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With breezy dresses and strappy sandals finally at the front of your closet (and your winter wardrobe tucked away in the back), it’s likely that your skincare and makeup routine could use a refresh for the new season as well.
Not sure where to start? We enlisted dermatologist Dr. Jessica Krant of New York City’s Art of Dermatology to share her summer skincare advice.
Many believe it’s best to scale back on the retinoids because of increased sun exposure during the summer, but this isn’t necessarily the case. According to Dr. Krant, “Retinoids don’t cause sun-related sensitivity—but the increase in cell turnover rate provided by this ingredient does reduce the skin’s natural biologic SPF, making it less able to protect against sunburn. If you use retinoids or over-the-counter retinol products, it’s even more important to be extra vigilant about sun protection during the summer.” Our workaround is to use retinoids sparingly by skipping a day or going down to 3 times per week, or switching to a non-retinol formulation that offers similar benefits.
Product to try: ZO Skin Health Brightalive
Boost your antioxidants
Antioxidants are important year-round, but they are especially beneficial in the summer to help protect our skin cells from damage caused by UV rays. Dr. Krant explains, “Studies show that applying topical antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, and eating antioxidant-rich foods like tomatoes (which contain lycopene) help increase the skin’s natural ability to prevent UV damage by just a little bit extra.”
Product to try: iS Clinical Super Serum Advance+
A full face of makeup may be out of place when lounging by the pool, but a little lip color never hurt anyone. But before you reach for your usual go-to, Dr. Krant has a few pieces of advice. “A tinted lipstick can help physically protect the lips from the sun, but a clear gloss can act like a prism that magnifies UV rays and allows them to penetrate a little deeper. I recommend a lip SPF of at least 30 to keep in your pocket all summer to keep your lips looking young and healthy.”
Product to try: Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 30
While we’re on the subject of makeup, a light swipe of mascara can help you look put-together anytime and anywhere—but you need a formula that won’t smudge, flake or run half-way down your face after a dip in the water.
Product to try: Dior Diorshow Waterproof
Chlorine is very harsh and drying to the nails—and won’t do any favors for your manicure. In addition to a protective polish, Dr. Krant recommends rinsing hands and applying a rich moisturizer after spending time in the pool.
Product to try: Herôme Nail Hardener Extra Strong
There’s no such thing as being too careful in the sun, and hats, sunglasses and UPF clothing can add an extra degree of protection without wearing off, feeling sticky or putting extra chemicals on the skin. However, Dr. Krant warns, “It’s still important to apply sunscreen to exposed skin, and remember that UV rays reflect off water, sand and bright surfaces, so hats and clothing are not 100% protective.”
Product to try: Coolibar Oceanside Tunic Dress UPF 50+
Note: All products were purchased or sampled in-store. All opinions are my own.