Growing up as a Southern California girl, my last 20 years as a New Yorker have not been able to erase the year-round yearning for sunshine, palm trees, big waves and a great tan. Sun, surf and sand scream my name every summer and it is my absolute favorite time of year. All the fun in the sun is great for the soul but can be a total bummer on your beauty routine if you are not careful. You can still celebrate the season but be diligent about protecting your beauty from the inside out. I’m going to share with you my list of summer beauty favorites that I cannot live without. These products will keep your boho beach vibes strong. Long-live summer!
1. SkinCeuticals Sport UV Defense
Sunscreen is the most important product for maintaining a youthful healthy complexion and fighting skin cancer. You must use it daily, not just in the hotter months, to keep your complexion on point and cancer-free. My all time favorite is SkinCeuitcals Sport UV Defense SPF 50 for the ultimate protection from the sun. This formula was tested on marathon runners to prove it’s long wear capabilities and it’s also paraben-free. I’m never without this formula.
2. IT Cosmetics Brow Power Super Skinny
IT Cosmetics Brow Power Super Skinny Universal Waterproof Eyebrow Pencils are a must-have for those of us with brows that are thinning and fading with time. The ultra thin tip makes it easy to feather on natural looking brows. I use Universal Taupe and the waterproof formula does not fade or sweat off during the day. I’ve spent almost a whole day in the ocean wearing this product and it looked just as good at the end of the day as when I first put it on.
3. By Terry Aqua Tint Lip & Cheek Duo in Splash Tonic
By Terry Aqua Tint Lip & Cheek Duo in Splash Tonic is the ultimate 2-in-1 makeup treat that gives your skin and lips a beautiful flush with unique light reflecting prisms. The finish is a fresh transparency of barely there color that hydrates the skin with cherry and Acerola extracts. These 2 hues look good on all skin tones and even better with a sweep of powder bronzer on the skin.
4. Hourglass Superficial Waterproof Bronzer
To fake the bake try a longwearing bronzer and sweep it where the sun would natural kiss your face and chest. I am currently in love with the Hourglass Superficial Waterproof Bronzer as it lasts through dips in the pool or steamy humid days and never looks cakey or blotchy. I like to apply it with a big fluffy powder brush for a sheer even look.
5. Jergens Natural Glow
There is no such thing as a healthy base tan so DO NOT lay out for hours in the direct sun or go into a tanning bed EVER to get your summer tan started. You can get a beautiful bronze beach babe look with self-tanner and then lay under an umbrella at the beach to enjoy the outdoors. I still find the tried and true Jergens Natural Glow is by far the easiest and most natural way to self-tan. It takes a few applications to get really dark so I like the fact you can build it up in a super sheer moisturizing way without ever looking orange or streaky.
6. XTreme Lashes
Waterproof mascara can be so harsh to get off that during June, July and August you might want to try natural looking lash extensions instead. This way you can skip having to use mascara at all this season and be able to just get out of the water after a swim looking flirty and fabulous without a second thought. Most beauty salons offer them now but go for a natural not over-the-top look as you want them subtle in the summer.
7. Harmless Harvest Coconut Water
Keeping yourself ultra hydrated when it’s scorching outside is very important to looking and feeling good in the heat. I love coconut water for the hydrating benefits that supplying your body with 5 essential electrolytes including calcium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus and potassium. Be careful, as not all coconut waters are created equal. Stay away from anything containing added sugar and try to get organic and non-pasturized if possible so you get all the benefits. My favorite is Harmless Harvest Coconut Water. The coconuts are farmed using organic agroforestry methods in Thailand and they use a multi-step micro-filtration system so no pasteurization.
8. Janessa Leone ‘Begonia’ Hat
The “Begonia” white straw hat by Janessa Leone is my signature panama hat for this summer. I am a total hat girl and hats have kept my skin extra protected every hot weather season since I was a teenager. Jenessa Leone makes incredible hats and the Begonia is my current favorite as it is chic and boho at the same time. I buy a new one every year and then hang them on a wall in my bedroom. My wall of summer hats makes me smile every time I look at them.
Taking anti-aging and beauty-boosting suppliments every day will keep your skin revitalized and help rejuvenate collagen production. I use Lumity every morning and night to ensure I’m working on my skin’s fitness from the inside out as it addresses 9 signs of aging with super power anti-oxidants. It’s important to keep up with your nutrition in the summer and taking this epic beauty supplement will combat the signs of aging so your skin looks lovely and you can wear less makeup in the heat.
10. Sunday Supply Co. Umbrella
Enjoying the beach under an umbrella allows you to be a total beach bum without worry of frying your delicate skin. Most umbrellas out there look cheap and not very stylish so invest in a well-crafted beautiful umbrella that you will have forever and get a million compliments on every summer. My current obsession is the vintage inspired umbrellas by Sunday Supply Co. Not only are they totally stylish, the fabric contains an SPF of over 30 and comes with an extendable wooden pole and a carry bag.