Skin Care for Summer for Healthy, Glowing Skin

If you feel like you have nailed down your skincare routine, it might be a bit stressful to consider changing it. But, even if you have the “perfect” routine, we encourage you to consider freshening up your skin care for summer – and every season for that matter.

Summer means more sun, more heat, and other factors that can be harsh on your skin. Using products that protect against these factors can help you maintain healthier skin over the long term – something everyone can benefit from.

Let’s explore some of our best skincare tips for summer, as well as some different types of products that can help you and your skin make the most of the season.

Why Does My Skincare Routine Need to Change for Summer?

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There are a variety of factors that make summer challenging for skin care. Some of the negative effects are experienced by everyone, while others vary from person to person. These factors include:


Depending on where you live, the warm weather might be welcome, or it might be oppressive. Either way, hotter temperatures can have the following effects on your skin:

  • Increased oil production. Some people’s bodies respond to hot weather by increasing oil production.
  • Greater water loss. The heat can make you sweat, which leads to excess water loss and dehydration.
  • Increased skin sensitivity. Some people experience increased skin sensitivity in hot weather, especially those with conditions like eczema.
  • Higher skin cell production. Hot weather can cause your skin cell production to speed up. When the dead cells combine with oil and bacteria, it can lead to breakouts.


Humidity presents its own challenges for your skin and skincare routine, including:

  • More bacteria growth. Your brushes, pads, and other skin care tools are more likely to breed bacteria in humid weather.
  • Increased skin moisture. The humidity keeps your skin more moist than it is in other seasons. You may need to change moisturizer to accommodate this change.
  • More frequent skin irritation. Going about your day hot and wet can irritate your skin, increasing the likelihood of breakouts.

Sun Exposure

Sun exposure is one of the primary factors that contribute to the aging of the skin.

During summer, we find ourselves outdoors a lot more often; pair that with extended hours of sunshine, and it can increase the impact of UV rays on your skin, including:

  • Sunburn. It happens to everyone. You forget to put on sunblock or forget to reapply, and you get sunburned. Unfortunately, sunburn is highly damaging to your skin and should be avoided if at all possible.
  • Skin barrier damage. The sun can damage your skin barrier, which can contribute to dryness, reduced elasticity, irritation, and premature aging.
  • Dark spots on the skin. Excess sun exposure can lead to hyperpigmentation. Some people may only experience small areas of discoloration in lighter shades, while others may be faced with larger-scale pigmentation issues.
  • Premature aging. It’s worth repeating – sun exposure can lead to premature aging of the skin. If you want to avoid premature aging, protect your skin from the sun using sunscreen and coverings like hats.

Other Factors to Consider

During the summer months, you might also be exposed to other factors that can have a negative impact on your skin, like:

  • Air conditioning. Blasting air conditioning each day can dry out your skin. This is because air conditioning removes humidity from the air, which can reduce moisture in the skin.
  • Chlorine. Taking a dip in the pool is a great way to cool off, but you might not realize that the chemicals in the pool could dry out your skin.

How to Update Your Skin Care for Summer

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As you can see, there are numerous seasonal factors that affect your skin health. The products you were using in the other seasons might have been ideal. But when summer gets into full swing, it makes sense to change products to adapt to the heat, humidity, and other elements.

Swap Your Cleanser

It might be a good idea to swap your cleanser when summer rolls around.

For example, if your skin is irritated from the heat, you might want to use a gentler cleanser. Or, if the bacteria and extra skin cell production of summer are causing breakouts, consider using a cleanser with salicylic acid for bacteria.

You might be using a cleanser for dry skin because that’s what you need in the winter. But if you are experiencing more oiliness in the summer, you could switch to a cleanser that helps combat oil overproduction.

It’s also important to avoid over-cleansing your skin in the summer, which can make oiliness worse.

