Here in Colorado, we tend to take skin care more seriously in the winter when it dries out and starts to crack. However, it’s just as important to prioritize skin care in the summer months, especially since we’re sitting at a comfy 5,328 feet high with the sun blazing down on us all day long. That being said, there are lots of things you can do to improve your skincare routine this summer, starting with exfoliation!


Exfoliating is essential for getting rid of dead skin cells that have built up on your skin, making it look dull and uneven. Our dermatologists recommend exfoliating once per week to give your skin an even glow without causing skin irritation. There are lots of great skin exfoliants to choose from nowadays, like plant-based brightening scrubs and sugar body scrubs, which you can find at body shops around Boulder.

Use A Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C serums are an essential part of your summer skincare routine, as they enhance collagen production for healthy skin growth. Vitamin C serums help to keep your skin firm and strong while providing natural antioxidants that shield the skin from sun damage. Not only that, but they also hydrate the skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. We recommend using a vitamin C serum a few times per week, such as ZO® Skin Health’s Ossential C-Bright Serum, which you can pick up at our Boulder dermatology clinic.


Lots of people are under the impression that they don’t have to moisturize in the summer since the air isn’t quite as harsh and dry as it is during the cold months. However, we still live in a fairly dry state, so it’s always a good idea to moisturize year-round. Don’t like the sticky feeling of face moisturizers when you sweat in the summer sun? Switch to a lightweight moisturizer that’s tinted and contains SPF sun protection.

Wear Sunscreen

Wearing the right sunscreen is arguably the most important aspect of summer skincare, especially here in Colorado. Avoid spray sunscreens from the drugstore, as they usually don’t provide even coverage or penetrate into the skin very well, exposing your skin to sun damage. Instead, opt for a high-quality, dermatologist-recommended sunscreen, like those from EltaMD. At Kallgren Dermatology, we have seven different EltaMD sunscreens, including EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40, EltaMD UV Facial Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+, and EltaMD UV Sport Broad-Spectrum SPF 50.

It’s time to get your skin summer ready. Visit our dermatology clinic in Boulder to stock up on the best skincare products, skincare sets, and sunscreens before summer kicks into full gear!