7 Tips for your Summer Skincare Routine

Summertime is the season for flaunting a natural glow and leaving the dry skin of winter behind. Unfortunately, high humidity and sunlight can cause potential issues such as excess breakouts, clogged pores, dry skin, and sun damage. On the bright side, you can proactively prevent these concerns by switching up your skincare routine for the warmer months ahead.  

Keep your skin clear and glowing all summer long with these seven summer skincare tips. 

1. Cleanse Away Bacteria – Morning and Night

Since the humid weather typically leads to increased sweat and oil production, you need to be sure you are washing your face twice a day during the summertime. We recommend using the ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Cleanser because it is able to clear pores without leaving the skin feeling dry. 

Other key ingredients to look for in your summer cleanser are salicylic acid to penetrate deep into the pores and reduce inflammation, as well as Vitamin E to provide moisturizing antioxidants.

2. Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate

As mentioned above, it is important to regularly exfoliate in order to remove dead skin cells and reveal a glowing, smooth complexion. After cleansing, we recommend also using an exfoliating scrub to give your skin a deeper clean, known as double cleansing. The ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Polish was named one of the best face scrubs for smooth skin according to the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab

For best results, your exfoliating scrub should contain ultra-fine magnesium oxide crystals to remove dead skin cells and aid in cellular renewal. For an extra glow, look for a product that contains tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, a form of Vitamin C that helps to brighten skin, giving you a radiant summer look. 

3. Control Excess Oil Throughout the Day

You may find that your skin tends to get more oily throughout the summer, leaving your skin with a layer of oil that feels heavy and even uncomfortable. The ZO Skin Health Complexion Renewal Pads are perfect for clarifying pores throughout the day, as needed. 

The combination of glycolic and salicylic acids provide decongesting and skin smoothing benefits to oily skin. Simply swipe the pad over the face to clarify pores and soothe irritation. 

4. Apply a Lightweight Moisturizer

Contrary to popular belief, it is still important to apply a moisturizer twice a day, even during the summer months. However, once the air starts warming up, it’s time to switch out your heavy moisturizing cream for a lightweight option that won’t leave your face feeling oily.

The ZO Skin Health Renewal Creme is a perfect, lightweight hydrator for the summer time since it contains skin soothing ingredients that restore hydration, leaving your skin feeling rejuvenated.

5. Use SPF Daily (Yes, Even on Cloudy Days) 

It is common knowledge to apply sunscreen when you are outside in the sun, but did you know that you still need to apply it on cloudy days or if you are staying inside? The sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate clouds and windows, still causing sun damage to your skin. Too much exposure can lead to premature aging, wrinkles, and even skin cancer, which is why it is vital to reapply every two hours throughout the day. 

We recommend the line of ZO Skin Health sunscreens, since they offer a variety of SPFs for different skin types and tones. For reapplying throughout the day, we suggest using a powder SPF, since it absorbs facial oil and applies flawlessly over make up. The ZO Skin Health Sunscreen + Powder Broad Spectrum is available in light, medium, and deep shades and provides buildable coverage with light reflecting minerals for a luminous glow — all while still protecting against sun damage.  

6. Promote Skin Health with an Antioxidant Serum 

An antioxidant serum is a must-have in your skincare routine during any season. Applying a serum every night before bed provides antioxidant protection to combat the appearance of free radical damage. The ZO Skin Health Daily Power Defense serum improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles due to key ingredients such as Vitamin E for its antioxidant properties and Ceramide 6 to restore barrier function. 

7. Apply Retinol – Carefully!

Retinol is a common ingredient recommended by dermatologists to treat and prevent skin woes such as acne, wrinkles, and textured skin. In fact, the Vitamin A derivative is the only scientifically proven ingredient to fight the effects of aging on the skin. However, some people are apprehensive about using the powerful ingredient in the summer since it can potentially cause irritation due to increased sensitivity to sunlight. Nevertheless, retinol is totally safe to use during the summer as long as you take increased precautions, such as using the right percentage for your skin type and applying SPF daily (as mentioned above).

The ZO Skin line of retinoids are formulated with differing percentages depending on your skin’s sensitivity and your skincare goals. 

If you have any questions about which retinol product to select, our team of skin care specialists would be happy to recommend one based on your skin type.

The Perfect Summer Skincare Routine Available at Aqua Vitality

Ready to invest in the perfect summer skincare routine? You’re in luck because here at Aqua Vitality, we offer the ZO Skin Health Daily Skincare Program, which includes the must-have products for healthy and radiant skin. The four product regimen includes the Exfoliating Cleanser, Exfoliating Polish, Complexion Renewal Pads, and Daily Power Defense for all of your summer skincare needs. 

If you have any questions about the ZO Skin Health product line, contact us for more information. 


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