3 Steps to Your Best Summer Skin

After a long winter and an even longer quarantine, summer is finally in full swing. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been dying to hit the beach and get that sun-kissed, glowy summer look. 

While the sun might leave you looking bronzed, it could also leave you with oily skin, sun damage and premature aging. Luckily, these three products are here to help your skin stay healthy, despite the harsh summer sun.

Moisturizer

Although your skin may not feel dry in the summer, it’s important to moisturize all year round. However, you’ll want to ditch your heavy winter creams for a lightweight moisturizer with SPF. 

Thicker moisturizers can clog your pores which may cause you to breakout. Opting for something lighter will leave your skin feeling hydrated, but not weighed down. Using a moisturizer that contains SPF will allow you to lighten up your skincare routine by keeping your skin simultaneously nourished and protected from the sun.

For a lightweight moisturizer with the added protection of sunscreen, I recommend Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30.

Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30 | AVEENO®
Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer, Credit: Aveeno.com

Vitamin C Serum

Want to look glowy without looking oily? Vitamin C is your new secret weapon. Not only does this powerful antioxidant brighten your skin, but it protects against sun damage and will keep your skin looking youthful all summer (and all year) long. 

Repeated sun exposure can cause sunspots, wrinkles and sunburns. Vitamin C has been shown to fight each of these issues by fading dark spots, boosting collagen production, and speeding up the process in which damaged skin cells are replaced by healthy ones. Using a vitamin C serum on a daily basis will allow your skin to stay healthy and look better than ever. 

I recommend the Beautycounter Counter+ All Bright C Serum. This serum combines two different forms of Vitamin C, making it ultra-potent and more effective at giving you an even, dewy complexion. I use this serum every morning after I cleanse and before I moisturize so my skin will glow all day long.

All Bright C Serum, Credit: beautycounter.com

Exfoliant

After spending the day in the hot summer sun, your skin is probably feeling greasier than ever. Though you might exfoliate already, you may need to amp up your exfoliation routine for the summer to remove excess oil and fight breakouts. 

Believe it or not, exfoliating scrubs, especially those containing microbeads, can actually be very irritating and may do more harm than good for your skin. I find that chemical exfoliation is gentler and more effective. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), such as lactic and salicylic acids, exfoliate deeper than scrubs and brighten your skin while they clear your pores.

During the summer, it’s a good idea to exfoliate a few times a week using a solution that contains both AHAs and BHAs. This way, your skin will stay matte and clear without feeling irritated from a harsh scrub.

I recommend The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution. Twice a week, I leave this mask on for ten minutes after I wash my face. But, make sure to put on sunscreen afterwards because acids can make your skin more sensitive to the sun!

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, Credit: Ulta.com

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