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Update Your Skincare Routine for Summer

Update Your Skincare Routine for Summer

As much as we love summer, it can bring out the worst in our skin. We’ve seen lots of recommendations that you have to change up your entire skincare routine when the seasons change but that’s going overboard and is rarely necessary.

Rather, making slight adjustments to your current skincare routine (Paula’s Choice Skincare, right?) should be all you need to do. This is the advice you need for beating the summer heat and having beautiful skin all the way through fall.

Do You Need to Change Your Moisturizer?

The answer is possibly. While skin needs nourishing, skin-replenishing ingredients year-round, you don’t have to have a creamy moisturizer to get those essential ingredients into skin. Even if you have dry skin, emollient moisturizers can feel unpleasant and greasy in hot, humid weather.

A far more comfortable (and just as nourishing) option for your skin is to change to a more fluid or gel-textured moisturizer filled to the brim with skin-restoring and skin-replenishing ingredients. A great way to do this is with a concentrated but lightweight serum.

  • Our CALM Redness Relief Repairing Serum is a wonderful choice to soothe skin, keep it perfectly hydrated, and give it loads of skin-defending antioxidants. It's great for sensitive skin, even for those with rosacea.
  • For normal to oily skin a great summer skincare option is our RESIST Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum. It leaves skin feeling smooth and fresh while recharging it with indispensable nutrients and deep but weightless hydrators.

For the neck down, swap out your body lotion for a quick-drying body oil that offers a glossy (but not greasy), moisturizing finish. This is something that will benefit all skin types. Our soothing, skin-nourishing RESIST Body Oil Spray is wonderful option that offers ultimate hydration with a luminous glow. It's even gentle enough for skin prone to eczema.

Can a Sunscreen Work for All Skin Types?

It’s a conundrum—you know you need to wear sunscreen but you hate the way it feels, especially in the summer's sweltering heat! If you fall into this category, try one that our customers of all skin types have fallen in love with: RESIST Youth-Extending Daily Fluid SPF 50. The milky, water-light fluid is hydrating enough for oily to combination skin types, and if you have dry skin, this layers beautifully over your non-SPF moisturizer.

Don’t be fooled by the weightless texture, it’s loaded with beneficial antioxidants to help guard against environmental attack.

The Key to Sexy, Smooth Legs and Arms

Warmer weather means shaving your legs more often (for many of us, anyway). The problem that tends to come along with that: not-so-flattering red bumps. To avoid them or minimize the ones you have, reach for our any of our 2% BHA (salicylic acid) leave-on, gentle exfoliants. BHA soothes temperamental skin, diminishes red bumps, and its exfoliating action removes built-up dead skin for softer, smoother legs.

Try our best-selling RESIST Weightless Body Treatment 2% BHA.

The other amazing benefit of using our Weightless Body Treatment with 2% BHA is it significantly lessens the hard, reddened, clogged pores many people have on their arms and legs.

Beating Back—Back Acne (Bacne)

Body breakouts can happen year-round but become a more self-conscious issue when spending your days in the skin-baring clothing of summer. Taking care of breakouts anywhere on the body requires the same core steps as your face: Gentle cleansing (no bar soaps), exfoliating with a leave-on BHA, and fighting blemishes with benzoyl peroxide.

We recommend these Paula’s Choice Skincare standouts:

  1. CLEAR Acne Body Spray With 2% Salicylic Acid (This easy-to-use BHA features a unique spray nozzle that can be held at any angle for hard-to-reach areas like the back.)
  2. CLEAR Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment With 5% Benzoyl Peroxide (This high-strength formula stops stubborn acne in its tracks.)

About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books about skincare and makeup. She is known worldwide as The Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula’s Choice Skincare. Paula’s expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international radio, print, and television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and providing expert advice that solves your skincare frustrations so you can have the best skin of your life!