6 Summer Skincare Tips + Makeup Must-Haves

If we’re getting technical, summer doesn’t officially begin until June 20th, but if you’re here in Georgia like me, the heat has already begun! Here are a few tips and products (drugstore and high-end brands) to keep handy to beat the heat and keep you from the inevitable stickiness of summer:

SKINCARE

STAY HYDRATED

I know you’re probably tired of hearing this, but I cannot stress hydration enough, especially in the summertime! The truth is that most of us aren’t drinking nearly enough water to keep us properly hydrated, and our skin definitely feels it. Drinking enough water makes your skin more plump and glowy (goodbye, fine lines and huge pores), makes your makeup look much better, and of course has many other health benefits. I mean, if over half of your body is made up of water, it seems pretty important to keep a steady flow of it entering your body!
If you’re not sure how much water you should drink, take your body weight, divide it in half, and switch the pounds to ounces. Generally, eight 8oz glasses of water (or 64 ounces) per day is a good estimate. Really, it’s best to keep a bottle (preferably a reusable one, because, you know, the environment is important) with you to sip on throughout the day. Here’s a couple of cute water bottles to help keep you hydrated:

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The Motivational Bottle, $18

So perfect. If you’re one of those people (like me) who tries to carry a water bottle with you all day with the intention of drinking it, but realize at the end of the day that your bottle is still full, this is for you. This brand of bottles are time stamped so you know how much to drink and when. It’s a great motivator to keep on track with your hydration, and they even have bottles with infusers to mix up your H2O game!

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The Nalgene, $12

You can’t go wrong with the classic Nalgene bottle. Though it’s not time stamped, it does track how many ounces of water you’ve consumed, and with it being able to hold up to 48 ounces, all you need is to drink a glass when you wake up (proven to provide many other health benefits), all the water in this bottle throughout the day, and a glass before bed!

 

PROTECT YOUR SKIN

Another huge tip that we always tend to overlook is protecting your skin from the sun by wearing a great SPF. It’s so easy to skimp on this step in your skincare routine – I have always skipped it until recently. We live in a world where we want to see results right away, but sunscreen doesn’t really give us any visible results until 20 years from now when our skin still looks younger than those who skipped out on the SPF (as well as having a much lower chance of developing skin cancer!).

The reality is that it’s such an important step year-round to wear SPF, especially in the summertime where we tend to spend much more time in the sun. And sunscreen isn’t just important for those long days you spend in the sun – even the walk from your house to your car without sunscreen can make your dark spots darker, speeds up the development of wrinkles, and exposes you to harmful UV rays.
And even if you use a foundation containing SPF, that’s a great start, but it’s not enough to truly protect your skin. According to some dermatologists, it’s best to try to at least use a moisturizer with an SPF rating of 15 or higher before applying your makeup for the day. Here’s a few great sunscreens:

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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45, $10

I personally use this SPF and can attest to its greatness! It’s incredibly lightweight and it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing any extra layer on your face or body. Most of the time it doubles as a moisturizer for me before primer and makeup.

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Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+, $38

I haven’t used this sunscreen, but Kiehl’s brand does no wrong and the reviews are glowing for this product! It also includes vitamin E for extra protection against sun damage and looks great under makeup.

COCONUT OIL IS YOUR BEST FRIEND

Yes it is. Coconut oil is my holy grail and has more than 100 different uses, so it’s incredibly versatile – especially for beauty purposes. Specifically for summer, a jar of coconut oil can be used in a variety of ways. My favorite uses are to remove makeup (melt 1tsp of coconut oil, apply to a cotton pad, and wipe!), mixed with coffee grounds for an incredible body scrub, as the actual best shaving cream out there (melt 1tbsp of coconut oil, apply to area, shave, and feel the smoothness!), and as a mask for hair that’s been dried out by chlorine! Look for organic, virgin, unrefined coconut oil for best results:

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Spectrum Organic Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil, $13

This is the only stuff I’ll ever use! You can find it at Kroger, Whole Foods, and most grocery stores.

MAKEUP

STAY MATTE

For those of you who suffer from oily skin (I mean, who doesn’t in the summer?!), a matte primer is a huge win for you. Here are a few I’ve used or have heard great things about:

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Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer, $30

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Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer, $31

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NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer, $16

 

SET IT + FORGET IT

It’s a great idea to invest in a good setting spray or powder to help keep your makeup in place while you sweat or splash around this summer. Here are a few recommendations:

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Urban Decay All-Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, $30

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Maybelline Face Studio Master Fix Wear Boosting Setting Spray, $13

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $38

 

BRONZE + HIGHLIGHT

Looking for a great summer glow? Here’s a few bronzers and highlighters to try:

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E.L.F. Bronzer Palette, $3

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BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone, $38

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Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer, $29

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E.L.F. Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls, $3

Go for all of these tips and ride out the heat wave this summer!

What tips do you have to share for great summer skin? Let me know in the comments!

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