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With the beautiful weather that comes with summertime, many people spend more time outside and wonder how to take care of their skin during these warmer months. The best skincare routine for the summer looks a lot like your regular skincare routine but with extra attention to sunscreen and other sun protection.

Summer Skincare Tips

When it comes to a summer skincare routine, the most important aspect is making sure to protect your skin against the sun’s harmful UV rays.

You can start out your morning skincare routine like normal with a cleanser, serum, and moisturizer. Because you are likely spending more time outside, opt for a serum with antioxidant ingredients such as resveratrol to fight against free radicals found outside due to pollution. Resveratrol, which is found in blueberries and grapes, also soothe skin and calm redness, which helps reduce effects from sunburns and inflammation—making it a great product for the summer.  Serums containing vitamin C, vitamin E, and ferulic acid also help fight damage from the sun and environmental pollution.

At nighttime, choose products to keep your skin hydrated and protect it from drying out. You might also pick a retinol or vitamin C serum to repair any sun damage and soothe inflamed skin. In the summer, even with increased sun exposure, you can and should continue to use products containing retinol and glycolic acid—as long as you are extra careful with sun protection.

When it comes to the best summer skincare products, choose pick products that are lightweight, and consider skipping the foundation part of your makeup routine. Swap out your thicker and more hydrating skincare products for products that are more lightweight and less greasy, which are better suited for warm weather.

The Importance of Sunscreen and Hydration

After your regular morning routine, make sure to apply sunblock to protect your skin. Most dermatologists recommend at least SPF 15 or higher. Many moisturizers and other skincare products contain an SPF formula in them.  Good choices for sunblock products are those that include Zinc oxide and Titanium oxide for quicker protection.  If you are spending time outside, it is important to reapply sunblock. You might also consider adding a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes. You can also choose sun protective fabrics in the summer to further shield skin from UV damage. Rash guards are a great option for beachy fun—especially for kids as you don’t have to put sunscreen on skin that is covered by the fabric. This gives kids extra time to play in the sun and alleviates the stress of having to reapply sunblock every two hours.

It’s always important to consume plenty of water and eat fruits and vegetables, but it is especially so during the hot months of summer. Hot weather and blasting air-conditioning have a tendency to dry out skin, so staying hydrating throughout the day is essential in staying healthy in the summer months. Nourish your skin from the inside out by drinking water and choosing a healthy diet.

Overall, your summer skincare routine doesn’t have to vary that drastically from your skincare routine year-round. As far as summer skincare extras go, it’s most important to stay hydrated and protect your skin with antioxidants and SPF.

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