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Make the Most of Your Summer Skincare Routine with Vitamin C

Adapting our skincare routine to the seasons is often associated with the winter months when it’s cold and dry out, but the summer ushers in its own challenges with heat, humidity, and perspiration. From sunny beach vacations to outdoor concerts and backyard barbecues, our skin is exposed to the elements in the summer just as much as it is in the winter. With a few key changes to your summer skincare products and routine, you can work with the weather instead of against it to keep your skin glowing all summer long.

Clean Skincare Ingredients 

The most significant change you can make in your summer skincare routine is to choose clean beauty products with gentle ingredients that won’t leave the skin more susceptible to sun damage and cause irritation. Stronger ingredients such as AHAs, BHAs, and retinoids are excellent at fighting skin concerns and increasing cell turnover. Still, they also cause photosensitivity and leave the skin more vulnerable to UV exposure.

Antioxidants such as vitamin C are excellent ingredients for your summer skincare products since these naturally-derived compounds soothe and nourish the skin while fighting against free radical damage caused by sun exposure and other environmental stressors. Antioxidants can be found in various fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other plants. Vitamin C is considered the gold star among antioxidants thanks to its powerful ability to alleviate hyperpigmentation, brighten skin tone, and protect against future signs of aging caused by sun exposure. In addition to its ability to help repair existing damage and prevent it from happening in the future, Vitamin C has also been shown to increase the effectiveness of UV protection provided by sunscreen.

Cleansers for the Summer

It’s common to have skin that’s more oily during the summer due to increased humidity, heat, and sweat. It’s important to ensure you’re using a cleanser at the end of the day before bed that can effectively wash it away without stripping the skin of its natural oils and leaving you feeling tight and dry. 

Eminence Organics Citrus Exfoliating Wash
Eminence Organics Citrus Exfoliating Wash

Eminence Organics Citrus Exfoliating Wash

For those with normal to oily skin, look for a purifying cleanser with antioxidants like the Eminence Organics Citrus Exfoliating Wash. This antioxidant facial cleanser from Eminence gently exfoliates while cleansing, making it the perfect nighttime cleanser for oily skin during the summer. It gently sloughs off dead skin cells while minimizing pores and removing impurities.

IMAGE | VITAL C Hydrating Facial Cleanser (6 oz)
IMAGE | VITAL C Hydrating Facial Cleanser (6 oz)

IMAGE | VITAL C Hydrating Facial Cleanser (6 oz)

The IMAGE | VITAL C Hydrating Facial Cleanser from Image Skincare’s VITAL C line is ideal for all skin types looking to dip their toes into vitamin C, especially those who are sensitive or dry. This summer skincare product strikes the perfect balance between hydrating and cleansing to remove makeup, sweat, and oil. It’s formulated to soothe irritated, dry skin. Meanwhile, brightening uneven skin tones and reducing visible signs of aging. 

Vitamin C Serums

Serums are full of nourishing antioxidants and skin-repairing actives that can do everything from tightening skin to brightening an uneven complexion and fighting acne. When choosing a serum, it’s essential to consider your skin concerns, skin type, and goals, as certain serums may make a better summer skincare product in your routine than others. 

Eminence Organics Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum
Eminence Organics Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum

Eminence Organics Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum

If you’re looking for a serum with a high concentration of vitamin C to work alongside your SPF for sun protection and skin cancer prevention, then the Eminence Organics Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum can’t be beaten. It contains vitamin E, ferulic acid, and kale—three antioxidants that help stabilize and retain the potency of vitamin C while delivering their own benefits that heal, hydrate, and repair the skin. 

IMAGE | VITAL C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum (1.7 oz)
IMAGE | VITAL C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum (1.7 oz)

IMAGE | VITAL C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum (1.7 oz)

For those looking for a clean beauty product that offers a little bit of everything, the IMAGE | VITAL C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum delivers many benefits and is well-suited for all skin types. This anti-aging serum fights environmental damage and aids in sun protection and skin cancer prevention, it increases hydration to improve skin elasticity and initiate collagen renewal. Last but not least, it soothes and brightens dull, dry skin for a more youthful complexion.

Moisturizers with Vitamin C

It's easy to think we can skip out on a moisturizer since our skin tends to feel more oily during the summer when it’s hot and humid out. But, despite how heavy and greasy our face may feel, it’s still important to hydrate and moisturize the skin. During the summer opt for lighter moisturizers such as oil-free lotions and gels to use during the daytime and keep your heavier lotions and creams for the night. Our skin does most of its regeneration at night when it can benefit more from heavier moisturizers that deeply hydrate.

IMAGE | VITAL C Hydrating Water Burst (2 oz)
IMAGE | VITAL C Hydrating Water Burst (2 oz)

IMAGE | VITAL C Hydrating Water Burst (2 oz)

For the daytime, the IMAGE | VITAL C Hydrating Water Burst from Image Skincare offers lightweight, all-day hydration without leaving the skin feeling greasy as the day wears on. It binds moisture to the skin and rejuvenates the complexion. This hydrating burst protects against free radical damage and UV exposure.

IMAGE | VITAL C Hydrating Overnight Masque (2 oz)
IMAGE | VITAL C Hydrating Overnight Masque (2 oz)

IMAGE | VITAL C Hydrating Overnight Masque (2 oz)

At night, the IMAGE | VITAL C Hydrating Overnight Masque is a no-rinse mask formulated to be applied as your moisturizer and left on overnight. This clean beauty product from Image Skincare deeply hydrates and repairs the skin. while brightening and protecting the complexion and increasing moisture retention.

Sunscreen and Sun Protection 

Sunscreen is easily the most important summer skincare product in your routine. It not only protects against immediate irritation such as sunburns, hyperpigmentation, and signs of aging but it aids in overall sun protection and skin cancer prevention.

No matter the season, you should always wear sunscreen, but it’s even more important in the summer months when we’re more likely to spend time outdoors. If you’re looking for a clean beauty product that offers sun protection and skin cancer prevention, then look for a safe sunscreen that is mineral-based and formulated with zinc oxide to protect against UV exposure. 

Eminence Lilikoi Mineral Defense Sport Sunscreen SPF30
Eminence Lilikoi Mineral Defense Sport Sunscreen SPF30

Eminence Organics Lilikoi Mineral Defense Sport Sunscreen SPF30

The Eminence Organics Lilikoi Mineral Defense Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 is a summer skincare product favorite that can be used on both the face and body. This safe sunscreen contains ingredients that block UV rays to protect against sunburns and UV exposure and hydrate and protect the skin against future damage. 

Whether you use an antioxidant serum with vitamin C for an extra boost of sun protection or choose a safe sunscreen with zinc oxide to provide a higher SPF, you’ll be ready to bask in the summer sun in no time by incorporating these changes into your summer skincare routine!