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Does it feel like you’ve finally nailed down your winter skincare routine, and now, as summer approaches, you’re starting to break out again? Well, you’re not alone. New seasons typically come with changes in how our skin looks, feels and behaves. Summer days are hotter, more humid, and give our skin more sun exposure. Read on to learn how to change up your skincare routine to keep breakouts away this summer.


We recommend using a daily SPF throughout the year, but it’s especially crucial during the summer months. Sun exposure damages the skin causing redness, wrinkles, and potentially even skin cancer. It’s especially bad for acne and acne-prone skin. UV rays dry out the skin, which signals your body to produce more oil (hello clogged pores!) to try and protect your skin barrier. Excess sun exposure also further inflames acne and makes it harder for your skin to tolerate acne treatments.

Switch-up your moisturizer

If your winter skincare woes caused you to stock up on densely hydrating serums and moisturizers, then it’s time to put them away until next season. Moisturizing is essential all year long, but adding a heavy moisturizer on top of a sticky and sweaty complexion can turn a dewy glow into a shiny mess. Heavier moisturizers work well during dry, winter months because they are formulated with occlusive agents to trap in moisture. For a lighter, summer moisturizer, look for formulas heavy in humectants, like hyaluronic acid, which draw moisture into your complexion.

Exfoliate often
Humid, hot weather means more sweat and water sits on our skin. This extra moisture attracts dirt, pollen, and pollutants that clog pores and cause breakouts. Use a salicylic acid-based exfoliant to unclog pores and remove excess oil. This will not only help treat current breakouts, but it will also keep new ones from forming. Exfoliating daily will also help to brighten and even your complexion.

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