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Dr. Maxfield’s 3-Step Summer Skincare Routine

Summer heat can mean dehydration – and that’s twice as true for your skin. Your summer skincare routine should be built on supporting a stronger skin barrier to retain crucial, nourishing moisture while protecting skin against environmental aggressors like UV rays and pollution.

Board certified dermatologist Dr. Luke Maxfield recommends streamlining your summer skincare routine while doubling down on hydration to support barrier function. His number one ingredient pick: our sugarcane superhero, squalane. This bio fermented moisturizing molecule plays a starring role in every formula we create.

“Squalane is a very unique oil. It absorbs deeply, it’s not greasy, it’s ultra hydrating and it’s really great for your skin barrier,” says Dr. Maxfield.

The following summer skincare routine includes Dr. Maxfield’s handpicked daily essentials to deeply hydrate, plump and protect in three easy steps.

Summer Skincare Step 1: Treat with Copper Peptide Rapid Plumping Serum

“Copper peptides have become established as a cornerstone ingredient in skincare routines,” says Dr. Maxfield. “By helping fine lines, wrinkles, firmness, and elasticity, the Copper Peptide Rapid Plumping Serum anchors any skincare routine!”

Our luxuriously silky Copper Peptide Rapid Plumping Serum glides onto skin, absorbing quickly to deliver a power trio of humectants: hyaluronic acid, polyglutamic acid, and ectoin. These bond with water, drawing ambient moisture from the environment into the skin to instantly hydrate and plump skin. Meanwhile, copper peptides firm and increase skin elasticity while visibly improving fine lines and wrinkles for smooth, healthy, radiant, bouncy skin.

Pro tip: Apply our award-winning serum to damp skin after cleansing and balancing to maximize its plumping power.

Summer Skincare Step 2: Moisturize with Omega Repair Cream

External aggressors such as UV rays, pool chemicals, pollution and salt water can dehydrate skin and damage its moisture barrier. This can show up as breakouts, redness, increased sensitivity, fine lines, and dullness. When searching for a summer moisturizer, look for a fast-absorbing formula with nourishing ingredients that lock in hydration and support the skin barrier.

Our Omega Repair Cream strengthens and repairs the moisture barrier with ceramides and fatty acids for smooth, supple, radiant skin.

“This lipid-rich cream feels like the hug your skin barrier desperately needs,” says Dr. Maxfield. “With a full formulation of nourishing ingredients, the Omega Repair Cream restores and supports hydrated and healthy skin.”

Its whipped cream texture absorbs weightlessly, creating a weightlessly dewy finish that’s ideal for every skin type. We recommend twice daily use for people with dry or combination skin. If you’re on the oilier side, you may prefer our Probiotic Gel Moisturizer for day and our Omega Repair Cream at night.

Apply moisturizer after your treatment step to lock in hydration.

Summer Skincare Step 3: Protect with Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen

The final product in Dr. Maxfield’s summer skincare routine is the most important one: sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends daily use of a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunblock to protect against the cancer-causing effects of ultraviolet rays. While protecting against skin cancer is the most important function of a sunscreen, it’s also important to note that up to 90% of visible photoaging – including hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity – is also caused by sun exposure.

“Everything you do for skin health and preventing signs of aging hangs in the balance of your sun protection,” says Dr. Maxfield.

Our NEW Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen protects and restores skin radiance with a powerful blend of clinically-proven ingredients, providing powerful broad spectrum SPF 30 protection with no white cast.

“This new Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen is unmatched in elegance and feel,” says Dr. Maxfield. “It’s an incredible accomplishment to get a non-tinted mineral sunscreen to blend and feel this good.”

We combined the power of natural zinc oxide with hydrating ectoin and protective butterfly ginger extract to support the skin barrier and protect against the irritating effects of pollution for visibly brighter, smoother skin.

Apply Zinc Sheer Mineral Radiance as the final step in your skincare routine to protect while restoring radiance and prepping for makeup.

Christine Tusher
Christine Tusher Writer and expert
As a lifestyle writer and journalist, I love sharing my passion for ocean conservation and obsession with clean beauty. I’ve tried almost every trend and ingredient, and Biossance’s science-backed formulas are the only ones that consistently calm my reactive skin and make it smoother, clearer, and healthier. I’m so excited to be on this journey of skincare innovation with Biossance, and to share it with you!

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