Summer is finally here! With each season comes a different set of beauty needs, so what should you stock up on for this sunny season? Start with our top 10 summer beauty essentials.
No. 1 Sunscreen
It is no big secret that sunscreen is an absolute summer necessity. Save your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and preserve it for the future with a sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Unlike lotion sunscreens you’re probably used to, bareMinerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen is a lightweight mineral powder that barely feels there and won’t clog your pores. It also comes in a range of shades so you can match the powder to your skin tone.
No. 2 Lip Balm With SPF
Just like the rest of your face, your lips need protection from the harmful effects of the sun. Burt’s Bees Lifeguard’s Choice Lip Balm is specially formulated for people who face extreme weather, so it will keep your lips soft and hydrated even after an entire day at the beach or pool.
No. 3 Gentle Cleanser
Get your face ready for its poolside close up with a gentle but effective facial cleanser that will zap oil without overdrying. I love Lush Aqua Marina Cleanser, but don’t get spooked by its untraditional appearance. This product is truly all natural and while nature isn’t always pretty, in this case it leads to very pretty results. The calming cleanser is formulated for all skin types and is particularly effective at reducing redness with the help of calamine and aloe.
No. 4 Firming Moisturizer
Summer means showing a lot more skin, so it’s important to keep your body moisturized. I love a product that does triple duty, which is why I’ll be keeping my legs soft and toned with Nivea Body Firming Moisturizer. It moisturizes, firms and sunless tans your skin – one simple step to bikini-ready skin!
No. 5 Shave Gel
Is your skin susceptible to razor bumps? Avoid this unsightly bathing suit bummer with Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel, a luxurious product that has been shown to noticeably decrease the occurrence of razor bumps and also hydrates your skin with every use.
No. 6 Bronzer
Since tanning is a no-no, give your face a sun-kissed glow with the next best thing: Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder. This product will help even out your skin tone as you apply, and you can layer it to create varying levels of color for healthy, just-back-from-the-beach beauty.
No. 7 Tinted Moisturizer
Dare to go bare this summer, meaning it’s time to trade heavy foundation for a much lighter tinted moisturizer. I am partial to Sonia Kashuk Radiant+ Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15. This workhorse tint packs enough pigment to hide imperfections, and the color and texture look natural against skin.
No. 8 Waterproof Mascara
Long lashes are fabulous in any season, but with all the sweat, swimming and sprinklers of summer, it’s even more important to use a waterproof formula so that it stays on your lashes and not all over your face. Try CoverGirl LashBlast Waterproof Mascara for long, volumized lashes.
No. 9 Hair Strengthening Treatment
Chlorine, sun and wind can do a serious number on your hair. Give it some TLC with a treatment that will bring back hair’s natural shine. Try Lait Richesse by Kerastase; it’s a daily conditioner that strengthens and revitalizes dehydrated hair.
No. 10 Frizz Fighting Hair Serum
Fight the frizz this humid season with John Frieda Frizz-Ease Extra Strength Hair Serum. It will instantly reduce frizz, and when used every day it will even help prevent future frizz.