The old saying "less is more" gets a whole new meaning come summer, when we find ourselves shedding layers, opting for more minimal makeup, and embracing wash-and-go hair routines instead of living and dying by the blow-dryer. Why shouldn't the pared-down au naturel approach carry over to our skin-care routines, too?
Exchanging rich, creamy moisturizers for lightweight serums might just be your ticket to balanced summer skin. As dermatologist Doris Day, MD, explains, skin tends to be better able to hydrate itself naturally in the summer than in the winter, so your heavy, occlusive moisturizers can be just that: too heavy. And a product that's too heavy can actually have an adverse reaction on skin, clogging pores and leaving your face feeling greasy and uncomfortable.
So consider checking your heavy moisturizers into winter storage; your skin will thank you, especially if you tend to get oily or acne-prone when the weather's hot. Ahead, we asked the pros for their recommendations for the serums we should switch to this summer.
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Dr. Bucay says that this serum contains a potent combination of proven antioxidants that help neutralize harmful free radicals. Plus, it diminishes discoloration and evens the skin tone, for smoother, brighter, well-protected skin all season long.
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The blend of anti-aging ingredients in NeoStrata's serum helps volumize the skin, which Dr. Bucay says will create a smoother, more sculpted appearance.
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If your skin leans on the drier side and requires a little extra in the moisture department, Dr. Bucay says that this silky serum will do the trick without a greasy or heavy feel.
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Dr. Day says that, while this cult-favorite serum might not be particularly hydrating on its own, it works to complement the body's natural hydration levels to keep skin perfectly balanced. She suggests using it year-round for maximum results.