5 of the hottest skincare items you need this summer


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Get your glow on this summer. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

If you’re anything like me, it feels impossible to keep up with the latest skincare and beauty trends. Luckily, Cahaba Dermatology has you covered with five must-have items to upgrade your skincare routine this summer (all available in their spa). Keep reading for the glowy deets.

1. Cleanser

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One of the most essential skincare items is a good cleanser. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

With all the fun of summer, UV rays and rising temps can cause your skin to produce more oil, which can lead to skin irritation and breakouts. An effective, but gentle cleanser is the way to go for the season.

Cahaba Dermatology’s recommendation: Revision Papaya Enzyme Cleanser


  • Gently polishes away dead surface cells
  • Leaves all skin types feeling soft, clean and moisture-balanced 
  • Nourishes skin with Papaya Fruit Extract, rich in vitamins and minerals
  • Cleanses without stripping the skin of its natural moisture content

2. Antioxidant

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A must-have. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

If you aren’t already including an antioxidant in your skincare routine, now’s the time. Antioxidants protect your skin from the damage of UV rays, plus help to prevent sagging and wrinkling skin… it’s a no brainer.

“A medical-grade antioxidant is one of the products I recommend to every client. It doesn’t matter your age, your ethnicity, or what other products you are using. If you are trying to take care of your skin, then you need an antioxidant.”

Hannah Ayers, Esthetician

Cahaba Dermatology’s recommendation: Skinbetter Science Alto Advanced 


  • Super-potent antioxidant serum that helps shield the skin against the effects of internal and external free radicals.
  • Vitamins C and E, plus 17 additional free-radical fighters combined with a new, patented antioxidant brings a new level of comprehensive defense.

3. Moisturizer

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Summer = time to hydrate. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Excessive heat—which is already here in Bham—dries out your skin, so it’s essential you keep your skin hydrated in the summer months with a light moisturizer.

“Possibly the most important part of your regimen is your moisturizer. This is a step you need at any age, year-round. Your skin loses its ability to retain moisture as you age, so it’s good to start early. Even if your skin is oily, your skin still needs hydration.”

Cahaba Dermatology

Cahaba Dermatology’s recommendation: Avene Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum 


  • All-in-one hydration powerhouse can be used as a daily moisturizer, overnight mask and along the eye contour.
  • Fortify skin’s natural moisturizing and protective barrier leaves skin intensely hydrated, dewy and smooth.

4. SPF

SPF is the most important step of your summer routine. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Obviously, the sun’s rays are more powerful than ever during the summer, so it’s time to step up your SPF game.

Cahaba Dermatology’s recommendation: Alastin Hydratint Pro


  • Provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection SPF 36 with a lightweight all-mineral formulation.
  • Evens and brightens skin with a glowing tint for most skin tones.
  • Powerful antioxidants help protect skin from pollution, Infared rays and blue light.
  • Provides long-lasting hydration.
  • Fragrance-free reef-friendly formulation.
  • Water resistant for 40 minutes.
  • No white residue.

5. Retinol

Retinol rejuvenates the skin from the inside out. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Last, but not least—it’s time to start including retinol in your skincare routine. Don’t worry, we didn’t know what it was either.

“A retinol is a derivitive of Vitamin A. It will help with skin aging along with pore size, texture issues, discoloration, and overall rejuvenation. If you’re ready to get rid of summer damage, come get your retinol.”

Chelsea Gulick, Cahaba Dermatology

Cahaba Dermatology’s recommendation: Skinbetter Science Alpharet


  • Significantly reduces the appearance of wrinkles in as little as four weeks, with little-to-no irritation.
  • Provides moisture to help counteract dryness associated with traditional retinoid-based products.

For more skin care advice, contact Cahaba Dermatology today or visit their spa to check out their expert recommendations.

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