Summer beauty means keeping our skin extra safe, staying fresh and playing it cool with fun summer makeup. Here are the newest and best ways to kick off your summer season.
- Quick, at-home glow-getters
There’s no time for lengthy facial treatments when outdoor fun beckons. Speed up your skin care routine with quick and easy pre-moistened treatment pads—like an all-in-one mini facial!
or breakout-prone skin to Sonage Go to Glow Glycopolymer Peel Pads, featuring dead skin-sweeping glycolic acid and lavender oil, a natural antibacterial that helps prevent pimples.
To brighten and improve skin texture, try Sanitas Skincare Brightening Peel Pads, which use three powerful exfoliators—glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids—to make skin radiant.
For fine lines or dullness, try emerginC Scientific Organics At-Home Facial Peel + Clarifying Kit, an easy two-step system. The first pad boosts cell turnover with lactic acid and sugar maple extract, and the second pad firms and plumps skin with apple extract and glycerin.
- Detoxing with charcoal
The very thought of charcoal conjures visions of summer barbecues…but did you know that pure activated charcoal is also a great skin detoxifier? When heat, humidity and layers of sunscreen clog your pores, the molecules in activated charcoal are a particularly great way to extract dirt and grime.
Look to Allafia Coconut Reishi Purifying Facial Cleanser for serious cleansing of oily summer skin with soothing coconut, nourishing reishi, coffee berry and charcoal. Follow it up with a lightweight moisturizer like Derma E Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer, which absorbs quickly, detoxes skin with activated charcoal, moisturizes with pure aloe vera and is chock full of powerful antioxidants like green tea and seaweed.
- Sun protection simplified
Protecting our skin with a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen (good for warding off both UVA and UVB sun rays) is one of the most important things we can do to keep our skin healthy (check out the American Cancer Society’s skin protection guide for more tips).
For easy, on-the-go coverage, try new brush-on sunscreens that are small enough to keep in your pocket for all-day protection. A few swipes of Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-On Sunscreen on your face, shoulders, even your legs gives you SPF 50 protection; find it in 4 shades that blend perfectly with your skin tone (hint: go a shade darker for a healthy summer glow!). Or get protection from minerals like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide in Mineral Fusion SPF30 Brush-On Sun Defense. Added antioxidants like white tea and sea kelp help repair sun damage while protecting you from the sun’s rays without harmful chemicals.
- Super-safe cosmetics
Pops of color and hydrating lip tints make summer beauty easy. And knowing that our favorite products have the new EWG Verified stamp from the Environmental Working Group gives us even greater peace of mind. For flirty, fluffy lashes try W3LL People Expressionist Mascara Pro in bright blue or purple. The EWG verifies that it’s made without artificial chemicals or petroleum derivatives, is paraben-free and doesn’t flake (so it’s perfect for sensitive eyes). Then protect, treat and show off pretty lips with Mineral Fusion Sheer Moisture Lip Tint that hydrates with cocoa butter and firms with peptides…also EWG verified!
- Natural deodorants that really work
There are so many effective new types on the market, including formulas that are particularly kind to easily irritated skin. Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Sensitive Skin Formula, for example, relies on moisture-wicking arrowroot powder and bacteria-neutralizing coconut oil to banish odor without harmful aluminum or parabens. Skin-calming aloe and calendula, combined with moisture-absorbing arrowroot, make All Good Unscented Deodorant perfect for sensitive skin, even after shaving.
By Debi Calabrese