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Seasonal Skin Care 101: Summer

Seasonal Skin Care 101: Summer

This post is brought to you by our Esthetics Experts Panel, composed of skin care professionals, educators + authorities with decades of experience in the industry.

Summer poses some unique challenges when it comes to skin care. Between sweat, humidity, heat, UV rays and swimming pool chlorine, summer can wreak havoc on your skin. Keep reading to see the hot weather skin care you need to keep your skin fresh, comfortable and looking its best.


Your summer skin care routine absolutely must include a broad spectrum sunscreen. You need it year round to prevent premature aging and skin cancer, but it's especially important when it's warm outside. Not only are you exposed to more sun in the summer, but you also tend to sweat your SPF off, so make sure to reapply this hot weather skin care must-have every 2 hours.

"Protection from overexposure to the sun is critical for proper skin health," says Laura Kania, licensed esthetician at Snips SpaSalon. "Sunburn increases skin aging, irritation, dehydration, hyperpigmentation and skin cancer risk."

It matters what you put on your face, and not all sunscreens are created equal. The drugstore sunscreen that doesn't irritate your legs may irritate the more delicate skin on your face, or have an unpleasant texture and finish.

Kania recommends Bioelements FaceScreen SPF 50 because "it hits all the marks with its broad spectrum SPF 50 coverage, moisturizing properties and antioxidant-rich botanical ingredients." Simplify your skin care regimen by making it your daytime moisturizer during the summer months.

If you're a runner, opt for RayDefense SPF 30 for your body, which provides protection for an active outdoor lifestyle and prolonged sun exposure.

focus on hydration

Even as oil production tends to increase in the summer, you still need to properly hydrate your skin. Excess oil on the skin is often caused by dehydration. Those with oily skin or a spike in summer oil production should use a lightweight moisturizer that refreshes and hydrates without adding shine.

"Staying hydrated is key because, even though it sounds counterintuitive, dehydration in the skin will actually cause even more oil production," shares Rita Holland, licensed esthetician at Marguerite's Skin Care & Makeup.

Beyond Hydration is one of the best moisturizers for hot weather and for oily skin. It's light, refreshing and will help balance the water to oil ratio to keep skin comfortably hydrated and shine-free. Remineralist Daily Moisture is also a phenomenal pollution-neutralizing, lightweight option that increases skin's moisture content up to 70%* in just 15 minutes.

target acne

Due to a spike in summer oil production combined with hot weather skin problems, like chlorine and sweat, acne can be a big issue in the summer. Add a professional grade, 5% benzoyl peroxide acne spot treatment to your warm weather skin care arsenal to clear away unwanted summer breakouts.

Toss Breakout Control in your bag to clear any acne pimples that pop up and prevent new breakouts.

control excess oil

One of our best hot weather skin care tips is to keep an oil blotting creme like Oil Control Mattifier with you. This lightweight mattifier and blotting creme will blot breakthrough oil and keep surface shine at bay.

"Oil Control Mattifier is ideal for warmer and more humid months to control shine," says Dawn Gantt, licensed esthetician and member of our Esthetics Experts Panel. "You can even apply it over makeup to stop shine on the spot."

"Oil Control Mattifieris like having a permanent blotting paper on your face without pushing in dirt and grime like actual blotting papers do causing - you guessed it - more oil!" adds Holland.

When hot and humid summer weather takes your skin from oily to greasy, Oil Control Mattifier is the answer. "This unique formula helps balance the skin's oil-to-water ratio and absorbs excess oil for a matte finish without over-drying," says Kania.

invest in minis

Travel-friendly sizes of your favorite hot weather skin care items are essential, whether you have major plans or are simply running around and feeling the heat. Bioelements travel size products are flight-friendly if you happen to be going on a vacation, and they're the perfect size to throw in your purse, gym bag or beach tote for on-the-go.


*Scientifically tested results of 69.87% based on a 15-woman biophysical measurement study

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