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 ($80) 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!"
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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 Lindstrom Jasmine Garden, $70), SPF, natch (Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen, $65, is unrivaled, in my opinion), and a lightweight but effective moisturizer, like Grown Alchemist Hydra-Repair Day Cream ($49). I'm also really loving Kypris's new Cerulean Mask ($210), which I leave on overnight to help soothe any inflammation—I always wake up with the dewiest skin. And finally, exfoliation is so key this time of year, so I keep up with my derma-planing on a regular basis to help scrape away any dead skin cells, peach fuzz, and grime."