Ahh, summertime. The season when we all look our most beautiful — our healthy, glowing skin glistening with beads of light perspiration, our tousled hair shining with sun-kissed highlights as warm breezes make it cascade voluminously over our shoulders.
Oh wait, sorry, that was a TV commercial I was watching.
Summertime reality: Perpetual oily shine and melting makeup from scorching temperatures, out-of-control hair frizz from 100% humidity levels, and skin that's red and itchy from sunburn, insect bites and contact with those plants that you should have learned to avoid in the Girl Scouts.
When the summer season starts to make you reconsider why you hate snowstorms so much, it's time for a little rescue and relief. Here are some of the best summer soothers we've come across for healing and protecting frazzled skin and hair.
Fix Melting Makeup
Using a primer can help makeup last longer and at the same time, will keep makeup from absorbing and creasing as easily into the nooks and crannies. jane iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener ($48) is a lightweight facial primer formulated anti-aging ingredients, such as fruit extracts and royal jelly, to help even out skin tone, minimize the appearance of pores and increase luminosity.
jane iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer ($39) offers lighter coverage for the hot summer weather. This hydrating and calming tinted moisturizer minimizes the look of large pores and wrinkles, plus it offers SPF 15 sun protection as well. It comes in five shades, two brighteners, and a bronzer, and it contains natural ingredients such as sunflower seed oil, pomegranate, jojoba, shea butter, and lavender that are great for your skin.
A light dusting of powder will help makeup stay in place during hot summer days. Juice Beauty's Refining Finishing Powder ($22) is lightweight and silky smooth to provide a flawless matte finish for your makeup that won't settle into fine lines and wrinkles. It's full of organic ingredients and antioxidants to prevent premature aging, such as organic plant powders, fruit extracts and minerals.
To keep skin fresh and clean, always be sure to remove makeup before going to bed. Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin B Active Moisture Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover ($42) lifts away impurities, restores pH balance and moisturizes skin while removing makeup. It contains papain, a fruit enzyme, that exfoliates and softens skin, and a vitamin B complex that detoxifies and tones.
Diminish Excess Oil and Breakouts
Skinfinite Purify Facial Cleanse ($30 in the shop) contains L-lactic acid (AHA), and Salicylic acid (BHA) to exfoliate and hydrate pores while eliminating skin impurities without parabens or sulfates.
Clarity MD Skin Clarifying Acne Treatment Pads ($25 in the shop) are saturated with 2% salicylic acid, antioxidants and astringent witch hazel for maximum effectiveness against acne and acne-causing bacteria, and they're alcohol-free to avoid stinging and dryness.
Blissoma Tone Adaptive Energy Tonique ($25.99) is a refreshing, botanical toning mist with nourishing organics, such as cantaloupe, red clover, basil and calendula. It helps heal blemishes, synthesize collagen, soothe irritation and protect against environmental pollutants without disturbing skin's pH balance.
CV Skinlabs Body Repair Lotion ($36) is a soothing body lotion that is potent enough to help irritation from post-laser hair removal and radiation burns. It's formulated with CV Skinlab's signature blend of actives — turmeric, alpha-bisabolol and reishi mushroom — to accelerate the healing process of skin. It also contains St John's Wort oil and ginger root to soothe sore skin and reduce inflammation.
Eslor Herbal Soothing Gel ($42) is a moisturizing oil-free gel made from natural aloe vera and botanical extracts that help to balance and hydrate the skin. It calms and conditions irritated, dry and chapped skin while also reducing deep wrinkles caused by dryness and UV damage.
Blissoma Amend Antioxidant Sprayable Lotion ($32.99) is a soothing sprayable body moisturizer with pomella pomegranate extract, aloe and healing herbs to reduce free radicals and protect skin against UV damage. It also contains organic rooibos tea and acai oil for further antioxidant protection, as well as organic linden flower and comfrey soothe and rebuild skin cells. Apply it before sunblock to boost your sun protective benefits, or after sun to heal overexposure.
Calm Insect Bites
suki butter cream salve ($27.95) is a multi-functional, long lasting, non-greasy and therapeutic balm for the body and hands that calms inflammation, redness, irritation, chaffing and chapping. It's especially helpful for eczema, dermatitis, stretch marks, rough dry spots, feet and elbows.
Trinité Organiques Trinity The Signature Serum ($45) is made up of only three ingredients: organic argan oil, wild-crafted frankincense essential oil and wild-crafted myrrh essential oil. This simple formula helps to deeply moisturize and rejuvenate dry skin and hair, as well as heal and soothe cuts, scrapes, minor bruises and insect bites. It also helps to stop itchiness and lessen the appearance of scars.
CV Skinlabs Rescue + Relief Spray ($34) provides hydrating moisture while calming and soothing flushed, sensitive skin. A multi-tasking formula, it brings instant, cooling relief to itching, burning, irritated, and inflamed skin caused by sun exposure, rosacea, eczema, rashes, laser treatments, chemical peels, shaving, waxing, minor burns, and radiation treatments.
Fight Frizzy Hair
Red Flower Kinmoxei Wild Lime Silk Oil ($48) is formulated with vitamin E, antioxidants, fatty acids, and natural silk protein to soften and deeply moisturize skin and impart a healthy glow. As a hair treatment, it helps reduce frizz and flyaways, imparts a light fragrance and gives a subtle shine.
Shielo Antioxidant Leave In Protectant ($18) fortifies hair to create texture and protect against damage from heat styling. This formula combines pro-vitamin, proteins and amino acids for UV protection, to control frizz and detangle hair.
Yarok Feed Your Shine Hair Serum ($26.40) contains a powerful blend of organic and all natural vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential oils. This serum absorbs quickly into the scalp and hair, protecting your hair from the damaging effects of hot styling tools and combating humidity-induced frizz while bringing out hair's inner sheen.