The summer solstice is almost upon us, and just as you adjust your wardrobe to the seasons, you should adjust to a summer skincare routine, too. Warmer temperatures and changes in humidity and lifestyle habits mean your skin’s needs are different from what they were during the colder months.
“Many people notice their skin feels more oily during the summer, especially if they have oily or combination skin,” says esthetician and Biossance Director of Global Education McKenzie Rose. “Increased sun exposure can also take its toll, leading to irritated, dehydrated skin.”
So what are the best summer skincare products for combating these concerns? Learn how to use these summer skincare essentials with this easy-to-follow, esthetician-approved routine.
1. Cleanse with Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser
Our bodies react to warmer temperatures and higher humidity by producing nature’s AC: sweat. When we start overheating, our eccrine sweat glands produce watery perspiration while our sebaceous glands produce oil to keep that sweat from evaporating too quickly, extending sweat’s cooling effect. The problem is that oil and water don’t mix, so your skin stays oily long after the sweat has evaporated.
“You may need a more powerful cleanser to combat increased oil production during the warmer months,” says McKenzie. “I love our Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser because its amino acid complex deep cleans pores without disrupting your skin’s moisture barrier.”
Formulated for all skin types, this satisfying foaming cleanser breaks down impurities while aloe calms and soothes and moringa extract removes remnants of pore-clogging environmental debris. Your skin is left clean, hydrated, and refreshed.
2. Use The Right Toner
“Many people skip toner, but I can’t stress enough how important it is,” says McKenzie. “Even plain water can disrupt your skin’s natural pH. By balancing it with toner, you’re preparing it to receive moisture while also getting additional skincare benefits.”
If your skin feels oily and breaks out during the summer months, our alcohol-free
If, on the other hand, higher temperatures cause your skin to flush, you may prefer a refreshing spritz of our Hyaluronic Acid Facial Mist. Formulated with two types of hyaluronic acid, this alcohol-free toning mist provides weightless hydration to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and soothe dry, irritated skin.
“Both of these products can be used on damp skin to increase absorption and boost hydration,” says McKenzie.
3. Fight Free Radicals with Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum
Increased outdoor time means more fresh air, but it also means increased exposure to UV rays and pollution. While the premature aging, cancer-causing effects of UV rays are well-known, many people don’t realize that free radicals from
4. Moisturize According to Your Skin Type
Many people respond to an increase in oil production by moisturizing less, when the key is to moisturize differently.
“Oily skin is often dehydrated skin that the body is trying to protect with increased oil production,” says McKenzie. “The right moisturizer can actually help balance and clear oily, acne-prone skin. Our Probiotic Gel Moisturizer is a great example of that.”
“And don’t forget your undereye area!” says McKenzie. “That delicate skin gets dehydrated fast, especially when you’re in the sun.”
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5. Lock in Hydration with Vitamin C Rose Oil
You’ve spent your entire skincare routine hydrating your skin to ensure that it stays healthy, hydrated, and plump. But exposure to irritants such as UV rays can disrupt your skin’s
“Dehydrated skin can appear to age prematurely,” says McKenzie. “Also, the body may respond by producing more sebum, leading to oiliness and breakouts.”
Prevent TEWL by locking in your skincare and supporting your skin’s moisture barrier with our cult-favorite
Our science-backed formula features an innovative form of oil-soluble Vitamin C that’s uniquely stable and incredibly gentle. Use it as the final step in your skincare to brighten and moisturize while sealing in active ingredients, or add a few drops to makeup for a fresh, dewy look.