Keeping your skin safe and healthy should always be a priority! And while summer is full of joy and time spent outside, it also can wreak havoc on your skin. That’s why a summer skincare routine is so important!
With warm weather comes lots of skincare challenges. Most of us don’t take the best care of our skin in the summer, but it’s one of the times when our skin needs the most nourishment!
From protecting your skin from sun exposure to getting that gorgeous glow, a summer skincare routine will help you take care of your skin all summer long.
9 Tips For Creating Your Ultimate Summer Skincare Routine
Changing up your skincare routine for summer helps you protect, nourish, and heal your skin. Even better? If you want that natural summer glow, using the right skincare products is the key.
Here are 9 tips to create the perfect summer skincare routine for you! Of course, you can always consult an esthetician for expert advice on tailoring your routine for your skin type and concerns.
But these tips are a great place to start in getting the perfect skincare routine this summer!
Your Summer Skincare Routine Should Be Much Lighter
The first thing you should do to adjust your skincare routine for summer is to lighten things up.
In the winter, we focus on really moisturizing with thicker products. We deal with dry skin from being cooped up indoors, and harsh winter weather takes a toll, too.
But in the summer, you need to lighten up your skincare! It’s a lot warmer and more humid, which means it’s time to make some swaps.
Switch out heavier cleansers, like thick creams and oils, for a lighter option.
Opt for a gentle, foaming cleanser for the best results this summer! I highly recommend the HD Gentle Creamy Cleanser. It’s a hydrating milk cleanser made with lavender essential oil, aloe, and vitamin E.
This cleanser gently removes makeup and impurities. It also:
- Promotes skin softness and smoothness
- Replenishes skin moisture as it removes debris and makeup
- Gentle botanicals calm and cleanse
- Suitable for face, neck, and eyes
- Soothes redness and dryness
- Ideal for dry, sensitive, sunburned, or laser-treated skin
- Can be used with water or without
That’s why it’s the perfect cleanser to add to your summer skincare routine!
Make Sure You Still Moisturize
Now, just because we’re lightening up our skincare routine does not mean that we skip moisturizer.
Even though it’s warm and humid outside, your skin needs moisturizer to keep it hydrated! And yes—even those of us with super oily skin need moisturizer in the summer after cleansing.
Moisturizer helps restore the outermost layer of your skin. This layer is important because it protects you from harmful environmental pollutants and chemicals that irritate and dry out your skin.
At night, opt for a nice gel moisturizer that feels cooling while restoring that essential barrier for your skin. It’s smart to avoid thicker moisturizers in the summer—they can clog your pores and lead to inflammation and acne.
The HD Ultra Sheer Oil-Free Moisturizer is an oil-free moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and vitamins A and E. It hydrates oily and acne-prone skin for a healthy, vibrant complexion.
It’s especially great to use in the summer because it leaves skin shine-free, is non-comedogenic while super hydrating, and gentle enough for sunburned skin.
Try A Moisturizer and Sunscreen Combo
Choosing a combination moisturizer and SPF is a great idea for your morning summer skincare routine! This is an amazing product to add to your summer skincare routine.
For those of us with oily or acne-prone skin, skipping layers of moisturizer and sunscreen is a great idea. That’s why using a lightweight moisturizer with SPF built right in is an amazing choice!
The HD Defend Chemical-Free SPF 30+ is the perfect option for a moisturizer-sunscreen combo. This chemical-free tinted moisturizer has zinc, titanium, and antioxidants to protect against damaging UVA/UVB rays and prevent future damage. It’s non-comedogenic and safe for all skin types—it’s chemical-free and helps soothe damaged skin.
Start Gently Exfoliating Your Skin
Exfoliating your skin is especially important in the summer. This applies to both your face and body!
For your body, try the HD Fresh Papaya Mint Body Polish! This refreshing exfoliating body scrub has papaya extract, jojoba beads, spearmint essential oil, and vitamins A and E. It smoothes skin bumps and reduces the occurrence of breakouts.
Now, for your face, you can always use a chemical exfoliator or gentle scrub. But to practice self-care while exfoliating, a mask is a great solution! Try the HD Revive Pumpkin Mask for amazing results this summer.
It’s a deliciously-scented exfoliating 5% pumpkin enzyme clay mask with papain and salicylic acid to loosen debris and dead cells in your pores. This mask also lessens surface oils and blackheads and promotes clearer skin!
Only Use Non-Comedogenic Makeup Products
We’ve mentioned the phrase “non-comedogenic” a few times throughout this post, but it is truly such an important part of your summer skincare routine.
Non-comedogenic products are formulated without ingredients that will clog your pores. This is especially important for your makeup products! Check the labels on your products and avoid those that don’t mention being non-comedogenic.
For the best results, look for powder sunscreen (or non-comedogenic sunscreen), oil-free primers, and lightweight, oil-free foundations or tinted moisturizers.
Never Forget Sunscreen
You’ve probably heard this hundreds of times in your life, but sunscreen really is essential. You need to wear sunscreen every single day to protect your skin.
Sunscreen should be the first thing you add to your summer skincare routine. Use a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen on all exposed skin. And don’t forget to use sunscreen on areas like your lips, ears, and feet!
If you’re going to be spending lots of time out in the sun during the day, make sure you come prepared with extra sunscreen and actively reapply. It’s important to remember that you need to apply sunscreen again throughout the day, so set alarms on your phone if necessary.
Hydrate From The Inside Out
Hydration is so important. We’ve already talked about how important moisturizer is in the summer, but you should start hydrating your skin from the inside out.
Make sure to drink enough water during the day! With the summer heat and time outside, it’s easy to become dehydrated. If you want that glowing, gorgeous summer skin, make hydration a priority.
Want to know a pro tip? Drinking lots of water also helps your skin heal much faster from a sunburn.
Avoid Drying Out Your Skin By Skipping Long Showers
Most of us are prone to taking a lot more showers during the summer—and spending a lot longer under the hot water! From beach days to workouts and sweat, we end up taking multiple showers a day.
But taking multiple hot showers can strip your skin and overdry it, which causes inflammation and even eczema.
Try taking shorter showers or using cool water to save your skin from overdrying.
Add Vitamin C To Your Summer Skincare Routine
Vitamin C is always good for your skin. But it’s an amazing piece to add to your summer skincare routine!
It helps prevent hyperpigmentation and alleviates fine lines. Plus, it boosts collagen production to keep your skin elastic and healthy.
To use Vitamin C, just layer a few drops of a good serum onto your skin after cleansing and before moisturizing.
The HD Recharge Peptide Toner is an aromatherapy moisturizing spray with vitamin C and peptides that helps prevent photoaging caused by UVA and UVB rays. It’s a relaxing, soothing addition to your skincare routine. This toner refreshes and hydrates your skin and can even act as a makeup setting spray!
Creating a summer skincare routine will help you protect and nourish your skin all summer long. With a change in seasons, we should always switch up the products we use and how we take care of our skin.
How are you planning to switch up your skincare routine for summer?