11 Lightweight Skin Care Products To Add To Your Routine For Summer

I think I can speak for all of us when I say that this summer definitely hasn’t gone according to plan. With travel plans, romantic entanglements, and social lives mostly on pause for the foreseeable future, it can be hard to feel like you have control of anything. But amid this miserable roller coaster of a year, one small thing we can stay on top of is our skin care. Instead of focusing on how lame this summer is compared to years past, put that time and energy into getting your summer skin care routine on lock.

If you don’t normally put much thought into your skin care regimen, switching up your products every season might seem extra, but it makes a lot of sense. While you might spend the winter fighting dry skin with heavy creams and moisturizers, summer is a whole different ballgame. Of course, each person’s skin care needs differ based on location, climate, and skin type, but generally speaking, summer skin care is all about keeping it light and breezy. Here are some must-have products that will keep you glowing (not from sweat) all summer long.

Laneige Cream Skin Mist

If you know about Laneige’s Cream Skin line, you KNOW how exciting this launch is. I admittedly was never a huge mist person until my friends coerced me into keeping a spray in my bag at all times, and now I’m actually unsure how I survived without one. The Cream Skin Mist is great because it gives your skin a natural glow, with or without makeup. A product like this is particularly important in summer, especially during quarantine, when the chances of me wearing makeup are about the same as the odds of me shaving my legs in the winter. This final step makes any routine feel complete, and the mist itself is super hydrating, long lasting, and perfect to bring on the go. The formula is lightweight, and enriched with amino acids from White Leaf Tea water.

Caudalíe Pink Limited Edition Beauty Elixir

If you’re looking for a clean, natural mist, look no further. When I heard the Limited Edition of the cult-favorite Beauty Elixir is back in stock, I had ~a moment~. There is something about this pretty pink bottle that makes this already great product even better. If you can’t relate to my passion for packaging, that’s fine. This product is filled with natural plant extracts that help visibly smooth the skin and tighten the pores. As someone with pores the size of planet Earth itself, this is quite important to me. This product preps and sets makeup, which is extra important in the summer months, because as you can imagine, sweat + makeup = a dangerous combo.

Kiehl’s Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream

I once won a giveaway for a year’s supply of Kiehl’s, and have since considered myself an expert on each and every one of their products. In winter months, my skin literally feels like sandpaper, so a heavy moisturizer is a MUST. But come summer, the Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream is my number one. I’ll be honest, this little guy is on the pricier side. That being said, if you know me (or if you’ve read any of my articles) you know I am cheap AF and that me splurging on a product means it is the real deal. The water cream claims to boost radiance (I see this claim from all brands, IDK what it actually means, but I do know that my skin is dewier using this product), reduces redness (can confirm this is true) and helps improve dry skin by softening and hydrating (also can confirm this is true). This is the kind of product that makes me want to skip foundation because my skin is actually glowing, and despite being ultra-hydrating, it’s lightweight and breathable. As I reread this *passionate* rant, I hope Kiehl’s sponsors me. My DMs are open.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench® Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturizer

I’ve got to say, this name is very overwhelming to type, but this Hyaluronic Cloud Cream is my other go-to in summer. Even if you’re into skin care at all, you still know hyaluronic acid is ~all~ the buzz right now, and for good reason. It’s hydrating, it’s not heavy, and it’s most definitely summer-approved. I love using this moisturizer after a beach day, because it’s cooling to the skin and helps calm any burning or peeling I may have obtained. It’s lightweight, super moisturizing, and wears well under makeup. This, like the previous cream, is worth the splurge.

Supergoop! Glowscreen (SPF 40)

If you don’t already know this, SPF is the most important thing in your skin care routine. As someone with textured skin (again, pores the size of planet Earth), I am very picky about my sunscreen. If sunscreen has any sort of white cast, it’s an instant horror show. If the sunscreen doesn’t agree with my skin type, my texture is exaggerated and it’s not a good look. And with that, I find myself reaching for my Supergoop! Glowscreen on the regular. It’s dewy and pearly (great for my dry skin pals) and allows for the true no-makeup makeup look (because you literally don’t need makeup). It’s hydrating, too, which is not always true for sunscreen.

