Summer is here and that means more outdoor activities, more sunshine, with the occasional beach visits and some good ole barbecuing. Summer is definitely fun but with the change in temperature, increased sun exposure, and other elements— it could affect our skin. So, what’s a girl to do to keep that complexion on point? Here, I have compiled the must-have summer essentials for that healthy glow!
If you haven’t joined the face mists club, you need to asap! They are lifesavers on those hot days where your skin needs a little pick me up. Face mists are a great way to give your skin a boost of hydration and refresh your makeup. A few spritzes could really perk up tired skin and give it that dewy glow. My absolute favorite is from Mario Badescu. It contains Aloe Vera, Herbs, and Rosewater which instantly cool and refresh the skin upon contact. This face mist is a cult favorite and you could find them in stores like Ulta, Amazon, Saks, etc.
Ok, this has been ingrained in us since we were kids but it needs to be repeated as often as possible. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! You should be wearing sunscreen every single day. Rain or shine. Summer through Winter. If you haven’t adopted this habit yet, especially in the season that’s all about sun-worshipping— start now! My favorite sunscreen is Neogen Day-Light Protection Sunscreen. It offers major sun protection and it layers really well under makeup without leaving that white cast.
Summer months could wreak havoc on our skin due to sun exposure, chlorine from pools and hot temperatures. Sheet masks are a total godsend as they help restore hydration to our skin. You know I love my sheet masks, I typically apply them at night and I leave them on for as long as I could until I’m ready for bed. They are worth the splurge and there’s something so therapeutic about them. So, next time when you’ve been out in the sun, treat yourself to a cooling sheet mask. Your face will thank you!
Translucent Setting Powder
Have you ever had those summer days where the heat seems to melt away your makeup and you end up looking like a greasy mess? One of the best tips I learned a long time ago from a makeup artist was to use a setting powder to mattify your skin. Best. Tip. Ever. I’ve been using this trick ever since and it is how I manage to keep my oily face under control on those sweltering hot days. bareMinerals has a setting powder called Mineral Veil and it is the one product that I cannot live without. This translucent powder instantly takes away the shine without leaving the face feeling heavy or cakey. It helps blur the look of pores and fine lines and gives off a soft dewy effect!
Body Scrub & Rich Body Cream
So, you fell asleep by the pool or laid a bit too long in the sun, and at the end of the day, you jumped in the shower only to come out looking like a red tomato. This was followed by weeks of flaky and peeling skin. Time to grab that body scrub! They are perfect for sloughing off dead surface skin cells. One of the most popular body scrubs on the market is by Asutra. It is 100% organic and is one of the best sellers on Amazon! Don’t forget, after exfoliating, you need to apply a rich body cream to keep your skin smooth and soft!
Running around in the summer heat with all the makeup, dirt, and summer sweat isn’t exactly fun. That’s why you need a good cleanser to remove all that dirt and oil at the end of the day to keep your skin from breaking out. P.s You really should be double cleansing anyways (I talk about it in 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine). If you don’t have time, at the very minimum, you should always be cleansing your face twice a day. Skinfood’s Eggwhite Cleanser is my all time favorite cleanser and it is also a top seller everywhere.
SPF Lip Balm
Lips are often overlooked when applying sunscreen. Even though your lips might not immediately burn or freckle, it doesn’t mean they are free from the damaging UV rays. Keep those chapped lips at bay with a good SPF lip balm. Burt’s Bee has been a favorite of mine for ages. They are also hugely popular on Amazon with a 4.5-star rating from more than 1,100 reviewers! This lip balm is a permanent resident in my purse.
Brim or Baseball Hat
You probably heard the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Sunscreens are great but if you are going to be in the sun all day, so make sure to protect your face with a hat! This will save you so much heartache later in dealing with those pesky sunspots and signs of premature aging due to long exposures in the sun. Besides, hats are great summer accessories, I love stuff with a dual purpose!
Do you guys have any skincare products that you’re loving right now? Please let me know in the comments below. I love hearing about your recommendations.