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Protect and moisturize

Published May 17, 2023  •  4 minute read

Beauty and skincare essentials to take you into the warmer months.
Beauty and skincare essentials to take you into the warmer months. Photo by Getty Images

As the sun shines brighter, longer and hotter, it’s important that we adjust our skin care routines to meet the demands of the warmer weather. The transition from our cold and dry winters to the hot and humid summers can significantly impact our skin, making it more vulnerable to sun damage, dehydration and breakouts.

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It’s essential to re-evaluate our skin care regimen and make necessary changes to keep our skin healthy and glowing throughout the warmer months. With the right products and a few simple tweaks, you can ensure that your skin stays protected and nourished, no matter the weather. 

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Check out the list below for our favourite beauty and skin care essentials as we transition into warmer weather.

Aveeno Protect & Hydrate Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 50

Aveeno sun protect SPF 50.
Aveeno sun protect SPF 50. Photo by Amazon

This Aveeno sunscreen is ready to hydrate and protect your skin all at once. Aveeno is a dermatologist-recommended sunscreen (learn more about sunscreen from a top Canadian dermatologist). Apply 15 minutes before heading out into the sun and though it is sweat and water-resistant, remember to reapply after 80 minutes.

Face sunscreen: Aveeno Sun Protect

Aveeno sun protect.
Aveeno sun protect. Photo by Amazon

Dermatologists and pores both love Aveeno’s face sunscreen. The face-specific formulation won’t clog your pores and is both sweat and water-resistant.

Lightweight moisturizer: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. Photo by Amazon

In warmer weather, heavy creams can feel suffocating on the skin. Opt for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that will provide hydration without weighing you down. This Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream offers a hydrating and non-comedogenic formula, which is perfect for warmer weather. The gel-cream product absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving it feeling soft, refreshed, and hydrated.

Face mist: Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Beauty Elixir
Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Photo by Sephora

A refreshing face mist is a great way to cool down the skin on hot days. Providing a quick burst of hydration, Caudalie Beauty Elixir is a cult-favourite face mist that contains grape, rosemary and peppermint extracts. Bonus: it also works as a makeup setting spray.

Exfoliating scrub: St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub

St Ives Fresh Skin Scrub Apricot
St Ives Fresh Skin Scrub Apricot. Photo by Amazon

Sweating and increased oil production can lead to clogged pores and breakouts in the warmer months. Use an exfoliating scrub once or twice a week to scrub away dead skin cells and keep your skin smooth and clear. The St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub is a gentle — and affordable — option that effectively removes dead skin cells, whilst unclogging pores. Leveraging natural exfoliants like walnut shell powder and apricot extract, the iconic scrub is not only good for your skin but better for the environment than the competitors who use plastic scrub beads in their formulas. 

Tinted moisturizers: BareMineralsnComplexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

bareMinerals COMPLEXION RESCUE
bareMinerals COMPLEXION RESCUE. Photo by Sephora

For a natural, dewy look, swap out your heavy foundation for a tinted moisturizer. It will even out your skin tone and provide light coverage without feeling heavy. This BareMinerals option is a fantastic warmer weather swap as its sheer and lightweight formula provides natural-looking coverage, as well as SPF 30 sun protection. The cream also contains hydrating ingredients like squalane and hyaluronic acid, which adds to its incredible feel on the skin.

Lip balm with SPF: Blistex Medicated Lip Balm SPF 15

Blistex Medicated Lip Balm
Blistex Medicated Lip Balm. Photo by Amazon

Do not forget to protect your lips from the sun! I repeat: do NOT forget to PROTECT your lips from the sun! In fact, I highly recommend using an SPF lip balm year-round to help keep your pout soft and hydrated while shielding it from harmful UV rays. One of our favourites is the Blistex Medicated Lip Balm which offers SPF 15. This medicated and moisturizing lip balm not only protects your lips from both UVA and UVB rays but it also smoothies and heals chapped lips. 

Vitamin C serum: The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%

The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%
The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%. Photo by Sephora

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help brighten and even out your skin tone. Using a powerful and highly concentrated serum like The Ordinary Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% in the morning in conjunction with sunscreen is the ideal morning routine. The addition of Alpha Arbutin also helps to further reduce the appearance of dark spots.

Lightweight eye cream: Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate

Kiehl's Since 1851 Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing & Dark Circle-Diminishing Vitamin C Eye Serum
Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing & Dark Circle-Diminishing Vitamin C Eye Serum. Photo by The Bay

Once again, we need to stress the importance of switching from heavy creams to lighter-weight formulas as we transition into the warmer months. Opting for a lightweight formula like this Keihl‘s concentrate can go a long way in keeping your skin looking its best. This potent product packs a powerful punch containing vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and caffeine, which hydrates, brightens and reduces the appearance of fine lines without feeling greasy on the skin. 

Body lotion: Nivea Soft

NIVEA Soft
NIVEA Soft. Photo by Amazon

Nivea Soft is one of those everyday products that we honestly do not want to live without. The light, non-greasy formula with Jojoba Oil and vitamin E provides effective and refreshing hydration, while absorbing quickly into the skin. It‘s great for all skin types — including those with sensitive skin — and can be used on the face, body, and hands. 

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