Summer Skin Secrets

Kate Somerville shares skincare tips for this hot, sandy season

Articles // Kathryn Romeyn // 06/25/14
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Kate Somerville

With her ahead-of-the-curve eponymous beauty line a favorite from Sephora to QVC and a slew of celebrities constantly stopping by her Los Angeles clinic for complexion-changing treatments, Kate Somerville is someone we trust blindly with our faces. We asked the superstar some burning questions on summer skincare.

First of all, what is the most surprising skin concern we should think about in the summer?

Dehydration. Although skin tends to be more oily during the summer, if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors, live in a dry climate and don’t properly hydrate, your skin will feel dry and tight. Incorporate light serums with hyaluronic acid, like my DermalQuench Liquid Lift Advanced Wrinkle Treatment. You will also need to internally hydrate by drinking water and eating water-rich fruits and vegetables.

What other types of products are important to add to our routine this time of year?

Summer is all about antioxidant protection from free radical damage. Incorporate a vitamin C serum, like my Mega-C Dual Radiance Serum into your regimen, hydrate with light moisturizers, exfoliate twice a week and use sunscreen! Since the combination of sunscreen and heat can clog pores, regular facials are a great idea during the summer months to avoid breakouts.

How should product choices reflect the climate and environment?

In extreme dry, sunny areas you need a product to protect skin from the elements, forming a barrier between it and the environment to seal in moisture. Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment is one of my favorites-it absorbs beautifully because the lipids match skin’s own lipid layer. For hot and extremely humid areas look for lightweight, oil-free mattifying products, like my Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum and Oil Free Moisturizer.

What about clogged pores-how can we avoid them?

Always bring a cleanser with you to keep skin clean after sweating or spending time outdoors. Regular facials and exfoliation helps because when pores are constantly clogged, they stretch and appear larger. I also love mineral makeup as great way to achieve sun protection without breakouts.

It can be hard to treat pimples in hot, sweaty weather. What do you recommend?

For the first two days of a blemish, use a product like my EradiKate Acne Treatment to reduce inflammation. Don’t use it for too many consecutive nights-it’s a powerful formula! Switch up active ingredients to help maximize your blemish-fighting routine. Even oily, blemish-prone skin needs hydration. My new product launching late summer, DermalQuench Clear, not only helps clear skin but offers essential hydration.

Do you have any other summer skin secrets to share?

Refrigerate toners, mists and masks for a refreshing, cooling effect. And if you experience blemishes on your back or chest, apply your acne products in those areas as well! Also, antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables can help boost our body’s protection against the sun.

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