by Amanda Etkind
Summer is the season to kick back and enjoy the fun. Warm weather, beachside vacays, pool days, and rooftop nights are just a few things we look forward to once the Summer solstice rolls around. But this sunny, fun-filled time of the year isn’t all fun and games — especially when it comes to your complexion. Exposure to UVA/UVB rays, rising temps, and pollution can seriously stress out your skin for both the short and long term. And yeah, these things are around all 365 days of the year, but unless you hide inside all season long, you’re likely getting a higher level of exposure when out and about. To help keep your skin healthy, glowing, and gorgeous this summer, we gathered our top summer skincare tips. Keep reading to learn how to hold on to or achieve a healthy and happy complexion this summer. Hint hint: it’s all about your skincare routine.
Wear A Lightweight Moisturizer
You know how you ditch the winter layers come Summer? Well, the same thing goes for your moisturizer. Rather than reaching for thick creams, reserve those heavy hitters from the fall and winter and opt for a lightweight version that’s still packed with soothing, moisture-boosting ingredients to keep your complexion hydrated without getting oily. Look for moisturizers that boast a gel or gel-cream texture over a butter-laden version. As for ingredients, keep an eye out for lightweight hydrators like hyaluronic acid and glycerin. We suggest our best-selling Water Jelly Dew Cream ($55). This gel-cream is like a tall glass of water for your skin. The bouncy jelly-formula delivers heavyweight hydration with a lightweight texture thanks to hyaluronic acid and a blend of 20% humectants making it the perfect pick for warm weather.
Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen
You should consider SPF your BFF all year ‘round, but you should practically be joined at the hip during the summer months — and we mean it. Slathering on sunscreen is essential for keeping wrinkles at bay and protecting against skin cancers. We suggest picking one that boasts a broad ultraviolet spectrum between 30-50 SPF and covers UVA and UVB rays. Another thing to note: amount matters when it comes to application. Opt for half a teaspoon for your face and neck and full teaspoon per body part. Make sure to cover your hands, feet, shoulders, and neck as well especially if you’re spending the day in the sun. Hot Tip: Layer our Catch Flights, Not Feelings Skin Shielding Serum ($58) underneath your SPF for an added dose of complexion protection.
Summer is the season for sloughing. While you don’t want to over exfoliate any time of year, we tend to sweat more in the high temps causing breakouts and clogged pores. To keep your skin in the clear, it’s important to rid your skin of any congestion (i.e. dirt, grit, and grime) sitting inside your pores. But not all exfoliators are created equally. Save the physical scrubs for your arms and legs and keep a chemical exfoliator in your skincare routine instead. These gentler exfoliators get the job done without causing any microtears or irritation when used correctly. Our pick? We love our Texture Magic Exfoliating Toner ($66) for this. It’s potent blend of lactic, phytic, citric, malic, and salicylic acid blend is safe for even the most sensitive skin types. There’s also a spike of niacinamide to help soothe, hydrate, and balance skin, along with our BLU5 technology to protect against the harmful effects of blue light.
Prioritize Cleansing Top to Toe
Washing away the day each evening before bed is essential for healthy skin. As the day goes on, dirt, debris, sunscreen, and makeup gets trapped inside your pores, which can lead to unwanted breakouts and irritation. In the summer months, this phenomenon is only heightened thanks to the introduction of heat which causes excessive sweating—not only on your face, but your body as well. For the face, try our Clean Scene Micellar Gel ($38). This rinse-free gel removes waterproof and long-wearing formulas along with dirt, excess oil, and impurities without stripping your skin of essential moisture. If you’re battling body breakouts, look for an acne-fighting body wash that boasts anti-bacterial agents and oil-soluble exfoliators. Specifically reach for those that contain salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and sulfur to remove excess dirt and acne-causing bacteria.
Hydrate From The Inside Out
Staying hydrated is essential for a radiant complexion. Drinking water promotes healthy skin tissue keeping your skin soft, supple and smooth. During the summer, we tend to get dehydrated as the heat causes us to sweat more than we do in the winter. To keep up your water intake, invest in a water bottle so you can take it with you wherever you go.
Ready for your best summer skin? Follow these tips and tricks to keep your skin healthy, and glowing through Labor Day weekend and beyond. Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @goodhabitskin with your summer-friendly Goodhabit Skincare routines.