Warm weather skin is improved by a carefree “less is more” approach, but with high temperatures and humidity it’s easy for your sought-after glow to become an “oh no.” This collection of products, and skincare tips from board-certified dermatologist Noëlle Sherber, M.D., F.A.A.D. is designed to leave you calm, cool, and complexion-perfected when life heats up, whether you’re in the boardroom or at the beach.
Eve Lom Cleanser
Described by Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of Vogue, as "probably the best cleanser in the world," this is an extraordinary product. Dr. Sherber recommends it to nearly all patients because it is remarkably effective at bringing every skin type into balance. The proprietary blend of oils (Egyptian chamomile, eucalyptus, clove, and hops) cleanses deeply because oil dissolves best in oil: this melts away even waterproof sunscreens or makeup, sinks into pores to remove excess oils and pollutants, and nourishes even the most sensitive skin types. The formulation emulsifies and turns milky when removed with the accompanying muslin cloth and warm water, leaving skin feeling soft and perfectly clean.
“This oil-based cleanser from the U.K. removes even the most tenacious sunscreen. I recommend taking a dime-sized amount of the balm, warming it between your fingertips since the natural formula can solidify, then massaging into dry skin focusing on areas prone to clogged pores; this will dissolve oils in your pores since oil dissolves readily in oil. Then, dampen the accompanying muslin cloth in warm water and hold it over your face, repeating the cycle three times to turn the balm into a milk; then gently buff to remove.”
La Mer The Cleansing Gel
- foaming gel purifies and refreshes -
This gently foaming gel cleanser draws out impurities, excess oil and pollutants with a refreshingly light touch. Daily debris is removed to help the complexion maintain its delicate balance, then rinses right off. Skin looks energized, fresh and vibrant.
Usage: Massage over damp skin to create a rich, foaming lather. Rinse thoroughly. Avoid eye area.
“In high humidity I recommend a double cleansing: this means using an oil-based balm followed by an oil-free gel. Whereas some foaming formulations can be drying, this oil-free gel from La Mer is gentle on the skin since it is rich in nourishing seawater minerals. After the Eve Lom Cleanser, follow with this luxuriously lathering gel for an at-home facial experience and completely thorough cleansing. I also love this gel for a one-and-done after warm weather morning workouts because it’s instantly refreshing and leaves the complexion in balance.”
Caudalie Beauty Elixir
Inspired by the Youth Elixir of the Queen of Hungary in the 16th century, the Beauty Elixir has a unique formula. Made of 100% natural-origin ingredients and bursting with precious plant extracts, it reveals complexion radiance, visibly smooths the features and tightens the appearance of pores.
As a primer, it prolongs the hold of make-up and is used as a setting spray backstage at fashion shows, just before the models step out onto the catwalk. Its ultra-fresh mist gives you an immediate radiance boost. Its aromatic fragrance soothes the mind and the senses.
“D.C.’s heat is intense (Washington was formally considered a tropical hardship post for foreign diplomats until air conditioning arrived in the 1940s!), and facial mists are ideal companions in the heat because they employ the principle of evaporative cooling; as they dry on the skin they lower its temperature. This spritz from Caudalie boasts of a purposeful set of ingredients to keep skin hydrated and moisturized: grape, orange blossom, rosemary, and balm mint for an extra cooling burst on contact. Mist on top of makeup to refresh the skin on a hot day or night.”
La Mer The Broad Spectrum SPF50 UV Protecting Fluid
- daily-use UV protection -
Your daily SPF 50 requirement. Let this luxurious, quick-absorbing fluid defend skin against everyday exposure to UV rays. Designed to be worn over your moisturizer or under makeup, this soothing, lightweight lotion infuses skin with the sea-sourced renewing energies of Miracle Broth™.
Usage: Apply a dime-sized amount into palm of hand. Using fingertips, apply all over face and neck, over your moisturizer or under makeup.
“Fluid texture is a meaningful innovation in sunscreen technology since SPF rating is performed with 1 tsp for face and neck. It can be challenging to apply this amount with a thick formulation and applying ½ tsp lowers the effective SPF dramatically! This formulation from La Mer is so incredibly lightweight that it makes it easy to wear the correct amount to keep skin protected, and it’s enriched with nourishing hydration and powerful antioxidants. I find that both men and women love this sunscreen and stock up once they try it.”
3Lab M Cream
This product has become a top selling moisturizer because it packs powerful anti-aging ingredients into a lightweight fast-absorbing formulation that is suitable for all skin types. Its luminous silky matte texture makes skin look smooth immediately, and Osilift firms the contour of the skin as it dries as a temporary effect, while the active ingredients work to stimulate collagen for smoother and firmer skin in the long term. Designed to help skin perform at its best under stress, this cream is a red carpet staple to keep even the most demanding skin in balance and looking fresh.
“It’s key to differentiate between moisture (oil) and hydration (water) in skincare. In hot humid summer weather skin generally needs less moisture and more hydration, making a water-rich gel like 3Lab M Cream a fantastic fit. This can be applied more generously overnight to plump up the skin like the “sleep masks” now popular in Asia, or applied more sheerly during the day under sunscreen since it contains potent antioxidants forming a second line of defense against DNA and collagen damage from UV exposure.”