Summerize Your Skin!

Summer is officially here! Great news for your social life, but not so great for your skin. More time outdoors means more exposure to harsh sun and skin-zapping free radicals, while all those Sunday Fundays take a toll as well. Keep that pretty selfie-maker clean, glowing and protected with just a few simple steps…

LIGHTEN UP: Oil glands work overtime in the heat of the summer, so the last thing we need is to slather on our luxe cooler-weather moisturizer. Try a refreshing hydrating gel! SAMPAR’s 3 Day Weekend is a cooling, gel-based drink of water for the skin that melts right in leaving no residue. Use a thin layer as an impromptu hydrating mask or store in the fridge for an icy skin treat. ($55, available at Gregory Dylan Beauty)

USE PROTECTION: Most people think sunscreen has to be a thick, white mess they would rather not deal with. Well not anymore! SPF products have come a long way, so find one that is lightweight and silky with at least an SPF of 30. My favorite is L’Oreal Sublime Sun SPF 50. This liquid-silk formula glides on without any white residue or oiliness. (Available at most drug stores at a steal around $10.)

YOU BEEN DRINKIN’: And I’m guessing it’s not just water. We’re all guilty here—daytime fun goes hand in hand with cocktails. Deliciously dehydrating, alcohol robs the skin and body of vital hydration. Try the “Pause and Pose.” Take a break between drinks to toss down a bottle of water and get the day’s perfect, filter-free selfie. Your face (and body) will thank you tomorrow,  and all the “likes” will be well worth it!

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4 thoughts on “Summerize Your Skin!”

  1. Where do you get these

    Where do you get these "experts"? I'm an actual scientist in this field, and all this article consists of is advertisements for this guys favorite brands…not what is best for someone's skin. This guy is not an expert, and has no credentials to be giving advice for dermatological issues. Notice he directs you to a product that can buy from him…which who knows what ingredients/preservatives are in it. There are cheaper and better moisturizers at the CVS down the street. Most of these companies use the same formulators and simply slap their "private" label on it to sell it for a higher price.

    Chemical sunblocks are not good for skin, as any dermatologist will tell you. It is the physical sunblocks (with titanium or zinc oxides) that have been shown to properly protect skin from UV damage.

    Don't listen to this guy, know what you're spending your money on and what you're putting in or on your body.

    • So what would be good to get
      So what would be good to get Rudd of my acne and make my pores smaller? Most products i find dry my skin out

      • Rikki, 


        I've seen many people with great results from Dr. Dennis Gross's Alpha-Beta Daily Face Peel (available at Sephora and Nordstrom) The easy to use peel pads combine multiple acids to exfoliate and the salicylic component is great to treat acne. They will also help with pore size, too! What I like is the soothing and neutralizing second step which will also provide light hydration. The pads are a bit pricey, but you can certainly use every other day to extend the use. Don't forget the SPF daily when using these 😉

        Be sure not to double up other with other exfoliating products, as this may be drying. Also, be sure and keep skin super clean with and use lighter moisturizers so as not to clog pores. (Look for products that say "non-comedogenic", meaning none pore clogging.)

        Once or twice a week, a sulfur based mask is a great option for clearing problem skin too. (Ranging from around $7 at drugstores to $40 at specialty stores.) I use a professional version in my acne treatments at my skincare studio!

        Hope these help and please let me know if I can offer any more assistance, my contact info is on my site 🙂 Good luck!


    • ^^ I’m a regular reader of

      ^^ I'm a regular reader of Instinct. I was surprised to see this article and actually know the author — he's a talented esthetician and a smart marketing guy — don't think he claims to be a dermatologist. I think his suggestions are great. He also is an expert in my eye, since he's been testing and applying said products to his clients for nearly a decade. 

      How about instead of bashing someone's talents and ability to market themselves, why don't you just explain some other alternatives? Be nice, a lot of these authors on gay publishing sites are actually gay. Don't knock down our own people. I mean, really.



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