Summer Skincare Survival Guide

Summer Skincare Survival Guide

Authored by Alexandra Kennedy


Ah, summer - the season of sun-drenched days, fresh fruit, and vibrant blooms. While the warm temperatures are uplifting for the soul, they can take a toll on the skin if you're not careful. High heat, humidity, and extra sun exposure can leave your complexion looking dull, dehydrated, and stressed out.

Don't worry, with the right skincare routine and products, you can have your summer fun while keeping your skin healthy, radiant, and protected all season long. 

Amp Up Hydration

When temperatures rise, your skin loses moisture more rapidly through excess sweating and increased water evaporation from heat. Be sure to use hydrating formulas liberally - look for water-binding humectants like hyaluronic acid. Applying a refreshing hydrating mist like Day + West's Strong Whisper® Face Mist with aloe and calendula that can instantly quench parched skin throughout the day.

Rely on Lightweight Formulas

Heavy, occlusive creams and oils can lead to clogged pores and breakouts when combined with summer sweat and humidity. Opt for breathable textures that allow your skin to maintain a healthy glow. Lightweight moisturizers are your warm weather BFF. Try Day + West's Gentle Armor® Face Cream with botanicals for hydration and environmental protection.

Always Use SPF Protection 

A daily application of a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is a must to shield skin from accelerated aging, dark spots, and burns. Don't forget often-missed spots like lips, ears, and the back of the neck. 

Tip: If you plan to take a seaside vacation this summer, be sure to use a reef-safe, mineral-based sunscreen free of chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate. These ingredients can disrupt coral reproduction and cause bleaching when washed off in the ocean. Look for formulas with the safe active ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, which provide effective protection without putting sensitive marine ecosystems at risk.

Gentle Exfoliation

Dead, dull surface cells can build up faster in summer, clogging pores and zapping radiance. Use a gentle scrub or alpha hydroxy acid serum 1-2 times per week to slough it all away.  

With a few smart skincare swaps for the warmer months and luxurious but lightweight Day + West formulas in your routine, you'll be glowing through summer sunsets and beyond.

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