The Essential Skin Care for Summer

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The Essential Skin Care for Summer

What summer skin needs, and how to achieve everyday radiance

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Unpopular opinion: there’s no such thing as a skin care routine that works year-round. As seasons change, so do the needs of our skin – and summer is no exception! Higher levels of heat, sweat, and humidity bring a slew of skin-related challenges.

We’re listing a few products that our beauty experts have identified as summer-friendly for your skin. Let’s see which skin care can help you maintain a hydrated, glowing, and balanced summer complexion!

What Challenges Does Summer Skin Face?

The summer elements have a tendency to make you look fabulous in the moment – think beachy hair waves, golden tan, cute freckles – while secretly wreaking havoc on your skin. While we’re more focused on breezy summer styles and dewy makeup, it’s time we put more thought into how we can support our summer skin.

As the weather gets warmer and humidity runs amok, your skin’s sweat and sebaceous glands start producing excess sebum (natural oils). This means more sweat and oil gets stuck with dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, leading to clogged pores and acne.

More fun in the sun means more melanin is produced to protect your skin from sun damage. Freckles can begin to develop from sun exposure, and problems like sunburn and heat rash can occur due to sensitivity to the sun. DNA damage from the sun and its harmful UV rays can also cause accelerated aging and fine lines.

Summer skin can mean thirsty skin when dehydration sets in, setting off additional skin issues. The sweltering summer heat – and going in and out from air conditioning – can draw moisture from your skin. Humidity can cause pores to open, making them susceptible to gathering dirt, oil or leading to breakouts. Hydration – both dietary and topical – is even more important in hotter months.

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Your Summer Skin Care Lineup

A good summer skin care regimen is key for happy, healthy looking skin. Considering the most common summer skin issues, let’s detail how to master the spring to summer skin care transition.

Antioxidant-Boosted SPF:
Green Tea SPF 30

As we all know, SPF is the most important step of your summer routine. It’s the key to preventing premature aging and hyperpigmentation, especially later in life.

Our Green Tea sunscreen is made with zinc oxide, potent green tea leaf extract, and vitamin E so that your skin will be more than protected from harmful UV rays. Water from cucumber and aloe vera quenches parched skin, and the addition of rosehip seed oil adds an extra boost of vitamin C to the mix.

Hydrating Daytime Serum:
Green Tea EGCG Concentrate Serum

Reap the green tea benefits for skin with potent antioxidant power. Formulated with the chief antioxidant in green tea, this hydrating serum defends against signs of aging and free radical damage, whether you go out or stay inside. Aloe water and hyaluronic acid make this a refreshingly lightweight option for hot summer days.

Nutrient-Dense Exfoliant:
Acai Pulp Facial Scrub

This award-winning eco-friendly face scrub is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin A, and vitamin C to reveal brighter skin. Bergamot oil helps to purify skin and unclog pores, while goji berries plump and smooth skin for a super soft, glowing complexion. Bits of acai berry pulp and grape seed offer two sizes of exfoliation for a thorough cleanse.

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Oil-Control Treatment:
Niacinamide Boost

If you’re looking for a skin care treatment that refines the skin while controlling summer oil levels, try a power boost of niacinamide. This water-activated powder treatment is designed to minimize large pores, reduce shine, and restore sun damaged skin for a balanced glow.

Heavy-Duty Cleanser:
Matcha Cleansing Balm

At the end of a long summer day, your skin can feel grimy and sticky. The combination of sweat, oil, and makeup can lead to congestion if you don’t cleanse well. You might think that a cleansing balm would be your last resort, but this one is actually beneficial for summer skin.

Matcha green tea is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory queen, clarifying pores to diminish breakouts while reducing skin redness. Vitamin E, coconut, and shea butter effectively bond to and lift away sticky oils and impurities, while imparting a quick dose of moisture without a heavy residue.

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Emergency Rehydrator:
Rose Hydrating Mist

Want to learn how your skin can stave off sizzling temps and excessive moisture in the air? Spritz your face with rose water throughout the day to cool down, control redness, and balance skin pH. This one is boosted with hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and white tea for a plump and supple glow. Rose gives this formula its divine fragrance, while soothing chamomile and calendula help skin to feel instantly hydrated and refreshed.

Lightweight Hydration:
Rose Hyaluronic Milk

Skin can always benefit from the kiss of a lightweight moisturizer – especially when plagued by summer transepidermal water loss. This feather-light, fast-absorbing moisturizer leaves dry skin feeling petal soft without even a trace of oily residue. Rose hydrosol and hyaluronic acid ensure skin feels instantly hydrated with every application. Aloe vera and beta glucan (derived from oats) soothe irritation and smooth rough, uneven skin that might be suffering from sun damage.

Oil Control:
Mattifying Primer

Oily skin is especially vulnerable during summer months, particularly when it comes to makeup. Our mattifying primer is made with seaweed collagen, which plumps the skin for a youthful look while filling in fine lines and wrinkles. The mattifying formula keeps you shine-free with purifying herbs, making it an essential for oily skin.

Luminous, dewy summer skin doesn’t need to be hard to achieve. Nor do you have to completely overhaul all your spring products – just be strategic in how you use them! With these super simple and nourishing products and a routine you can stick with, you’ll slay all summer (and protect your gorgeous face for years to come).

We carefully hand-select products based on strict purity standards, and only recommend products we feel meet this criteria. 100% PURE™ may earn a small commission for products purchased through affiliate links.

The information in this article is for educational use, and not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should not be used as such.

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