Written By Helen Siwak
Whether that means heading to the beach in your new romper and sandals or pulling up a chair on your local patio for a much needed cool one, your skin needs special attention to ensure it is protected. Every season has its dangers, and for summer it is sun and seawater that will do the most damage. To maximize your outdoor time and minimize the damaging efforts of this sunny season, here are my recommendations.
Unless you are living in maxi-dresses, before you even begin to contemplate heading out in, take care of your legs. Before shaving hydrate and moisturize your skin with United & Free’s local-made line. Prime Body Wash is a gentle cleanser and a supple lash, Unity Shave Lotion has a convenient pump head for in the shower, and the Absolut Face & Body Lotion is a post-shower must. All products are vegan, cruelty-free, and with such mild scents perfect for everyone.
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Get your summer glow on with St. Tropez’s new Gradual Tan Tinted. It gives an instant hint of sheer bronze to your face, while gradually developing into a lasting natural-look base.
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This seasons summer lips are glossy and ‘just-bitten’ with shades of raspberry being this season’s go-to. Chanel offers up a scent-free Rouge Coco Glass in over 30 sheer shades with Hydraboost complex to create a glossier finish and plumper feel.
Paul & Joe’s Limited Edition ‘April in Paris’ dual purpose powders are presented in resealable quirky mini-albums of that can be blended to be bold or applied to add subtle radiance. Available in pretty pink shades coupled with green, bright orange, and pearly ivory.
With extracts of white lily and rosemary, jojoba oil, and orange flower water moisturizer, these wafer-thin powders are a must-have for your summer social life.
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Keep your complexion dimensional and contoured with Shiseido’s multi-coloured face powder in peach, apple, and plum. Three colours and textures in one compact put all your cheek needs – blushing, sculpting, and harmonizing – in the palm of your hand.
Stila brings the sparkle to the patio with their Glitterati Lip Top Coat. Specially formulated to wear alone or over a matte liquid lipstick, the Entice and Embolden shades are playful with long-lasting shimmer and non-gritty finish.
For sun damage repair try the ultimate SOS treatment – Clarins’ Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil – with hazelnut and organic jojoba oil which leaves a shiny non-stick coating on the lips that is slightly sweet, nourishing, and fits easily into your beach tote.
Clarins Limited Edition Bronzing Compact is not only gorgeous with its maxi-case decorated with pink flamingos and bamboo, but it contains a gradient of 3 matte shades to suit all skin tones.
It also contains Clarins Anti-Pollution Complex, developed in 1991 of primarily plant-based active ingredients, to combat skin ageing and the loss of radiance due to outdoor pollution.
Before tucking in at night, try a little tenderness by way of Babor Limited Edition Chill Out Hemp Ampoule. In high demand around the world (not just on the west coast!) these powerful ampoules rejuvenate the skin overnight with a mixture of hemp seed oil, aloe vera, cactus, and panthenol. All rich in omega-3, omega-6, and vitamins C and E.
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The summer sun and the lifestyle that goes along with it need not reverse all the facial pampering that our skin enjoyed during the dark and rainy winter months. Let your skin glow with healthy radiance!