These Are the Best Hydrating Serums That Won’t Make You Break Out in Warmer Weather, According to a Derm

Summer skin care is unanimous with sunscreen (duh) and sweat control. While winter beauty is all about hydration, days in the hot sun often means getting sticky and swampy in just a few minutes. Many of us trade in the heavy hydrating creams and mega-moisturizers for, say, blotting papers and light-but-mighty setting sprays.

Not to throw a wrench in your warm weather skin-care routine, but you shouldn't be skipping out on hydration when the temps start to climb, even if you're worried about breakouts. Sure, your skin might be producing more sweat than usual, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's hydrated.

"It's a common misconception that skin that is oily—which can occur even in people without oily skin at baseline in the summertime—does not require moisturizer," explains Rachel Maiman, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist at Marmur Medical in New York City. "Every skin type can experience dehydration... Skipping out on moisturizer, warm weather included, means you’re not providing your skin with sufficient water, which prevents the skin barrier from functioning optimally."

In skin care, dehydration refers to a lack of water, not oil. Dr. Maiman explains that when skin gets thirsty and oil levels become high, this can make skin more susceptible to all sorts of irritation. That's why you might associate breaking out with warmer weather—your skin is smart, and when it gets dehydrated, it'll kick those oil glands into gear to accommodate for the missing moisture. The end result? Acne, breakouts, irritation—all sorts of not-so-goodness.

Before you go to bed, rub a few drops of this luxurious plumping serum into your skin and enjoy your beauty sleep. This elegant oil doesn’t just hydrate skin overnight—it restores it, too, so you’re fueled to fight breakouts, pollution, and whatever else life throws at you the next day. Each batch is blended with kakadu plum, baobab, and macadamia, all of which are rich in antioxidants to nourish and renew your skin while you snooze.

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