Use a Lighter Moisturizer

You might be using a heavier moisturizer to address the dry skin you experience in the colder months. That moisturizer could cause problems in the heat of the summer, though.

Consider switching your moisturizer out for something lighter. You can still keep your skin hydrated, but it will feel better to have something lightweight on your skin while helping to avoid clogged pores.

Water or gel-based moisturizers are a good choice for summer. They can help ensure your skin’s enjoying the benefits of proper hydration without weighing you down.

Wear Sunscreen Every Day

Not wearing sunscreen can lead to premature skin aging and an increased risk of skin cancer. To protect yourself, wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day – even if you’re not spending it outside.

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Mineral sunscreen is made with natural ingredients –instead of harsh chemicals, like oxybenzone – to protect your skin from the harmful rays in the UV index. With this type of sunscreen, the minerals reflect the sun's rays. They’re also safe for coral reefs and marine life.

Remember, reapplying sunscreen every two hours is important to ensure that you’re consistently protected throughout the day. If you’re going swimming or sweating a lot, you’ll need to reapply even more frequently – about every 40 to 80 minutes, depending on the water-resistance level of your sunscreen.

Following these tips will help you up your skin care for summer.

Our Favorite Summer Skincare Products

To help you turn over a new leaf, here are some of our favorite summer skincare products to help you update your routine:

Hydrating, Calming Serum

The All Calm® Multi-Correction Serum is designed to help calm sensitive skin and, over time, reduce redness. It’s lightweight, which makes it ideal for the summer heat, and supports your skin barrier while softening your skin’s texture.

This serum can keep your skin moist, reduce redness, and give you a luminous, refreshed appearance.

Pigment Perfector

Our Even Up® Clinical Pigment Perfector SPF 50 is perfect for evening out your skin tone and diminishing the appearance of discoloration and stubborn brown spots. It also protects against blue light and future sun damage with powerful minerals.

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Mineral Sunscreen

Mineral sunscreen is the go-to choice for sunscreen if you want to protect your skin and the environment. Fortunately, there are a variety of high-quality, safe mineral sunscreens to choose from for your summertime needs.

Total Protection™ No-Show™ Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 is one of our favorites because it provides SPF 50 protection without leaving a white layer on your skin. It’s specifically designed to be the sheerest-of-the-sheer and ultra-lightweight.

Or, there’s the Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Brush-On Shield SPF 50 mineral sunscreen that’s applied with a convenient brush. This sunscreen can be worn alone or over makeup. It’s the only powder sunscreen recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation for active use.

Effortlessly glide on your sunscreen with the Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Sport Stick SPF 50. This stick sunscreen is made with family-friendly ingredients and is easy to throw in your bag when you’re heading to the beach, park, or wherever the adventure takes you.

Multi-Correction Serum

Even Up® Multi-Correction Serum is a multi-tasking, lightweight serum that delivers intense hydration to keep your skin looking fuller and healthier in the summer heat.

It features a patented Lumira ingredient complex and antioxidants, which help reduce the appearance of dark spots, age spots, and other discoloration to ensure a more even-toned skin and youthful appearance.

Hydrating Mist

Moisturizing is a must during summer, so the Hydrating Mist Setting Spray is an excellent addition to any skincare routine. It soothes skin, locks in makeup, and revitalizes your complexion.

Use it before, during, or after makeup application; this setting spray keeps your skin moist and sets your makeup.

Keep Your Skin Hydrated & Radiant All Season

Now, you’re ready to update your routine with these tips for skin care in summer. As you can see, with a few tweaks, it’s easy to keep your skin happy and healthy all season long.

Not only will this reset help you protect your skin during intense sun and heat, but it also gives you a chance to try new products and add some excitement back into your skincare practices.

Heat, humidity, air conditioning, and chlorine exposure might present a challenge for your skin, but it’s nothing we can’t help you combat. Our mineral sunscreen and skincare treatments can provide protection and revitalization. Revamp your summer skincare routine with Colorescience today.