When the warm weather hits, you gladly trade your sweaters for tank tops, swap your boots for sandals, and strip the heavy comforter off your bed. One more thing you may want to change: your skincare routine.
If your face isn’t showing any signs of distress, no need to do anything, says Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. But if it’s excessively oily, acne- prone, or extra sun-sensitive this time of year, tweaking your usual regimen can help you score clear, glowing skin again. Try these five summer makeovers and prepare for everyone to ask what your beauty secret is.
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By now you’ve probably heard of the ever-popular BB cream, but this summer, it’s all about the CC, which stands for color correcting. In addition to lightweight makeup, hydration, and broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, these multitaskers also include skin tone-evening ingredients— essential if you tend to get brown spots from sun exposure. But while SPF 15 or 20 is okay for day-to-day wear, “if you’re going to be outdoors, you’ll need additional sunscreen,” Dr. Gerstner says. Layer a broad-spectrum formula with SPF 30 or higher underneath your CC cream.
Our pick: Olay CC Cream Total Effects Tone Correcting Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($24; olay.com), which comes in three shades.