With the change of seasons and the rising temperatures it's definitely time to switch up your beauty routine a bit. These are the items that I think every girl should have in their beauty arsenal for summer.
While sunscreen is important all year round and should always be a part of your beauty routine it's even more important in the summer. During the summer the sun is much stronger and there is lot more skin that is exposed and has the potential to burn. I have the fairest skin out there so I take my sun protection very seriously, for my body (and face for days on the beach) I use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen in SPF 100+. I've been using this for years and religiously apply it every 2 hours when I'm in the sun and it always prevents me from getting burnt. For under makeup I love Clinique Super City Block Oil Free Daily Face Daily Sunscreen because it never feels heavy or greasy. In my book sunscreen is definitely the most important beauty item for summer.
2. Sunless Tanning Moisturizer and Bronzer
Sunless tanner and bronzer are the safest way to get your summer glow. Since I am so fair I can't do something that is too dark which is why a I love a good gradual tanning moisturizer like NKD SKN Gradual Glow Daily Tan Moisturizer. By using a product like this you can make your tan as dark or as light as you like, making it look much more natural (I do recommend getting a tanning mitt to help you apply it!). For your face I love a nice subtle bronzer to help create a glow, NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna is a cult favorite and sure to make you look great.
3. Smoothing Styling Treatment
With the humidity that most of us experience during the summer something to fight frizz and help smooth your locks is an absolute must have. I have been using Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5 in 1 Styling Treatment for a while now and absolutely love what it does to my hair. It definitely keeps the frizz away and it also volumizes, conditions, strengthens, and polishes my hair. My favorite part about it though is the fact that it is formulated without silicone.
4. Pore Clearing Face Mask
The hot weather makes you sweat and increases oil production on your face, this combined with makeup creates the perfect environment for pimples and breakouts to form. I am really loving Lush Cosmetics Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask to give your face a really deep clean. I first read about about it on Refinery 29 where the author of the article raved that it gave her the deepest clean of her life and I knew I had to try it. I finally picked a jar up the other day and when I use it my usually large pores seem to disappear. This mask will definitely help to keep your skin clear all season long.
5. Body Cream
Summer is the season of skin and you want to make sure that yours always looks great, a good body cream is the way to ensure that your skin always looks its best. I love to put on lotion when I get out of the shower and at night before bed, Bath & Body Works Ultra Shea Body Cream in Waikiki Beach Coconut is my absolute favorite for the summer. The Waikiki Beach Coconut scent smells absolutely amazing, it reminds me of a piña colada and I always get compliments when I wear it. My favorite thing about this cream though is that it is super moisturizing, but never feels heavy on your skin.
With your legs, armpits, and bikini line constantly on display during the summer a good razor is very important. I have been using Gillette Venus Original Women's Razor since I began shaving and it always gives a close shave without irritating my very sensitive skin. I highly recommend using EOS Shave Cream in Vanilla Bliss with your razor.
8. Dry Shampoo
I cannot wash my hair every day because it gets too dried out, but having something to clean it on days when I don't wash it in the summer is a necessity. I recently started using Batiste Dry Shampoo in Coconut & Exotic Tropical and have been loving the results. This dry shampoo works wonders on absorbing grease and makes your hair smell amazing.
Since summer is sandal season and your toes are always out it's important to have your nails painted. I literally cannot wear sandals without having my toes done because it just feels weird to me! Essie's summer collection of polishes is too pretty and my favorite colors from it are Peach Side Babe and Saltwater Happy.
9. Hair Ties
With the rising temperatures having your hair off your face is always important. I love this style of hair ties because they are super gentle on your hair and look really cute.
I'm a huge believer that water helps to keep your skin looking great and in addition to that it is also very important for you body. With the super hot temperatures that come with the summertime it is so easy to get dehydrated so drinking lots of water is more important than ever.
What are your summer beauty essentials?
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