If you do one thing this summer, incorporate SPF into every single step of your beauty routine. Start each day with an essential layer of SPF 30+ sunscreen from Supergoop!—whether you’re hitting the beach or just headed out to the farmers market. Make sure to cover sensitive areas like your lips and eyes: We love COOLA LipLux SPF 30 for everyday protection and DDF’s Protective Eye Cream, which provides anti-aging protection plus SFP 15. And don’t forget to factor SPF into your makeup, even your concealer. Dermablend’s Smooth Indulgence Concealer is perfect for covering up dark circles and has SPF 20.
Shield Your Mane
Though hair products don’t come with SPF—if only!—that doesn’t mean you can’t protect your strands from fading in the sun. Try an ultra-moisturizing duo like Nexxus’s Color Assure Vibrancy Shampoo and Conditioner, infused with coconut and almond oils to seal and protect color. Treat frizzed-out curls to a moisturizing treatment once or twice a week like Ojon’s Rare Blend Deep Conditioner or Obliphica’s Hair Mask. And shield your locks from humidity with the nourishing goodness in Oribe’s Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray.
You wouldn’t wear your heaviest knit sweater in sweltering heat, and you don’t want to suffocate your pores with ultra thick products either. Let skin breathe by using lightweight tinted moisturizers or CC and BB creams. We’re obsessed with this superpower CC cream from Supergoop! that acts as both your primer and foundation while giving you an extra layer of sun protection. If oil is your issue, Dr. Brandt’s Oil-Free BB Matte with Signature Shinerase eliminates shine by minimizing the production of sebum. Save your thick body creams for next winter and opt for a lightweight body oil post-shower. BijaBody’s Daily Body Serum brightens skin tone with vitamin C and diminishes the effects of sun exposure with white and green teas.
Melt-proof Your Makeup
There is nothing worse on a muggy summer day than a 12-layer cake of heavy-duty makeup. Keep a fresh look with water (and sweat) defying products that will stay put no matter what, like Smashbox Cosmetics’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 20. Make any mascara waterproof with Anastasia’s Lash Genius—made from wax with a high melting point, it’ll stay put even on the most scorching summer day. For blush that won’t budge, swipe on Cargo’s Water Resistant Blush and for lips, one coat of theBalm’s Stainiac gives you hours of that just-ate-a-popsicle red.
Pack a Mist
We swear by mists during marathon summer adventures to revive our skin on the go. Particularly sweaty days call for an instant refresh with a spritz of Jurlique’s Calendula Redness Rescue Calming Mist. Made with gentle ingredients like aloe\ and chamomile, this spray calms redness and irritation linked to sun exposure, wind, and pollution. Heading on a weekend getaway? Stash Air Repair’s aloe-packed Completion Quenching Facial Mist in your purse for a quick hydrating pick-me-up.
What do sweat, dirt, and oil have in common? They all switch into turbo mode in the summer months, meaning your cleansing regimen should as well. Slough away dead skin a few times a week with a rejuvenating scrub like Dr. Brandt’s Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant. Follow it up with a purifying mud mask from GlamGlow, which unclogs pores with a unique Activated X-Charcoal formula. Treat the rest of your body to a deep clean twice a week with Nyakio’s Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub. Finally, the [Clarisonic Plus Face and Body Sonic Cleansing System](product: 6260) is the perfect tool to shed a beach day’s worth of sand, salt, and SPF.
Treat With Care
We’re all for using retinol, a vitamin A-derived ingredient that works wonders on everything from fine lines to acne. It speeds your skin’s cell turnover, so it can make your face appear brighter—but it can also potentially increase skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Dermatologist and skin cancer surgeon Dr. Jennifer Linder strongly advises her patients to save retinol products for their PM routines and to stay diligent about daily SPF application to protect sun-sensitive skin. We like a double-duty product like StriVectin-AR™ Advanced Retinol Day Treatment with Broad Spectrum SPF 30.
Glow From Head to Toe
Don’t let a few insecurities keep you in sweltering layers. Show off your skin in cut-offs and sundresses by treating problem areas with Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream, which glosses over minor imperfections while giving skin a luminous glow. Since you’ll be shaving more often, use Whish’s dream team duo of eco-friendly shave cream and Hair Inhibiting Gel to slow hair growth and hydrate legs.