Summer Skin: How to Stay Glowing and Hydrated All Summer Long
Skincare in summer is paradoxical. Humidity, sweat, and increased oil production might lead you to skip moisturizers and look for ultra-clarifying products. But while summer skin may tend to get oilier, other factors like chlorine, sun, and water loss from sweat can make it drier and irritated. So how can you keep skin shine-free and hydrated all summer long? Here’s your summer glow guide.
What makes skin dry during summer months?
- Dry Air
If you live in a hot, dry climate, the lack of humidity will pull moisture from your skin, leaving it dehydrated. Similarly, indoor air-conditioned environments can drain water from your skin.
Whether saltwater or chlorinated pool water, the alkaline content of the water strips natural oils from the skin, leaving it feeling parched and flaky.
Sweat may be initially hydrating to the skin, but it contains ammonia and sodium that can irritate and dehydrate skin as the moisture evaporates and leaves these minerals behind.
- Sun Exposure
UV radiation is damaging to the skin in so many ways. It causes damage to skin structure, induces premature aging, and can lead to skin cancer. And it zaps the moisture responsible for elasticity and suppleness straight out of your skin.
How to keep summer skin healthy and hydrated
Don’t Stop Moisturizing
The environmental elements of summer impact the skin barrier, which can lead to redness, irritation, and breakouts. So even if your skin is a little oilier than usual, don’t ignore the need to replenish lost moisture. To bring resilience and improved texture back to the skin, look for lightweight, non-comedogenic, nourishing formulas that won’t weigh skin down or block pores.
Vivant’s Allantoin Sedating & Hydrating Lotion replenishes and restores with healing and hydrating ingredients, including allantoin (the botanical extract of the comfrey plant), aloe, grape seed oil, zinc peptides, and oat protein. It draws moisture into the skin, encourages cell renewal, promotes healthy tissue regeneration, and reduces inflammation.
If you prefer a gel to a cream, Totaloe Calming and Hydrating Gel is a light, humectant formula that draws and retains moisture. Whole leaf aloe combined with niacinamide, sea algae extract, and green tea extract in an ultra-hydrating, healing, and renewing formula. Oil-free, anti-inflammatory, and lightly firming.
UV protection is essential all year-round, but even more crucial during summer months when sun is at its most intense and you’re spending more time outdoors.
In the morning, use a combination moisturizer and SPF like Vivant’s Day Treatment Lotion SPF 15. The double-duty formula is hydrating but lightweight and non-greasy, making it perfect for daily foundational UV protection.
Our Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is excellent for a more active day out. Optimized for all skin types and tones, the non-comedogenic formula is also non-ghosting, paraben-free, reef-safe, and pregnancy-safe.
Don’t forget to use sunscreen on your neck, décolletage, and backs of your hands, even if you’re just running errands.
Exfoliation Equals Optimization
Hydration isn’t just about applying moisturizers. Exfoliation is essential to healthy, hydrated skin.
When skin is dry, there is a buildup of dead skin cells, which block moisture and other skin-enhancing ingredients from penetrating the skin and reaching their cellular targets. Exfoliation clears dead skin cells to optimize product performance and allow moisture to enter the skin.
Mandelic Acid Exfoliating Cleanser is the ultimate summer cleanse. The antibacterial and micro-exfoliating gel formula decongests pores, kills acne bacteria, and encourages renewal. It’s also a melanin-inhibitor and natural brightener to guard against UV-induced pigmentation.
Efforts to keep skin shine-free can sometimes result in stressed and dehydrated skin. If your skin is oily, be careful not to strip skin’s natural oils with overly aggressive products or excessive scrubbing. Clarifying products should be balanced with hydrating and nourishing elements.
Our Daily Repair Pads combine alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids with healing zinc peptides and niacinamide in textured pads to lift dead skin while encouraging renewal. And, they’re easy to take along to gym, pool, or vacation.
Boost Hydration and Resilience with Vitamin C and E
The combination of vitamin C and E has been extensively studied and shown to increase photoprotection and reduce environmental and UV damage. Additionally, the pair enhances skin structure by boosting collagen and helping to spur cellular repair. This antioxidant power couple also helps the skin retain hydration. It all adds up to improved resilience and radiance, making Vivant’s Pure C + E antioxidant serum a summer skincare essential.
Pump Up Hyaluronic Acid with Peptides
Peptides are best known as collagen and elastin boosters. But in addition to enhancing skin structure, these important messenger molecules play a critical role in skin hydration by activating hyaluronic acid production, the key molecule involved in skin hydration.
Hyaluronic acid has the unique ability to bind and retain an astonishing amount of water, which keeps skin looking supple, elastic, and plump. To reap the benefits of skin’s natural fountain of youth, add the ultimate hyaluronic acid activator to your daily regimen: Rejuv Rx Peptide Concentrate.
Everyone Needs Eye Cream
Crow’s feet may be the kiss of many summers under the sun, but if you’d rather keep just the memories of those beautiful days, an eye cream is your best friend. The skin around the eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your face and, therefore, more vulnerable to the effects of the harsh summer environment.
Protect and nourish the eye area with Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream. This high-performance formula combines collagen- and hyaluronic-boosting peptides, cell-renewing vitamin A, and oxygenating caffeine to lift, firm, protect, and nourish. And it’s lightweight and non-greasy enough to use morning and night.