11 beauty items you should try this summer

Summer is calling our names, and we are more than ready for late nights, beach days and all the fun in the sun we can think of. But is your beauty cabinet in prime condition to tackle oily skin, photodamage, dehydration and more?

Give your routine an overhaul with these must-try products:

Shower Oil

Ritual Shower Oil | Photo by Alexis Paige

You may be wondering why you need to put oil on your body when you spend most days sweating. But, the reason you ask is the reason you need it! As you sweat everything out, you’re body is dehydrating. Drinking water is the obvious way to replenish it, but give your skin some extra love with an in-shower oil.


Mad Hippie Facial SPF | Photo by Alexis Paige

This is an obvious one – and one that isn’t limited to a summer skin routine. Every day, rain or shine, you should be applying SPF30 to your face, neck and hands at the very least. This will protect you from harsh UVA/UVB rays that can cause cancer and spur on signs of aging.


Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum and Goddess Gardens Sun Repair Serum | Photo by Alexis Paige

Your skin goes through a lot in the summer. Chlorine, saltwater, wiping away sweat, sun damage – the list goes on and on. Vitamin C serums can protect you from photodamage done by the sun, while a night time repair serum can put moisture back into the skin.


Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer “Milk Chocolate” | Photo by Alexis Paige

When you’re so busy protecting your skin, you’re most likely getting tan lines. But, bronzing the highpoints of your face for that sunkissed looked isn’t the only place you can add some color. If you have a slight tan line on your body, buff in a little bronzer to even it out a little bit.

Gel Cheek Products

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée | Photo by Alexis Paige

In the warmer months, we tend to want lighter makeup. Jelly blush products offer just that! They tend to be more pigmented, but weigh less on the skin so you don’t feel like you’re trapping dirt and oils under a cake face.

Brow Gel

Glossier Boy Brow | Photo by Alexis Paige

In trend this summer is bold brows once again. And going along with a “no makeup makeup” look, running a brow gel through your little caterpillars can give them a perfectly undone finish for a youthful face.

Natural Scents

Adorn Rose Quartz | Photo by Alexis Paige

When you’re hot, chances are you’ve got a bit of a natural perfume already going on. So, instead of masking it with an overpowering scent, whisk it away with something light. Warm, musky scents are great for a summer night around the campfire, while cooler, sweet scents with ingredients like rose water are great for running around town.

Chapstick with SPF

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm | Photo by Alexis Paige

Mom may have always reminded you to get your ears when putting on sunscreen, but what about your lips? Yup, they burn too. Stay covered by carrying a chapstick that contains SPF. This’ll take the thinking out of it!

Yellow Nail Polish

butter LONDON “Lemon Drop” | Photo by Alexis Paige

Let your nails be as bright at the sun shining above! A soft, eggshell yellow is the color of the summer. A perk? You’ll nails will be the best accessory against your tanned skin.

Tinted Moisturizer

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer | Photo by Alexis Paige

You dish out big bucks for foundation only for it to melt off. Opt for something lighter that’ll keep from clogging your pores, and you won’t feel as guilty when taking a dip in the pool with it on. Tinted moisturizer will help conceal some acne redness, but allows your skin to breathe, giving you the best of both world.

Tinted Lip Balm

Clinique Chubby Stick “Chunky Cherry” | Photo by Alexis Paige

The truth of the matter is you don’t always want to wear makeup in the summer. Keep it simple by adding a pop of color with a moisturizing, tinted lip balm. No, this doesn’t mean “balm” as in chapstick, but rather a lip gloss/lipstick combo that’ll leave with with a natural flush.