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Despite what you might think, adapting your skincare routine for warmer weather isn’t just a myth or cleverly constructed marketing rhetoric. When you think about it, it makes sense that our skincare should also take a seasonal turn as our elemental exposure cycles with the climate.

That being said, you don’t have to throw out your entire regimen in favour of another. A few simple product swaps might be all you need to get the best out of your skin during the hotter months. Here are a few of our favourites to sub in throughout the summer, to keep that languid holiday glow going long past the last ocean dip.

A hard-working cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin

Taking off all those layers of SPF at the end of the day requires a heavy duty cleanser, and an oil option can help to remove every last bit off your face. We love this all-natural option from Emma Lewisham, which also doles out a solid dose of glow post-cleanse.

Emma Lewisham Illuminating Oil Cleanser, $70 SHOP NOW

A potent serum for extra protection against pigmentation

Enlist the help of niacinamide to keep UV damage at bay throughout all the impending afternoons spent at sunny rooftop bars. We love this ESK Enlighten serum, which helps to brighten and even out skin tone in only three weeks.

ESK Enlighten, $95 SHOP NOW

A high-performance eye cream

While we always recommend wearing shades, squinting is an inevitable part of the summer season. Make sure you’re keeping the area extra hydrated by using a dedicated eye cream morning and night. We love this one from Enbacci, which is lightweight in application but powerful in its ability to treat fine lines and stop the delicate area from drying out.

Enbacci Age Revitalising Eye Defence, $88 SHOP NOW

A plumping moisturiser that isn’t too heavy on the skin

Moon Juice have finally landed on our shores, just in time to help our skin beat the heat. We love this moisturiser for juicy, hydrated skin without leaving the face feeling suffocated on those days when the temp really soars.

Moon Juice Cosmic Cream Collagen Protecting Moisturizer, $93 SHOP NOW

A lightweight sunscreen that doesn’t sleep on hydration

While you should be wearing SPF every day, all year round (tut tut), summer means we’re spending a lot more time outdoors and in the elements, which requires vigilant reapplication. Choose a formula that goes on easy and adds extra moisture to the skin, like this one from local faves Ultra Violette.

Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF 50+ Hydrating Facial Sunscreen, $45 SHOP NOW

An at-home facial to keep the glow going

If you’re going relatively off-grid for your summer break, consider packing your very own facialist before you hit the road. Skin expert Melanie Grant has created the perfect kit to recreate her infamous skin health treatments at home. An investment, but one that repays with radiance in spades.


A little faux-glow to fake it

We all know by now that your tan should never come courtesy of time in the sun, so add in this double-duty serum of an evening to wake up with a fresh, even glow before your morning double-shot.


An easy holiday hack to boost collagen

Vida Glow’s Collagen Elixir has all your hair, skin and nail-boosting properties in one genius little bottle. Each one is ready to drink so they’re perfectly portable if you’re heading away, and they can be sipped or shot – depending how festive you’re feeling.

Vida glow Collagen Elixir Lemon Myrtle & Manuka Honey, $75 SHOP NOW