6 Tips for the Best Summer Skincare Routine: Oily & Dry Skin

You might have plans with friends and family for summer, but do you have a plan for your skin? You may not know this, but changing up your skincare routine based on the season is the secret to keeping your skin healthy and balanced all year long.

Below, we’ll tell you why you should change up your skincare routine in summer, and we'll give you tips for the best summer skincare routine. We’ll also offer bonus tips for oily and dry skin types!


A woman looking in her mirror, preparing to do a skincare routine


Should You Change Your Skincare Routine for Summer?

You may not need drastic changes in your routine, but some adjustments may be necessary from season to season. Why? Changes in temperatures and humidity levels affect your skin. 

In fall and winter, thick serums and moisturizers combat dry and cold temperatures. In the hot and humid months, lightweight products keep your skin feeling fresh and not so sticky. 


A woman using a sink to remove her cleanser


  1. Use a Gentle Cleanser

Cleansing is a must no matter the season, but try a lighter cleanser for your summer skincare routine. Heat and humidity can be harsh and thick-feeling on your skin, so you’ll want to use a skin barrier-preserving cleanser. 

When on the hunt for a summer skin cleanser, opt for foam or gel cleansers that preserve hydration while sloughing off the summer sweat!

Oily Skin Tip:

Cleansers that absorb excess oil while preserving hydration are the name of the game for oily skin. A salicylic acid cleanser is a good option to try. 

Dry Skin Tip:

Use a cleanser with hydrating ingredients like sodium hyaluronate or glycerin. These will help preserve and attract moisture to your skin. 


A woman exfoliating her skin with a cloth

 2. Don’t Forget to Exfoliate

It’s important to still exfoliate during the summer. The heat and humidity can trap sweat and makeup residue into your skin and cause it to feel heavy.

Just make sure not to exfoliate if you have a sunburn! And limit exfoliating to one to three times a week to preserve your skin barrier. 

Oily Skin Tip:

BHA or PHA chemical exfoliants are great for penetrating deep into the skin and lifting excess sebum. If you want a natural option, try using natural clay for a thorough but gentle exfoliation. 

Dry Skin Tip:

Look for exfoliants with a humectant that can help keep your skin hydrated, like lactic acid. Or, try an oatmeal and honey scrub for a gentler exfoliation. 


Purvari Rose Petal Mist with vitamin C.

 3. Up Your Vitamin C

Don’t miss out on using an antioxidant in your routine! Vitamin C helps brighten your skin, reduces hyperpigmentation, and may even help defend against excessive UV rays. This will be crucial in the summer months when you're likely to spend more time outdoors. 

Oily Skin Tip:

Did you know organic rose water is a natural source of vitamin C? Purvari’s Rose Water Spray gives you a boost of vitamin C while balancing oil levels and helping reduce acne. 

Dry Skin Tip:

Rose water is also great for dry skin types! Rose water is naturally anti-inflammatory, which can help soothe dry and irritated skin.


Woman moisturizing her skin for summer

 4. Go for a Lighter Moisturizer 

With higher levels of humidity, there is already a lot of moisture in the air, and thick moisturizers can make your skin feel heavy rather than refreshed. Try a light moisturizer that preserves your hydration without weighing down your skin.

Oily Skin Tip:

While oily skin has no issue producing natural sebum, it may lack the ability to retain water. Natural ingredients like green tea, rosemary oil, aloe vera, and rose water can help hydrate oily skin.

Dry Skin Tip:

Dry skin types will benefit from hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate. Or, try a soothing, natural emollient like colloidal oatmeal moisturizers. 


A woman applying SPF at the end of summer skincare routine

 5. Never Skip SPF

SPF is an essential part of any summer skincare routine and cannot be skipped, no matter your skin type or complexion. Not only does sunblock keep your skin looking youthful, but also helps defend against UV ray exposure and reduces your risk of skin cancer. 

Oily Skin Tip:

Seek out water-based SPFs. If you are acne prone, you may want to try a physical or mineral sunscreen that won’t clog your pores the way chemical SPFs can.

Dry Skin Tip:

Look for emollient ingredients, like ceramides or niacinamide, in your SPF. They can defend your skin while preserving your moisture levels.  


Turmeric and clay mask used for after-sun care

 6. Invest in After-Sun Care

After-sun care is crucial even if you don’t have a sunburn. Using a Nourishing Clay Mask can help rejuvenate and brighten your skin after sun exposure. We formulate our mask with Multani clay, rose petals, turmeric, aloe, and mint, which can all help:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Increase brightness
  • Absorb excess oil
  • Balance pH levels
  • Hydrate and soften skin

The best part? It’s perfect for both dry and oily skin types! Read our mask recipe guide to create the perfect clay mask for your needs. 

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What’s your best summer skincare routine? Tell us in the comments below!

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