Skincare SparkNotes: Easy Ways to Improve Your Skin This Summer

Updated 05/02/17

In our new series, Skincare SparkNotes, we’re going to break down your most burning skincare questions in easy, digestible pieces of information. Similar to when you “read” The Taming of the Shrew in high school (we’re not judging), our Skincare SparkNotes cards will help to quickly lay out all the key information you need to know on the subject. Except instead of “cutting corners,” per se, this series brings you fast, definitive answers to your skincare problems so you can get back to your regularly scheduled programming.

This week, we’re talking summer skincare and how to tailor your routine to the inferno-like heat. Doctors Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields (the co-creators of Rodan + Fields skincare) laid out four things you need to know to get your skin glowing this summer (and not the kind caused by oily skin). Keep scrolling to learn more!
“Skin type does change during the summer. Almost everyone’s skin gets oilier during the summer. You want to rethink your moisturizer (unless you are in a super-dry climate) as summertime heat is going to cause sebaceous glands to crank out more oil.

The heat—and especially humidity—can bring out the shiny T-zone in all of us,” they explain.

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While creamy cleansers may give skin a boost of hydration during the cooler months, their hydrating properties actually become problematic come summertime. Keeping your skin moisturized is important, especially in terms of keeping your skin balanced (dry skin eventually over-produces oil to compensate), but creamy formulas create too much artificial moisture on top of oily summer skin. Instead, try a gentle gel cleanser instead, like La Mer's Cleansing Gel ($85).

Original Illustration by Haobin Ye

"Exfoliating is helpful to degrease your skin and clear out your pores," Rodan and Fields explain. Just be sure not to do it too often as removing the extra layer of cells will make your skin more susceptible to sun damage.

Original Illustration by Haobin Ye

That's right: You don't need to place lotion all over your entire face in the summer. Just focus on the areas that don't get especially oily, like the areas outside your T-zone. Try Rodan and Fields's Unblemish Oil Control Lotion ($28).

Original Illustration by Haobin Ye

Thick, greasy lotions won't do your skin any favors come summertime. Instead, opt for a sheer SPF sans pore-clogging components, like Juice Beauty's Oil-Free Moisturizer ($29). 

Wondering what the best sunscreen for your skin type is? Check out our definitive SPF guide.

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