Cool & Calm: Summer Skincare Routine

Sara Anderson

Global Brand Storytelling

4 min read

Skincare Education

Experience a radiant glow all summer long.

Fresh Kombucha Cleanser, Rose Face Mist, Rose Face Mask and Vitamin Nectar on blue background

Summer brings longer days, warmer weather, and plenty of sunshine. It's a season of bliss and relaxation that also calls for a shift in our skincare rituals. The environmental change can effect skin's balance, leading to challenges like excess oil, dehydration, or sun damage. To keep your skin glowing and protected, we recommend a skincare ritual tailored to the summer months. Here's how to create a daily ritual that keeps your skin radiant and refreshed.

Step 1: Cleanse

During summer, the combination of heat, humidity, and outdoor activities significantly increases the likelihood of sweat accumulating on the skin's surface. This can clog pores and lead to unwanted imperfections, making effective cleansing crucial in your summer skincare ritual.

It's particularly important to cleanse your face twice daily during summer months: once in the morning to remove oils that have built up overnight and again in the evening to clear away sunscreen, makeup, and any pollutants from the day. By keeping skin clean, you're not only preventing imperfections and dullness, but also ensuring subsequent skincare products work better.

For a cleanser that purifies and protects, reach for the Kombucha 2-in-1 No-Rinse Cleanser & Prebiotic Treatment. In one step, this no-rinse cleansing treatment traps and sweeps away pollutants, impurities, makeup, and sunscreen while feeding the microbiota (skin’s natural defense system) with prebiotic inulin to keep the skin balanced. Also powered by antioxidant kombucha, this formula improves clarity, refines the look of pores, and smoothes skin texture. Best part? Its no-rinse approach makes it easy for on-the-go activities or after a long day under the sun.

Step 2: Treat

After cleansing, it's time to replenish and treat the skin with an essence or serum. During summer, pick a formula rich in antioxidants—like Vitamin C or E—to protect against environmental stress. These antioxidants help your skin’s defense against environmental stressors that lead to signs of aging. Additionally, hyaluronic acid serums work wonders for hydration, attracting moisture into the skin and keeping it visibly plump and dewy throughout the day.

This step can be tailored to your specific skin concerns and goals. We recommend the Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Face Serum. This non-comedogenic serum allows the skin to breathe and thrive even in the most humid summer conditions. It is uniquely designed to boost the skin with essential vitamins C, E, and B5, alongside vital minerals and antioxidants. It’s clinically proven to improve 4 key dimensions of healthy-looking skin—brightness, smoothness, signs of tiredness & hydration—instantly & over time. 480,000+ microbubbles burst on the skin delivering nutrition with a light, fast-absorbing texture.

Step 3: Moisturize

The truth about summer moisturizing? You need it, even if your skin feels oilier than usual. Despite higher humidity levels, the intense summer heat and prolonged exposure to air conditioning can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to dehydration. When skin becomes dehydrated, it can feel tight and uncomfortable. Moisturizing helps to maintain skin's natural balance, ensuring it remains hydrated and more resilient against environmental stressors. To eliminate extra steps in your morning ritual, opt for a tinted moisturizer.

For dry skin, reach for the Vitamin Nectar Glow Moisturizer–a lightweight, multivitamin face cream that recharges and uplifts skin for an invigorated feel and healthy-looking glow. If you have oily or combination skin, choose our Rose Emulsion–a deeply hydrating, non-comedogenic formula that provides instant hydration, evens skin texture, minimizes the look of pores, and delivers a smooth finish.

Step 4: Hydrate

A hydrating mist is your ultimate summer essential—a multitasker that hydrates, refreshes, and sets makeup. It's perfect for those hot days when your skin needs a quick pick-me-up. Our top pick? Rose Pore-Minimizing Hydration Mist. With ingredients like rosewater and damask rose extract, this mist will leave your skin feeling cooled, refreshed, and dewy. Plus, it's portable and can be spritzed on at any time—whether you’re at the beach or out for drinks.

Step 5: Mask

Adding a cooling face mask as a final step in your skincare routine can offer long-lasting soothing for dehydrated skin during the hot summer months. Masks with ingredients like aloe vera and cucumber–known for their soothing properties–can visibly calm skin after a day in the sun.

Reach for Rose Face Mask at least once a week for a refreshing skin treatment. This visibly calming mask provides soothing hydration, plus, it can be put in the fridge for an extra cooling effect!

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Sara Anderson

Global Brand Storytelling

Written by Sara Anderson for Fresh. Sara is a NYC-based global marketer and beauty content strategist. Sara has 12+ years of experience conceptualizing and producing original content in beauty, fashion, music, and entertainment. Sara has created content for Fast Company, Us Weekly, Birchbox, and with her expertise most recently in the beauty space.