Summer skin SOS: Conquering the combination-dry skin beast with a 5-step skincare routine (because sweating like a glow stick isn’t cute).

Let’s face it (pun intended), summer can be a confusing time for our skin. The sun beats down like a spotlight revealing every dry patch we thought we’d hidden away. Meanwhile, our T-zone transforms into an oil slick rivaling a Formula One pit crew. Fear not, fellow combination-dry warriors, this 5-step routine is your summer skincare knight in shining armor.

Why is a Routine Important?

Think of your skin like a garden. You wouldn’t just dump a bag of fertilizer on it and expect roses to bloom, right? A consistent routine is like giving your skin exactly what it needs, when it needs it. Just like consistent watering keeps roses happy, consistent cleansing, hydrating, and protecting keeps your skin balanced and glowing.

The Daytime Defense Squad

  1. Cleanse (The Ordinary or Summer Fridays): Start with a gentle cleanser. The Ordinary’s Squalane Cleanser is a fan-favorite for dry skin, while Summer Fridays’ Super Amino Gel Cleanser is a great option for combination skin,balancing oil and removing impurities.
  2. Hydrate (Drunk Elephant or Clinique): Dry patches? Enter the hero – hyaluronic acid! Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum is packed with it, plumping up your skin and leaving it feeling dewy. For a more budget-friendly option, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is a classic that hydrates without clogging pores.
  3. Sunscreen (Supergoop): This is the non-negotiable. Sun damage is a major cause of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, so shield your skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen is a lightweight, oil-free dream that feels like nothing on your skin.

The Nighttime Nourishment Crew

  1. Exfoliate (The Ordinary): While you don’t need to scrub your face raw, gentle exfoliation 2-3 times a week helps remove dead skin cells and keeps your pores clear. The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid 10% + HA is a great option for both dry and combination skin, as lactic acid is known to be gentler than other exfoliating acids.
  2. Moisturize (Summer Fridays or Drunk Elephant): Nighttime is prime restoration time for your skin. Up the moisture ante with a richer cream. Summer Fridays’ Cloud Dew is a luxurious option for dry skin, while Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum is a great choice for combination skin, as it helps with both hydration and cell turnover.

Remember, consistency is key

Sticking to this routine morning and night will make a world of difference in your skin’s health and appearance. So, ditch the stress sweat and embrace a summer of glowing, balanced skin!

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