TULA Protect + Glow (Daily Sunscreen Gel Broad Spectrum SPF 30)

Something that is not spoken about enough is the fact that SPF should be worn inside. Yes. Groundbreaking, I know. bUt ThE sUn DoEsN’t ShInE iNsIdE! Correct. However, now more than ever, our skin is exposed to harmful blue light. From scrolling for hours, to being glued to our computer screens on work days, and of course binging Netflix, I am excited and impressed to see that TULA has launched Protect + Glow to protect you from damaging pollution and blue light. If you’ve purchased blue light glasses, add this to your list of must-haves. Even if you haven’t, still add this to your list of must-haves.

Peachy Prescription Retinoids

Retinoids are the industry’s best kept secret if you ask me. Summer is fun, but sun exposure leads to skin damage and wrinkles, and I for one want neither of those. I never knew (or cared) what Retinoids were until I was introduced to a local NYC business, Peachy (support local!). Retinoids are the prescription version of Retinol—and clinical studies show that they both increase collagen production and prevent collagen degradation. Increasing collagen results in plumper, stronger skin and the minimization of fine lines and wrinkles. So, in less science-y words, Retinoids are the botox of skin care (without the needles). It’s important that you get the right prescription from a trusted dermatologist and still take care of your skin in the sun (USE SPF), but this product is my secret weapon.

Kosas Tinted Face Oil

“Foundation, but make it skincare” are the first words that can be read under Kosas’ Tinted Face Oil description, and it sums this product up flawlessly. During summer months, a cakey foundation is awful, to put it simply, and this has been my personal solution. The product does a great job of giving your skin the “blur effect” but doesn’t overdo it. Think “is she wearing makeup or does she just have amazing skin???” type vibes. Overall as a brand, Kosas has multiple products that dabble in both the skin care + makeup category, but this stands out above the rest for me.

Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm

Summer Fridays is one of those brands that is actually worth the hype. Their products are great, their branding is great, their social media is great, their packaging is great, even their p-page images are great (few will understand, but those who do will appreciate this callout). Anyway, during summer months I often love replacing my lipstick with a clear balm and letting my lips go natural-ish. This Lip Butter Balm is actually considered a mask, and it’s created to soothe parched lips while sealing in moisture. I’m a big fan of this product because it’s not like other lip balms that feel amazing for the first 10 minutes and then leave your lips needing more soon after. This lasts what feels like hours, and it makes my lips look glowy like a gloss, but without the sticky feeling.

YSL Beauty Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-Stick

If you prefer a little color in your summer lip look, an oil lip color is a great way to go. YSL Beauty launched their new Milk Tea collection (I’m fittingly sipping on milk tea as I write this) and the colors are reaaalllyyy pretty. I feel like we’re all on the permanent hunt for the “perfect nude” and this just might be it. The hydrating formula drenches lips in moisture while leaving a high-shine finish. Think lipstick-meets-balm. All day color and comfort? Yes please.

SheaMoisture African Black Soap

Summer brings an excess of oil and enlarged pores (sorry, I know you’re sick of hearing about my pores). SheaMoisture African Black Soap is THAT product that will help you maintain your natural glow while conquering oil and sweat (we all have it, so don’t pretend you’re better than me). More importantly, the soap won’t dehydrate your skin, which for obvious reasons is important here. This face and body bar is super affordable ($4.99) and is specially formulated with organic Shea Butter, Oats and Aloe to cleanse, moisturize and comfort irritated skin.

Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Body Scrub

LAST BUT NOT LEAST. I used to think body scrubs were a myth, but then I tried one and realized it wasn’t. Thrilling, I know. I’m a big fan of Sol de Janeiro’s OG Bum Bum Cream because it smells like vacation—even after being trapped inside for 100 days. The Bum Bum Body Scrub texture is soft yet gritty, and literally leaves my skin glowing. I think it’s important to be careful with body scrubs, because while you do want to exfoliate the skin, you don’t want the product to be abrasive. I think that BBBS (I’ve made up this abbreviation because Bum Bum Body Scrub is a mouthful) is the perfect happy medium, and the scent alone is enough to keep me coming back for more. WOULD recommend for *summer smooth* skin.

And there you have it, summer skin care, head to toe. Check back in winter for my 100-step routine.

