Everyone has their own personal preferences when it comes to the ideal summer skincare routine. At the same time, there are some essential sun protection skincare products that come highly recommended by dermatologists. The arrival of summertime often means you’re going to be spending more time in the sun and in a hotter climate. Naturally, those factors are going to affect your skin, and in turn, the products you use to maintain its health. Follow these simple tips so you can stay confident and comfortable while enjoying all the best parts of summer.
1. Stay Safe With Sunscreen
Regularly applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a bare minimum of SPF 30 should be your highest priority when planning your summer skincare routine. The sun’s UV rays can be extremely damaging to your skin. Besides being a leading cause of skin cancer, sun damage can cause a number of issues, such as dehydrated skin, fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration, visible redness, and flaking.
We highly recommend using a mineral-based sunscreen, rather than chemical-based, especially if you have sensitive skin. The mineral UV filters in our sunscreen (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) act as a barrier between the sun and your skin, physically blocking the sun’s harmful UV radiation. Chemical-based sunscreens absorb that UV radiation into your skin and release it as heat.
Many don’t realize that sunscreen shouldn’t only be part of your summer skincare routine—it’s beneficial every day, all year round. Our sun protection skin care products do more than just block the sun’s UV rays. They also shield your skin from visible light from everyday visible light, blue light from smartphone and computer screens, and environmental stressors, like free radicals caused by airborne pollution.
Senté sunscreen is tested and recommended by hundreds of dermatologists for a number of important reasons. Our products are:
- 100% mineral-based and chemical-free
- Suitable for sensitive skin, including redness- and acne-prone skin
- Tested and recommended by dermatologists
2. Use Hydrators More Frequently
When planning your summer skincare routine, look for products with hydrating ingredients. Moisturizers can help to lock in moisture, but skin hydrators are much more effective because they’re formulated with humectants that pull moisture from your environment and the deep layers of your skin to keep the outer layers of your skin hydrated.
In other words, hydrators actually add water to your skin, while moisturizers use ingredients like oil or silicones to create a layer on top of your skin that prevents moisture from leaving.
It’s important to note that not all skin hydrators are the same. Our hydrators feature patented HSA technology that’s exclusive to Senté products. So, why should HSA be a top priority when planning your summer skincare routine?
HSA is an incredibly effective sun protection skincare ingredient because it’s an analog of a naturally occurring molecule called heparan sulfate that our body uses to rebuild damaged and inflamed skin. As people age, their bodies produce less heparan sulfate, which naturally makes it difficult to improve the appearance of inflammation.
Our revolutionary Heparan Sulfate Analog is a proprietary, water-binding molecule that is designed to perform the same function as naturally occurring heparan sulfate. So, besides acting as a powerful hydrator in its own right, HSA actually assists our skin’s immune response in responding to the damaged skin cells caused by prolonged sun exposure. It’s no wonder hundreds of dermatologists recommend it as part of a comprehensive summer skincare routine.
Here are some of the major benefits associated with HSA:
- Decrease the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
- Helps reduce persistent visible redness
- Strengthen the skin’s barrier function
- Minimize the appearance of uneven skin tone
3. Exfoliate and Wash Regularly (But Not Too Often)
During the summer, you’re naturally going to sweat more often and use more sun protection skincare products, which can lead to clogged pores. That’s why it makes sense to exfoliate and wash your face more often than usual, but make sure you don’t overdo it. Exfoliating once or twice per week is usually enough for a summer skincare routine, as too much exfoliation can lead to irritation and inflammation.
And, while you may find yourself feeling the urge to wash your face more often, be careful you don’t go overboard, especially if you’re wearing sunscreen or skin hydrators. Your skin has built-in mechanisms to keep your skin hydrated, and over-washing can actually remove moisture, causing your sebaceous glands to produce excessive amounts of oil. Additionally, you don’t want to be washing away skin hydrators while they’re doing their job!
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These three simple steps can really go a long way in improving your summer skincare routine. Senté products are tested and recommended by over 600 dermatologists, so add our sun protection skincare solutions to your regimen with absolute confidence. If you’re not sure where to start, take our skincare quiz for personalized recommendations. Get summer-ready with medical-grade skincare products from Senté.