10 Beauty Products That’ll Save You This Summer
While you’re having ridiculous amounts of fun this summer—swimming in the ocean, relaxing in the sun, taking a dip in the pool, or shopping on vacay—don’t forget that our favorite seasonal activities can wreak havoc on hair, nails, and skin. The truth is that you’d never wear your winter clothes in the summer (or vice versa), so why would you expect the same products to keep you pretty all year long? This summer, invest in these nine essentials to cover every situation swimmingly.
A Sunscreen You Love and Will Wear
Nothing can ruin a day like a burn. If you don’t already, start wearing sunscreen each and every day. Find one you like, so you have no excuses not to wear it, and remember that there are great options at every price point. This dry-touch formula applies smoothly and cleanly just like expensive sunscreens, yet it’s a third of the price. Keep it in your purse and reapply often.
An All-Purpose Oil
As much as we love the sun, we love our skin more. An all-purpose face oil can be used to moisturize, soothe, and protect whatever gets itchy, rough, or uncomfortable.
A Refreshing Face Wash
A Colored Lip Balm
Even on the hottest, stickiest day, a swath of lip color can make you feel much more civilized. With nourishing beeswax and vitamin E, Burt’s Bees Natural Tinted Lip Balm keeps lips soft and smooth.
A Mattifying Moisturizer
Control shine in your T-zone—or all over—with this treatment, which controls oil and helps prevent breakouts.
A Summertime Scent
The hotter temperatures in summer can make normal perfumes stronger than usual. For warm weather, default to a beachy, breezy scent in a lighter formulation. Comptoir Sud Pacifique Coco Figue—with almond, coconut, caramel, fig, and Madagascar vanilla—smells like everyone’s dream of the tropics.
A Bodacious Bronzer
Even if you’re dedicated to preserving your paleness, a little sunny glow never hurt anyone. Laura Mercier Bronzing Pressed Powder makes it look like you just did irreversible skin damage—in a good way.
A Shield for Your Hair Color
If you’re going to be outside, add one additional step to your hair care routine—a UV filter to protect your color. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-In Cream tames flyaways and frizz—making it perfect for carrying to the beach—and moisturizes dry strands.
A Tinted Sunscreen
Wearing a sunscreen, moisturizer, and foundation can feel goopy and excessive on hot days. Don’t choose—multitask! Pick a triple-threat like La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, which provides powerful sun protection and adds just enough tint to even out skin tone.
A Foot Care Fallback
Wearing flip flops and pounding the pavement can leave feet thrashed. Between pedicures, treat your feet and keep them in tip-top shape with Freeman Bare Foot Healing Foot Cream. This lavendar and mint concoction exfoliates, softens, and rejuvinates tired soles.