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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
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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.