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Ah, sweet summertime! You made it past the snow shoveling and rain showers, and now you’re ready to revel in the warmth and sunshine of summer. Before you do that though, you should consider how the extra hours in the sun can impact your skin. Aside from the occasional summer sunburn, UV rays can also accelerate some common signs of skin aging like fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin. The increased humidity and temperature can contribute to other summer skin issues too, including extra oil and shine. All of these reasons are precisely why you’ll want to adjust your skin care routine during the summer months. Not quite sure what that should entail? Here, we’re sharing the best summer skin care routine. Keep reading to learn how to foster your most beautiful summer skin all season long by following the perfect regimen for the hot, sunny months ahead.
Without further ado, we’re walking you through creating a skin care routine for the hot summer months. Follow these tips for gorgeous, healthy skin even on summer’s hottest days.
When the air is hot and humid, your skin may be extra oily. And let’s be honest, you also may find that you sweat more during the summer compared to other seasons. If this is the case, you certainly won’t want to let all the excess oil and sweat linger on your skin day after day. So, the best skin care regimen to help keep summer skin matte, yet moisturized, should include cleansing twice daily with a foaming, mild facial cleanser. Try the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser, introducing it to your morning and nighttime routines. First thing in the morning, wash away oil and sweat that can build up on your skin’s surface overnight. Then, before bed, remove makeup and cleanse your skin again.
Your summer skin can produce excess oil, but it can also look dry and dull if you don’t exfoliate regularly. And don’t think you’re limited to exfoliating with a face scrub; a chemical exfoliating peel pad formulated with glycolic acid can help slough away dead skin cells that can cause the look of dull, lackluster skin. Try the L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads, which should be used on freshly-cleansed skin every evening (before layering your serum and night cream on top). Just be sure to be on point with your sunscreen game—AHAs like glycolic acid may increase sun sensitivity.
During the sticky summer months, your complexion won’t need the heavy-duty moisturizer you use during the winter. Instead, use a lightweight, water-based moisturizer twice per day. Choose from these options, all of which are formulated with hyaluronic acid: L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Dry Skin, L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Oily Skin, and L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Extra Dry Skin.
As you likely already know, SPF should be a staple in your summer skin care routine—no matter what skin type or skin care concerns you may have. Follow the Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines and apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF value of at least 15 every day. It’s also a must to reapply your sunscreen at least every two hours or after swimming or sweating. Of course, it’s important to protect your skin via other measures, too. Avoid the sun during its peak hours, seek out shade, and wear a broad-brimmed hat—just to name a few.
Who doesn’t want glowing, sun-kissed skin during the summertime? We certainly do! However, soaking up too much sun just isn’t healthy for your skin. Rather than lay out, try applying a self-tanner for a faux glow. And don’t worry about ending up with an orange, streaky tan. With the right self-tanner, it’s easy (and quick) to achieve a natural-looking tan in no time. For a long-lasting tan courtesy of a lightweight formula, try the L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse. On the other hand, if you’re still slightly on the fence about self-tanner, you may want to go with a gradual option, such as the L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Hydrating Self-Tanning Milk Medium, so you can ease into it. Whichever option you choose, be sure to apply it onto clean, freshly-exfoliated skin, and go easy on dry areas like knees, elbows, and ankles.
Editor’s note: Still not sure what type of self-tanner is for you? Head over to our article, The Best Self-Tanner for Every Situation, to learn more about all of your options.
In addition to your regular moisturizer, try using nourishing night cream before hitting the hay. Since you won’t want to slather on a heavy-duty cream during the daytime, taking this extra step can allow you to replenish moisture overnight. Try the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey Night Balm, which is formulated to provide instant nourishing comfort—perfect following a long day at the beach.
Now that your skin care routine is set for summer, what about your makeup? Here are 5 Myths About Summer Makeup Debunked.