Images: Margot Pandone / Unsplash; Provided by Laneige; Caudalie; Kiehls; Peter Thomas Roth; Supergoop; TULA; Provided by Peachy; Provided by Kosas; Summer Fridays; Provided by YSL Beauty; Provided by SheaMoisture; Provided by Sol de Janeiro

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Lightweight Summer Makeup You Can Wear To The Pool & Beach

It’s fucking hard to look good in the summer. You’re expected to flaunt a taut tummy amidst beer bloat, a sleek and frizz-free blowout in 98% humidity, and hardest of all, just look good af at the pool or beach without looking like you’re trying to look good. Like, it always makes me wonder, why would any sane woman voluntarily go on Bachelor in Paradise??? Oh, right, cause they’re not sane. Shout-out to those girls for getting wasted and attempting to find love while their eyelash extensions are falling out. Fortunately, in my wise 24 years on Earth, I’ve discovered a few tricks and key essential products that can help you maintain a flawless face in the unforgiving daylight and grueling summer heat. 

1. BB Cream/Tinted Moisturizer

BB Creams/tinted moisturizers are ideal when you want a touch of coverage without looking like you’re wearing a thick foundation. Ever since discovering this particularly amazzzzinggg Tarte BB cream, my life has never been the same. I actually first tried it when I received it as one of those dollhouse-size samples with my Sephora order. And, well, I guess their marketing strategy worked, because I’ve been hooked ever since. This shit is the perfect product for providing lightweight coverage and an overall blurring of imperfections, all without looking like your face is caked.

Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer

2. Tinted Lip Balm

I’m sure we’ve all seen someone try to wear a nude lipstick to the beach, thinking they’re slick, when really they just come off looking extra af. If you’re like me and you feel naked when you show the world your actual lip color, you’ll need to invest in a tinted balm to give you a little color that isn’t over-the-top. This balm from Winky Lux has pH-activated ingredients that literally change colors upon application based on your natural pH, so the color is going to automatically look good on you and be unique. As an added upside, it smells like watermelon, which is sooo summery.

Winky Lux Watermelon Jelly Balm

Winky Lux Watermelon Jelly Balm

3. Waterproof Mascara

Every girl needs a good mascara, and this mascara is legit the best thing you can get at the drugstore. I use the non-waterproof version in my everyday life, so it makes sense I’d naturally switch to the waterproof one when I’m trying to not look like a gremlin maintain a level of effortless beauty at the pool. You obvi don’t want your lashes to appear thick and chunky when you’re going for a natural look. This mascara perfectly fans out and elongates your lashes to naturally wake up your eyes, and consequently, your whole face.

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Waterproof Mascara

4. Brow Gel

Plucked off all your eyebrows in the 7th grade?! Don’t go off the edge yet, this may help you. This stuff is AMAZING for not only pool or beach life, but also for legit everyday life. This brow gel contains microfibers that attach to your existing brow hairs to help voluminize the overall brow. And, of course, it’s water resistant. So, as long as you don’t go scuba diving in the pool, you can expect your brows to stay intact. 

Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel

5. Self-Tanner

Self-tanner makes you look good without any other makeup necessary. Like, legit, add a little self-tanner and suddenly cellulite is minimized, skin tone looks more even, and you all-around look leaner and more toned. My favorite self-tanner right now is this mousse by Isle of Paradise because it provides the most natural-looking, yet deep tan that goes on smoothly and doesn’t smell gross. True story, one time I went to See You Next Tuesday and the only thing James Kennedy said to me was, “Your spray tan smells nice.” Don’t get called out by the White Kanye like I did, and instead get yourself a self-tanner that doesn’t smell like one. Pro tip: Make sure you apply your self-tanner 24 hours in advance to allow the tan to set and to provide enough time for you to rinse off the excess layer before hitting the pool or beach.

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Mousse (in Dark – Bronzed Glow)

6. Setting Spray

Alright, so this setting mist in particular is like crack—addictive and expensive. Tbh, I’ve never actually done crack or tried to buy it, but I imagine it can’t be cheap. But hey, this luminous spray isn’t crack so, like, worth the splurge??? Not only is this magnificent product a fav of yours truly, but it’s also a go-to of slightly-less-famous-than-me person Kim Kardashian West. This “mist” will give your skin a luminous dewy glow (if that wasn’t obvious enough from its name) and give your face a refreshed, clean highlight, unlike actual highlighter which tends to look overly aggressive in broad daylight. It’s also amazing for your skin, so throw it in your bag and use it to refresh your glow throughout the day!

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

Basically, to avoid having your face melt off at a pool party, keep your makeup minimal by using these essential products and I promise you’ll still look good even without your signature smokey eye.

