Your Dermatologist-Approved Skincare Routine for Spring and Summer
Long sunny days and hot, dry, or humid weather impact skin differently than colder and darker months.
When the weather warms up, we all look forward to swapping out sweaters for sundresses. Just as you change out your wardrobe, you need to transition your skincare routine for the spring and summer months. This change should be as simple as throwing on your favorite linen dress.
Here are a few simple steps to protect and nourish your skin from sunup to sundown.
Step 1. Cleanse
During the warmer months, skin tends to get oilier due to the heat and humidity. Once mixed with sweat, pores can get clogged which causes breakouts. Daily cleansing is especially important, day and night, in the warm weather. Clean skin with a cleanser packed with nourishing antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and Vitamin B5. Wash Away gently exfoliates and cleans pores without stripping moisture, leaving skin clean and refreshed, prepped for the rest of your spring and summer routine.
Step 2. Treat
After sleeping, puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines can be more apparent. A lightweight, refreshing gel formula cools and refreshes in the sticky summer months. MD Restore Eye Gel helps reduce signs of sun damage while delivering a tightening effect. The only bags you should be carrying around this summer are for road trips.
Step 3. Moisturize
When it’s warm outside, a multi-tasking dual-purpose moisturizer with SPF is a must. Daily Perfecting Moisturizer with SPF 30 delivers lightweight hydration and SPF protection, along with powerful antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, chamomile, and caffeine. There’s a reason this is one of the Allure beauty editor’s favorite products. (Check out her glowing review!)
Step 4. Protect
SPF is the most important step in your spring and summer skincare routine to protect against damaging UVA/UVB rays and prevent future damage. Whether you choose tinted or transparent, Mineral Crème with SPF 30 is the magical product you won’t leave home without. This silky formula blends into skin like a dream with a matte filter-like finish. A tester at the Good Housekeeping Institute said, “It felt like a base coat primer that reduced the appearance of pores.”
Many people majorly pare down their makeup during the hotter months. For slightly more coverage, with a light as air feel, try the MD Mineral BB Crème 50 to help even out skin tone with a glowy, even finish.
And, remember sunscreen is essential every day, even on cloudy, overcast days.
While your face is usually the first line of defense, your entire body must be protected for days in the rays. Apply Quick Dry Body Spray SPF 40 for a fast-drying, lightweight everywhere that skin will be exposed. Feel extra safe knowing that this derm-developed spay is made with the safest ingredients on the market. If you prefer creme-based protection, the luxurious Mineral Moisture Defense SPF 50 blends effortlessly into skin and helps lock in moisture.
Nighttime is when your skin works to restore and repair and is no time to slack on skincare! When the sun sets, it’s time to treat skin right, as it prepares to restore overnight.
Step 1: Cleanse
Cleansing your skin from dirt, pollutants, makeup, and sunscreen is essential to maintaining clear healthy skin. Wash Away will do quite that, and wash away the effects of a well-spent day, whether in the park or at the beach, to leave you with fresh, clean skin.
Step 2: Treat
As it cools and tightens in the AM, MD Restore Eye Gel, firms and treats your delicate eye area overnight, which is important after a day in warm weather when under eyes can become puffy. Derm tip: Remember to hydrate from the inside out and drink plenty of water too!
Step 3: Nourish
While you’ve protected skin all day, boost that glow while you sleep with MD Revitalize Retinol Serum. Restore radiance while hydrating skin, with encapsulated retinol to reduce hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and pores. This gentle formula won’t dry skin but will calm and nourish. Derm tip: It’s critical to always use SPF when using a retinol product to decrease risk of burn.
Bonus dermatologist-recommended tip: Don’t forget your neck. All skincare products should be smoothed from your jawline to decolletage. This delicate area needs extra TLC in the summer months from regular sun exposure.
Enjoy your time in the sun, knowing you are nourished and protected!