TikTok’s DermDoctor Shares His Top Three Summer Skincare Tips


 PhD. Muneeb Shah, better known as @dermdoctor, has become a featured dermatologist on TikTok. Although he lives in North Carolina and is a partner at Fora Dermatology, anyone anywhere can learn about skin care through his social media. His skincare advice, trend explanations and reaction videos to acne and skin abnormalities have earned him 18 million followers.



"I try to take a very practical approach to skin care—like, what's going on right now and why do you want to change that?" Shah shares. In addition to offering advice on common problems like acne hyperpigmentation, and dryness, dermatologists highlight affordable products you might be able to pick up on your next trip to the drugstore. 

Since he's an expert on skin care, we asked DermDoctor to tell us some summer skin dos and don'ts, as well as his favorite products of the season.

DermDoctors Summer Skin Care Tips. Do this: Apply sunscreen every day and remember to reapply Shah said that while sun protection is needed year-round, it is even more important in the summer as sun exposure increases. 

This means you should look for a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and reapply as needed - usually every two hours when you're in the sun. To develop this habit, Shah recommends pairing it with a behavior you already do.



"When I first try to get people to apply sunscreen, I try to get them to combine it with brushing their teeth," Shah says. "Then I tell them to reapply at lunch when you're out in the sun." 

Do this: Switch to a lightweight moisturizer. "In the summer, one of the main changes is increased humidity," Shah noted. In this case, dermatologists recommend "swapping your heavier cream moisturizer for a lighter moisturizer."


Look for a hyaluronic acid-based moisturizer or gel moisturizer, which, Shah says, are "lighter options." , and can remain on the skin in humid environments." DON’T: Over-exfoliate. Due to increased time in the sun, Shah suggests "perhaps eliminating or reducing the use of exfoliating acids [in the summer]." 

According to Derm, alpha hydroxy acids (such as lactic acid and glycolic acid) can increase the risk of sunburn. If you want to reap the brightening and smoothing benefits of these ingredients, Shah recommends using them only once a week.


DermDoctor’s Most Popular Summer Skin Care Products. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Gel Cream. Shah prefers Neutrogena's gel-cream formula to hydrogel because it's fragrance-free. This lightweight, oil-free moisturizer is a great summer skincare alternative. 

Olay Regenerist Hyaluronic Acid + Peptide 24 Hydrating Gel: Shah also loves this hydrating hyaluronic acid gel from Olay, which contains niacinamide for oil control and peptides to support the skin barrier.


Drunk Elephant Protini Peptide Cream. Drunk Elephant's Protini Peptide Cream, a peptide-rich moisturizer that also has a gel-like consistency, Shah says, is a year-round favorite. 

L'Oreal Revitalift 2.5% Hyaluronic Acid + Caffeine Serum. "If it's not very humid outside, hyaluronic acids can actually dry out the skin. In a sense, they're releasing moisture into the environment," Shah says.



"So hyaluronic acids are best suited for times of year when it's a little bit humid." . " He recommends this serum, which uses multi-molecule hyaluronic acid. "It provides a dewy, hydrated, plump look," he says. 

Vichy Minerals 89 Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum. "If someone has a problem with hyaluronic acid and doesn't like it because they say it irritates the skin, this one won't irritate it," says Shah. "It's pure high molecular weight hyaluronic acid with a super elegant formula and super simple ingredients."



EltaMD UV Restore Broad Spectrum SPF 40, Tinted. EltaMD remains dermatologists’ favorite sunscreen. Shah loves this tinted version, saying it's "amazing, blends really well, and is purely mineral." 

EltaMD UV Restore Broad Spectrum SPF 40, Tinted. EltaMD remains dermatologists’ favorite sunscreen. Shah loves this tinted version, saying it's "amazing, blends really well, and is purely mineral."

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melted Milk Sunscreen SPF 60. Shah also loves this face and body sunscreen. The fast-absorbing formula prevents a sticky or greasy feeling, perfect for hot and humid days. 

Isdin Eryfotona Actinica Everyday Lightweight Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 50+

Isdin Eryfotona Actinica SPF 50 is Shah's favorite because it's blendable and disappears on all skin tones. It also contains DNA repair, which Shah says is "very useful for repairing damage that's already been done to the skin."

Black Girl Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30. 

For an affordable option, Shah recommends this drugstore sunscreen that's especially great for darker skin tones. It uses a chemical UV filter — Shah said he has no preference between chemical and physical sunscreens and that ultimately people should find a formula they like and use every day. Vaseline Original, 3-pack If you get sunburned, Shah recommends keeping your after-sun routine as simple as possible. Use a cold compress for the first two hours afterwards to cool the skin and relieve burning sensation. "After 24 hours, you can start using regular petroleum jelly," Shah advises. "This will help the skin repair itself and allow the skin to heal, because once the damage has already begun, there's not much you can do. Once you get sunburned, it's like a car accident, as if the impact had happened."
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