If you ask me, summer is the best time to go natural with your beauty routine. With the exception of some sweaty moments, you’re probably at your prettiest–a little tan, glowy–and most important, relaxed and happy. My regimen for summer is definitely paired down drastically–less products and covering up, more accentuating. Stay inside and coat on makeup? Ain’t nobody got time for that. Here are some of my faves:
Through trial and error, I’ve learned there’s no saving my hair during summer. It will be crazy curly, frizzy and a bit unruly, so I might as well embrace it. Fun headbands and turbans (like the Anthro one I wore here) are a must for days spent on the beach or wandering around the city (does anyone else hate when your hair sticks to your neck? Ugh!). Another necessity? Surf spray! I love Bumble and Bumble’s version, as well as the NYC-grown beach spray from Brooklyn Beach Hair. Both give great texture that can only be mimiced by a quick dunk in the ocean. I also love layering on leave-in-conditioner (like this Ouidad one) pre-ocean soak to save my strands from certain death (or, OK–just from drying out…).
Let’s just put out there what we all know–skin cancer is no joke. I had a few bad sunburns growing up, so now I’m extra-dilligent with my sun safety. My only gripe with sunscreen? It always made me break out! It wasn’t until I tried out this Neutrogena version that I finally found a product that works for me, and now I refuse to use anything else. To still get a healthy St. Barths-type glow without the danger, self tanner is a must. I have to admit I haven’t always been that skilled with self tanner–it can be tough! One thing I’ve learned is you need to always exfoliate beforehand. I love Sabon’s body scrub for exactly that reason–it’s super moisturizing and all the scents are incredible (plus, if you go into the store, they give you a free luxe hand washing session). Post-scrub down, layer on a tinted tanning lotion (I find it helps me keep it even if I can see where I’m coating), like Origins’ Shimmery self tanner, for the perfect faux glow. No Snooki here!
I love how little makeup I feel like I need to wear in the summer. Give me a bit of a glow and a rosy cheek and I feel ready for the beach or a night out. Bobbi Brown’s new cheek pots are amazing–they’re light and airy, so the look is effortlessly natural, and perfectly at home mid-summer (no strange shimmer here!). Boscia’s moisturizer is packed with SPF, so it’s a beauty double-whammy. Don’t think you don’t have to moisturize during the summer–it make be hot out, but your skin still needs a little help! Last, meet my new best friend, Benefit’s Hoola bronzer. It’s perfect for contouring and the color isn’t orangey–which is my worst nightmare.
What are you summer beauty must-haves? Do you keep it simple or just switch up your products?