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Our skin is a very dynamic organ, and it changes through time and the environment we live in. Moreover, each season comes with its own challenges for our skin, and the summer months — which are just around the corner — are no different.

Throughout the summer, our skin is more likely to be exposed to heat and damaging UV rays from the sun – but switching up or adding in different products can make a huge difference.

So, if you’re ready for some time spent under the summer sun and want to make sure your routine protects your skin during this time, check out my top product suggestions to add or swap into your regimen, below.

Lightweight moisturizer

During the warmer season, your skin is programmed to produce more oil, which acts as your skin’s natural moisturizer. So, unless your skin is really dry, you might want to swap out your standard moisturizer — preferable in a gel consistency — for a lighter one so you’re not over-moisturizing.

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Don’t forget the sunscreenSunscreen should be your best friend year-round, as it can help protect you from unwanted sunspots, sunburn, premature aging, and even skin cancer. If you’re planning on spending extra time outdoors this summer, make sure to use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 with broad-spectrum label. This will help shield you against both UVA and UVB rays. And, don’t forget to reapply every two hours.

Antioxidants

Add antioxidants to your summer skin care routine to compliment the protection your sunscreen offers. Products with antioxidants can help your skin cells fight off free radicals, including those caused by the sun. Look for products that contain potent antioxidants such as:

  • vitamin C
  • vitamin E
  • resveratrol

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Products with soothing ingredients

With increasing temperatures, your skin is more prone to inflammation. And if you have acne, rosacea, or any other inflammatory skin disease, it might exacerbate your condition. That said, using products with anti-inflammatory properties can help tone down the redness. These ingredients include:

  • madecassoside
  • niacinamide
  • honey
  • aloe vera

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Pro-tip You can also slather these products on your skin if you get a sunburn.

Brightening products

More sun exposure will inevitably increase the chance of developing sun spots. Whether you’re looking to prevent them or help them fade, consider trying a serum with skin-brightening ingredients. Look for the following ingredients when choosing a product:

Product recommendations

Swapping or adding in skin care products can help skin heal from the summer heat

Much like your clothing for the summer, it’s important to swap or add in different products to meet your skin needs during warmer months.

Opt for products that can help your skin heal from heat and redness. And don’t forget sunscreen! You can enjoy more of the sun without compromising your skin’s health with just a few changes to your routine.


Claudia Darmawan is a skin care and skin health enthusiast, educator, and writer. She’s currently pursuing her PhD in dermatology in South Korea and runs a skin care–focused blog so she can share her skin care knowledge with the world. Her hope is for more people to be conscious about what they put on their skin. You can also check out her Instagram for more skin-related articles and ideas.