Tips for the Perfect Dry Summer Skin Care Routine

It doesn’t matter what type of skin you have; when it comes to the summer heat, you’ll need to make adjustments to your skin care routine. Whether you’re dealing with extra sweat and moisture or ultra-dry air, it’s essential to find products that keep your skin hydrated. You want that glow and glisten to come from healthy skin — not the sweat dripping off the tip of your nose!

If you’re wondering how to change your routine to avoid dry summer skin, we have some advice that comes straight from the experts. Explore some of our top tips and recommended summer cosmetics here.

Tip #1 | Take Cooler Showers

woman in the shower

We know, we know. Cold showers, brrrr! But, when you use hot water, you’re drying out your skin and stripping it of essential oils. You don’t have to turn the knob to the coldest setting, but avoiding dry summer skin is easier with cool, refreshing water.

While you’re showering, make sure to use healthy, nourishing products on your face and body. Look for products that have nutrient-rich formulas full of castor oil, activated charcoal, rosemary, tea tree, and turmeric — like our Calm Facial Bar or our Travel Duo Face & Body Bars.

Featured Summer Cosmetics: Calm Facial Bar & Travel Duo | Face & Body Bars

Tip #2 | Use Gentle Cleansers and Exfoliators

Whether you’re traveling for a vacation or staying at home, you need to ensure you’re being gentle with your skin when cleansing or exfoliating. Be mindful of the products that you’re using in your summer skin care routine, and avoid ingredients that could strip your skin of its natural oils and moisture. Sulfates, artificial fragrances, and dyes are some of the biggest offenders here, which is why we craft our skin care products — like our Reveal Gentle Exfoliating Foam Facial Wash — without them! Instead, we opt to use natural alpha hydroxy acids that gently exfoliate sensitive, dry summer skin without causing irritation.

Featured Summer Cosmetics: Reveal Gentle Exfoliating Foam Facial Wash with Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Tip #3 | Always Moisturize

Pure Moisture Nourishing Face Cream in Himalayan salt

You might be tempted to skip the moisturizer after you wash and tone. You’ll sweat it right off, so what’s the point? Trust us, even though it seems futile, moisturizer is a necessary component of your summer skin care routine. Instead of using your regular moisturizer, switch to something lighter that’s a better option for the heat.

Ayr Skin Care’s Pure Moisture Nourishing Face Cream is the perfect choice for summer because it’s water-based, and you only need a tiny amount to get the full effects. It absorbs all the way into your skin instead of sitting on top, and it even works as a makeup primer, so you don’t have to keep layering more and more products on your face!

Featured Summer Cosmetics: Pure Moisture Nourishing Face Cream

Tip #4 | Weekly Face Mask

If you’ve reached the point where you’re doing everything you can to avoid dry summer skin, it might be time to take your skin care to the next level with a hydrating weekly face mask. Whether you’re using fresh fruit, avocado, or any number of all-natural ingredients, there are tons of different DIY face masks you can do at home!

Follow up your mask with a marula oil moisturizer for ultra-quick absorption and targeted eye serum to hydrate the delicate skin around your eyes. You’ll get to enjoy a complete spa day and protect yourself from dry summer skin — all without leaving the couch!

Featured Summer Cosmetics: Awaken Revitalizing Eye Serum & Virgin Marula Oil

Tip #5 | Always Exfoliate

On summer days where you’re traveling and going on adventures, it’s easy to get lazy and skip a couple of steps in your summer skin care routine. Most people think it won’t make a difference if they go without exfoliating, but this is one of the fastest ways to get dry summer skin!

If you forget to exfoliate, your skin will end up looking dull and feeling dry due to the buildup of dead skin cells and environmental contaminants. Whether you exfoliate with scrubs or acid is dependent upon your skin type, but we prefer using alpha hydroxy fruit acids to avoid any irritation. You can also combine 2-3 squirts of our Reveal Gentle Exfoliating Facial Foam Wash with 1 teaspoon of kaolin clay to create an exfoliating face mask! Simply apply for 5-6 minutes then rinse to get a glowing, fresh-faced look.

Featured Summer Cosmetics: Reveal Gentle Exfoliating Foam Facial Wash

Tip #6 | Make Sunscreen a Priority

woman applying sunscreen on the beach

You’re probably already using sun protection all year round, but during summer, you should make it even more of a priority. You’ll be spending more time outside with the sun shining bright, and you need to constantly reapply with broad-spectrum sunscreen. Just putting it on once in the morning isn’t enough. You should always carry a travel-size sunscreen in your purse or bag for reapplication every two to three hours.

Even if you don’t get burned, the sun is still causing constant damage to your face and body, resulting in dry summer skin. Introduce additional layers of protection with hats and sunglasses to back up your sunscreen.

Tip #7 | Use a Humidifier

You don’t have to use skin care products to solve every issue with your dry summer skin. Sometimes, a humidifier provides the much-needed moisture your skin requires. Humidifiers are great for summer and winter, and they don’t need to be tacked on to your current summer skin care routine! If you notice that your air conditioning is making the air around you dry and stale, turn on the humidifier for a couple of hours and enjoy a moisturizing boost.

Tip #8 | Apply Products After Bathing

To get the most out of your summer skin care routine, be mindful of when you apply your skin care products. As a rule of thumb, it’s always best to apply facial products, body moisturizers, and body oils within 2 minutes of bathing, as this helps lock in the moisture from your bath or shower to keep your skin hydrated all day long!

Glowing Skin with Ayr Skin Care

With all this information about summer skin care, you’re much more prepared for the heat! If you have dry summer skin all year round, you might want to consider reviewing your skin care basics to ensure you’re doing all the right stuff.


Need a little more support? Reach out to us! We’ll be more than happy to help you create the perfect skin care experience.

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