1. Get Ready to Bare Some Skin
Hot summer days call for skin-baring looks. Get your body glowing with some skin-perfecting treatments.
The Starskin 7-Minute Morning Mask features single use pads with everything you need to massage, exfoliate, and tone on one side; plus an all-in-one serum, moisturizer, leave-on mask, and makeup primer on the other. Discover the benefits of a Korean rubber mask with the Let Me Skin Hydrating Ultra H2O Modeling Mask, which seals in moisture while boosting elasticity. Get some serious beauty sleep with the help of Allies of Skin Bright Future Overnight Facial, which hydrates, exfoliates, and evens out your skin tone while you get some shut eye.
For areas from the neck down, we’re loving the Nannette de Gaspé The Uplift Revealed Coffret – it comes with the Bust and Tush treatment programs to lift and sculpt the contours of each area of the body. Plus, don’t forget the Karuna Exfoliating+ Foot Mask, which conditions and restores dry, flaky skin, so you can proudly wear open-toe sandals or simply go bare.
2. Cover Up in SPF
The obvious summer update is stocking up on the right sunscreen. Replace your expired bottles and tubes with products that keep your skin protected while also imparting some added benefits. You can’t go wrong with the multitasking Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector™ Water-Light Lotion SPF 50, which is gentle enough for sensitive skin, plus the water-resistant formula works for the face and body. Drop Fresh Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30 in your bag for on-the-go touch-ups. If you’re worried about an unwanted greasy feeling, opt for a lightweight option that practical disappears on the skin, like Tatcha Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35. For those who love the convenience of a spray-on application, choose Soleil Toujours Sunscreen Continuous Spray SPF 50, which also nourishes skin with antioxidants and vitamins.
3. Don’t Forget the After-Sun Treatment
Even if you don’t get burnt, your skin needs a little extra love post-sun. Whether you want to hydrate dry skin or prolong your tan, there’s an option for you. Moroccanoil After Sun Milk and La Mer The After Sun Enhancer cool sun-exposed skin and moisturize for a natural glow.
To enhance your color, try Sisley-Paris After-Sun Care, which is formulated with shea butter and low-dose self-tanning ingredients to prolong your color. For an overnight treatment that helps promote skin cell turnover to reveal smoother, softer skin, try RéVive’s Rescue Elixir, a super lightweight and nourishing anti-aging oil. And for hair, Sachajuan Hair After The Sun can be used as a rinse or leave-in treatment to re-moisturize sun-drenched strands.
4. Update Your Makeup
Don’t let your winter foundation mess with your summer color. Swap out your cooler season shades for warmed up hues that complement a radiant complexion. Update to the right shade with a tinted moisturizer––Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 is great. Then, add a natural-looking glow to your complexion with a waterproof bronzing mist like By Terry Tea to Tan Summer Edition, or a powder option that leaves a matte finish like Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Sahariennes Bronzing Stone.
Cream blush is the ideal texture for dewy summer skin, and Cle de Peau Beauté Cream Blush smooths on and effortlessly blends on the skin while providing moisturizing ingredients. For those that like an all-in-one look, try the By Terry Sun Designer Palette, which features everything you need to warm up your look including highlighter, bronzer, and blush. Don’t forget your pout! We’re falling for the scintillating Kevyn Aucoin The Molten Lipcolor and Lipstick Queen’s Mornin’ Sushine, a yellow hue that transforms into your very own flattering shade of coral.
5. Beat the Humidity
When your look can’t handle the heat, turn to waterproof formulas and frizz fighters to keep your look intact on even the most humid of days.
To make sure your eye makeup doesn’t melt away, opt for smudge-proof wonders like Bobbi Brown Long-wear Cream Shadow Stick, Chantecaille 24 Hour Waterproof Eye Liner, and Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof.
Keep your strands from poofing up with Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray. For curlier hair types, Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Nourishing Oil-In-Cream and Rahua Control Cream will help keep your twisted locks moisturized and resistant to humidity-induced frizz.
6. Nail Your Manicure & Pedicure
Glowing skin and exposed toes are the perfect canvas for the right polish shade. Channel the vibe of the season in pops of color like Deborah Lippmann Hot Child in the City, a vivid coral; Yves Saint Laurent Beauty La Laque Couture in Catch Me Fuchsia; or Jinsoon Nail Polish in Peace, a sky blue hue.
If neutrals are more your thing, get the perfect nude with Deborah Lippmann Naked, or try a Jinsoon Sheer Gloss in Pixie. For a little more sparkle, gilded your nails with Yves Saint Laurent Beauty in Gold Clash.
7. Lighten Up Your Fragrance
High heat can make your regular scent seem overwhelming. Try lightening up with a light, refreshing scent instead.
Look for fragrances with fresh citrus, watery, or green notes like Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Arancia di Capri, The Collection by Phuong Dang Believing, L’Artisan Perfumeur Glacialis Terra, Escentric Molecules Escentric 04, or Frédéric Malle Outrageous. Single-note fragrances like Escentric Molecules’ Molecule 01 and Molecule 04 are light and magnetic without being overwhelming. Another way to stay lightly scented? Byredo’s Kabuki powder perfume, which delicately brushes on three of the label’s top scents: Blanche, Bal D’Afrique, and Gypsy Water.