Ready, Set, Summer: Your Complete Skin Prep Checklist

As the days grow longer and the sun shines brighter, it’s time to get ready for summer fun. But before you break out your swimsuits and sunglasses, it’s essential to give your skin the care and attention it deserves. The transition from cooler to warmer weather can be tough on your skin, requiring a few adjustments to your routine. Enter our complete skin prep checklist.

Whether you’re planning beach getaways, poolside lounging, or simply spending more time outdoors, our complete skin prep checklist will ensure your skin stays healthy, glowing, and protected all summer long. Get ready to embrace the season with confidence and radiance!


Protect and Prevent

Sun protection is perhaps the most critical aspect of your summer skin prep. Choose a broad-spectrum face sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and apply it every morning as the last step of your skincare routine. Reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating. Don’t forget to protect other exposed areas such as your neck, chest, arms, and hands with a body sunscreen. Opt for water-resistant formulas if you plan on being active in the sun.

Also, consider investing in a sun hat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes from harmful UV rays. And if you’re planning on spending long hours outdoors, seek shade or use a beach umbrella whenever possible.

Exfoliate and Renew

One of the first steps to prepare your skin for summer is to exfoliate. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells that have accumulated over the colder months, revealing fresh, glowing skin underneath. Opt for a gentle exfoliator that suits your skin type, and aim to exfoliate no more than two to three times a week. Over-exfoliating can strip your skin of its natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation.

In addition to regular exfoliation, consider incorporating a renewing treatment into your routine, such as a chemical peel or a serum containing alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). These products can help accelerate cell turnover and improve skin texture. However, make sure to use these treatments at night and follow with adequate sun protection during the day, as these ingredients can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays.

Hydrate and Nourish

Keeping your skin hydrated is crucial, especially as the temperature rises and you spend more time in the sun. Switch to a lightweight, hydrating moisturizer that won’t feel heavy or greasy in the heat. Look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and aloe vera, which provide ample hydration without clogging pores. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day also helps maintain your skin’s hydration levels from within.

Beyond hydration, nourishing your skin with vitamins and antioxidants can provide an additional layer of protection against environmental stressors. Consider using a serum infused with Vitamin C, which not only brightens your skin but also helps protect it from free radicals caused by sun exposure. Consuming a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables can also supply your skin with essential nutrients to keep it looking healthy and radiant.


As you prepare for the sun-filled days ahead, following this comprehensive skin prep checklist will help ensure your skin remains healthy, glowing, and well-protected. From rigorous sun protection to regular exfoliation and constant hydration, each step plays a crucial role in maintaining your skin’s vitality.

Remember, summer is a time to embrace outdoor activities and bask in the sunshine, but never at the expense of your skin’s health. By investing in the right skincare practices and products, you can step into the season with confidence and radiance, ready to enjoy every moment that summer has to offer. Here’s to a beautiful and sun-safe summer!

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it.

While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.”

Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show: “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book.

In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel.

Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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