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Best Skincare Products for Summer

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 11, 2020
Best Skincare Products for Summer

It's time to start your seasonal skin care routine

Summer is one of our favorite seasons, and it’s not just because it’s an excuse to buy more skincare products. Though that definitely helps. As seasons change, it’s important to switch up your skin care routine with all the lightweight moisturizers, brightening serums, and gentle cleansers that will keep your skin in great shape all season.

The heat and humidity can be tough on your skin, even while staying inside, and you want to treat it with kindness to achieve that dewy, radiant glow that summer is all about. Or maybe you’re more of a matte person? No worries, there’s a moisturizer for that.

Read on to find a few of our favorite skincare products that every skin type needs to try this summer.

Dry Skin

Glowy Makeup Serum by Laneige, $32

Glowy Makeup Serum by Laneige
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A dewy glow and major hydration are two key players in any summer skincare routine, and the Glowy Makeup Serum by Laneige can do both. This K-beauty staple is formulated to lock in moisture, make your skin glow, and keep makeup fresh through warm summer days - all while feeling incredibly lightweight and smoothing on your skin. Dry skin, in particular… as Glowy Makeup Serum contains Ceramide Hydration Gel to balance the oil levels in the skin and provide just the right amount of moisture, as too much can make even the most dry skin irritated in the summer. Apply this serum for a boost of brightness and beauty in your summer skin care routine.

Hydrating Facial Cleanser by CeraVe, $11

Hydrating Facial Cleanser by CeraVe
Source: CeraVe

While this face wash may not come in gorgeous glass packaging or be added to your #shelfie anytime soon, you should never judge a skin care product by its bottle. Anybody with dry skin knows that their favorite skin care products include the words “hydration” or “moisture,” and the Hydrating Facial Cleanser is packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to retain moisture and keep skin feeling soft while protecting against environmental factors. Like you know, the summer heat and humidity that can be a major source of pain on your complexion. Cleansing daily is a necessary step in your skin care routine, especially in the summer, and you need one that isn’t too rough on your skin as it removes junk... this product is the real MVP when it comes to hydrating even the most dry skin.

Hydro Boost Gel-Cream by Neutrogena, $24

Hydro Boost Gel-Cream by Neutrogena
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Even the name of this skin care product sounds like a summer skincare dream, because it is. Gel is the ideal texture for your seasonal moisturizer and water makes everything better. Everything. Geared towards extra dry skin, this moisturizer has a gel texture that feels extremely calming and smooth on your skin, while using hyaluronic acid and olive extract to provide a huge boost of 48-hour hydration. Hydro Boost Gel-Cream is refreshing, radiant, and ready to help your skin feel healthy and hydrated all summer.

Oily Skin

Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask by Clinique, $25

Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask by Clinique
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When a skin care product contains clay, you know some serious complexion perfection is about to happen. Acne Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask is ideal for oily-skinned individuals who also deal with major breakouts, especially in the summer when changes in weather start irritating your skin. This mask contains salicylic acid and acetyl glucosamine to clear the dead skin cells that cause clogged pores, making it a mini exfoliator, in addition to kaolin clay to deep clean your pores and remove excess oil. It’s the 5-minute face mask you need in your skin care routine for a clearer, more hydrated complexion… though we definitely still want you to apply a few sheet masks this summer. It’s seasonal self-care, okay?

GinZing Oil-Free Energy Boosting Gel Moisturizer by Origins, $30

GinZing Oil-Free Energy Boosting Gel Moisturizer by Origins
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Caffeine isn’t just the key to helping you wake up for work on summer mornings, it’s also the top ingredient in your new favorite summer skin care product. This oil-free moisturizer by Origins is specially formulated for those with oily, acne-prone skin, with caffeine and ginseng to clear oil and breakouts while tightening your complexion. This leaves a natural matte complexion that won’t emphasize large pores or excess oil. It also contains Hydra-Hug™ Technology to lock in moisture for 72 hours (yes, really!) of hydration. Many are under the false impression that oily skin doesn’t need more moisture, but this couldn’t be less true… especially in the summer. Without hydration, your oily skin would become dehydrated and overcompensate by producing even more oil. Ew. That’s why you need this product in your summer skin care routine to balance the oil and create a mattifying, yet radiant complexion.

CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 by IT Cosmetics, $39

CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 by IT Cosmetics
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This cult favorite is a foundation, sunscreen, and moisturizer in one innovative tube, with top ratings on MIRA BEAUTY and countless beauty enthusiasts expressing their love for CC+ Cream. While all skin types love this product, it’s an essential for those with oily skin, especially in the summer. Why? The poreless, natural-looking matte finish will banish oil while blurring imperfections like blemishes and large pores, all the things that always seem to come out in the summer. This creates a naturally radiant glow that isn’t caused by excess shine, as CC+ Cream is infused with colloidal clay to absorb excess oil and tea tree extract to reduce blemishes. Protect your oily skin while helping it glow in the good way, all summer long!

