansing.
Exfoliation is a great way to help keep your skin looking healthy this summer. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Face Scrub, which is formulated with three types of sugar, kiwi seeds, and peppermint and lemongrass oils. This face scrub melts into skin for gentle yet effective exfoliation. Immediately, skin feels purified and clean and dirt, oil, and impurities are effectively removed. With continued use over time, pores look tighter, unclogged, and less visible. Twice a week, smooth the face scrub onto dry skin, then gently massage it in with wet fingers and rinse off thoroughly and pat dry.
People often forget about their lips during the summer months, so here’s your reminder. Use a lip balm formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF to help protect your lips from the sun. You can also use a scrub to help soften your lips before applying lip balm and lip color.
The safe way to get bronzed skin is by using a self-tanner. This summer, opt for a gradual self-tanner, like the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk Medium, which is designed to gradually deliver an even, bronzed glow while softening and nourishing skin. Use it three times a week as your body lotion—just make sure to apply it sparingly around your joints, as these areas can soak up more color.
Summer is the perfect time to go makeup-free, so embrace your natural beauty! If you don’t want to go completely bare-faced, use a small amount of highlighter lotion, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer.
For more summer beauty tips, here is Your Simple Hot Weather Beauty Routine: 11 Summer Skin Care Hacks.