Top 8 Expert Tips to Boost Your Daily Face Routine in the Summer

Seeking the Top 8 Expert Tips to Boost Your Daily Face Routine this Summer? Here’s how!

From SPF protection to lightweight moisturizers, I’ve got you the expert-approved tips you need for that glowing, sun-kissed skin all summer.

After all, as an experienced dermatologist, I’ve consulted all the research portals, and talked to the experts (devoured all those juicy secrets!) to finally bring you a face routine to nourish your skin effectively!

So keep reading for 8 incredible tips to boost that skin of yours & embrace green envy!

Key Takeaways

  • Proper sunscreen application is vital during summer, considering the increased sun exposure.
  • Use lightweight, non-comedogenic products to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.
  • Adjust usage of retinoids, maintain diligent face cleansing, and exfoliate gently to keep skin healthy.

Top 8 Expert Tips to Boost Your Daily Face Routine in the Summer

Here are the 8 transformative tips to unleash that summer glow!

#1 Kickstart Your Day with a Cleanse and Exfoliation Ritual

A proper cleansing routine is the foundation of any effective skincare regimen. 

a girl applying cleanser on acne prone skin

When asked about her morning routine, Dr. Ope Ofodile, a certified dermatologist and skincare expert, explained: “It is important that I keep my routine efficient and simple” [3]. 

And if you’re like me and want the best for your skin, start your day by gently washing your face with a mild cleanser suitable for your skin type… 

This routine doesn’t only remove dirt, excess oil, and sweat accumulated overnight, but it leaves your skin fresh and ready for the day. 

Though – of course – you need something else: exfoliation! 

Especially since you need to rid your skin of some monsters – those dead skin cells and unclog pores – to promote a smoother and more even complexion.

Now, opt for a gentle exfoliator with natural ingredients to avoid irritation and skin damage.

Once your skin is cleansed and exfoliated, the next step is to ensure it’s well-hydrated…

Don’t forget also to check out my guide on “The Best Way to Apply Moisturizer” to maximize the benefits of your skincare routine.

#2 Embrace the Power of Hydration for Luminous Skin

With their intense heat and increased sun exposure, Summers can rob your skin of its moisture, leading to dullness and dryness. The antidote? 


In support of this, Dr. Hadley King advocates for the importance of “moisturization after exfoliation. [3]”

Opt for lightweight, oil-free moisturizers that quench your skin’s thirst without the undesirable greasy residue.

In light of this, hunt for moisturizers that boast hyaluronic acid, a powerhouse ingredient that locks in moisture and plumps the skin, granting it a dewy, radiant appearance. 

hand getting some moisturizer cream from the tub

Apply your moisturizer to damp skin for optimal benefits to enhance absorption and ensure sustained hydration throughout the day. 

But what about those damaging sun rays? Let’s counter this with the skin’s best summer ally, the AMAZING SPF!

#3 Emphasize Sun Protection with SPF

Sun protection should be a non-negotiable step in your summer skincare routine. 

Besides, the sun’s harmful UV rays can damage your skin, speed up aging, and increase the risk of skin cancer. 

If you take the time to Explore Crystal Clear Skin, you’ll see a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF (at least SPF 30) [1]. 

Before you go with any product, check how it behaves on your skin: study your skin tone and type. 

Once done, and to avoid mishaps, generously apply your new favorite SPF to your face and neck (yes, even on those cloudy days!)

lady wearing a sunscreen

Reapply every two hours, especially if you’re like me (secret: I love trotting outdoors and spending your time on that sunny beach!), so ensure proper measures to protect that glow!

Next, let’s talk about the perfect formula for breathable skin!

#4 Opt for Lighter Formulas for Breathable Skin

During the summer, heavy creams and thick foundations can feel suffocating. 

While you provide coverage and optimal protection, switch to lightweight formulas that allow your skin to breathe!

Besides, tinted moisturizers or BB creams are excellent alternatives to heavy foundations. 

using anti-aging cream but can anti-aging creams age you

Better yet, these products even out your skin tone, offering a lighter, more natural finish. 

Choose non-greasy, oil-free products that won’t clog your pores and are less likely to melt or slide off your face in the heat.

Next, let’s delve into the game-changing world of antioxidants and serums!

#5 Add Power: Incorporate Antioxidants & Serums

Through antioxidants, your skin is better protected against the hostile outside forces (mainly resulting from sun exposure and pollution) known as free radicals.

Dr. Jennifer David, a dermatologist in Philadelphia and founder of Skin & Scripts Virtual Dermatology, suggests using a serum containing vitamin C in the morning for darker skin types [4].  

She explains that hyperpigmentation can be a common issue, and using a vitamin C serum can help mitigate dark spots.

vitamin c serum

For the best outcome, look for serums or moisturizers enriched with antioxidants like vitamin C or green tea extract [2]. 

These ingredients help guard your skin against environmental stressors and promote a brighter, more youthful complexion.  

To maximize better absorption, and ensure your skin absorbs all these beauties, apply these products after cleansing and moisturizing. 

Their feather-light consistency promotes swift absorption, making them an ideal addition to your summer skincare regimen.

