Secrets for Glowing Summer Skin: Craft Your Summer Skin Routine

With hot weather, higher humidity, sweating, and more sun exposure, summer can mean sunburns, clogged pores, and dull skin. But it doesn’t have to! It’s time to shift to a summer skin routine to keep your skin fresh, hydrated, and glowing this season.

How you care for your summer skin sets the stage for healthy skin year-round. Discover our top skincare tips and guidance to glow for clear, glowing skin. The key is to focus on products with moisturizers, hyaluronic acid, and sunscreen. Let’s dive into the details as we cover:

  • Summer skin challenges
  • Essentials for face care this summer
  • The best summer skincare products
  • Summer skincare FAQs

Summer Skin Challenges

For some, dry winter skin is the most challenging, but for many people, summertime means a rise in skin problems and the need for summer skin products and skincare advice. Before we get into summer skincare tips and tricks, let’s explore some issues that can arise.

Increased Sun Exposure and UV Damage

Summer means stronger ultraviolet rays and more time outdoors in the sun. While getting outside and having fun is good for your health, increased sun exposure can damage your skin. In fact, it’s the number one cause of skin damage.

Sun damage, called photoaging, accelerates the aging process in the skin. It means more fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, inflammation, and damage to skin structures.

Higher Temperatures and Humidity Levels

Hot, humid weather can feel refreshing after a dry winter. More humidity can help with skin hydration. However, moisture and heat can also lead to sweating, clogged pores, and greasy skin. You may have to simplify your skincare routine in the summer and pay more attention as you dial it in.

Sweat and Oil Production

Heat and humidity can also mean increased oil production, leaving your skin feeling oily, greasy, or more acne-prone. You may feel inclined to ditch your moisturizer in the summer, but a lightweight moisturizer may be helpful. Continue reading for our summer beauty tips.

Your Summer Skincare Routine: The Essential Steps

Summer steps for skincare don’t need to be complicated; it’s the perfect time to simplify your skincare routine with quality, lightweight products. With NassifMD® facial plastic surgeon skincare, you’ll complete your routine faster and require fewer layers because of each formula’s synergistic, active ingredients. Once you understand your skin type and how it reacts to more sun, heat, and humidity, summer skincare will be a breeze.

Ready for some guidance to glow? Let’s explore summer skincare necessities.

Cleansing – Remove Sweat and Oil

No matter the season, the first skincare step is cleansing. A good cleanser is essential for removing sweat, excess oil, sunscreen, makeup, and any impurities you encounter during your day. Cleansing can also prevent breakouts.

Use Lightweight Cleansers for Everyday Use

We will discuss exfoliating more below, but you can simplify your routine by choosing a lightweight cleanser with an exfoliator such as NassifMD® Purifying Glycolic Facial Cleanser.

In the summer, you can exfoliate more often and add even more antioxidants to protect the skin. NassifMD® Pure Hydration Facial Cleanser is a summer staple in a simple or advanced skincare routine when using a separate exfoliating product.

Sun Protection – Choose the Right SPF Sunscreen

If you are looking for skincare secrets, this is it: SPF is the most essential skincare step year-round. It’s easier to prevent a problem in the first place than to reverse it down the road. Because of more sun and longer days, don’t skip on the SPF.

Use SPF30 Sunscreen or Higher

NassifMD® Simply Hydration provides SPF 40 protection with hydration and antioxidants. It’s lightweight and ideal for daily use in your summer skincare routine and all year. Apply as the last step before makeup or skip makeup altogether with NassifMD® Protect & Hydrate sunscreen with a universal tint.

Hydration – Keep Skin Moisturized Throughout the Day

Dry or mature skin needs a heavier moisturizer through the winter months, but you can lighten it up in the summer to avoid feeling sticky or oily in hot weather. Choose serums, gels, and lightweight moisturizers in the summer. Many NassifMD® facial plastic surgeon skincare products are also oil-free.

Use Hydrating Serums and Moisturizers

In addition to a moisturizing sunscreen, as discussed above, you’ll want to focus on lightweight, hydrating products that contain hyaluronic acid, such as:

The best moisturizer for summer is the one that works well with your skin!

Exfoliation – Remove Dead Skin Cells

Exfoliating products use physical abrasion or chemical exfoliators (like hydroxy acids) to remove dead skin cells and impurities from the skin’s surface and pores. You may need to exfoliate more in the summer because of high skin turnover, sweat, dirt, sunscreen use, and more.

