When we think about skincare this time of year, the number one factor is usually sun protection. But summer skin still craves moisture! I’ve rounded up my favorite moisturizers to quench dry skin any time of year.
MALIN+GOETZ Neroli Hand+Body Lotion, $34
I love this lightweight and non-greasy moisturizer for summer. Founders Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz produce their all-natural products in their vintage-feel New York apothecary, so you can feel good about what you’re putting on your skin and where it’s coming from.
Kiehl’s Vanilla & Cedarwood Hand & Body Lotion, $26
I’m a huge fan of Kiehl’s products and recently tried their new scented body lotions full of shea butter and botanical oils to care for your skin. This scent was my favorite. It’s also available in Fig Leaf and Sage, which is a great unisex scent.
Lalicious Sugar Reef Body Butter, $25
This all-natural formula has an addictive tropical scent and a label with ingredients you can actually pronounce. Aloe and Vitamin E smooth skin for up to 24 hours.
Body Shop Jumbo Mango Body Butter, $19
Body Shop’s body butters are a cult favorite…everyone has their favorite scent! The ultra-rich formula is luxurious to apply and will leave your skin feeling soft and supple.
Booth’s 4-in-1 Multi-Action Body Lotion Vanilla Butter, $9.99
This delicious smelling lotion pampers your skin with all the ingredients found in the best facial moisturizers including skin-firming caffeine and essential oils.
Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Lotion, $8.49
After trying so many lotions for extremely dry skin, I still come back to this vitamin-rich drugstore find. If your skin is sensitive to fragrance and needs a little extra TLC, slather this on all over. It’s extra nourishing if you apply to damp skin after the shower.
Queen Helene Cocoa Butter, $3.99
This inexpensive find is an excellent after sun moisturizer because it quenches dry skin and smells like summer!
Admit it: We’re all guilty of having too many products. It’s hard to resist trying something new and before you know it, you have product overload. Summertime is a time for lightening up, so why not take the time to simplify your routine? Ideal for busy days out on the go, here are our picks for the best multitasking products guaranteed to keep you covered.
Cut the medicine cabinet clutter with Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One soap, a great 18-in-one cleaning solution that works on body, hair, teeth, clothes, countertops… if you think it, it can clean it! The Dr. Bronner’s website has helpful tips on how to best dilute the solution to fit your washing needs. Moderate with water for use as a detergent, or apply full-strength to fight tough grease stains. The popular soap line comes in an assortment of scents, leaving whatever they cleanse smelling light, fresh, and good as new.
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If you want to get the celebrity red-carpet look of glistening skin, O.N.E. olive oil is the trick. It smells great so you can skip perfume, and it’s perfect for the summer months when skin is most prone to drying out. O.N.E.’s combination of vitamin E and organic olive oil can work to revitalize a wide spectrum of skin types and can be used as a cleanser; refreshing or soothing as need be. We love it for its organic, enriching formula that’s just as effective on hair: Apply to damaged or frizzy ends for a smooth texture and increased shine. Great to use on dry cuticles, too!
Buy Now, $30
Clean skin is beautiful skin, which is why AHAVA 3-In-1 Mineral Toning Cleanser is rapidly becoming one of our favorite beauty bets. It’s no longer necessary to have multiple cleansers for face makeup, eye makeup, and facial wash: Remove and reinvigorate with one lightweight, 8.5-oz. bottle. AHAVA’s cleanser not only cleans and tones, it comes specially formulated to act as an anti-ager.
Buy Now, $30
Multitask the fight against aging on multiple fronts with Olay 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Cream. Dark circles, fine lines, puffy eyes, loss of firmness, uneven texture, uneven tone, and dryness are no match for the line-and-dark-circle minimizing brush, which is gentle enough for daily application. Olay is a trusted name in anti-aging, and this cream is the perfect complement to its over-night products that work to leave you with firmer – i.e. younger-looking – skin. The tinted moisturizer works particularly well in achieving an ideal smooth coverage.
Buy Now, $13.50
Keeping your skin soft in the summer heat is one of the season’s most important concerns… as is staying safe from pesky bugs. Hitting two of our most pressing needs is why we love Avon’s Skin So Soft Original Dry Oil Body Spray. Containing citronella that leaves behind a lemony scent and helps repel mosquitoes, this spray is best applied to post-shower damp skin for long-lasting effectiveness. It can also be used as a summer perfume that will keep those buzzing friends far and away.
Buy Now, $7
We love the all-in-one, multi-use NARS stick called “The Multiple.” One stick for cheeks, eyes, body, and lips, the creamy tip goes on as powder to whichever area is most in need of sheer coverage. This product is available in a variety of great colors for all skin tones. Our recommended color, of course, is Orgasm, the wildly popular NARS-addict favorite.
Buy Now, $40
Deemed the “original tool for a girl on the go,” Miss A Kit is your go-to solution for any problems that may pop up when you’re out. Whether it’s a loose button, an unwanted headache, or the need for a little scented therapy in the form of a quick perfume squirt, this tool has you covered: Mirror, pill box, knife, needle and thread, flashlight, keychain, and perfume bottle (and then some!) all come in one compact, Swiss army knife-like container that’s easy to stash in any sized purse.
