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11 Summer Essentials
My Favorite Sunscreens for Dark Skin
Winter Skin 101
8 Acids That Will Fix Your Skin and Your Life
A Conversation on Beauty
Setting the Tone
Some Scars Are Cool. Some Scars Are a Pain in the Ass.
Learning Curves: A Skincare Guide
Pores: Not That Big of a Deal
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11 Summer Essentials
It’s really hot outside and while we’re all suffering, some more than others (shout out to the Southwest), there’s no need to look like it. Here are eleven of my essential products to help you survive the omnipresent sauna that is summer weather.
The most substantial change I make to my skincare routine whenever the weather changes is my moisturizers. I can’t stand to have anything heavy on my face, so gel moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid are a lifesaver. This is my tried and true warm weather moisturizer. It’s perfect if your skin tends to be oily because it’s light enough to avoid feeling like an oil slick while still hydrating your skin.
Speaking of hyaluronic acid, if your skin is on the drier side and you live in a dry heat climate, adding an HA to your routine is a must. HA is essentially a humectant that’s already found within your skin that will take whatever moisture is in the air and deposit it onto your skin’s surface. When I’m feeling parched, I dab this lightweight serum on my face throughout the day. It can even be used over makeup.
No matter what your skin type is during the summer, we’re all susceptible to dry skin or patches, especially with work environments blasting the AC. This doesn’t mean you should turn it off; I dare anyone to touch the thermostat in triple-digit heat. All this means is you have to be vigilant about moisturizing. Moisture is the most important anti-aging ingredient as it prevents wrinkles and fine lines. When you feel your skin getting tight from recycled air aggressively blowing on your face, this oil stick is great because you can target the specific spots that need extra TLC. The area underneath my eyes tends to be the driest area on my face, which causes me to look fatigued, so I swipe this on throughout the day.
This powder is clutch for humid climates. Any powder will help in the battle against chafing, but this one is talc free meaning it won’t clog your pores. The last thing you need is inner thigh acne and chafed skin. Sprinkle and tap it anywhere sweat pools.
I’m never without a mist. I currently have three in my purse but this one is my true love. I spritz all day, sometimes as a wake-me-up, sometimes just to be obnoxious. Face mists really come in handy during my commute. Whether you’re in a car or on public transit, sitting in traffic with the sun beaming through the windows for an extended amount of time sucks your energy away as well as the moisture in your skin. Spritzing my skin while waiting for the gridlock to clear makes things a bit less insufferable. However, do not mist so much your skin is dripping wet. Overdoing it can actually dry out your skin as the mist air dries if your mist of choice contains fragrance or alcohol. The other two mists I carry at all times: Pixi Glow Mist and Caudalie Beauty Elixir.
Warm weather means sweating is inevitable. No matter what preventative measures you use to avoid oily skin or sweating you’re just going to sweat. That’s a good thing. You have pores, you sweat, and you’re human. To avoid the combination of sweat and sebum clogging your pores, I like to add a bit of physical exfoliation to my routine once or twice a week. Sometimes I just need to feel like I’m really excavating the hell out of my pores. This scrub is great because it brightens and shrinks your pores as it melts away the surface level gunk. Just remember to go easy with the rubbing. Your skin is sensitive and susceptible to tiny tears. Be gentle. Love your face.
DIY Cucumber Mint Mask (Recipe)
Last but not least is an easy DIY mask chock full of aloe and cucumber which are synonymous with hydration and repair. I make this mask so often there’s usually a container in my fridge at all times. It’s perfect after spending a day by the pool or whatever outdoor activity people who enjoy nature do. I wouldn’t know as I don’t believe in outdoor activities.
Summer is synonymous with glowy sun-kissed skin and minimal everything from clothes to makeup. Here are few products I’m currently obsessed with that fit the bill.
I instantly reach for glosses during summer, and of course my lips are no exception. My current obsession is the Makeup Forever Plexigloss in 403. It’s thick and moisturizing which I love for my perpetually dry lips. Retire the liquid lipsticks for a few months; your lips will be grateful.
Glossy eyelids are having a moment but really glossy lids are a timeless look. I love the Milk face gloss, but there are plenty of products that will help you achieve this look. It’s effortless and even prettier when the sun hits the lids. Tip: apply the gloss to your eyelid only – otherwise your eyes will stick to your crease/brow area with every blink and drive you crazy.
Finally, to close this gloss bonanza out, another item that’s been a constant is the MILK Makeup Lip + Cheek stick. This stick is multipurpose and super easy to use. It glides on nicely and leaves a juicy looking radiance wherever you apply it. Tip: The Quickie color is remarkable on dark skin.
For those not into all that gloss, my last summer essential is the Milk Holographic Highlighter in Mars. I swear I’m not a shill! I just really appreciate the quality and functionality of these particular products. It’s a creamy holographic highlighter that actually looks great on warm, dark skin. It gives me a subtle rosy glow that makes my whole face look alive. I have an overflowing collection of highlighters yet this one has been my ride-or-die. I’ve been known to draw all over my face with this thing popping it on my eyelids, cheeks and lips just to run errands.
Hope this detour into irresponsible spending serves you well. Wear sunscreen; get a floppy hat and an ice cold drink. The sun will relax eventually, friends.