Essential Summer Skincare Tips: How to Keep Your Skin Healthy and Glowing

The unofficial start to summer is here! As the sun blazes and temperatures soar, your skincare routine needs a seasonal adjustment to keep your skin healthy, glowing, and protected. Summer's heat and humidity can lead to a host of skin issues, from increased oil production to heightened sensitivity and sunburn. Here are some of our top tips for keeping your skin healthy and glowing this season.

1. Prioritize Sun Protection

The most crucial aspect of summer skincare is shielding your skin from harmful UV rays. Prolonged sun exposure can lead to premature aging, hyperpigmentation, and increase the risk of skin cancer. Here's how to effectively protect your skin:

Choose the Right Sunscreen

Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. SILC SHEER 2.0 SPF 40 offers superior protection while blending seamlessly into the skin, providing a sheer finish that's perfect for daily use.

Apply Generously and Reapply

Apply sunscreen generously 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every two hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating. Don't forget often-missed areas like your ears, neck, and the tops of your feet.

Wear Protective Clothing

Enhance your sun protection with UPF-rated clothing, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses. Seeking shade during peak UV hours can also significantly reduce your sun exposure.

2. Stay Hydrated Inside and Out

Hydration is key to maintaining plump, healthy skin, especially in the summer when heat and sun can deplete your skin's moisture levels.

Drink Plenty of Water

Ensure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.

Use a Lightweight Moisturizer

Switch to a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer that won't clog your pores. Daily Moisture is a perfect choice, offering deep hydration without a greasy feel, ideal for summer use.

Incorporate Hydrating Serums

Serums with hyaluronic acid can provide an extra hydration boost. Apply Advanced HA under your moisturizer for an added layer of moisture retention.

3. Manage Oil and Shine

Summer heat can ramp up oil production, leading to shine and clogged pores. Managing oil is crucial to maintaining a clear complexion.

Use a Gentle Cleanser

Start with a gentle cleanser to remove excess oil and impurities without stripping your skin. Herbal Wash effectively cleanses while maintaining your skin's natural balance.

Exfoliate Regularly

Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores. Use a gentle exfoliator like our Serious Microderm Scrub once or twice a week to keep your skin smooth and clear.

Opt for Oil-Free Products

Choose oil-free, non-comedogenic makeup and skincare products to minimize excess oil and prevent breakouts.

4. Repair and Soothe Sun-Damaged Skin

Despite your best efforts, sun damage can still occur. Repairing and soothing your skin is essential to maintaining its health.

Use DNA Repair Enzymes

DNA repair enzymes can help reverse sun damage at a cellular level. DNA Total Repair targets and repairs UV-induced damage, promoting healthier skin.

Apply Soothing Ingredients

Ingredients like GHK-Cu calm and soothe sunburned skin. One of our favorites for easing sunburn discomfort is Pure Copper Mask. 

Cool Down with a Hydrating Mist

A hydrating mist can provide immediate relief and hydration to overheated skin. Keep Cu3 Recovery Spray in your bag for on-the-go hydration and soothing.

5. Adapt Your Skincare Routine

Summer calls for a tweak in your skincare routine to accommodate the changing needs of your skin.

Lighten Up Your Routine

Switch to lighter, gel-based products that won't feel heavy on your skin. Power Defense improves the overall appearance of skin and minimizes the look of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Avoid Heavy Makeup

Heavy makeup can clog pores and lead to breakouts in the summer heat. Opt for a tinted moisturizer like our Silc Sheer 2.0 for a lighter, more breathable option. Even Make Up Artists agree! 

Include Antioxidants

Antioxidants can help protect your skin from environmental damage. Incorporate a vitamin C serum, like C 20+, into your routine to brighten and protect your skin.

6. Address Specific Summer Skin Concerns

Summer can exacerbate certain skin conditions, requiring targeted treatments.


Increased sun exposure can worsen hyperpigmentation. Use brightening products containing ingredients like vitamin C and UDP (as seen in our Serious Clarity 4x) to even out your skin tone.

Acne and Breakouts

Heat and humidity can lead to more frequent breakouts. Our travel ready 5-Second Daily Peel Pad is the perfect option to keep handy and can be used on the entire body. 


For those with rosacea, summer can be particularly challenging. Avoid triggers like heat and sun exposure, and use gentle, soothing products to calm your skin like our Ultimate Redness Relief that was recently given a Seal of Approval from the National Rosacea Society. 

Summer is a time for fun in the sun, but it also requires diligent skincare to keep your skin healthy, radiant, and protected. By prioritizing sun protection, staying hydrated, managing oil, repairing sun damage, and adapting your skincare routine, you can enjoy the season with confidence. NEOVA SmartSkincare offers a range of products formulated to address the unique challenges of summer skincare, helping you maintain a glowing complexion all season long.