While you prepare for travel, beach days, and summer Fridays, it's also important to work on transitioning your skincare routine. Clearly, SPF is vital during the warmer months, though it's not the only thing you need to complete your hydrating, protective, glow-inducing arsenal.
Because we take skincare very seriously (especially a summer skincare routine), we discussed all of our favorites and made a list of the offerings worth trying. Below, find Byrdie editors' chosen products for the coming summer and why they can't live without them.
Amy Lawrenson, Editorial Director of Byrdie UK
"I find during the hot and humid months in London, my skin can get quite clogged, so I tend to increase my exfoliation. I use Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Brightening & Exfoliating Daily Cleanser ($29) every morning and night. If my skin is particularly dull and clogged, I'll reach for Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic ($35). I then pat my face with NYDG Luminzing Skin Essence ($105). It's cooling, calming, and keeps it balanced. I am never not using serums, and in summer, I reach for ones boasting vitamin C (for antioxidant protection) and hyaluronic acid, and layer them up to keep skin supple and hydrated. (If you want specifics, Stacked Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum, $130, and Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate 12.5% Vitamin C, $62, are my top picks). Then I always apply a layer of SPF. Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart SPF 50 ($68) is my go-to. I keep a bottle of La Mer The Mist ($75) on my desk to keep my complexion hydrated throughout the day. This is our first summer in our office. It's an old townhouse with no air conditioning, and despite the big windows, it gets pretty hot!"
Shop her faves:Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Brightening & Exfoliating Daily Cleanser $29ShopRen Skincare Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic $35ShopNYDG Luminizing Skin Essence $105ShopStacked Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum $130ShopKiehl's 1851 Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate 12.5% Vitamin C $81ShopElizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Hydrating Shield $68ShopLa Mer The Mist $75Shop
Victoria Hoff, Wellness Editor
"A huge element of my summer skincare routine is that I majorly pare down my makeup-I don't like anything feeling heavy on my face during the hotter months, and I try to avoid clogging my pores as much as possible when I'm already prone to sweating. Plus, I like a fresher complexion during this time of year. I accomplish that with lots of face mist (I love May LindstromВ Jasmine Garden, $70), SPF, natch (TatchaВ Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen, $65, is unrivaled, in my opinion), and a lightweight but effective moisturizer, like Grown AlchemistВ Hydra-Repair Day CreamВ ($49). I'm also really loving Kypris's newВ Cerulean Mask ($210), which I leave on overnight to help soothe any inflammation-IВ alwaysВ wake up with the dewiest skin. And finally, exfoliation is so key this time of year, so I keep up with myВ derma-planing on a regular basis to help scrape away any dead skin cells, peach fuzz,В and grime."
Shop her faves:May Lindstrom Jasmine Garden $70ShopTatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen $65ShopGrown Alchemist Hydra-Repair Day Cream $49ShopKypris Cerulean Soothing Hydration Recovery Mask $210ShopDermaflash 2.0 Luxe Facial Exfoliation & Peach Fuzz Removal $189Shop
Faith Xue, Editorial Director
"My summer skin mantra is simple: the less, the better. I trade for my creamy cleansers and moisturizers for lighter gel versions to ensure my naturally oily skin doesn't get congested in the muggy NYC heat. Lately, I've been loving Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser ($34)-it gets my makeup off and leaves my skin feeling soft and clean. I follow with either a hyaluronic acid essence, like this Korean one that the girls from Glow Recipe gave me (it's made with five types of hyaluronic acid and does the most, in the best way possible) or Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 ($28) depending on the day. Then I use a brightening vitamin C serum, like Ole Henriksen Truth Serum ($48) or Sunday Riley CEO Serum ($85). At night, I finish with a light moisturizer like my favorite, Sisley Black Rose Cream ($162), or Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream ($265), and in the morning, I've been using Glow Recipe Watermelon Juice Moisturizer ($39) every single day. It's like a tall glass of water for my skin. Then, I'll finish with Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen ($65), which gives my skin a velvety, semi-matte finish."
