Top Ten Summertime Skin Tips

Skincare is essential all year long, but in the summertime, it’s important to take a look at your products to ensure that they will continue to benefit your skin in the heat, sun, and humidity this season. The summer elements can be particularly damaging to your skin, which is why it may require different or additional steps and products to ensure you stay protected. Here are our summertime skin tips to help keep your skin healthy and glowing this season.

Swap Out Heavy Products for Lightweight Options

One of the first summertime skin tips we talk about is switching out your products. Skincare needs highly depend on the season and climate that you’re in. While the winter requires certain products to help combat dryness, you may need lighter-weight products to keep your skin protected against heat and humidity in the summer. For example, oil-based cleansers and heavy creams should be opted out in favor of a gentle foaming cleanser and gel lotion. 

Keep Moisturizing

Another one of our summertime skin tips is to moisturize your skin. Just because your skin may not need the same thick creams that it may require during dryer months, you should still prioritize moisturizing your skin. Sweat, oil, and humidity are not replacements for moisturizers, and you can keep oil production at bay by using a lightweight daily moisturizer with an SPF of 30 or higher. 

Don’t Skip SPF

SPF is essential 365 days out of the year, but it is especially crucial to apply (and reapply) in the summer. In addition to your face, neck, and decollete, ensure you use a broad spectrum SPF to your ear, feet, and hands.

Get a Toner

A toner can help sweep away excess oil and dirt from a sweaty day spent outside. Look for a product with soothing ingredients like aloe or green tea.


One of the most important of our summertime skin tips is to hydrate your body. Not only should you apply a hydrating moisturizer on your skin, but you should also make sure you’re hydrating your body as well. While the standard eight glasses per day is a great place to start, you may need to drink even more water to replace what your body loses in sweat.

Search for the Shade

UV rays are the primary culprit when it comes to skin damage, premature aging, and skin cancer, so the more you can avoid the sun, the better. Finding shady spots when outdoors will keep you cool and your skin protected.

Make Time For Some Extra Skincare

Whether it’s trips to the beach, hours in the sun, or time spent sweating, the summer elements can wreak havoc on your skin. Carve out a little extra time in the week to apply a hydrating mask or a deep cleansing treatment to purify your pores. 

Exfoliate All Over

In addition to the extra summertime skin tips you add to your skincare routine, don’t skip your exfoliating step! While it’s a good idea to limit summertime exfoliating to two to three times per week, a gentle scrub or exfoliating agent can help open up congested pores and give your skin a thorough clean.

Pay Attention to Active Ingredients 

Ingredients like vitamin C and hyaluronic acid thrive during the summer season. Vitamin C helps prevent hyperpigmentation and can help stimulate collagen production, while hyaluronic acid helps retain moisture for a hydrated, youthful appearance. While these ingredients are skincare staples all year round, they should definitely be used in the summertime.

Bring Out Your Summertime Accessories

One of our favorite summertime skin tips is to use your summer accessories. Hats, sunglasses, and scarves can help provide additional protection against intense UV rays. These accessories, combined with a good SPF, can help allow for summer fun without sun damage.

Schedule a Consultation

Before deciding on a skincare regimen, we recommend scheduling a facial or skincare service with one of our knowledgeable and experienced aestheticians. By getting a better look at your skin, they can make personalized recommendations. Request an appointment or call us at (843) 881-2130 to learn more about summertime skin tips and hydrating products. 

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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