Buy Now, $20
Pantene’s 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner will cut washing time in half without cutting corners when it comes to the health of your hair. Choose between the Medium-Thick, Fine, and Curly hair options for the formula that best suits your texture for optimum, silky results.
Buy Now, $7
Do you have dry skin? In the summer weather it’s likely that your skin will become dryer. Characteristics of dry skin are extremely common and can be uncomfortable.
Dry skin is usually thin and lacking in sebaceous glands, which leads to minimal natural moisture, lost elasticity (collagen), and wrinkles. Here are some ways to identify if you have dry skin:
– Skin feels thinner than normal
– Appears opaque
– Easy to peel
– Feels itchy
– Easily breaks out in allergic reactions
– Fine pores
Below are my recommendations to help keep your skin moist under the best conditions:
– Eat fresh fruit and vegetables daily
– Drink six to eight glasses of water per day
– Keep consistent in the use of cream, and moisturize twice a day
– Wash your face with fresh water
– Avoid excessive heat
– Avoid excessive use of alcohol and caffeine, which have diuretic effects that cause skin cells to lose moisture and essential nutrients
– Avoid washing your face in the direct spray of a hot shower
– Use facial mist during the day to keep skin moist
To ensure your skin will look it’s best all summer long, here are some great products to try from Cygalle Healing Spa:
Licorice Spice Face Wash
Thoroughly clean and restore balance with this vitamin-enriched foaming wash formulated for all skin types. Anise extract promotes a healthy, glowing complexion, while natural moisturizing factors such as wheat germ and anisum fruit oils leave the skin smooth and revitalized.
Buy Now, $25-$65
Cranberry Antioxidant Toner
Organic cranberry juice unites with an array of gentle, natural skin-refining acids to enhance texture and appearance. Delicately remove surface debris to reveal a brighter, more vibrant complexion. Delightfully refreshing organic chamomile, healing helichrysum, and sandalwood essential oils enhance skin nutrition while giving this daily use toner its tempting allure.
Buy Now, $25-$65
Sea Pearl Elixir
A true beauty classic – this luxuriously moisturizing serum increases resilience, resulting in flawlessly smooth and supple skin. Enriched with water-attracting humectants and soothing herbs, this serum is essential for those who experience dryness, sagging skin, or loss of vitality. Concentrated Atlantic seaweed, organic aloe, squalane, and phytohyaluronate penetrate skin with nutrition vital to cellular respiration. An intensive booster, this serum is ideal for dry, devitalized, or mature skin types.
Buy Now, $25-$75
Gold Leaf Intensive Eye Treatment
An intensive treatment crème that addresses the special needs of the eye zone, which is prone to visible signs of aging including fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, and moisture loss. Micronized 23-karat mineral mica helps to fight the harmful effects of the sun by reflecting UV rays. Organic marshmallow extract aids in circulation, diminishing dark circles and puffiness. Soothing calendula, seabuckthorn, and organic sunflower oils quickly penetrate to instantly refresh and encourage suppleness and elasticity. Hydrating yet non-greasy, this advanced treatment crème penetrates quickly, making it an ideal choice for daily use under makeup.
Buy Now, $85
Raspberry Q10 Moisturizer Crème
Super hydrating day or night! Experience this ultra-rich moisturizer that releases powerful nutrients encouraging healthy, vibrant skin. DMAE, cranberry seed oil, and coenzyme Q10 enhance the potent natural butters and oils that make this an excellent moisturizer for normal or dry skin. Use to fight dehydration and dull skin commonly associated with aging.
Buy Now, $25-$75
Tropical Enzyme Peel
A deliciously rich, creamy enzymatic exfoliant that effectively dissolves dead skin cells without manual scrubbing. Banana, a gentle alternative rich in minerals and antioxidants, helps to soften skin and maintain an optimum moisture level. Pineapple and papaya enzymes carefully remove unwanted surface debris, revealing a glowing complexion. Non-abrasive, yet highly effective, each treatment will leave your skin feeling not only brighter but softer to the touch. Ideal for sensitive, reactive skin types, or for those who desire additional hydration.
Buy Now, $25-$65
Silk Collagen Hydrating Masque
The ultimate extravagance! This high-performance, luxuriously opulent masque is infused with mineral-rich micronized mother of pearl, glycosaminoglycans, and rich botanical extracts that provide vital nourishment on a deep cellular level. Plant-based pseudocollagen, and hyaluronic acid aggressively resist environmental factors that diminish skin’s youthful appearance. Helichrysum and citrus essential oils delight your senses with every application. You’ll be tempted to use this magnificent masque every day.
Buy Now, $25-$75
Products are available at www.cygallehealingspastore.com
One of the few drawbacks of summer? The dry skin I get from lying out in the sun. That’s why I’m obsessed with Sephora’s Dry Oils. Available in delicious, summery scents (my favorite is Guava Passion), these sprays are a perfect quick fix for a shot of moisture when you don’t want to put on thick, goopy creams. Infused with aloe, the mist hydrates your skin without being sticky and leaves a gorgeous sheen that highlights your tan. At a mere $8, I’m definitely stocking up for summer!—Colleen Haggerty
Buy Sephora Collection Dry Oil, 5 oz, $8, at sephora.com