While we all love long summer days spent on the beach and the golden glow of sun-kissed skin, your complexion needs a little extra TLC when the mercury rises. Our summer skincare guide features the must-have beauty products to add to your regime to give your precious complexion an extra hydration hit to ensure it radiates health and vitality.
Save Your Skin
Suntegrity Natural Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen, Primer, Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Dermatologists will testify that SPF is a must in summer to protect your skin from harmful UV rays (even on overcast days) but take note, not all are created equal. Skincare experts recommend using a sunscreen with at least an SPF 30 (or a tinted moisturizer with inbuilt SPF) and reapplying every two hours. Thanks to today’s next-level, non-greasy, chemical-free moisturizing formulas, it’s never been easier to up your SPF game. Look for organic or mineral-based sunscreens like Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Sunscreen with primer and SPF 30, which we’ve declared our new, can’t live without.
Protect Your body
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion SPF 50
Just like your face, your body needs protection from the damaging rays of the sun, and thanks to the latest innovations, like WetForce Technology and HeatForce Technology creating a barrier of defense is easy. So naturally, Shiseido’s Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion is always in our beach bag. Not only does it come in an ultra-sleek bottle, it’s ocean-friendly formula is free of nasties and it’s also water and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser
To help your complexion combat the summer elements, it makes smart skincare sense to switch out your regular cleanser for hydrating one. CeraVe’s Hydrating Facial Cleanser is a classic that is packed with essential ceramides and moisturizing hyaluronic acid to deeply cleanse and remove makeup while boosting moisture levels in the skin and strengthening its surface. This gem is super gentle so perfect for all skin types, especially sensitive ones, and promises to bring back the glow.
Must Add Serum
TruSkin Vitamin C Serum
In summer, add a moisturizing facial serum to your regime, after cleansing, and before moisturizer. Our secret weapon is TruSkin Vitamin C Serum, a lightweight plant-based Vitamin C and E infused miracle worker that soothes the skin, banishes signs of aging and sunspots, and leaves your complexion hydrated, radiant and silky smooth.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops – Sunscreen Face Drops SPF 50
We already love (and religiously pack) Dr. Strum’s skin-saving Flight Essentials Kit when we travel and for the ultimate summer skincare essentials, it’s our go-to brand. The world-renowned aesthetics doctor has a cult following, and while it’s not easy choosing our favorite products, Dr. Sturm’s Sun Drops are truly a miracle in the bottle for creating a lasting dewy glow (apply after your cleanser, serum, and moisturizer or anytime when your skin needs a drink). The ultra-light formula provides sun protection against UVA and UVB rays and is infused with a healthy dose of Vitamin E and anti-aging and anti-oxidative ingredients to enhance the health and radiance of your skin.
GoopGlow Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator
Exfoliating your face twice a week during the warmer months to slough off dead skin cells and allow for better absorption of hydrating products is crucial according to skincare experts. Inspired by the brightening and resurfacing effects of microdermabrasion treatments, GoopGlow’s Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator is like a facial for your skin. The natural gentle formula will leave your face so smooth and glowy, you’ll look like you just emerged from the spa. Goop founder and wellness guru Gwyneth Paltrow was definitely on the money here.
111Skin Meso Infusion Overnight Mask
If there’s one beauty mantra to adopt in summer, it’s hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. In addition to investing in a moisture and nutrient-rich daily face cream, slather 111Skin’s Meso Infusion Overnight Mask onto your skin twice a week to plump, hydrate, and nourish while you sleep. Inspired by Mesotherapy, a minimally invasive treatment that combines a blend of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to rejuvenate your complexion, this hero mask comes turbocharged with a unique amino acid complex that melts into your pores to stop dehydrated in its tracks. Enhancing the health and hydration of your complexion is of course an inside out job, so drink up HYDRATION by The Beauty Chef, a bio-fermented elixir of coconut water, aloe vera, and lemon myrtle that you add to water to boost your moisturization levels.
Delicate Eye Area
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream
Summertime means long days that turn into cocktail fueled late nights, so spare a thought for your delicate under-eye area. Instead of reaching for the concealer to mask tired eyes and dehydration, apply Drunk Elephant’s C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream. Infused with a heavy dose of rejuvenating Vitamin C and soothing cucumber, it’s the ultimate eye fix to instantly smooth out fine lines, leave the supply skin and banish those dreaded dark circles fast.
After Sun Soother
Ouai After Sun Body Soother
Renew and reward your skin after a day in the summer sun with Ouai After Sun Body Soother, which comes in a luxe limited edition gold bottle. This soothing, cooling, nourishing formula contains a blend of aloe, cucumber extract, and rosehip oil to boost hydration and overthrow the effects of prolonged sun exposure or sunburn. Meanwhile, its delicious tropical scent will leave you feeling like you’ve floated off to paradise.