It’s been awhile since I have updated the blog, so with summer here I thought this would be a good time to compile my list of top 10 summer products. This time I won’t be reviewing any makeup – instead, I will concentrate on warm weather must haves. So let’s get started!
Self Tanners - We all know that the sun is bad for you (wrinkles, alligator skin, dark spots, and so on and so on). We know the drill. It still doesn’t make up for the fact that nobody wants to look pasty! And since I noticed that my face was starting to look like an orb – big shiny orb, that is, so I have decided to embrace self tanner this summer!
There is one small problem….how to look tan and healthy, and not look like Snooki? Here’s how:
JERGENS NATURAL GLOW FACE MOISTURIZER, SPF 20
This is a great product! Use about a dime size of this in the morning (make sure you exfoliate first). It’s realistic and NOT orange! Make sure you apply it around your hairline, too, and don’t forget your ears and your neck.
L’OREAL SUBLIME BRONZE AIRBRUSH SELF-TANNING MIST
Love, love, LOVE this! It has a 360 degree spray, so you can get an even tan everywhere, without streaks, and without any orange afterglow. Best thing about this? You can keep it in the shower, and use it right after you finish showering – this way you won’t get any of the mist all over the bathroom.
KATE SOMERVILLE 360 SELF TANNING TOWELETTES
If you can spend the extra money, this is worth trying. You can use the towelettes for your face and the body (although I prefer the Jergens). They are easy to use, without that terrible self-tanner smell, and they will not streak.
Now let’s talk about summer skin care! This is the time when your skin can get more congested, you might even have more breakouts, and also battle oil slicks by the middle of the day. Here are a few products that are in my Hall of Fame.
M-61 POWER PRO-PEEL PADS (From Blue Mercury)
These come in a 30 day kit that’s rather spendy ($74.00), and also in a 10-day kit that costs $28.00. Since you really only need one treatment a week, I would not spend the extra money on the bigger box, and stick with the 10-day kit. This is a 2 part treatment – the first pad has glycolic acid, salicylic acid and colloidal oatmeal (killing all bacteria that could cause acne, but in a gentle way). The second pad is a Vitamin A&C treatment with chamomile and lavender. This will make your skin glow like no one’s business!
MARIO BADESCU BUFFERING LOTION
Now let’s assume that you do get some congestion, or even a breakout! I swear by this product – it’s fairly inexpensive, and it will last awhile. You apply it at night, and it will calm down any inflamation by morning, getting rid of any breakouts. Yes, it smells a little strong when you first put it on, but it’s worth it!
TRISH MCEVOY GLYCOLIC WASH
I would never spend $20 on face cleaner (what’s the point?), but I bought this on the recommendation of a friend with flawless skin, who said that it helps minimize any blackheads or skin congestion, especially in the summer. I don’t use it too often, but between this and the Mario Badescu buffering lotion, I can kill any potential uprising in a day!
ST. IVES APRICOT SCRUB
Back to the exfoliating. You can spend a lot of money (see item below), but this will do the job just as well, and it’s less than $3.00
KATE SOMERVILLE EXFOLIKATE
This is the motherload….but it’s expensive, too! However, if you can afford it – splurge on it. A big tube will last you awhile, because you’re only supposed to use it once or twice a week.
OIL OF OLAY QUENCH BODY LOTION
This is the BEST body lotion ever! It’s hard to find, and I am afraid that Oil of Olay is perhaps discontinuing it. This is the only lotion that I have used that actually improves the condition of your skin. If your skin tends to get drier in the summer, you’ll find yourself slathering lotion on your arms and legs twice a day, but this one can actually make your skin feel like silk for days!
SKIN79 SUPER+ BEBLESH BALM BB CREAM VIP GOLD (SPF 25 PA++)
Ladies – ditch your foundation, ditch your tinted moisturizer or any other BB cream, and get this product! It’s sold on Amazon for about $13, and I promise you that you will LOVE it! As you know, BB creams, coverage wise, are in between a tinted moisturizer and foundation, but this little bottle is more than that. It has skincare ingredients that are good for your skin, so you could skip anything else and just use this. The coverage is to die for, and it adjusts to your skin tone. Word of advice – when you first apply it, it will look like gray-green cement – in about 30 seconds it will melt into your skin, though, and adjust to your own color.
Well, this is it! I hope that you find one or two items that you like – if so, drop me a note and let me know which ones you selected!