Face Cream For Summer

Face Cream For Summer

Summer demands a skincare switch-up! With the scorching sun and rising humidity, you should tweak your routine with a face cream for summer. But how do you choose from the sea of options? Think lightweight, hydrating formulas that won't suffocate your skin. 

But what ingredients should you look for? What exactly does your skin need? Well, we're here to answer all your queries about the perfect face cream for summer. Let's dive in to keep your skin glowing and protected seasonally.

What Do You Need For Summer Skin?

Summer messes with your skin. It dries it out, makes it super oily, clogs up its pores, and leads to bad sunburns. Here's a lowdown:

When the temperature and humidity rise, your skin takes a beating. The humidity sucks the moisture right out, making the skin all parched. Plus, the heat pushes your oil glands to produce more sebum. Result? Super greasy skin.

Now, what happens to all the oil? When your skin gets oily, that excess oil teams up with dead skin and pollutants, clogging pores and causing pimples to pop up. There's more to it. 

Exposure to the sun's UV rays results in sunburns, damaging the outer layer of our skin and leading to redness, pain, and peeling. And sure, a tan might seem cool, but too much sun is a fast track to wrinkles and even skin cancer down the road. 

To fight these summer skin struggles, go for light, non-clogging formulas. Why? 'Cause a heavy face cream or body lotion for summer is a no-go when it's hot and sticky. They can feel suffocating on the skin, mess up your pores, and make breakouts worse. Instead, opt for non-comedogenic products — they won't damage your skin. After all, they're formulated to not clog pores. 

Remember, the best moisturizers for summer are lightweight. For instance, oil-free moisturizers or gel-based creams. They let your skin breathe while still providing essential hydration. They're usually water-based and soak in fast. What's best? They don't leave any oily mess behind. Perfect for keeping cool in the summer heat!

Key Ingredients to Look for in Summer Face Creams

Your summer face cream should do more than just moisturize — it should keep your skin hydrated, too. Plus, it must protect your skin from the blazing sun to keep it glowing and healthy throughout the summer. So, here's a breakdown of key ingredients to look for in your summer face creams:

SPF Protection

When picking your face cream, make sure it has a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor). This little number tells you how well your cream protects you from the sun's harmful rays—super important for avoiding sunburn, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. 

There are two main types of sunscreen: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreens use ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to create a physical barrier on the skin to reflect and scatter UV rays. Chemical sunscreens have organic compounds that soak up UV radiation, convert it into harmless heat, and release it from the skin. Choose wisely!


Hydration is key when you're looking for the best body lotion for summer! Look for hydrating powerhouses like hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in your body's connective tissue that gives your skin structure. You can say it's like a moisture magnet! After all, it holds up to 1000 times its weight in water for plump, hydrated, and youthful skin. 

But don't stop there! There are many other hydrating agents out there you can look out for. For example:

  • Aloe vera and cucumber extracts can give your skin a soothing, non-greasy, and hydrating boost. 
  • Glycerin is another winner; it draws moisture in and leaves skin soft. 
  • Squalane and jojoba oil can keep your skin balanced and moisturized without feeling oily. Good news? Our Relaxing Body Lotion has both these ingredients packed in one, with the calming Japanese Uji and regenerative Goji Berry Stem Cells.
  • Watermelon extract is packed with vitamins and antioxidants, giving your skin a fresh, rejuvenated feel.


Antioxidants defend your skin from UV rays and pollution. They neutralize free radicals and stop them from messing with your skin cells. They're your skin's best defense against environmental damage.

So, when picking out your face cream, keep an eye out for antioxidant-rich ingredients like Vitamin C, Green Tea Extract, Vitamin E, Niacinamide, and Ferulic Acid. They'll give your skin the protection it needs to stay glowing and healthy. Here's how:

  • Vitamin C is your go-to for a radiant glow, fading those unwanted dark spots, and giving collagen production a boost.  
  • Green tea extract chills out inflammation, dials back redness, and protects against UV damage. 
  • Vitamin E nourishes and moisturizes the skin while providing antioxidant protection. 
  • Resveratrol, a plant compound found in some plants, fruits, seeds, and grape-derived products, fights signs of aging, reduces inflammation, and protects against UV damage. 
  • Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) smooths out skin texture, shrinks pores, and makes your skin's defenses stronger. 

