Lighten makeup and layer sunscreen
Just like you swap wool and cashmere for breezy cotton and linen in your wardrobe, your makeup should lighten up with the weather. “I don’t like the heavy feel of foundation on top of sunscreen in the summer,” says Papri Sarkar, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Brookline, Massachusetts. “But I think everyone should wear two layers of sunscreen—we never put on enough with the first layer.” Her strategy is to wear lightweight layers of sun protection—to put on her SPF, then follow up with a tinted moisturizer containing physical sunscreen. She likes Alastin Hydratint. “It somehow matches every skin tone, blends seamlessly and has a bit of shimmer to add radiance.” Here are more ways to add radiance to summer skin.
Supplement your SPF
“As I tell my patients, sunscreen alone doesn’t fully protect your skin from sun damage,” says Whitney Bowe, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and the author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin. In addition to wearing traditional topical SPF, Dr. Bowe takes Heliocare, an antioxidant supplement that helps the body repair the damage done by UV rays. “I encourage my patients to take a 360-approach to sun protection, starting from the inside out,” Dr. Bowe says. “Heliocare is meant to be used as a supplement to your sunscreen not a replacement and is one extra layer of protection against premature signs of aging, including brown spots and skin cancer.”