SUMMER SKINCARE ESSENTIALS
Today we bring you a few beauty staples that will help make that transition to hot summer weather a bit easier. A facial spray for light hydration, an iconic mint face mask that will battle blemishes and oil, and a face lotion that will have you glowing.
Caudalie Grape Water
I love a good mist; it’s just so refreshing on a sticky, humid day! Not to be confused with its sister product that contains essential oils (Caudalie Beauty Elixir), this Grape Water is pure hydration and works for all skin types. I use this after a long, hot shower (usually post yoga) to calm any redness or inflammation from the heat, but it would be just as good as a quick mid-day pick me up. It’s also great as a light setting spray if you don’t need the full-on staying power of the Urban Decay All Nighter. As a bonus, this spray is paraben, sulfate, and phthalate-free. -M
Queen Helene Facial Masque, Mint Julep
This cruelty-free brand has been around for more than 75 years and this mask is one of their old classics. It’s great for those who struggle with oily, acne-prone skin (umm all of us in summer, right?!), and enlarged pores. I’ve noticed that if I use this mask as soon as I start seeing a blemish, I can usually stop a breakout in its tracks. My skin feels refreshed, clean (but not dry), and balanced. The recommended wear time is about 15 minutes, but I usually keep it on for 20 or 25 then wipe it off with a warm towel. I also like to give my skin some breathing time after this mask and wait a bit before applying any serums or creams. -M
Pro tip: Do not use this mask right after a super hot workout or yoga class. If your pores are already open from the heat and steam and shower, this product burns a bit while it hardens. It’s not pleasant.
Shiseido, Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Day Emulsion Broad Spectrum SPF 18
A lightweight moisturizer that fights and prevents wrinkles from harsh UV rays is what makes this product one of my favorites. I love that this is not greasy and my skin absorbs it right away. Also, it leaves a beautiful, natural looking glow that lasts all day. -B