Again, ILEM JAPAN comes bearing gifts for you! Our Light Moisturizer is packed with Niacinamide to strengthen your skin's protective barrier. Lightweight, water-based texture absorbs quickly into your skin without making it greasy or clogging your pores. 

Choosing the Right Face Cream for Your Skin Type

The right face cream is the one that perfectly suits your skin type. It keeps your complexion glowing and healthy. Here's a guide to help you pick the ideal moisturizer customized for your skin's specific needs:

Oily Skin

Say goodbye to oily woes with oil-free, mattifying formulas. They keep excess oil in check without clogging your pores. And for lightweight hydration that won't leave you extra shiny, reach for gel-based moisturizers. They'll keep your skin feeling fresh and balanced all day.

Dry Skin

If your skin's dry, go for rich, hydrating creams. They deliver deep nourishment and moisture to parched skin. You should specifically look out for creams with emollients like shea butter (found in our Deep Moisturizer) or glycerin to soften and smooth. 

Similarly, you can opt for occlusives such as petrolatum or dimethicone lock in all the goodness, preventing water loss. You'd surely get hydrated skin for hours on end. 

Combination Skin

When you're dealing with a mix of dry and oily zones, you need a moisturizer that's a real multitasker. 

Look for lightweight, non-greasy formulas that can handle both ends of the spectrum. Balancing moisturizers is where it's at — they'll hydrate dry patches while keeping the oil in check on your T-zone. For example, Hyaluronic acid. It delivers hydration without making your skin feel heavy. 

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin needs extra care, so play it safe with fragrance-free and hypoallergenic options. After all, they minimize the risk of irritation or allergic reactions, leaving your skin feeling calm and content. 

Opt for soothing ingredients like Aloe Vera, Oat Extract, Chamomile, or Japanese Rice Bran Extract. They'll work wonders to soothe and hydrate your delicate skin. Avoid harsh chemicals and potential irritants to keep your skin healthy.

The right face cream for your skin type targets your specific concerns and keeps your hydration game on point. But remember, always patch-test new products. If you're unsure about any sensitivities or allergies, a chat with a dermatologist is always a good move.

Tips for Application and Usage

The key to getting the most out of your face cream is all in the application. From the way you massage it into how often you use it, every step counts. Here are some pro tips:

Proper Face Cream Application Techniques

If you apply your face cream just right, that will amplify its benefits. So, don't skip the proper application. Here are the steps to apply your cream effectively:

  1. Squeeze out a tiny dollop and apply it right on the center of your face. 
  2. Using your fingertips, gently massage it outward in small, circular motions.  
  3. Be extra gentle around your face's delicate spots, like your eyes and neck — no pulling or tugging. 
  4. Remember to pay attention to the inner corners of your eyebrows. You shouldn't neglect these areas, as they're prone to dryness and fine lines.

Frequency of Face Cream Application

So, how often should you slather on your face cream? Well, it depends on what your skin's needs are and what your day looks like. But, generally speaking, twice a day is the golden rule — once in the morning and once before hitting the bed. This routine keeps your skin hydrated throughout, so you wake up with that fresh-faced glow.

With that being said, depending on where you're at and what your skin's up to, you might need to tweak your moisturizing routine. Got dry skin or soaking up the sun all day? You might want to apply your face cream more often — perhaps after each face wash or whenever your skin's feeling a bit dry. 

Sun Protection Measures

Besides applying your face cream, don't forget about sun protection! You need to go the extra mile to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. 

  • Wear a hat with a brim that covers your face, ears, and neck and protective clothing like long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Look for hats made from tight-weave fabrics like canvas. Why? Well, they offer better UV protection than straw hats with holes. 
  • Darker-colored hats may also provide more effective UV shielding. 
  • Seek shade whenever possible, especially during peak sun hours.
  • Use an umbrella or sunshade at the beach or poolside.
  • Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps; they're harmful to your skin.
  • Drink enough water to keep your skin healthy and resilient against sun damage.

Find The Perfect Face Cream For You! 

Picking the perfect face cream for summer is a big deal if you want glowing, healthy skin. With the sun blazing and the humidity rising, your skin needs something lightweight and hydrating to keep it in check. So, you should find a formula that gives you that essential protection and nourishment without weighing you down. 

Your skin's totally unique. So, what works for your best friend might not work for you. Don't worry, though! Experiment with different face creams with different ingredients and see what clicks. Adapt along the way, and before you know it, you'll have a summer skincare routine that's got your skin glowing and feeling fab!

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