Summer’s come a little too early for our liking this year, but if the rising temperatures tell us anything, it’s that we need to be prepared. For us, that means dialling back on the layers and we’re not talking barely-there clothing but an undressing of your skin, too. ’Tis the season to go back to basics and shed any excess baggage that weighs you down.
Here, we list all the essential summer beauty products you’ll need this season.
BACK TO BAS(E)ICS - BB CREAM
What’s the point of foundation when it’s going to melt off your face anyway? Turn in cakey formulas for a BB cream like Colorbar’s Perfect Match BB Cream
a non-greasy formula infused with cooling Aloe Vera and SPF20 to nourish, protect and perfect that summer glow.
Dense, deadweight face oils and creams begone! In this heat, you want a lightweight, gel- or water-based moisturizer instead. We love Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream
, packed with Cucumber and other nutrients that seal in moisture, and settles easy and breezy on your skin.
Cream cleansers work better than water-based ones? Myth! A weightless, all-natural option like Kama Ayurveda’s Pure Rose Water
does the same, but even better. It works as a makeup remover, toner, astringent and face mist all in one.
FLUSH ON, BRUSH OFF - BLUSH
A pigmented blush is great match for winter. For summer, keep it natural and glowy by swapping your powder blush with a translucent cream like Ruby’s Organics Crème Blush
, a balmy oil, mineral and clay blend that gives you a natural, illuminated glow.
BALM IS BETTER
Give your lips some TLC this summer by keeping heavy, parched liquid and matte formulations at bay. Let your lips breathe with an airy tinted balm like Lakme’s Lip Love Lip Care
. Built-in SPF15 protects your pout from sun rays; a creamy, dual core nourishes, and that natural tint? Perfect for the beach!
GET, SET, GO! - Makeup Setting Spray
A clown face ain’t attractive, a crumbling clown face even worse. If your skin really requires the compact, you don’t need to compromise just use a setting spray for the same result. L.A. Girl Pro’s Setting HD Matte Finish Spray
is non-sticky and mattifying without adding that cumbersome layer.
Throw away amateur sunscreen formulas for powerhouse protection fair, dusky or born near the Equator, you still need it! The size of Face Shop’s Natural Sun Eco Clear Sunscreen Stick
might belie its true power, but its waterproof SPF50, combined with Sunflower extracts and K-beauty sorcery, means you’ll never need to cower under the sun’s rays again.