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Smart Summer Moisturizer Picks

Prepare your skin with expert best picks for warmer temps.

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Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

WebMD Magazine - Feature

Skincare needs change with the seasons. So how should you transition your skincare routine? Jeanine Downie, MD, director of Image Dermatology in Montclair, N.J., and David Colbert, MD, founder and head physician, of the New York Dermatology Group in New York City, share some of their favorite skin-saving solutions and summer staples.

Downie’s top picks: Slathering on heavy creams in the summer that are designed to treat parched winter skin can be as uncomfortable as wearing flannel in July. Switch to lighter products with ingredients like aloe and jojoba.

Look for moisturizers that are described as milks or lotions. Gel formulas are also great for hot weather because they absorb quickly without leaving greasy residue. Try Vaseline Aloe Fresh Moisturizing Daily Body Gel .

I think it's smart to replenish moisture with body washes that offer lightweight moisture. They might even be enough hydration for those with oilier skin. Dove Go Fresh Revive Body Wash  is a great option.

Lather up with an in-shower exfoliator for more stubborn cases of ashy, dull skin. Look for microbeads or exfoliators that soften skin while sloughing off flakes. Try Aveeno Positively Nourishing Smoothing Body Wash.

Add a salicylic acid body wash to your summer skin care routine if body breakouts are an issue. The acid can be too harsh on dry winter skin. I like Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash, Pink Grapefruit.

Colbert's top picks:

The weather causes environmental and biological changes that affect your skin, which is why your winter products don't feel right. Summer is definitely the time to switch to less greasy formulas, from creams to lotions, for example.

Read the label. If one of the first two or three ingredients includes glycerin, lanolin, or petrolatum, it might suffocate your skin in warm months. I like lotions with either lactic or glycolic acid during warmer weather. These ingredients can be too harsh on dry, cracked winter skin but are excellent hydrators and exfoliators for summer. Try AmLactin 12% Moisturizing Body Lotion, especially on flaky legs. I also often suggest Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion because it has a light texture and doesn't feel greasy.

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