Ah, summer! When the warm weather comes our way, we love spending time outdoors, whether soaking up the sea breezes at the beach or relaxing in our own backyards. But it isn’t just our favorite pastimes that change with the season — our skincare routine changes in the summertime, too. And so should yours!
We love the summer sun, but we all know by now how important it is to protect ourselves from its rays. (Right?) The problem is, sunscreens — and makeup containing sunscreen — can be hard to remove, leaving skin feeling less-than-fresh, and possibly even leading to clogged pores, greasiness, or breakouts.
Grease, Be Gone!
As an #OLOfan, you probably already know how much we love double cleansing, but it’s even more important in the summer. Make sure you are double cleansing every evening to remove all types of sunscreens, leaving skin fresh and free from oily buildup. Cleansing twice ensures you’ve removed not only the products from the surface of your skin but also oil, dead skin, and impurities from your pores. We love our Botanical B Cleansing Oil or Botanical B Cleansing Oil Solid as the first step in our evening routine to remove makeup and sunscreen — and their signature vacation in a bottle pineapple and citrus aroma transports us to a tropical getaway, even when we can’t leave home.
With sunscreen, makeup, and oils removed, it’s time for your second cleanse. This summer, try supercharging your skincare routine with our Botanical A Facial Cleanser, which whisks away dirt and other buildup, keeping pores clean without stripping the skin. Its blend of AHAs and BHAs — including lactic acid and salicylic acid — are designed to promote a smooth and luminous complexion, scrubbing away surface congestion and deeply cleansing pores at the same time, but are gentle enough for daily use.
In the mood for a little extra love? Summer is the perfect time to use a skin-cleansing tool like our heart-shaped Cleansing Sponge for some gentle, yet serious, deep cleaning.
In the warm summer months, heavy skincare can be downright uncomfortable, like wearing a wool sweater to the beach. Still, all that time in the summer sun and heat can leave skin feeling dry and tender. That’s why we love following our double cleanse with a refreshing spritz of Botanical D Moisture Mist to keep our summer skin looking fresh. It’s a weightless, simple — and frankly, fun! — step to supercharge your entire skincare routine, moisturizing and toning at once to prep and hydrate the skin so your favorite facial oil, serum, sunscreen, or moisturizer can go on smoothly and perform at its best.
OLO tip: Try storing your Botanical D Moisture Mist in the fridge for an extra-refreshing, cooling treat!
What’s more summery than watermelon? (Nothing, obviously.)
To prevent dry and flaky skin without heavy creams, we love our Botanical E Youth Preservation Serum. A luxuriously lightweight facial oil is the perfect way to replenish the skin’s moisture, and its combination of green tea, watermelon, and aloe is balancing and easily absorbed. We think it’s the epitome of summer freshness!
This unique formula, which combines innovative plant cell technology with a blend of fruit and seed oils, goes on smooth, not slick. Applied to damp skin (thanks, Botanical D Moisture Mist!), it helps to seal in moisture, helping to keep skin even more hydrated and smooth while working to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to preserve a youthful appearance. You may find you don’t even need another moisturizer, especially when the heat has you craving a lighter, simpler routine. Because it is tested as safe to wear during the day, it’s the perfect choice for summer.
No summer skincare routine would be complete without including an SPF. Even if you don’t expect to be outside for very long, protecting your skin is crucial, especially during these summer months. Sunscreen application (and re-application) shouldn’t just be for beach days!
Suzanne’s favorite SPF picks are Kari Gran’s Essential SPF and Babo Botanicals Tinted Facial Mineral Sunscreen, but whatever you choose, be sure to use SPF 30 or higher daily and re-apply often throughout the day, since SPF wears off over time or with contact with water or sweat.
Summer skincare doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective — or fun! A few updates to your routine can go a long way toward a glowing, smooth complexion that looks and feels beautiful, even in the summer heat.