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8 Skincare Ingredients for the Perfect Summer Glow

Your skin’s needs change with the seasons, meaning that your skin has different requirements in the summer than it does in the winter. 

Wondering what your skin needs to really thrive in the summer months? 

Here are eight ingredients that will help to give you that perfect summer glow: 

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a popular skin care ingredient in the summer. 


Because this is what people tend to turn to when they are experiencing a sunburn. However, what many do not realize is that aloe vera is a fantastic ingredient to use all the time, whether you have a sunburn or not.

A jar of aloe vera gel with slices of fresh aloe vera

What makes aloe vera so great? 

Well, for starters, it contains so many vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes. In fact, aloe vera is said to contain around 75 active compounds.

Some of the skin-supporting nutrients that you will find in aloe vera include: 

  • 18 amino acids 
  • Vitamin A 
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E 
  • Folic acid 
  • Choline

It is also great for hydrating the skin, and this is all down to its polysaccharide content. These help to form a protective barrier over the surface of the skin, preventing the skin’s moisture from evaporating. 

Of course, aloe vera is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, which is why it is the go-to ingredient for sunburns. These anti-inflammatory properties are great for the summer months, when your skin will likely be experiencing a higher amount of heat and inflammation.

Vitamin C

Even though you may be quite diligent about sun protection, your skin is still likely to experience a small amount of sun damage over the summer months. 

It is always best to deal with this as early on as possible, which is where vitamin C comes in…

Vitamin C is one of the best ingredients out there for dealing with sun damage, especially if you apply it in the morning. Studies have found that applying vitamin C to the skin two hours before sun exposure led to a reduction in skin wrinkling.

Young woman with slices of fruit

This ingredient is also a good one for lightening and brightening the skin, making it ideal for treating the dark spots that often develop after sun exposure. 

Let’s not forget that vitamin C is a fantastic antioxidant too. 

Why are antioxidants important in the summer? 

Because sun exposure leads to the formation of free radicals in the body. These are basically unstable molecules, due to the fact that they are missing an important electron. 

In order to try to heal themselves, free radicals attack the cells surrounding them, stealing electrons from them and, therefore, turning those cells into free radicals. The cycle is endless, and results in some serious long-term skin damage, as well as accelerated skin aging. 

The only way to break this cycle is with the use of antioxidants. 

Antioxidants contain a number of spare electrons. When they come into contact with a free radical, they donate one of their extra electrons to that free radical, therefore healing it and turning it back into a normal molecule. 

Yes, there are hundreds of different antioxidants out there, but vitamin C has been proven to be one of the most powerful. That, plus the fact that it can really help to protect the skin from sun damage, makes it a must-have ingredient for the summer months.

If you’re looking for a lightweight and summer-friendly serum that features vitamin C as a key ingredient, try the White Pearl Vitamin C Serum.

Not only does it include ascorbyl palmitate (a stable form of vitamin C), it also includes other vitamin-antioxidants like retinyl palmitate (vitamin A) and tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E) to really boost your skincare and protect the skin from free radical damage.

Hyaluronic Acid

You would think that it would be easier to keep the skin moisturized in the summer, compared to the winter, but this isn’t always true. 

Yes, the air in the summer is higher in humidity, which minimizes trans-epidermal water loss. 

However, the intense heat of the sun itself can be extremely dehydrating. The sun’s UV rays also damage the skin’s natural barrier, making the skin more susceptible to damage. 

Of course, with the skin naturally being oilier in the summer, you don’t want to overload it with heavy moisturizers. 

This is where hyaluronic acid can be so useful…

Hyaluronic acid is actually a natural substance. Your body already contains it, with the highest concentrations of it being found in the skin tissue. 

Structure of the skin in different ages

What does hyaluronic acid do? 

It keeps the skin lubricated, ensuring that it stays hydrated.

You are probably thinking…

If my skin already contains hyaluronic acid, why do I need to be using it on my skin? 

Because your skin’s production of hyaluronic acid rapidly declines with age. This is one of the reasons as to why mature skin is so prone to dryness and dehydration. 

When you apply hyaluronic acid to your skin, it acts as a humectant. This means that it draws in moisture from the air around you and sends this into your skin. 

It is so effective at keeping the skin moisturized, without weighing it down or making it feel greasy, making it perfect for the summer. 

Wondering which Lionesse products contain hyaluronic acid?

The Golden Sapphire Serum and Opah Sheer Collagen Serum both contain sodium hyaluronate, which is hyaluronic acid in smaller molecular form so that it is able to work better on the epidermis layer of the skin.


Otherwise known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is a popular skin care ingredient, especially in the summer.


Because it is fantastic at helping to protect the skin from the sun. This is why you will often find niacinimide formulated into sunscreen products. 

Of course, there are a few other reasons to use niacinimide too, such as: 

  • Helps to treat skin conditions caused by inflammation, such as acne, rosacea and eczema. These often flare-up in the summer months 
  • Helps to reduce pigmentation, which, again, is usually more prevalent in the summer due to sun exposure 
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Strengthens the skin barrier by encouraging the production of ceramides

Decided that you need niacinimide in your life? 

Make sure that the product you choose contains between 2% to 10% niacinimide. This is the concentration range that the major studies that have been carried out on the ingredient have used. Any less than this and you may not experience the results you are seeking. 

