The Perfect 2023 Spring & Summer Skincare Routine

Spring has officially arrived, and summer isn’t far behind! As the days get warmer and the sun stays out longer, it’s essential to update your skincare regimen. Finding the perfect skincare routine can be a challenge. It’s hard to know which products to swap in/out, which formulas work best for the sun and water, and how to get that healthy, sunkissed glow that makes it look like you’re wearing makeup without layering foundation and bronzer on top of your skin. You can cross stressing over skincare off of your to-do list – we’ve got you covered. Here are our best tips, tricks, and products to create your perfect spring/summer skincare routine!

Why is Skincare in the Warmer Seasons Important?

Skincare should be a part of your daily morning and evening routines year round, but some might argue that it’s even more important in the warmer months. In the spring and summer you’re more likely to be outside soaking up the sun and being more exposed to the elements in general. Because of this, your skin needs more defenses against harmful UVA rays, harsh winds, and water. 

Having a strong daily skincare routine helps your skin barrier thrive so it can fight off signs of aging, like sunspots and wrinkles, as well as health issues such as skin cancer. Finding the right cleanser, moisturizer, and SPF will help you look younger and stay healthier, so you can look and feel great while enjoying your time outside!

What are the Essential Steps in a Skincare Routine?

The most basic skincare routine should contain at least one of the following products:

  • Moisturizer
  • Cleanser
  • Sunscreen/SPF

Using a daily skincare routine that includes sunscreen, moisturizer, and cleanser can help protect and maintain healthy skin. It’s recommended that you incorporate other products into your skincare routine too, such as serums and face masks. Our favorite go-to spring serum is the Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum from PCA Skin, perfect for restoring hydration to the skin before and after a fun day in the sun. As far as masks go, we love PCA Skin’s Revitalizing Papaya Mask, made to calm and rejuvenate your skin overnight. 

The Perfect Spring/Summer Moisturizer

Spring and summer weather can easily dry out your skin, especially if you spend a lot of time in the sun or in air-conditioned environments. A moisturizer is essential in keeping your skin hydrated and supple. Not only will a moisturizer protect your skin barrier, but it also helps create a great base for when you want to apply makeup for a night on the town. The HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator from SkinMedica provides long lasting, instant hydration that stays throughout the day, no matter which outdoor activities you’re participating in. It’s suitable for all skin types and helps the skin’s natural ability to retain moisture! It’s free of retinoids, which can make the skin more sensitive in the sun. It includes vitamin E and hyaluronic acid, made to restore moisturizer and fight off damage from free radicals!

Moisturizing your lips is just as important as the rest of your face. Normal chapstick doesn’t always cut it in the summer. To ensure hydrated, plump lips even on the driest summer days, opt for the Youthful Lip Replenisher from Revision Skincare. It hydrates, soothes, and actively defends against environmental stressors!

The Perfectly Powerful Cleanser

Spending time outdoors in the spring and summer months is healthy for maintaining good mental and physical health. It’s great to get out and enjoy warm weather activities like swimming, running, and playing sports. As overall beneficial as these activities are, exposure to the elements and sweating can cause build up that can cause breakouts and skin damage. To avoid blackheads and clogged pores, use a gentle, yet powerful cleanser before you go to bed! 

In the spring and summer months, it’s especially important to cleanse your skin regularly, as sweat, sunscreen, and other products are typically used in higher concentrations than in the winter. When choosing a cleanser, look for one that is gentle and doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils. Foaming cleansers can be harsh and drying, especially for those with dry or sensitive skin. Instead, opt for a cream or gel cleanser that is gentle and non-irritating. Our favorite summer cleanser is the Brightening Facial Wash from Revision Skincare. It naturally brightens the skin while restoring hydration and moisture.

Reef Safe, Long Lasting Sunscreen

Arguably the most important step of a spring and summer skincare routine is a strong SPF/sunscreen. SPF protects our skin from harmful UV rays that can cause skin damage, such as sunburns, premature aging, and certain forms of skin cancer. Sunscreen is essential year round (yes, even on cloudy days), but it plays an even more important role when the daily UV index is high. 

It’s best to purchase a sunscreen with an SPF higher than 30 so your skin will be protected on even the sunniest days of summer. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to catch a sunkissed tan while still wearing a powerful sunscreen! 

Our favorite facial sunscreen is the SkinMedica Total Defense and Repair Untinted SPF 34. This revolutionary superscreen goes beyond UV protection to defend against harmful infrared rays while supporting the skin’s ability to restore itself. It’s appropriate for all skin types, oil-free, and fragrance free. Our go-to body SPF is the Active Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30 by PCA Skin. Its reef safe formula protects the planet and your skin! Specially formulated for protection at the beach, this water-resistant SPF is perfect for an active lifestyle. Additional active ingredients help protect skin from aging pollutants and other environmental stressors.

Don’t forget about body skincare! Sand is a natural exfoliator, but it can dry out your skin and leave it feeling dehydrated and irritated. We recommend the Honeysuckle and Grapefruit body lotion, so you can slip into bed after a long day at the beach with smooth, supple, hydrated skin.

The Men’s Box

If you want to purchase a full skincare routine that gets delivered right to your door when you need it most, check out our Men’s Box! This box contains a gentle moisturizer, sunscreen, and cleanser, so you’ll be set for all of spring and summer. The Men’s Box includes:

  • Facial Cleanser (SkinMedica)
  • Rejuvenative Moisturizer (SkinMedica)
  • SkinMedica Essential Defense Everyday Clear™ Broad Spectrum SPF 47 Sunscreen
  • Urban You Tote Bag
  • Urban You for Me Water Bottle

Men's Skincare Box


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