Summer Skin Care Tips for Radiant and Healthy Skin

As the sun shines brighter and the days grow longer, it’s essential to adapt your skincare routine to the changing season. Summer can be harsh on your skin due to increased exposure to UV rays, higher temperatures, and humidity. Here are some expert tips from our providers to keep your skin glowing and healthy all summer long.

1. Stay Hydrated

Hydration is key to maintaining healthy skin. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated from within. Incorporate water-rich foods like watermelon, cucumber, and oranges into your diet. Staying hydrated helps to flush out toxins and keeps your skin looking plump and fresh.

2. Sunscreen is Non-Negotiable

Never skip sunscreen, even on cloudy days. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and apply it generously on all exposed areas. Reapply every two hours, especially if you’re swimming or sweating. Sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UV rays that can cause premature aging, sunburn, and even skin cancer.

3. Lighten Up Your Skincare Routine

During summer, switch to lighter, non-comedogenic skincare products. Heavy creams can clog pores and cause breakouts in hot, humid weather. Opt for gel-based moisturizers, serums, and lightweight lotions. These products are easily absorbed and provide the necessary hydration without feeling greasy.

4. Exfoliate Regularly

Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells, allowing your skin to breathe and glow. Use a gentle exfoliator 2-3 times a week to keep your skin smooth and radiant. Be cautious not to over-exfoliate, as it can lead to irritation and sensitivity, especially under the intense summer sun.

5. Protect Your Lips

Your lips need protection too! Use a lip balm with SPF to shield your lips from sun damage. This prevents dryness, chapping, and discoloration. Reapply frequently, especially after eating or drinking.

6. Wear Protective Clothing

In addition to sunscreen, wear protective clothing when you’re out in the sun. Wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses with UV protection, and lightweight, long-sleeved shirts can provide extra defense against harmful rays. Look for clothing with a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating for added protection.

7. Avoid Peak Sun Hours

The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 AM and 4 PM. If possible, stay indoors during these hours or seek shade when you’re outside. This reduces your risk of sunburn and heat-related skin issues.

8. Keep Your Skin Clean

Sweating is inevitable in summer, and it can lead to clogged pores and acne. Wash your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser to remove sweat, dirt, and oil. If you’re active or spend time outdoors, consider a mid-day cleanse to keep your skin fresh and clean.

9. Soothe with Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a fantastic natural remedy for soothing sunburn and irritated skin. Keep a bottle of pure aloe vera gel in your fridge and apply it to affected areas for instant relief. It’s also great for hydrating and cooling your skin after a day in the sun.

10. Healthy Diet and Lifestyle

What you eat reflects on your skin. Maintain a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to support your skin’s health. Foods like berries, nuts, leafy greens, and fish provide essential nutrients. Additionally, get enough sleep and manage stress, as both can impact your skin’s appearance.


Taking care of your skin during summer requires a bit of extra effort, but the results are worth it. By following these tips, you can enjoy the sunshine while keeping your skin healthy, radiant, and protected. Embrace the season with confidence and let your skin glow all summer long! Also, be sure to schedule an annual skin exam every year to protect yourself from skin cancer. Schedule an appointment with one of our providers today!

Dr. Bertie Bregman
Dr. Bertie Bregman
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