A Simple, Minimalist Skincare Routine for Summer
If layering serums and multi-masking aren’t your thing (especially now that it’s summer), don’t worry — a minimalist skincare routine can be just as effective as a more complex one. We rounded up the best skincare products to use in the summer for healthy, hydrated skin in just a few easy steps, from lightweight moisturizer to sunscreen.
STEP 1: Cleanse With the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser
This gentle cleanser is a staple on our bathroom counters because it removes makeup or grime without stinging or stripping the skin of its natural oils. The fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, dermatologist-tested formula is suitable even for sensitive skin types.
STEP 2: Moisturize With Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
Dry heat and AC-filled rooms can leave skin looking and feeling parched, but the glycerin in this cream pulls moisture from the air into your skin while squalane helps to restore the skin’s barrier. The fragrance- and paraben-free formula sinks in quickly for all-day moisture.
STEP 3: Apply Eye Cream With Lancôme Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Eye Cream
The eye area is delicate and can require a richer cream than the rest of the face, as well as ingredients that target dark circles and puffiness. This eye cream contains hyaluronic acid, caffeine and cocoa seed butter for smoother, brighter, less-puffy-looking under-eyes.
STEP 4: Protect With SkinCeuticals Daily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 30
Sunscreen is important all year, but it’s especially key to reapply in the summer sun. This broad-spectrum formula contains niacinamide and tranexamic acid to help reduce discoloration and signs of sun damage. It also has mica to give your skin a pretty, luminous glow.
STEP 5: Moisturize From the Neck Down With La Roche-Posay Lipikar Body Lotion
Your skincare routine shouldn’t stop above the neck. Make sure the rest of your body is well-moisturized with this glycerin- and shea butter-infused lotion. The lightweight formula also contains Vichy’s signature thermal water, which is packed with free radical-fighting antioxidants.
STEP 6: Treat Your Lips With KNC Beauty Collagen Infused Lip Mask
Just because your skincare routine is minimalist doesn’t mean you have to skimp on pampering yourself. A lip mask is a fun, easy step that will leave your lips feeling soft and supple, rather than chapped from the sun.
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