Beat the Heat: How to Transition Your Skincare Routine for a Hot Summer

Beat the Heat: How to Transition Your Skincare Routine for a Hot Summer

Summer is finally here, and it’s time for fun in the sun. So, as you gear up for countless beach days and BBQs, it's the perfect time to update your summer skincare routine. Higher temperatures and seasonal changes can have an impact on your skin's daily needs. Let's take a look at how to transition your summer skincare routine so your skin looks fresh all summer long.

Why Transition Your Skincare Routine for Summer

Every season brings different skincare challenges, and summer is no exception. Here are some common skin issues you might face during the warmer months:

  • Higher temperatures and stronger UV rays can increase oil production, making your skin look and feel greasy.
  • Sweat can mix with this oil, clogging your pores and causing breakouts.
  • Intense sunburns can cause pain and irritation and contribute to early aging, not to mention a higher risk of skin cancer.

This is why it is so important to transition into a summer skincare routine. Just a few small tweaks will keep your skin healthy, hydrated, and protected all summer.

Tips for Adjusting Your Skincare Routine for Summer

Adjusting your skincare routine for summer involves a few key steps:

  • Switch to lighter products: For example, replace heavy creams with gel-based or water-based moisturizers. Your skin will feel lighter with fewer clogged pores. Try the Reparative Moisture Emulsion from is Clinical for a light summer feel. 
  • Increase SPF protection: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to reduce sun damage. We love the Total Protection® No-Show™ Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 for its lightweight texture and easy blending. 
  • Regular exfoliation: Gently exfoliate to remove dead skin cells for a smoother, brighter complexion. This exfoliator from SkinMedica is gentle and effective, making it perfect for summer. 
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water and use hydrating serums to maintain skin elasticity and a healthy glow. The SkinMedica HA⁵® Rejuvenating Hydrator immediately hydrates and instantly smoothes fine lines and wrinkles.  

Summer Skincare Essentials

Simplifying Your Summer Skincare Routine

Summer is a great time to simplify your skincare routine. Look for multi-functional products that are easy to apply on the go. This way, you're always prepared to care for your skin, even after a long day at the beach or a summer cookout.

Use Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera gel is a must for your summer skincare routine. For instance, it's great for soothing sunburns and providing light hydration. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can calm irritated skin. We love that it's suitable for all skin types, making it a versatile summer staple.

Products with Vitamin C

Vitamin C is another ingredient you can add to your summer skincare routine. It's a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your skin from UV damage and environmental stressors. In other words, Vitamin C can also help brighten your complexion and reduce the appearance of dark spots. This is why we added the iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance+ to our Signature Summer Bundle.

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Protecting Your Skin from Sun Damage

Avoiding sun damage during the summer is a top priority. Especially on those days when you are relaxing by the pool and soaking up the summer rays. Here are some easy ways you can help protect your skin and enhance your summer skincare routine:

  • Using broad-spectrum sunscreen: Apply generously and reapply every two hours.
  • Wearing protective clothing: Wear hats, sunglasses, and long sleeves to help shield your skin.
  • Seeking shade: Especially during peak sun hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Common Mistakes to Avoid in Your Summer Skincare Routine

Avoid these common pitfalls to keep your skin healthy and radiant:

  • Over-exfoliating: Exfoliation is important, but overdoing it can strip your skin of natural oils and cause irritation. Stick to exfoliating 1-2 times a week.
  • Skipping sunscreen: Not to sound like a broken record here, but not wearing sunscreen is one of the biggest skincare mistakes you can make. Therefore, apply broad-spectrum SPF daily. Even on days when it's cloudy or you're inside for long hours.

Hydration and Diet for Healthy Summer Skincare Routine

When it comes to hydration, what you eat is just as important as what you apply to your skin. Here's how to keep your skin healthy from the inside out:

  • Staying hydrated: Drink lots of water. Carry a reusable water bottle with you and sip regularly throughout the day. As a result, your skin will thank you.
  • Eating foods that support skin health: For example, add foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to your diet. Berries, leafy greens, nuts, and fish are all excellent picks to help improve your skin’s health and appearance.


Post-Sun Skincare

After a day in the sun, it’s important to soothe and repair your skin. Here’s how to treat your skin after a long summer day:

  • Cleanse gently: Use a mild cleanser to remove sweat and sunscreen.
  • Hydrate: Apply a hydrating serum or facial mist.
  • Soothe: Use aloe vera gel or a cooling mask to calm your skin.
  • Moisturize: Follow up with a lightweight, hydrating moisturizer to lock in moisture.

Transitioning your skincare routine for summer is an essential part of keeping your skin healthy and glowing all year. Now that you have all the tips and tricks for a perfect summer skincare routine, why not start today? Above all, remember to have fun, stay hydrated, and wear your sunscreen!