Ahhhh, summer. The season of sun-kissed adventures, beach outings, and al fresco dining. As much as we enjoy the idyllic summer weather, adopting the right skincare regimen is essential. The combination of increased UV exposure, sweat, and heat can take a toll if we're not mindful. So, we turned to our dedicated team of skincare pros to bring you the top 10 ways to optimize your summer skincare. Featuring an array of IMAGE products to support and protect your warm weather glow.
1. Double Cleanse for a Fresh Canvas
In the summer, our skin is exposed to sweat, excess oil, and environmental pollutants, which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Double cleansing is key to ensuring your skin is primed and ready to receive the benefits of your favorite skincare products.
When it comes to keeping skin super clean in the sticky summer months, start with something gentle, like our ORMEDIC® balancing facial cleanser. It effectively removes dirt, impurities, and makeup while maintaining the skin's natural balance. Follow up with the Ageless total facial cleanser, which contains glycolic acid to exfoliate and reveal a brighter complexion, while also moisturizing at the same time. Double cleansing not only removes dirt and debris but also allows the skin to absorb subsequent products more effectively.
2. Shield Your Skin with Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen
Chances are you won’t be lounging poolside or at the beach all day every day (but if you are, we envy you) however, that doesn’t mean you should ever (and we mean, EVER) forgo the sunscreen. By now you know the cornerstone of every skincare regimen is high-quality, broad-spectrum SPF. It’s your first line of defense against harmful UVA and UVB rays, premature aging and skin cancer. The good news is, our PREVENTION+ collection offers a wide array of sun care products to suit every need. When it comes to texture, tint, coverage or skincare solution—we have your sunscreen.
For summer specifically, our estheticians’ top choice for broad-spectrum protection and a no-makeup look is our PREVENTION+ daily tinted moisturizer SPF 30. It offers pure mineral protection against UVA and UVB rays, while delivering a hint of color that evens out skin tone. The antioxidant blend shields against environmental stressors that cause dryness, discoloration and other signs of premature aging.
3. Climate Control Your Skincare
In warmer climes, our IMAGE Skincare pros recommend keeping it light. When it comes to staying cool, our VITAL C hydrating facial mist refreshes on-demand, leaving skin with a soft, dewy finish. It primes the skin before makeup, locking in hydration and offering tired skin an instant pick-me-up.
As the weather heats up and the air feels thicker, our pros suggest switching out your cool weather serum for something less emollient. Our ORMEDIC® balancing antioxidant serum is an excellent choice for its gentle formula and balancing properties. Featuring organic aloe vera, vitamin C and botanical extracts to moisturize, soothe and brighten all skin types.
4. Ready for Takeoff
Ensure beautiful skin wherever you roam with our convenient travel-size skincare kits and minis. If we had to choose just one set, our 5-Star Favorites—featuring our bestselling serum, facial cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen—would be the go-everywhere winner.
This essential IMAGE kit features all the favorites in carry-on approved sizes: The ORMEDIC® balancing facial cleanser, VITAL C hydrating anti-aging serum, the VITAL C hydrating repair crème and PREVENTION+® daily matte moisturizer SPF 30 to keep you glowing and protected 24-7.
5. Stay Fresh on the Go
Traveling or out and about, cleansing towelettes are your beauty BFF. Formulated with superfruits, cucumber, aloe vera and coffee extract, IMAGE I BEAUTY refreshing facial wipes are ideal for sweeping away the day's impurities, grime and makeup. With a few gentle sweeps, sweaty summer skin will feel instantly soothed and invigorated.
Post workout or whenever skin calls for a refresh, our VITAL C hydrating facial mist is a luxe little treat. This moisturizing mist provides hydration on-demand, leaving skin with a soft, dewy finish. Vitamin C and gold sub-microparticles help shield the skin against environmental stressors. The energizing formula features a mood-boosting citrus scent that invigorates skin with every spritz.
