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I love summer. I love every cliche you can think of for summertime – the sunshine, being outside, picnics, going swimming, eating popsicles, anything you can picture in your mind that screams “summer” I absolutely love. The only thing I used to dread about summer (besides mosquitoes, maybe) was my skin! When it got warm and sunny, my skin became super greasy, prone to breakouts, and my forehead and nose would peel due to old sunburns. This super special combination not only looked and felt awful, but was also nearly impossible to cover with makeup. Summer isn’t nearly as much fun when you don’t feel confident, let me tell you.

Luckily, I learned that our skin-care products should change with the seasons, just as our clothes do. Duh! It totally makes sense in theory, but where do you even start to find your summer skin essentials? Don’t worry, girl. Gourgues has your back.

Why you Need to Change Your Skincare in the Summer

Okay, even if your skin is not like mine, having a total meltdown as soon as June rolls around, you should still switch up your skincare routine! Here’s why, simply put – because everything else changes, too. As the seasons change so does our exposure to different temperatures, levels of sun exposure, levels of stress (think holiday stress VS when you’re at the beach), and changing environments (outside VS inside, indoor heating VS central air, etc.). This all impacts our skin’s appearance and overall health.

Give your skin the proper tools and nutrients it needs to protect you all summer long

Our skin is our body’s first layer of protection and we want to make sure we’re giving it the proper tools and nutrients it needs to protect us the best it can all summer long! So, let’s get into what your summer skincare routine should look like.

Summer Skin Essentials

Let’s start with the basics – what kinds of products should you be reaching for in the warmer summer months? We’ll break the ultimate summer skin routine down step-by-step:

Summer Skin Essentials Routine

1. Cleanser – No matter the season, beautiful skin starts with clean skin. The key to finding a good summer skin cleanser is to remember to keep it light and non-irritating. Ditch the oil cleanser until fall and opt for a gel or foaming option. (If you have very dry skin, avoid foaming cleansers to prevent irritation and potential damage.)

We recommend the Calm Down Cleanser for dry skin, Papaya Purity for oily skin, Cool as a Cucumber Cleanser for normal skin, and Lactic Love Lather for combo skin.

Try to find light toners that are made to help your skin

2. Toner – Toners not only help replenish the skin after cleansing, but they feel amazing in the warm summer months. Try to find light toners that are made to help your skin with hydrating or preventative ingredients like hyaluronic acid or aloe

Try our fave toners! Glow Girl Tonic helps fight free radical damage, while our Soothing Skin Tonic helps balance pH levels in sensitive skin.

3. Moisturizer – Your skin may feel extra sweaty or greasy in the summer heat, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect moisturizing. Just lighten it up! Put away the heavy creams and masks for a couple of months and opt for gentle, lightweight moisturizers that are non-comedogenic, i.e. that are formulated in such a way that they are not likely to cause pore blockages (comedones).
We love our Lite as Air Lotion for summer! It absorbs quickly, doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy or sticky, and can be used on all skin types.

Sun exposure can lead to an increased risk of developing skin cancer

4. SPF – Honestly, it wouldn’t be a summer skincare routine without mentioning SPF, right? The truth is, you should be wearing SPF year-round, girl. Not only does sun exposure lead to an increased risk of developing skin cancer, but it can also prematurely age your skin in a phenomenon called photoaging. So, yeah, it’s worth mentioning! The simplest way to add SPF to your routine is to find a moisturizer with SPF. Look for broad-spectrum coverage that protects from both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of at least 30. Reapply every 2 hours for the best protection. 

Protect your skin while helping it look its best with our Save Face Brightening SPF30, Save Face Tinted SPF30, and Save Face Vitamin C SPF30

5. Exfoliate – Exfoliating your skin 2-3 times a week helps remove dirt, eliminate dead skin cells, unclog pores, and allows other skincare products to penetrate more deeply and effectively. Those with especially oily skin may need to exfoliate more frequently than those with other skin types to help keep the pores clear. Avoid manual scrubs and opt for chemical exfoliants like AHAs and glycolic acid

Slough off dead skin cells with our GlyLactic Glow or our Glow Pads to get that summer glow. 

Remember, when it comes to summer skincare, keep it light, listen to your skin, and when in doubt, always reapply more SPF!

Tips & Tricks

Here are some extra tips and tricks to help you glow all summer long: 

1. It’s all about Vitamin CVitamin C helps our skin by providing natural sun protection (or, more accurately, increases its tolerance of the sun), evens out our skin tone, stimulates collagen production, and can help prevent sun spots. 

2. Get a hat! – Add another layer of protection from the sun. 

3. Keep it cool in the shower – Hot showers damage and dry out the skin, especially after sun exposure! Plus a cool shower after a good sweat can help prevent body acne and breakouts.

Don't neglect the tips of your ears, your scalp, lips, hands, and feet

4. Don’t forget the hard places – When it comes to sun protection don’t neglect the tips of your ears, your scalp, lips, hands, and feet! 

5. Keep hydrated – It’s vitally important to our general and skin health that we stay hydrated. Besides drinking lots of water, eat water-rich summer fruits, like watermelon or strawberries, and get an extra boost of antioxidants to boot. 

6. Try Yogurt! – Aloe is the classic go-to after a sunburn, but greek yogurt is a great option too, thanks to lactic acid. Apply plain, organic greek yogurt to the affected areas and rinse off after 15 minutes.

Gourgues Glow

At Gourgues Glow, we’re passionate about helping people achieve gorgeous skin, no matter the season. Brought to life by Michelle Gourgues Lucas, a Licensed Esthetician, Certified Aesthetic Laser Technician, Certified PCA Skin Professional, spa owner, and serial entrepreneur, Gourgues Glow offers powerful, professional-grade skincare products that can be delivered right to your door! 

Finding the perfect summer skin routine is as simple as clicking on one of our Silver, Gold, or Platinum boxes, picking the items you want, and having them shipped to you or another skincare lover! 

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