As we talked about last week, summer brings with it its own set of challenges for almost every aspect of your beauty routine. I spend a lot of time outdoors when it's warm and tend to be very demanding of my skincare, haircare and makeup, which means that over the years, I've found some tried-and-true summer beauty winners.
Below, check out the products I find myself using the most when the temperatures rise; maybe one of them can solve an aesthetic problem for you!
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop
$38 via Sephora
A beauty editor friend and I joke a lot about steering into the skid when it comes to being, uh, dewy in the summer. If you're prone to a little sweatiness, this cult favorite (and my personal favorite) highlighter will go a long way toward convincing people that you totally meant to do that.
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in Splish Splash
$20 via Sephora
I hate pastels but love a pastel pedicure. A powdery shade is less obvious than a neon and makes your feet look super tan by comparison.
Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 Spray
$26 via Sephora
I wear my hair curly in the summer, so it doesn't require a lot of product, but this is my favorite year-round fix to extend my hair wash past the first day. It's both a dry shampoo and dry texturizer, plus it also offers the hold of a hairspray. On top of that, it smells heavenly.
Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding
$38 via Sephora
In the winter, my only mask goal is to get as much moisture as possible. In the summer, I still need moisture, but I also need something to suck all the gunk out of my pores without sucking all the moisture out of my skin along with it. It's a hard balance to strike, but this mask does it perfectly.
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
$20 via Sephora
I have sensitive skin, so I use a lot of FAB products in general, and this cleanser does a great job of making my skin feel clean on a sweaty day without making my face dry or tight.
Hampton Sun Continous Mist Sunscreen SPF70
$32 via Bergdorf Goodman
I know it says "for kids," but this sunscreen is also for very pale adults, trust me. The finish on your skin is almost like that of a tanning oil, so you also get to look all shimmery and sexy while you're actually covered in high-powered sunscreen.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer
$50 via Sephora
Just because I know tanning is bad doesn't mean I'm immune from the allure of a sun-kissed glow, and this bronzer provides just that without any damaging exposure. It also takes a very light application to see the results, which means the generous amount of bronzer in the packaging should last forever. (I've had mine almost a year and use it every day, and I still have well over half the product left.)
Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner
$18 via Nordstrom
On a day-to-day level, nothing makes me feel like I'm doing a better job getting all the summer gunk off the surface of my skin than this toner.
Mustela Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF50+
$13 via Sephora
Summer tends to bring with it spontaneous plans, and those spontaneous plans are often outdoors. Tossing a small sunscreen in your bag along with the rest of your essentials ensures that you're prepared if the sun should shift onto you while you're on a patio drinking rosé, and the non-liquid nature of this inexpensive option means you don't have to worry about spills in your bag the rest of the week.
Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel
$48 via Sephora
This may be the one skincare product I use all year, no matter the weather or temperature. It sloughs off dead cells like a total champ without drying or irritating my sensitive skin, and I always feel so soft and clean afterward.
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