Skin care expert Kate Somerville is responsible for the flawless skin of some of the most photographed faces in the world. We’re thrilled that she’s on Spa Week Daily’s panel of experts. As skincare and beauty enthusiasts, we’re happy to learn everything we can from the leading skincare specialist. We recently asked Somerville to share her best summer skin care tips. Here’s everything you need to know about taking care of your skin this season. 

Kate Somerville’s Summer Skin Care Tips

SPF protection is THE most important element for healthy skin year-round, but it’s particularly important during the summer months. Sun degrades our collagen and elastin and affects our body’s ability to create healthy new cells. Many of my clients ask me to take away or reverse something they don’t like about their skin and usually what they don’t like could have been avoided by staying out of the sun.

You should never leave the house without applying sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30. Even in the winter and on cloudy days. I recommend looking for sunscreens with ingredients that contain either physical or chemical blocks and always look for broad spectrum protection – which means protection from all UV rays. Try Kate Somerville Daily Deflector SPF 50. You also need to cover up. Wear a hat when you’re out in the sun for any length of time and especially in the middle of the day.

Hydration is a key element to healthy skin. Skin that feels dry and tight from the sun is dehydrated, so it’s all about putting moisture back into the skin. Take a cool shower or tepid bath, pat dry and immediately apply a moisturizer. This will help seal in the moisture from your shower and relieve dry skin. Internal and external hydration is vital. Drink plenty of fluids and eat water rich fruits and vegetables.

During the summer, it’s always a good idea to get regular facials to help keep pores clear! Skin becomes congested from heat, sunscreen and humidity. The Signature Facial at my Skin Health Experts Clinic on Melrose Place is completely customized to each individual’s needs and leaves skin smooth, clear and healthy. I recommend getting a facial every 4-6 weeks for maintenance.

You CAN use Retinol in the summer – the key is protecting your skin with SPF. Use a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor, and if you are out in the sun for long periods of time, bring a large hat with you to protect your skin, and reapply frequently. Pay attention to your skin – if you’re feeling irritated from the heat and sun, reduce the frequency of your Retinol usage.

My favorite way to minimize the appearance of imperfections like stretch marks, spider veins and cellulite is a gorgeous self-tan. It’s the quickest way to make your skin look beautiful, plus you will look more toned. Somerville360 Body Self Tanning Towelettes are easy to use, dry within 3 minutes and produce a streak-free glow! I also love using a body lotion with a subtle radiance to enhance my self-tan and perfect the look of skin. For a more targeted treatment for Spider Veins, I recommend the Excel V Laser by Cutera. We are one of few clinics offering this laser in Los Angeles. The results are incredible and seen after just one treatment! The Excel V Laser treats veins on the face and legs.

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