Images: @chrisjoelcampbell / Unsplash; Sephora (4); CVS; Winky Lux
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Must-Have Summer Beauty Products That Beat Sweat, Frizz & Sunburn

Summer is coming, and with beach days and pool parties come sweat, humidity, and sunburn. Unless you want to look haggard af and not be cute enough to get into the rooftop pool bars (is this a thing everywhere?), you need an arsenal of beauty products on hand at all times. You should be focusing on pounding margs on a weekday that you called in sick to work, not how to hide your very obvi pit stains in the 110 degree weather. Not to mention, nothing—and I mean nothing—makes me more miserable than when I am too hot. If I am overheated and hungry, there is a good chance someone will die. Stay cool and chic no matter what the sun does to you with these summer beauty products.

1. SPF and Cooling Setting Spray

Get a makeup setting spray to stash in your purse (they even come in mini versions) to keep your makeup from melting down to your cheekbones in the worst of humidity and sweating. Make sure it has SPF, so you can reapply sunscreen without fucking up your makeup, and you won’t get the oh-so-sexy sunglasses burn halfway through happy hour. Bonus points if it’s also cooling and smells good to cover up the smell you get when you’re outside for long periods of time that I can only refer to as “recess”. You fucking know exactly what I’m talking about. This one from Supergoop! is my fav. It smells like rosemary and mint, keeps your cat eye on point, and is SPF 50. Btw, I hope you’re not still paying full price for shit at Sephora right? You can find a mini version of this pretty often as a points reward, so it’s technically free.

SUPERGOOP! Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50

2. Mini Deodorant

I don’t care if it’s summer or not, always, always carry mini deodorant—and perfume, for that matter—in your purse in case of emergency. I can’t think of a single thing that will make me blind-rage-hate you faster than having to smell your B.O. because something happened—like, idk, it’s hot out—and you are sweating. Please spare us the grossness by taking fucking showers before hanging out with me, and also, bringing backup. This mini deodorant is natural and smells like vanilla, so it won’t give you cancer and will cover your scent.

LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant Mini

3. Waterproof Mascara

Is anything sexier than raccoon eyes from your mascara dripping down your face? Fuck yes, and it’s literally everything else in the world. Spare yourself the nasty mascara goop thing that happens when you’re sweating or excessively oily by investing in a good waterproof mascara. This Dior one is the best, mostly because it isn’t flaky like many other waterproof formulas and goes on pretty much exactly like the regular, except it’s bulletproof and impossible to get off. But like, in a good way. A good waterproof mascara will take you from your 9-5 to happy hour at the beach to getting hammered and jumping in the ocean to accidentally killing a guy and hiding the body, without a single under eye crease. Idk, I don’t know your life.

DIOR Diorshow Waterproof Mascara

4. SPF Lip Balm

Your lip skin is super delicate and can be burnt just like any part of your body. Especially in the heat where you’re sweating, dehydrated, and probs not drinking enough water, you want to load up on the lip balm. Prevent your lips from burning, which fucking hurts and makes them peel and crack and look repulsive, with a thick af lip balm with SPF. This Jack Black one lasts forever and is mint flavored so it’s soothing and will disguise your margarita breath. But like, also bring Listerine strips or breath mints, you heathen.

JACK BLACK Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

5. Sea Salt Spray

My rule when it comes to dealing with humidity is to embrace the frizz instead of piling on so much oil product that you look like a drowned rat. A sea salt spray creates texture and gives you chic Serena Van Der Woodsen beach waves with little to no effort. Also, it’s way easier than trying to straighten your hair and the humidity giving you a fucking crease halfway through the day that you can’t fix. This set from Sephora has a few different ones to try so you can find what works best with your hair.

SEPHORA FAVORITES Instant Texture Dry Styling Spray Collection

6. Evian Spray

This is extra, but if you’re bougie af, it’s really a have-to-have. This mini Evian spray is sooooo refreshing and keeps your skin hydrated throughout the day. Especially if you’re outside for a while—think walking anywhere, sports games, beach days, theme parks, etc. It’s great to have on hand to cool you down quickly before the sweat ruins your blowout.

EVIAN Brumisateur® Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray

Images: Emily Goodhart / Unsplash; Sephora (6)

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10 Summer Makeup Essentials You Need to Get ASAP So Your Face Doesn’t Melt Off

There’s something in the warmer air that makes it an acceptable excuse to drink more. But with sitting outside under the blazing sun, trying to look cute sipping a margarita, comes major beauty no-no’s. Looking pale and sweaty on Insta is obviously not an option so, you’re gonna need some makeup that doesn’t melt as quickly as your resolve to not text fuckboys once the first tequila shot hits. So I’ve rounded up your summer beauty essentials—buy this shit like, now and keep them on you at all times. You know, just in case you decide to take a faux candid.