Now that I’ve discussed cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting your skin, let’s explore an instant pick-me-up for your skin – face mists…

For a deeper understanding of your skincare regimen, explore my articles “Is Essence or Serum More Important?” and “What’s the Difference Between Ampoule and Serum?”.

#6 Stay Fresh: Use Face Mists for Instant Rejuvenation

Face mists are a fantastic way to keep your skin refreshed and hydrated during your day, especially when the heat becomes unbearable. 

Opt for facial mists (e.g., rosewater or aloe vera) nourished with hydrating and soothing ingredients. 

Now that you have your secret facial mist, what’s the best way to cherish it? 

It’s easy! Spritz the mist onto your face whenever you need a quick pick-me-up or a burst of hydration. 

lady spraying her face with mist

What’s great facial mists can help set makeup and provide a dewy finish, giving your skin a radiant and revitalized appearance.

As the summer heat intensifies, it’s crucial to adapt your skincare routine to protect your face from sun damage, dehydration, and other environmental stressors. 

Incorporating these six expert tips into your daily regimen ensures that your skin remains healthy, radiant, and well-nourished throughout the summer months. 

Remember to cleanse and exfoliate, hydrate adequately, prioritize SPF protection, opt for lighter formulas, introduce antioxidants and serums, and refresh with face mists.

Embrace these tips, and enjoy glowing, beautiful skin all summer long.

#7 Simplify Your Morning Skincare Routine with a Night-specific Moisturizer

My extensive experience taught me that a night-specific moisturizer can significantly boost your morning skincare routine (and your looks).

Famous dermatologist in Charlotte, North Caroline, Dr. Tonya McLeod, explains the importance of using a night-specific moisturizer [4]. 

She says,

“Where regular moisturizers focus on improving the natural moisture barrier of the skin only, night creams contain active ingredients that assist with improving the skin beyond adding moisture.

That’s right! Using a proper night-specific moisturizer can do wonders for your skin – so you better grab one for tonight!

pretty curly-haired lady putting moisturizing cream on her face

#8 Identifying Your Skin Type: A Critical Step in My Summer Skincare Routine

I’ve learned in my years as a dermatologist that a successful skincare routine is all about personalization.

After all, understanding your unique skin type allows you to better cater to its specific needs.

lipstick shade for brown skin

Dr. Caroline Robinson, who has combination skin, explains how she amplifies her skincare routine:

“I am prone to dryness with changes in the seasons, but at the same time, I have a persistent yet lovely mid-face shine that I’ve learned to embrace” [5].

Throughout my battles with stubborn skin, I’ve seen it repeatedly: there’s no ‘one size fits all’ in skincare. 

Embracing your unique skin characteristics  – whether oily, dry, or a combination – and addressing its specific needs is the secret to preserving healthy, glowing skin.

Keen on a summary of these PRO tips? Check out this comparison table!

Expert Summer Skincare TipsSummary
1. Kickstart Your Day with a Cleanse and Exfoliation RitualBegin with a gentle cleanse to remove dirt and oil, then exfoliate to get rid of dead skin cells and unclog pores.
2. Embrace the Power of Hydration for Luminous SkinCombat summer dryness with lightweight, oil-free moisturizers and ingredients like hyaluronic acid for a dewy look.
3. Emphasize Sun Protection with SPFUse broad-spectrum sunscreen (at least SPF 30) daily to protect from harmful UV rays and slow skin aging.
4. Opt for Lighter Formulas for Breathable SkinSwap heavy creams for lightweight, non-greasy products that let your skin breathe and offer a natural finish.
5. Add Power: Incorporate Antioxidants & SerumsUse serums or moisturizers with antioxidants like vitamin C or green tea extract to protect against environmental stressors.
6. Stay Fresh: Use Face Mists for Instant RejuvenationKeep a hydrating face mist on hand for a quick burst of hydration and instant skin refreshment.
7. Simplify Your Morning Skincare Routine with a Night-specific MoisturizerUse a night-specific moisturizer to boost your morning skincare regimen and improve skin health beyond moisture.
8. Identifying Your Skin Type: A Critical Step in Summer Skincare RoutineUnderstand your unique skin type and address its specific needs for personalized, effective skincare.

Now you’re ready for some superb tips from Dermatologist Dr. Sam Ellis!

Eager for more tips? Delve into the frequently asked questions!


How should I apply sunscreen in summer? 

Apply a strip of sunscreen on each of your index and middle fingers for your face and neck. Next, for the body, use an amount equivalent to a shot glass.

What skincare products should I use in summer? 

Opt for lightweight, non-comedogenic skincare and makeup products. 

How can I safely use retinoids in summer? 

You can still use retinoids by reducing the frequency or being more vigilant about sunscreen application, as retinoids can make your skin more sun-sensitive.


The Top 8 Expert Tips to Boost Your Daily Face Routine can remarkably improve your skin health during the warmest season.

From moisturizers to basic routines, you’re now equipped with the ultimate tips to revitalize your skin for a summer that waits for no one.

Let me ask you this: Do you have a morning skincare ritual? Do you use a night-specific moisturizer? 

Share your experiences and tips in the comments below. I’m always eager to learn from my readers’ experiences!

lady putting on moisturizer


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