You know who loved a summer-weight facial serum? Steve McQueen.
Eh, we can’t confirm that — but if the great man were here today, we’re convinced he’d do what he could to advance the cause of season-specific skincare regimens. Do these five things, and we guarantee (not legally binding) better-looking skin from now till Labor Day.
For “one and done” guys who don’t mind stealing something from their girlfriends: Unless your skin is super oily (in which case, see below), you can probably get away with a barebones single-product regimen: in this case, a facial cleansing oil, which, thanks to its non-stripping nature, won’t necessitate the use of a moisturizer (or serum).
Our choice: Origins Clean Energy ($27)
For guys ready to ditch their winter moisturizer: Hot, humid weather means your skin won’t need as much help as it did a couple months ago, but if you don’t think dry skin can be an issue during the summer, go sit under an air conditioner. A facial serum will get the job done.
Our choice: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum ($163), which also fights sun and environmental damage.
For guys who fly a lot: That airplane air is murder on your face — there’s a reason you know at least one woman who’ll coat her face in goo immediately after stowing her bag. You need a real moisturizer.
Our choice: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel ($40)
For guys with oily skin: You know how your skin feels heavier and might look clogged during the summer months?. You have two choices of exfoliators: chemical or physical. We like physical — in this case, a walnut powder. If your skin is sensitive, skip this, or go once a week; thicker-skinned guys can go 2 - 3 times, unless there’s irritation.
Our choice: Ole Henriksen Walnut Scrub ($28)
For guys who like to live long, healthy lives: Sunscreen isn’t optional. Any will do for day-to-day use, so find one you like and stick to it. And that bottle from 2009 has expired, so pick up a new one.
Our choice: Aesop’s Avail ($41, smells good, works good)