Damn, you are so lucky you have me to guide you.

1. St. Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse

If you constantly look like Casper the Ghost, have no fear. The best self-tanner is here. The Kardashians literally use their products so that’s when you know they’re actually fab. This award-winning bronzing mousse will be your new obsession. #SorryNotSorry. Depending on how deep you want your tan, wait an hour to shower for a “light sun-kissed” tan, or up to three hours for a dark bronze—no more than that or you’ll look like Tan Mon. To maintain it, moisturize and reapply when your little heart desires. If anyone asks, hell yeah you went to Punta Cana last week. Only you and I will know you just sat in your room developing this tan.

St Tropez Self Tan Express

2. Lancôme Bienfait UV SPF 50+ Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen

Before you put your face on, put this shit on first. This life-changing facial sunscreen feels so smooth it’s unreal. It leaves a matte finish so you can start your makeup with a clean slate. When you’re blacking out in 80 degree weather, this will protect your face from stupid UVA rays and from getting burnt AF. Word on the street is that it’s also water resistant so it’s really a win-win.

Lancome Bienfait UV SPF

3. Smashbox Spotlight Palette

This bomb highlighting palette comes in two different hues: Pearl or Gold. Each has three different shades to choose from, but no matter which one you choose, I guarantee your face will be just as lit as Kris Jenner was at her birthday party.

Kris Jenner

^Me the second 5:00pm hits. Oh yeah and here’s the palette:

Smashbox Spotlight Palette


4. Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray Bridal

When I’m outside for, like, more than five minutes, I feel like I sweat out of pores I never knew existed. I end up wasting not only an hour of my life, but I also waste a day’s worth of perfectly good makeup because sweat is a scum-sucking road whore and ruins lives. This setting spray was originally created for brides to keep them looking fresh for their big day as they sweat and ugly cry, but it’s really a must-have for anyone during the summer. Whether you’re going to a music festival or hitting a nightclub, you will still look ~flawless when you drunkenly look at yourself in the mirror.

Bridal Finishing Spray

5. Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets

While we’re on the topic of oily grossness, if you can’t get your hands on the setting spray, it doesn’t get any better than this. These oil absorbing sheets are Major Key to success, as the wise DJ Khaled would say. And they’re only, like, $5 and you can get them at Target so what’s not to like?

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets

6. Supergoop! Fusion Lip Balm with SPF +30

I think this goes without saying, but then again, I always overestimate people. Lips can get real dry real quick, crack, and burn under the hot sun too. That shit is noticeable when you and your BFF are doing kissy faces on Snapchat, so be sure to rub this on beforehand.

Supergoop Lip Balm

7. Tarte Cosmetics LipSurgence Lip Tint

Things that aren’t cute: Licking your lips profusely, getting lipstick on your teeth, and looking like The Joker after a really intense makeout sesh.

The Joker

The solution? Lip tints: A combo of a stain and a gloss. They’re practically smudge-proof and melt-proof. They glide on smoothly, stay on for hours, and your lips feel so luscious you might start to think you could be the next Angelina Jolie. Your lip tints are cool, your lip tints are poppin’.

Tarte Cosmetics Lipsurgence Tint

8. Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primer

I once asked a friend if she had accidentally cut her eyelids, because honestly that’s what it looked like at the time. She replied no, that it was just her eyeshadow so, the whole time I was like ?????. That is why I highly recommend this product and would rate it 10/10. Before you do a smokey eye, put this primer on your eyelids so it stays put and no one mistakes annoying creases for eyelid cuts.

TooFaced Eye Primer

9. Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Nothing says “I’m A Fierce AF Betch Who Takes No One’s Shit” like the perfect winged eye. However, during humid weather, eye liner can be so done with your shit and decide to just drip off your face. I know, so rude. Stila’s waterproof liquid eye liner is here to save lives. One cat eye at a time.

Stila Stay All Day Eyeliner

10. L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Waterproof Mascara

May your vodka soda coffee be strong, your lashes be long, and Mondays be short. If there’s a mantra I really live by, it would probably be that. No one actually has the time (or the energy) to put on fake lashes when it’s too hot to function so, using this waterproof mascara is your best bet for sexual-looking lashes all summer long.

L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara

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