6. Exfoliate for a Summer Glow
Naturally, we expose more skin in the summer, which calls for a body lotion that keeps skin soft and supple. For a dose of exfoliation and hydration, our BODY SPA rejuvenating body lotion does double duty to reveal skin radiance. The non-abrasive formula features glycolic acid to gently exfoliate skin, while macadamia seed oil and shea butter protect the skin's moisture barrier. This multi-benefit moisturizer is anything but your basic body lotion.
The benefits of body lotion go hand in hand with gentle exfoliation—especially when it comes to those rough patches on the elbows, legs and feet. Our pros recommend the ILUMA® intense brightening exfoliating powder to keep skin ‘polished.’ The unique powder-to-foam exfoliator combines botanical extracts and enzymes to gently buff away dullness and brighten skin. It also helps minimize the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone.
7. Less-is-More Serum
Hot temperatures and high humidity can cause skin to produce more oil—but that doesn’t mean you should forgo the moisturizer. On the contrary, maintaining adequate hydration is crucial for all skin types in all seasons. Opting for lighter weight serums and moisturizers will ensure your skin stays nourished without feeling greasy.
Loved by skincare professionals and enthusiasts, our VITAL C hydrating anti-aging serum is a summer skincare regimen staple. Packed with a powerful blend of vitamins A, C, and E, it nourishes the skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and boosts hydration levels instantly. The lightweight texture makes it suitable for daily use, delivering radiant results whatever the weather.
8. Soothe with Sheet Masks:
Craving a spa quickie? Sheet masks to the rescue. Not only do they fast track a beautiful glow, but they also feel amazing on the face after a hot day outdoors. Pro tip: Store them in the refrigerator for an indulgent, cooling-meets-cleansing experience.
After long days in the sun (shielded by broad spectrum sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat) your skin deserves extra TLC, otherwise known as the I MASK hydrating hydrogel sheet masks. These convenient sheet masks are a fantastic way to replenish moisture, soothe irritation, and revitalize tired skin. Infused with soothing botanicals and peptides, each mask delivers a surge of moisture, leaving skin plump, radiant, and refreshed. Bonus? They also work to reduce inflammation and promote a more even-toned complexion.
9. Show Lips Extra Love:
Often overlooked, the delicate skin on our lips is highly susceptible to dehydration—especially in the sun. Make sure to nourish them with a moisturizing balm or long-lasting gloss. Our ORMEDIC balancing lip enhancement complex works wonders for this purpose and has developed a cult following for good reason. The soothing lip treatment features a polypeptide complex to support the look of fuller lips, delivering an enduring surge of moisture that lasts for hours. Wear it alone for a naturally plump pout, or layer over lip stain for a boost of shine.
10. Stay Hydrated from Within:
Maintaining healthy, radiant skin goes beyond topical skincare. In summer, it's essential to stay hydrated to flush out toxins, keep skin supple and enhance its natural glow. Taking this a step further, YANA™ daily collagen shots offer an effective way to stay hydrated and healthy. Packed with a powerful blend of peptides, antioxidants, and vitamins, YANA™ works to promote optimal skin hydration from the inside out.
By replenishing your body with essential nutrients, YANA™ also enhances skin elasticity, improves moisture retention, and promotes a healthy glow. The convenient daily shots deliver a boost of moisture that goes beyond surface skincare to achieve that coveted, lit-from-within glow.
When it comes to summer skincare, adjusting your regimen for the warmer weather is a must. Keeping your skin healthy in the heat involves some strategy—the key is choosing the right products and textures that sink easily into skin, without clogging pores or throwing skin off balance. Dutifully applying sunscreen (indoors and out) is just the beginning. Thoroughly cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing are perennial mainstays. Staying hydrated internally as well as topically is also key. Last but not least, don’t forget the sheet masks—consider them summer skin saviors. The good news is, IMAGE has a solution for every season of skincare, so you can maintain your beautiful glow 24-7, all year long.