Shop her faves:Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser $34ShopLeegeehaam Grow Hyal B5 Toner $30ShopOle Henriksen Truth Serum $48ShopSunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum $85ShopSisley Paris Black Rose Cream $162ShopGlow Recipe Watermelon Pink Juice Moisturizer $39Shop
Lindsey, Managing Editor
"Ever since RenГ©e Rouleau prescribed me my own bespoke skincare line targeted at repairing my lipid barrier and calming redness, I've been hooked. This happened somewhere around late this past winter, but thankfully the products are so lightweight, I can carry the whole regimen into the summer. To start, I cleanse with ultra-gentle Moisture Protecting Cleanser ($37), which even removed my four layers of mascara in one go. Then, I apply a few drops of Elderberry Soothing Toner ($34) onto a cotton pad and wipe along my face to nourish with antioxidants, plump the skin, and remove any leftover foundation. Next comes a few pumps of Redness Care Firming Serum ($45) to strengthen my skin and reduce redness for a younger, less irritated complexion. Finally, I apply a small amount of Phytolipid Comfort Creme ($63) to repair the barrier and calm inflammation. My skin hasn't looked this good in years, and I truly owe all of it to this product lineup."
Shop her faves:RenГ©e Rouleau Moisture Protecting Cleanser $37ShopRenГ©e Rouleau Elderberry Soothing Toner $34ShopRenГ©e Rouleau Redness Care Firming Serum $45ShopRenГ©e Rouleau Phytolipid Comfort Creme $63Shop
Amanda Montell, Features Editor
"I wouldn't get anywhere in the summer without MakeВ Succulent Skin GelВ ($25), RenГ©e RouleauВ Vitamin C & E TreatmentВ ($66), and this Japan-exclusive NiveaВ Water Gel SunscreenВ ($8) I picked up on a trip to Tokyo last month. I'm all about the lightweight, refreshing gel formulas in the sticky summer-anything to make my skin feel cool and hydrated and keep my pores unclogged. And sun protection is obviously more important than ever: The combination of antioxidants and SPF 50 is my defense against sun damage and burning."
Shop her faves:RenГ©e Rouleau Vitamin C&E Treatment $66ShopMAKE Beauty Succulent Skin Gel $25ShopNivea Japan Water Gel $12Shop
Hallie Gould, Senior Editor
"I don't change my skincare a ton during the summer, though I have been trying toВ take asВ persistent care of the skin on my body as I do my face. As such, I've incorporated a few new body-specific formulas-anВ AHA serum for a full-body exfoliation sans scrubbing;В anti-aging body creamВ infused withВ shea butter, olive oil, and vitamin C; and, my personal favorite,В monoi oil, a blend of refined coconut extract infused withВ Tahitian gardenia (it smells like vacation and works as a natural bug repellant).В
"For my face, I use Tata HarperВ Clarifying CleanserВ ($68), as it balances any added oil production and cools on contact. I follow up with Biologique RechercheВ Lotion P50 1970 ($67), a mainstay in my collection for its magical ability to clear, brighten, andВ retexturize my skin. And after a trip to Switzerland, I've fallen in love with La PrairieВ Essence of Skin Caviar Eye ComplexВ ($170). It's much lighter than my other eye treatments, which makes it perfect summer, as it feels like more like a caviar-infused gel-essence hybrid than a balm or cream. It rapidly penetrates the delicate skin around my eyes and works to hydrate, energize, brighten, and melt away those chronic signs of fatigue."
Shop her faves:Ren Skincare AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum $42ShopDr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream $105ShopNars Monoi Body Glow II $59ShopTata Harper Clarifying Cleanser $68ShopBiologique Recherche Lotion P50 1970 $67ShopLa Prairie Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex $170Shop
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