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Summer Shine: Your Ultimate Guide to Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer has arrived in Texas and the temperatures are soaring! As the days get hotter, your skin's needs change. Those thick winter creams are most likely too heavy now and your foundation shade might not match for long with all the sun exposure. Get ahead of the curve with these must-have items to help you step confidently into the most sizzling season of the year.



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Sunscreen: Your Summer BFF

You'll hear it a lot, but sunscreen is essential! Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays helps prevent skin cancer and keeps your skin looking youthful. While many foundations contain SPF, it's usually enough to fully protect your skin. You need a dedicated sunscreen under your makeup or on bare skin to fully benefit from its ability to block harmful UVA/UVB rays.

My Recommended Favorite Sunscreens:

  • Cereve Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50: Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, Hyaluronic Acid for skin barrier support, and Niacinamide to calm the skin.

  • Supergoop! SPF 40: Suitable for all skin types with Red Algae to calm and Meadowfoam Seed Oil to nourish.

  • Blue Lizard Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen: Has Zinc Oxide, which I love, while protecting at an SPF 50 and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. The bottle will even change color when in harmful UV light. I am really sensitive to chemical sunscreens, but since this is a physical sunscreen and formulated for sensitive skin, I haven't had a problem.

Bonus Tip:

  • BB Cream: Get extra SPF and a tinted base with a BB cream. My favorite is Monat BB Cream SPF 40, which hydrates and improves skin texture. They have a ton of shades in their range and all Monat products are vegan, cruelty-free and backed by science, which is always nice!


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Update Your Foundation Color and Formula

With more sun exposure, you might need a new foundation shade or formula. Lighter, more breathable options can make you feel comfortable in the heat.

Recommended Foundations:


If you love your current foundation formula, just switch to a darker shade for summer. Get samples or use online shade finders from brands like MAC, Lancôme, and NARS. For drugstore options, pick a few shades darker than your winter foundation.


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Refresh Your Skincare Routine

Summer skincare means lighter moisturizers and refreshing mists. If your BB cream or sunscreen has moisturizing benefits, you're already ahead. Otherwise, a lightweight moisturizer or a cooling face mist can be perfect. Don't forget all areas of your face and body, like your lips.

Recommended Products:

  • Monat Hydrate and Refresh Face Mist: Instantly hydrates and gives a healthy glow. Keep it in the fridge for a cooling spritz.

  • Aloe Vera Lotion: A summer staple for calming sunburned skin.

  • Dior Solar The After Sun Balm: A luxurious option for intense hydration and skin recovery.

  • Aquaphor Lip Protectant + Sunscreen: Don't neglect your lips! They can get sunburn as well


Stay Radiant All Summer Long

With these summer beauty essentials, you'll be ready to shine brighter than the sun. Protect your skin, stay hydrated, and keep your makeup light and fresh to embrace everything the season has to offer. Remember, the key to summer beauty is simplicity and taking care of yourself inside and out. So, stock up on these must-haves, enjoy the sunny days, and let your natural beauty glow!


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