As a light tonic used in the first step of any skincare routine, the White Pearl Skin Toner features a formulation that helps to deliver all these benefits of niacinamide directly to the skin. It is best followed with a serum and moisturizer to lock in moisture.

Zinc Oxide

Zinc oxide is one of the main ingredients in physical sunscreens. 

Unlike chemical sunscreens, in which the chemicals absorb and convert the sun’s UV rays, physical sunscreens with zinc oxide are able to reflect both UVA and UVB rays away from the skin, preventing them from actually coming into contact with the skin at all.

However, even if you decide to opt for a sunscreen that makes use of another active ingredient, zinc oxide may still be worth considering for your skin. 

Young woman lifting her face towards the sunlight


Because, in addition to being a great sunscreen, it is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. Not only does it reduce inflammation, but it also prevents it, which is something that your skin could really do with in the summer. 

Do you suffer from acne? 

Zinc oxide can help with this too. This isn’t only due to its anti-inflammatory properties, but also because the ingredient is an antimicrobial and an antibacterial. This means that zinc oxide can help to eliminate any acne-causing bacteria from the surface of the skin, halting your breakouts in their tracks. 

When it comes to skin healing and regeneration, zinc oxide is a superstar. 

It helps to promote the growth of new skin tissues, while healing any damage that has already been caused. 

Zinc is also essential in the skin’s production of collagen, which is one of the main proteins that gives your skin its structure and smoothness. This makes zinc oxide quite useful for anti-aging purposes.

Need one final reason to add zinc oxide into your skin care routine? 

It helps to increase the absorption of other active ingredients in skin care products. This means that you would experience much better results using a product that contains zinc oxide compared to one that doesn’t. 

Witch Hazel

Once the weather turns warmer, this stimulates the skin’s sebaceous glands into increasing their oil production. 

For those who already have oily skin, an increase in oil production can be disastrous, leading to frequent breakouts throughout the summer months. 

Even for those with other skin types, breakouts tend to be much more common in the summer, due to excess oil on the skin. This oil clogs up the pores, which then leads to inflammation and spots. 

How can you reduce your summertime breakouts? 

Witch hazel can help! 

To begin with, this botanical extract is a powerful anti-inflammatory. That alone is enough to help keep breakouts down. 

However, there is more to witch hazel than this…

Witch hazel is also an astringent. This means that it helps to shrink pore openings, which then reduces the amount of oil that your skin is able to secrete. 

Even if you don’t suffer from acne, witch hazel is still an ingredient worth considering…

It is fantastic for protecting the skin against environmental damage, all thanks to its high tannin content. Tannins occur naturally in certain plants, and are known for their potent antioxidant powers.

Watermelon Oil

Watermelon is such a popular summertime snack, but many do not realize that this ingredient is fantastic for the skin too. 

Never heard of watermelon oil before? 

It is oil that has been extracted from the seeds of a watermelon, and it actually has quite an impressive nutritional profile. 

It contains high amounts of linoleic acid, which is an omega-6 fatty acid. This fatty acid is key when it comes to supporting the skin’s barrier, and it can help with everything from skin elasticity to hydration. 

This is another ingredient that could really make a huge difference to those with oily, acne-prone skin. 

You are probably thinking…

Why would I want to add an oil to skin that is already oily? 

Because watermelon oil is non-comedogenic, meaning that it will not clog up your pores and contribute to breakouts. Instead, it will help to re-balance your skin’s sebum production, slowing this down if your skin is producing too much oil. 

It also contains a number of vitamins and minerals that your skin needs to thrive, such as: 

  • Niacin 
  • Vitamin B6 
  • Folic acid 
  • Magnesium 
  • Zinc 

The oil itself feels very lightweight, and is almost quite dry when compared to other botanical oils. This makes it perfect for using alongside other skin care ingredients and products, and it even works well layered underneath makeup. 

Rose Water

Rose water has been used on the skin for centuries. Not only does it smell beautifully floral, but it is also an amazing ingredient to use on your skin in the summer. 

It’s a great one for soothing irritated skin, thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects. If your skin feels sensitive because of the hot summer sun, or if you are experiencing a flare-up in your eczema or rosacea, rose water will likely be able to help. 

Female hands preparing a small vial of rose water

Being an antibacterial and an antiseptic, it can also help to prevent and treat skin infections, while reducing redness at the same time. 

If all of that was not enough, rose water is packed with a number of antioxidants. These antioxidants are so powerful, with studies finding that they go a long way in protecting skin cells from damage. They also provide the skin with anti-aging benefits, keeping the skin looking younger for longer.

Haven’t noticed rose water in many serums and skin creams? 

You are more likely to find it in cleansers and toners. 

Rose water is often used to help re-balance the skin’s pH level, which is something that cleansers usually disrupt. This is why you will find rose water in many of the toners out there, since this is one of the main purposes of a toner. 

A rose water facial mist is also a great idea, especially when you need to cool your skin down in the summer. However, make sure that you always follow this up with either a serum or a moisturizer. 

Since rose water is such a gentle ingredient, this is one that can be used by all skin types. 

The summer months can be difficult for your skin to deal with, which is why you need to tailor your skin care routine to cater to your skin’s summertime needs. From sun protection to hydration, these eight skin care ingredients will definitely help your skin to glow all through the season. 


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