No matter the season, most of us keep the same skincare regimen without second thought. But the change of going from cool to hot should influence a few subtle-but-important changes to your skincare routine.

Because even if your face isn’t showing any signs of summer distress, an update to your skincare routine could help you proactively combat any summer skin irritants like increases in sweat, oil, acne or sun sensitivity. So we’ve rounded up four MUSTS for your skincare regimen to help you prepare to show (more) skin this summer.

1. Apply sunscreen. Then reapply. And then reapply – again.

It’s not enough to just apply sunscreen – or not apply at all if you don’t plan on being outside. During the blistering summer months, the sun will find you, so you must apply every day – and reapply frequently. Studies indicate that most people do not apply nearly as much daytime protection as they should.

PRO TIP: Use a teaspoon of sunscreen for your face and a shot glass for your body – we recommend EltaMD’s light, zinc-based sunscreens – reapplying every two hours, and avoiding the midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever possible.

2. Cleanse and nourish your skin.

Summer means sun-and-fun, but it also means sweat and oil – which are far less thrilling summer prospects. Be diligent about not only washing your face twice a day, but also take care to wash all of your skin carefully to avoid blemishes on your face – and other embarrassing places.

3. Keep skin hydrated – inside and out.

Be sure to include intensive, hydrating masks and toners for a refreshing moisturizer prep, and remember to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of plain, old-fashioned water every day. Water is vital for maintaining a critical moisture balance of the body and skin, assisting in detoxification, and helping your skin look plumper, minimizing the signs of aging.

PRO TIP: Have a revitalizing toner spritz and large tumbler with you at all times to help you remember to keep yourself hydrated – inside and out. And if you drink caffeinated beverages, triple your water intake.

4. Take vitamin D.

Another often overlooked summer skincare essential is the addition of a vitamin D supplement. It may seem odd to include a summer supplement for a vitamin provided by direct sunlight, but since most of us are indoors for the majority of the day, we are often vitamin-D deficient – and our health can suffer.

Optimized vitamin D levels can:

  • improve mood, mental cognition, and decrease depression.
  • reduce the risk of most cancers.
  • increase antimicrobials that reduce infections and pathogens.
  • lower the risk of diabetes.
  • reduce inflammatory responses.
  • decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
  • decrease the risk of winter flu.

So with just four quick-and-easy adjustments to your summer skincare routine, you can keep your glow going all year long. Your skin is your largest organ – and deserves to be primped and pampered. If you’re ready to conquer your skin’s imperfections, give the professionals at Skintastic a call to learn about all the ways you can treat yourself in preparation for summer – and beyond!