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Your Summer Skincare Routine for a Glowing Complexion


Calling all sun lovers and skincare enthusiasts! As the weather warms up, your skincare routine needs a little tweak to adapt to the rising temperatures and increased sun exposure. At Cascade Eye & Skin Centers, we believe in a proactive approach to skincare, ensuring your skin glows as brightly as the summer sun. Here’s your ultimate guide to a summer skincare routine that keeps your complexion fresh and radiant.

Morning Routine

Gentle Cleanser

Kick off your summer skincare routine with a gentle, hydrating cleanser. This removes overnight oils and residue without stripping your skin.

Not sure where to begin? Shop some of our favorite cleansers from our cosmetic dermatologists’ most trusted brands, including SkinMedica, Avéne and our very own Cascade brand. Click here to check them out!

Vitamin C Serum

Brighten up with a vitamin C serum next. It’s perfect for enhancing collagen production and providing antioxidant protection against the harsh summer elements.

Our experts recommend SkinMedica’s Vitamin C + E Complex, a powerful way to improve the appearance of skin tone and texture.


Choose a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer. Key ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin are your best friends for locking in moisture without that greasy feel.


Never forget your sunscreen. A broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher is crucial for protecting against both UVA and UVB rays. If you have sensitive skin, mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are ideal.

Click here to shop our collection of sun protection products.

Lip Protection

Your lips need love too. Use a lip balm with SPF, like Elta MD’s UV Lip Balm or Colorscience’s Lip Shine, to keep them from getting chapped and burnt.

Daytime Touch-ups

Hydrating Mist

Keep your skin dewy and fresh with a hydrating facial mist. It’s a lifesaver for quick touch-ups, especially in dry or air-conditioned environments. Colorescience’s Hydrating Mist can help soothe skin, lock in makeup and revitalize your complexion throughout the day.

Reapply SPF

For midday touch-ups, Colorescience’s brush-on sunscreen is a game-changer. It allows you to reapply SPF over makeup seamlessly.

Evening Routine


Remove sunscreen and makeup with the same gentle cleanser or switch to an oil-based one if you’ve worn heavy makeup or water-resistant products.


About two to three times a week, use a gentle exfoliant. AHAs and BHAs are perfect for sloughing off dead skin cells without harsh scrubbing.

Repairing Serum

Nighttime is for repair. Apply a serum with retinoids or peptides to help reduce signs of aging and support skin repair. We recommend SkinMedica’s TNS Advanced+ Serum, a powerful anti-aging product that we like to call “liquid gold.”

Night Cream

Opt for a richer night cream to deeply nourish and restore your skin overnight. Ingredients like ceramides are excellent for reinforcing the skin barrier. We recommend SkinMedica moisturizers, such as their TNS Ceramide TX Cream.

Eye Cream

Don’t skip the eye cream! Ingredients like caffeine or niacinamide can help reduce dark circles and puffiness. Click here to shop some of our favorite eye creams!

Skin Cycling: Cycle Your Care

Interested in optimizing your nighttime routine? Check out our Skin Cycling blog by Kimberly Wenner, MD, to learn how to effectively rotate your products for the best results without overwhelming your skin.

Click here to learn more!

Summertime Skincare Treatments

For those looking to enhance their skin’s summer glow, consider these treatments available at Cascade Eye & Skin Centers:

  • Hydrafacial: A fan favorite that deeply cleanses, exfoliates, and hydrates.
  • Chemical Peels: Opt for a light peel with AHAs or BHAs to brighten without heavy downtime.
  • DiamondGlow: Experience a rejuvenating deep clean that exfoliates, extracts, and infuses the skin.
  • Botox and Fillers: Perfect for a quick refresh without any increase in sun sensitivity.
  • Microneedling: Great for improving texture and promoting collagen, just be sure to follow up with SPF.
  • Dermaplaning: Experience a physical exfoliation that leaves the skin’s surface feeling smooth, vibrant and rejuvenated without chemical peels or microdermabrasion. Be sure to wear sunscreen after treatment to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Summer Treatment Precautions

Embrace these treatments but remember, post-procedure sun protection is key. Always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen, seek shade, and wear protective clothing, especially after treatments that can make your skin more sensitive.

Ready to Glow This Summer?

Schedule an appointment at Cascade Eye & Skin Centers to build your personalized summer skincare routine or to choose the perfect summertime skincare treatment. Our experts are here to guide you every step of the way to ensure your skin looks and feels its best.

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