Best Skincare Ingredients for Summer

Best Skincare Ingredients for Summer

Skincare ingredients aren’t created equal: some are better than others. Period. While each ingredient has an intended purpose, it really depends on your skin type and desired result. Become your own chemist: read the ingredient list, because what you put on your complexion matters.

The beauty market has come a long way and innovations in skincare have brought us better, safer, and more effective products to use for healthier skin…ahh, the beauty of science. The most popular skincare ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and glycolic acid, are stand-alone for the wonders they do for our complexions. We’re simply taking a minute to dish on some skincare ingredients that are great year-round, but even better during summer months, when temps are high and humidity is even higher.

Read on for our 5 fave skincare ingredients for #summertime.

Aloe Vera

Hands down a summer must-have. Aloe vera is a skinsaver after too much sun, calming a bad sunburn and bug bites, not to mention it soothes redness and irritation of the skin, including eczema and psoriasis, aids in combating acne, and it’s antibacterial.

Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner ($15)
Make Succulent Skin Gel ($25)
Pacifica After Sun Spray ($11)
Johnson’s Gel Aloe Vera and Vitamin E ($4)

Tea Tree Oil

For acne sufferers, summer might be the worst time for our problem skin. It’s bad enough we’re always on the hunt for oil-free products and sunscreens that won’t make us break out. (Cough, cough, this one is our fave). Tea tree oil is a miracle potion and makes our oily and acne-prone skin clear. Tea tree oil also treats fungal infections (i.e. athletes foot and yeast infections), which can be common during warmer months, and dandruff. We love to use it on freshly shaved skin to prevent ingrown hairs. Warning: smooth bikini lines ahead!

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil ($80)
Dr. Dennis Gross Botanical Cleansing Bar with Tea Tree & Aloe ($24)
Belif Problem Solution Toner ($28)
Burt’s Bees Herbal Complexion Stick ($8)
Nature’s Truth Essential Oil Tea Tree ($7)

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is our current #obsession and one of its best qualities is it acts as a mild sunscreen. When used in conjunction with other products, it increases their power. Vit C lightens, tightens, and brightens, so it’s ideal for combating sun damage (we’re talking to you, summer sun).

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum ($34)
Youth to the People Kale + TriPeptide 37 Vitamin C Age Prevention Firm and Brighten Serum ($62)
Mario Badescu Hydro Moisturizer With Vitamin C ($18)
Rodial Vitamin C Brightening Pads ($56)
Murad Essential-C Toner ($30)

Witch Hazel

There are so many uses for witch hazel that we’ve lost count. We love using witch hazel as a toner to balance oily skin and thus treat acne. It’s a great alternative to alcohol-laden toners that can make acne worse and frustrate sensitive skin. Witch hazel is also a good alternative to deodorant and a great aftershave, soothing skin inflammation, including unsightly razor burn. A mixture of witch hazel and tea tree oil tackles everything from acne to ingrown hairs.

Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Toner ($11)
Belif Witch Hazel Herbal Extract Toner ($28)
Completely Bare Bikini Bump Blaster ($10)
Little Barn Apothecary Witch Hazel + Sage Gel Hydrator ($52)


Apple cider vinegar is another household staple with endless uses. As a toner, ACV exfoliates the skin, getting rid of surface oils and dead skin cells, which lets face it, is at it’s worse during summer. Tip: after cleansing skin, apply ACV to the complexion with a cotton ball, leave on for a few minutes then rinse off with cool water to reveal glowing skin that feels amazing to the touch. ACV is also great in a foot soak, getting rid of odor, and used as a hair rinse, it removes product build-up and leaves hair shinier.

Dphue Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse ($35)
Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar ($6)
Freeman Cleansing Apple Cider Vinegar Clay Mask + Scrub ($4)
S.W. Basics Toner ($20)

Claudia Mercado is a beauty enthusiast and writer, read more here.

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