Combination Skin

Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser by Ole Henriksen, $26

Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser by Ole Henriksen
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Planning a summer skin care routine for your combination skin is all about finding your balance, and this gel moisturizer is here to help you all season. Your skin is likely unpredictable during summer, with the excess sweating irritating the more oily parts and causing breakouts, while the dry areas are even more patchy due to the weather changes. Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser is formulated with Green Fusion Complex™, which deep cleans your face and unclogs pores to reveal your most radiant summer glow, without looking too oily. A combination skin must-have to keep skin in check all season.

Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic by REN, $38

Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic by REN
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Fun fact: your skin begins to naturally exfoliate itself and radiate from the inside out at pH of 3.5 to 4, and that’s precisely where this product will take you. Ready Steady Glow contains lactic acid and willow bark extract to reach the ideal PH to naturally brighten and even out your complexion, while staying gentle on your combination skin to prevent further dryness or breakouts. This is especially helpful in the summer, when the weather can be even more moody than your combination skin. Take this toner with you on beach getaways or just use it while chilling out at home to glow in your summer selfies.

Good Morning Honey Silk Facial Serum by Hey Honey, $50

Good Morning Honey Silk Facial Serum by Hey Honey
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Our community reviews can’t stop talking about this serum, and how it truly is the ideal summer skin care product for combination skin. One writes, "I have combination skin, and this works well in both the summer when I'm oily and the winter when my skin is dry." Others call it a “miracle” or “holy grail.” Basically, it’s everything you could want in your skin care routine this season. This skin serum contains a cocktail of honey extract, hyaluronic acid, and silk amino acids to give skin a natural boost of radiance in all the right places, improving texture and complexion without clogging pores in the process.

Sensitive Skin

Time Freezing Mask by Laneige, $37

Time Freeze Sleeping Mask by Laneige
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Overnight masks are your friends, this summer and always. These skin care products give your skin a little extra TLC, while gently exfoliating throughout the night to remove dead skin cells and let you wake up with a boost of radiance. Time Freeze Sleeping Mask contains natural ingredients like peptide water to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and keep your complexion healthy and hydrated, without the irritation. Get ready to wake up and start your day feeling more fresh than ever after a few nights with this mask.

Gentle Skin Cleanser by Cetaphil, $38

Gentle Skin Cleanser by Cetaphil
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Cetaphil is a name you may have heard before, because their skin care products are seriously the best for all skin types. Especially sensitive skin, which needs the right cleanser that won’t dry out or irritate their skin this summer. This cleanser is simple, but powerful, using a non-alkaline, non-comedogenic formula that keeps sensitive skin in mind to keep you glowing and gorgeous all summer.

Rose Hydrating Gel Moisturizer by Fresh, $40

Rose Hydrating Gel Moisturizer by Fresh
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Gel moisturizers are already the best option for your summer skin care routine, as they feel much more lightweight and refreshing. But this one by Fresh takes it to a new level, as the pleasant rose-scented formula is quickly absorbed into the skin and feels soothing on your face - giving you all the skin benefits without the heaviness of a typical moisturizer. Wear it alone for 24-hour hydration, or under your makeup for a matte finish that even the summer heat can’t touch.

Mature Skin

Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator by Clinique, $53

Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator by Clinique
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Every skin type needs lots of moisture to reach their most beautiful complexion, but this one is especially magical for mature skin this summer. The oil-free gel and cream hybrid plumps the skin with 24 hours of hydration, repairing the skin’s moisture barrier while helping to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. If you plan on making a splash with your skin care routine this summer, start with this cult favorite moisturizer.

Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Serum by herbivore botanicals, $54

Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Serum by herbivore botanicals
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If you know a thing or two about retinol, you know that when it’s good… it’s really good. However, too much of this substance can be damaging and drying to your skin. There’s no better retinol alternative than bakuchiol - a gentle, all-natural ingredient derived from the psoralea corylifolia plant. It’s said to have all the wrinkle-reducing and skin-glowing power that retinol does, without the pesky side effects. This water-based serum is as gentle as it gets, made with natural botanicals such as babchi, turmeric, basil and eggplant extracts. Apply this summer for a burst of beauty, and bakuchiol!

SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover by Garnier, $9

SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover by Garnier
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Yes, water is a skin care product, and actually a really good one. Mature skin means cleansing your face every single night this summer to remove the last traces of makeup, dirt, and oil… and micellar cleansing water will help you do just that in the most gentle way. This one by Garnier contains small particles called micelles to reach deep into the skin and remove impurities, helping your mature skin look and feel better all summer.

Find face masks, toners, moisturizers and all the seasonal skin care essentials on MIRA.