Even the most thoughtfully assembled skin-care routine is rarely a year-round winner. Shifts in humidity, arctic blasts of air-conditioning, and brighter, longer days all play a role in how your skin holds up. With summer officially on the horizon, now’s the time to rethink your seasonal wardrobe from the neck up, with an eye toward maintaining—and protecting—that fair-weather glow.
Residual snow, wind, and rain from winter and spring (depending on where you live) can leave a season-long buildup on the skin. Gently remove the toxins on the surface of the skin with a gentle exfoliant with natural abrasives like crushed date seeds and jojoba beads. Follow up with moisturizer to lock in moisture and keep skin supple. Try the Cell Renewing Microfoliant, $35.
Summer isn't just the time of year when we ditch heavy clothing, it's also the perfect time to let go of heavy oils and creams in your skincare routine. Instead, opting for lightweight moisturizers and gel-based creams that will keep skin hydrated without being heavy, or breaking down in the warmer weather. Try the Daily Moisture SPF 30 Concentrate, $100.
Don't Skimp on SPF
UVA/UVB rays can damage your skin during any season, but when the sun is shining and you're spending more time outdoors, it's especially important. Choose a light, daytime moisturizer with a built-in SPF that layers perfectly under makeup. And don't forget your SPF lip balm, your pout isn't exempt from sun damage! Try the Perfect Pout Lip Balm, $25.
Add an Eye Cream
When the sun is shining, people tend to squint more, and unfortunately the repetitive motion can cause or deepen fine lines and wrinkles. Add a multi-active eye cream that will smooth signs of aging, while also reducing puffiness and brightening dark circles. Try the Intensive Eye Concentrate, $85.
Summer is the perfect season for travel, but long flights and living out of suitcases can wreak havoc on your skin. Make sure to pack a TSA-friendly skincare kit that offers miniature versions of your favorites for flawless skin on the fly. Try the Skin Fit Superset, $25.