Summer Beauty Essentials – LA Weekly


Summer is almost here and now is a great time to stock up on your double and triple-duty summer products for an effortless season. This is the time to find products that are quick and easy to use so you can breeze through summer and look amazing.

In most places during summer the temperature goes up, as well as humidity, so you will need to pay a little extra attention to both skin and hair.

Our first multi-tasker is from IT Cosmetics. CC + Cream Illumination with SPF 50+ is a full coverage foundation with just a touch of glow for summer. This product also contains sunscreen for extra protection from the summer sun, is transfer resistant and houses anti-aging ingredients such as hyaluronic acid in its formula to hold moisture.  $42.00 at Sephora and will last for the entire season.

Next is Moisture Surge 100h from Clinique – a cult favorite. This product has a cool gel sensation for any time of the year but superfans especially love it in the summer because it is so soothing to the skin in hot, humid weather. This oil-free, gel cream hydrates the skin instantly and provides a dewy skin look. Clinique added Aloe Vera, the OG in moisturizers, and it can also be used as a mask which makes this product work triple duty. Packed with Vitamins C and E make this a great antioxidant. For anyone taking a flight this summer, Moisture Surge 100h is a must-carry-on item. At $25.00 for one ounce, you can find it at department stores worldwide and also at www.Clinique.com

Taking care of summer hair is easy with Kerastase; L’Oreal’s professional line for luxury products. For many years only found in salons, but can now be found at Amazon and also your local CVS. Kerastase Creme UV Sublime Hair Cream will block the UV rays that dry hair and also nourish the cuticle and tame summer frizz. As a leave-in conditioner, just use a small, dime-size amount to towel dry hair and comb through, then style as usual.

Start your day with a gentle skin cleanser. My new favorite is from JLo Beauty and can easily be found at Sephora. That Hit Single Gel Cream Cleanser feels great on the skin with a fresh scent and cleanses the skin without stripping the necessary natural oils. $38.00 for a tube and should last around 2-3 months.

Mascara can be tricky in the summer because many products claim to be water-resistant or waterproof but do not actually work well. The best product to go swimming with is L’Oreal’s Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara found in drugstores, and even supermarkets everywhere for around $12.99. This one tube will last you all season and will give you waterproof lashes while infusing your lashes with flower oils to keep them soft and supple. Another triple-duty product that is waterproof, and adds volume as well as length.

For blush, you will want to reach for a cream-based color versus powder because it will last longer in humid conditions. Selena Gomez came out with her new make-up line Rare Beauty in 2020 and we are in love with her Soft Pinch Liquid Blush. This product has the perfect applicator and then just blend, blend, blend with your fingers for a rosy glow. $20.00 for a tube and comes in several beautiful cheek shades.

Summer is now in the bag with a fresh cleanser to start your day from JLO Beauty, followed by CC+ foundation, Moisture Surge moisturizer, L’Oreal waterproof mascara and Rare Beauty cream blush, plus your hair will thank you for using Kerastase!


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