It’s the summer skin trifecta: healthy, glowing, and clear. While getting your skin in shape for the upcoming season may seem like a huge undertaking, crushing it is a whole lot easier than you think. Think of a handful of skin care product cocktails as the season's companions to your go-to summer beverages to sip on. Use the following three clever product equations to bring brilliant results to your complexion.
1. To Fend Off Rays
While sunscreen shields skin from UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays, we shouldn't ignore the potentially harmful effects of infrared light, which unleashes collagen-destroying free radicals, says Solana Beach, Calif., dermatologist Melanie Palm. Antioxidants can protect against these particles, which is why spiking your SPF with a few drops of an antioxidant serum gives you the necessary defense against fine lines and dark spots.
The Equation: serum + SPF
2. To Get A UV-Free Glow
There's no self-tanner that can coax an even, radiant glow from dehydrated skin—so supercharge your bronzer. Shake up a cocktail containing one shot glass of resurfacing lotion, half a shot of tanner, and a dime-size drop of oil. Blend it and apply over exposed skin for an immediately sun-kissed finish, says Hermosa Beach, Calif., dermatologist Annie Chiu.
The Equation: resurfacer + bronzer + oil
3. To Keep Things Clear
A deep-cleaning solution souped up with exfoliating enzymes and degreasing toner can cut through the buildup of bronzers, sunblocks, and sweat better than your regular face wash, says Dr. Chiu. Add gentle granules to equal parts cleanser and toner and use the mixture weekly to eliminate that sticky summer-face feel.
The Equation: enzymes + micellar water + toner