Use Gentle Exfoliants like AHA/BHA

You don’t need harsh products to exfoliate; gentle is best. If you aren’t using exfoliation in your cleanser, make exfoliation the second step in your skincare routine. NassifMD® Detox Facial Pads are effective, easy to use, and travel well on summer trips. They are one of our favorite skin products for summer. For sensitive skin, try NassifMD® Detox Facial Pads – Gentle.

Antioxidant Protection – Shield Against Environmental Damage

Sunscreen helps protect the skin from the sun, but you need antioxidants, too. The skin naturally contains high concentrations of antioxidants that protect skin cells from UV radiation, pollution, toxins, and stress. In the summer, antioxidant stores become depleted because of high exposures and need replenishment.

Examples of antioxidants include:

Use Antioxidant-Rich Products with Vitamin C or Niacinamide

You’ll find antioxidants in all NassifMD® Skincare formulas as they work synergistically with other nutrients to protect and nourish the skin. One of our favorite skincare products for summer with concentrated antioxidants is NassifMD® Radiance Brightening Booster – Vitamin C Serum. You can easily layer this product with other serums or summer moisturizers.

Targeted Treatments – Addressing Skin Conditions Like Acne and Hyperpigmentation

Once you have the summer basics in place with a cleanser, exfoliator, moisturizer, and SPF, you can use additional products to spot-treat problem areas or provide extra protection where needed.

Read Order of Application: Step-by-Step Skin Routines for more details about using various products together and the optimal order of application.

Use Spot Treatment Products for Blemishes or Sun Damage

Depending on your skin concerns, these spot treatments may be supportive in the summer and as needed:

FAQs About Summer Skincare

Now that we’ve covered summer skincare tips and recommended NassifMD® Skincare, let’s cover some of the most asked skincare questions of the season.

Can I Skip Moisturizer if My Skin Feels Oily in the Summer?

Skip heavy moisturizers, oils, and oil-based serums if they are too much in the summer. Instead opt for a lightweight moisturizer with SPF like NassifMD® Simply Hydration during the day. At night, try a restorative, water-based serum such as NassifMD® Hydro-Screen Serum.

How Often Should I Exfoliate During the Summer Months?

The exact frequency will depend on your skin type, but your skin may respond well to more exfoliation in the summer months and less in winter.

Always start with less and build up as your skin adjusts. If you have normal or oily skin, you may work up to daily exfoliation or even twice daily. If you have sensitive skin, work up to a few times weekly. Listen to your body’s feedback, and if you have any peeling from using exfoliators, give your skin a day or two to recover before proceeding.

Is it Necessary to Use Separate Sunscreen if My Makeup has SPF?

The issue with SPF makeup is that you may not get enough sunscreen for protection. Most people don’t use an adequate amount of SPF lotion to get the full effects. Dermatologists recommend using enough sunscreen to cover two fingers and applying it to the face. Then, reapply every two hours in the sun (or create some shade with a big hat).

We understand that wearing sunscreen and makeup can feel heavy when it’s hot and sticky outside. Instead of choosing makeup with SPF, choose a sunscreen with a tint like NassifMD® Protect & Hydrate.

What Ingredients Should I Avoid in My Summer Skincare Products?

For healthy summer skin, lightweight products are the best. Avoid products with heavy ingredients like mineral oils that can clog pores and contribute to greasiness. You’ll also want to pay attention to toxins commonly found in skincare products like parabens. Please note the entire NassifMD® Skincare line is:

  • Cruelty free
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Paraben Free
  • Mineral oil free

Additionally, when it comes to sunscreen, mineral sunscreens are better for your health and skin than chemical ones. NassifMD® SPF products use the preferable, safer mineral ingredients.

Can You Use Retinol in the Summer?

Yes, you can use retinol in the summer. As with exfoliation, please pay attention to your skin and adjust how often you use it. Your skin may like more retinol in the summer compared to winter but note that retinol use can increase your sensitivity to the sun, so it’s extra important to wear sunscreen daily.

Getting outdoors in the summer is one of the best ways to enjoy life. A streamlined skincare routine with quality products means more time for the activities you enjoy and the healthy, glowing skin you desire.



  1. Gromkowska-Kępka, K. J., Puścion-Jakubik, A., Markiewicz-Żukowska, R., & Socha, K. (2021). The impact of ultraviolet radiation on skin photoaging - review of in vitro studies.Journal of cosmetic dermatology, 20(11), 3427–3431.


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