Dylan Mustapich is a NYC-based lead esthetician who has been featured in New Beauty, Teen Vogue, Wired, and The Huffington Post. With a lifelong love of all things skin, he is incredibly knowledgeable about skincare ingredients, routine refinement, and personalized skincare, and follows emerging technology closely.
Atolla is here with six summer skin care tips so you can still look after your skin, even when the temperatures start to rise.
After the year we’ve had, it’s no wonder that most people are planning on making their summer the best one yet. But, just because you’re living your best life and having fun, that doesn’t mean that you should leave behind your skin care routine. In fact, just like everything in life, your skin care routine needs to adapt with the seasons.
To help, we’ve come up with a list of the summer skin care tips that everyone needs to know, so that you can keep living your best skin, even during the hottest months of the year.
Tip #1: Don’t Forget SPF
Let’s start with one of the most obvious summer skin care tips, but also one of the most frequently forgotten: wear sunscreen! Any time that you are going to be out in the sun, whether that’s for a short amount of time (like mowing the lawn) or a longer period of time (like going to the beach), it’s essential that you make sure to protect your skin from too much sun exposure.
However, that doesn’t mean that it’s easy to find the right SPF for your unique skin. Throughout the years, the products, brands, and options have continued to multiply, and it can be incredibly overwhelming to sort through them all! The most important factor to look for (aside from finding a product with at least 30 SPF to protect you from those harmful UV rays) is finding a product that you really love, so that you’ll be more likely to apply it.
The best sunscreen in the world doesn’t work if the smell, texture, or white cast makes you unlikely to want to put it on your skin. Choose one that smells good and looks good on your specific skin so you’ll want to use it every day! Luckily, there are products out there that work double duty, keeping sun rays at bay while also moisturizing the skin as well as some newer “invisible” options designed to work with all skin tones.
In general, you’ll want to focus on two factors finding a sunscreen that has a higher SPF (we recommend at least SPF 30) and provides “broad spectrum” protection (meaning it helps to block damage caused by both UVA and UVB rays from the sun).
Sunscreen should also be reapplied every two hours to keep you protected from UV exposure, especially when you are swimming or sweating, as recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Keep an eye out for lip balm with built-in SPF, too!
Tip #2: Nourish Your Skin From The Inside Out
Obviously, summer comes with hotter weather. While that’s great for getting out of the house and heading to the beach, it’s not so great for your skin.
If you’re not nourishing and supporting your skin, both from the outside and from the inside, you’re far more likely to experience signs of dehydration. But counteracting that is about more than just making sure to keep your water bottle close by — certain foods can also help keep your skin (and the rest of your body) as hydrated as possible as temperatures start to climb.
Avocados, for instance, are not only delicious, but they also contain important components like vitamin E. Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant that has been used for years in skin care products, mainly because it can help to protect and nourish the skin by penetrating deep into the pores (due to the fact that it is oil soluble).
Foods rich in vitamin C are also incredibly beneficial for both the appearance and performance of your skin (and the rest of your body), which includes delicious, summery options like cucumber, tangerine, and kiwi. Vitamin C really is an incredible, multifaceted ingredient — it’s no wonder vitamin C serum is so popular. It can not only address pigmentation concerns and other results of sun damage like fine lines, but also add a healthy, natural glow to the skin, not to mention its role in supporting collagen production!
To experience the best of both worlds, try making an infused water. That way, you’re getting the taste and benefits of the vitamins and nutrients from the foods, while also giving the body the water it needs to stay hydrated.
If you’re having trouble drinking enough water, try eating foods with naturally high water content, like watermelon, strawberries, and tomatoes. Plus, they’re light enough that you will enjoy eating them even in the hotter weather!
Tip #3: Simplify Your Skin Care Routine
Summer skin care tips will look different than those meant for the winter, and for good reason. Our skin needs different things in different seasons, because factors also change as the year progresses.
In the winter, your focus is likely going to be more on protecting your skin from the cold and the wind, as well as the drying influence that indoor heating can have — think balms, heavy creams, and lots of lotion.
In the summer, however, it’s all about keeping it safe from the sun and the heat.
Because your skin needs less hydration from the outside in the summer, it’s a good idea to really simplify your daily skin care routine — think cleanser, serum, moisturizer (and sunscreen).
For better or worse, the skin is subjected to increased humidity, which may mean that a face cream meant for extra moisture may feel extra heavy on your skin, especially if you’re planning to layer sunscreen or makeup on top of it.
Instead, consider switching to more lightweight options that still provide hydration and support to your skin, such as more gel-like textures. It’s important to note that, even in the summer, you should never skip cleansing and moisturizing your skin.
If you need help, consider having a customized skin care regimen specifically crafted for you, like The Ritual from Atolla — that way, you know that your routine really is working for you, instead of against you.
Tip #4: Don’t Skip Exfoliation
As much as we would love it if the salt from the ocean or the sand on the beach would be enough to exfoliate our skin in the summer, they can actually do more harm than good. With an increase in sweat and other heat related buildup on your skin, gentle chemical exfoliation is key to addressing the resulting blemishes and clogged pores that summer can bring.
Exfoliation techniques have changed and grown significantly over the years. The time for just scrubbing away at your skin has long past in favor of products that can provide the same benefits with much less of the potential discomfort and damage!
Gentle chemical exfoliants are now recommended, as they can help to remove the dirt and dead skin cells from the surface of the skin as well as open up the pores and remove excess oil (also referred to as sebum).
However, be aware that certain chemical exfoliants (like alpha-hydroxy acids, or AHAs) can make your skin more sensitive to UV radiation. If you’re using products containing ingredients like Salicylic Acid or Mandelic Acid (which is beneficial for breakout-related concerns), remember the number one summer skin care tip: don’t forget your SPF.
Tip # 5: Decrease Your Hot Shower Time
After a long day out in the hot weather, it’s natural to want to come home and take a long shower to wash off all the sweat. However, in the summer, it’s a good idea to try to decrease the amount of time you’re soaking in hot water, especially if you’re one of the many people who loves a steamy, hot shower.
If you can, try to keep your showers to less than 5 minutes, and lower the temperature at least a few degrees (around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, at most).
Overshowering (taking more than one shower a day), or showering in water that is too hot, can break down your skin’s natural moisture barrier and lead to dehydrated, sensitive skin all over your body, face included.
Those few, small changes can make a world of difference in how your skin looks, acts, and feels, especially in the summer. And really, doesn’t a cool shower feel just great after being out in the heat all day, anyway?
Tip # 6: Revamp Your Makeup Routine
You likely aren’t as interested in wearing a full face of makeup in the summer as you are in the winter. However, that doesn’t mean that you don’t still want to pull out that palette and put it to good use.
If your summer skin care routine involves makeup, make sure that you revamp your routine so that it helps support your skin, too.
One way to do this is to focus on using products that are considered non-comedogenic, meaning they were made with ingredients that haven’t been shown to clog pores. With an increase in the amount that we naturally sweat in the summer, it’s important to make sure that your skin is still able to breathe.
To Sum It Up
Skin care is important, no matter what time of year it is. However, in the summer, your routine should naturally look different than it would in the winter.
Focusing on making sure to wear SPF every time you leave the house, simplifying and customizing your skincare routine, and making sure to keep your skin and body hydrated from both the outside and the inside can help you live your best skin all year round.
You can trust Atolla to help support you, and your unique skin, in every season along the way.