There’s no debate about it: The most coveted summer skin looks effortlessly dewy, healthy, and refreshed. Achieving said glorious skin isn’t always so simple, though. All too often, rising summer temps and relentless humidity leave us with melted makeup, drifting mascara, and a sweaty-versus-glowy visage. This is *not* the “hot girl summer” we are going for.
To beat the heat, the key is to follow a series of skincare routine steps that set you up for complexion success. Keep reading for the ultimate summer skincare guide using IT Cosmetics skincare and makeup must-haves.
Should You Change Your Skincare Routine in the Summer?
Yes, consider changing your skincare routine. Just as you switch up your skincare routine for the winter , it’s important to make some adjustments for the summer months. While you don’t have to make grand sweeping changes or completely redo your regimen, it’s essential to use products that account for hotter weather, lots more sweat, increased sun exposure, and more time spent outdoors.
What Should My Summer Skincare Routine Be?
If you’re not sure what skincare routine steps you should take once hot weather arrives, stick to this four-step summer skincare guide.
Apply Sunscreen Often
You should wear sunscreen year-round, but there’s a good chance you’ll need even more of it in the summer. Not only are the days longer, but splashing around in pools, lounging at the beach, hitting the trails, and generally spending more time outdoors is a lovely summer norm. You should wear an SPF of 30 or higher every day and reapply once every two hours. Using glowy makeup with built-in SPF can help maximize your protection.
Come summer, all that sunscreen, dirt, sweat, environmental pollution, makeup, and oil can make for breakout city. Any summer skincare guide should involve washing your face each evening before going to bed. Confidence in a Cleanser is a gentle option that hydrates and softens while sweeping the day away.
Pro Tip: If you tend to get extra oily in hot and humid weather, then washing your face in the morning and evening can help keep your skin looking clear in the summer. It can also be helpful to wash your face after exercising, spending time in the salty ocean, or swimming in the pool.
Use a Serum That Targets Dark Spots
Skin serums are highly concentrated with active ingredients, allowing you to more effectively target specific skincare concerns. Here’s our summer skincare tip to you: Use a serum that helps visibly fade dark spots, such as Bye Bye Dark Spots Niacinamide Serum. It’s formulated with 4% niacinamide and 1% ethyl vitamin C to help visibly reduce dark spots and discoloration and improve the look of skin clarity.
Pro Tip: Not sure which skincare serums are best for your needs? Check out our guide on how to choose a face serum.
Stay Hydrated Inside and Out
It’s important to hydrate your skin in the summer, even if you live in a humid climate or feel more oily than usual. We also tend to sweat more in the summer, which can lead to lower moisture levels overall. Make sure you’re getting enough water—between 11 to 16 cups.
In terms of skincare routine steps, incorporating hydrating and moisturizing products is key. This includes Bye Bye Lines Hyaluronic Acid Serum, a 1.5% hyaluronic acid formula that plumps, smooths, and hydrates skin. (You can even layer it with Bye Bye Dark Spots Niacinamide Serum.)
Follow up with your preferred moisturizer; we recommend oil-free Confidence in a Gel Lotion Moisturizer for oily skin types and Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer for normal to dry skin types.
What’s the Best Glowy Makeup Routine for Summer?
With your simple skincare routine complete, it’s time to apply a little bit of natural makeup for a flawless summer complexion:
Apply Primer: Makeup tends to slip around in the summer, so using a makeup primer is essential. Your Skin But Better Makeup Primer+ Oil-Free helps makeup stay put while also minimizing the look of large pores.
Use Lightweight, Glowy Makeup: Our favorite summer skincare foundation of the moment is CC+ Nude Glow Lightweight Foundation + Glow Serum with SPF 40, which creates a glowy , even complexion while delivering 24 hours of skin-loving hydration and goodness via its impressive 90% skincare formula.
Keep Makeup Simple: There are no hard rules for summer makeup, but sometimes a light touch can go a long way. When it comes our Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer, one dot does it all and helps to improve the look of fine lines, under eye creasing and cracks. Next, try swiping on a touch of Superhero No-Tug Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick on your lids (it won’t crease, smear, or budge!) and add a hint of color to your lips with Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Lip Balm Treatment. Don’t forget a swipe or two of mascara.
Use a Finishing Powder or Setting Spray: Make pores look like they disappeared while keeping skin fresh with Bye Bye Pores Pressed Setting Powder. Another option for a perfect last step is Your Skin But Better Setting Spray+. This makeup extending spray is a weightless mist that works instantly to soothe, hydrate, and revitalize your skin.
Now that’s how to glow up over the summer! Up next, learn all the dos and don'ts of skin health.