Our Ultimate Summer Skincare Guide

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Summer skin is our best skin, amirite? And it’s only made better when you’re using the best of the best when it comes to summer skincare products. So, what are we on the S Team putting on our skin this season? Well, we’ve rounded up our faves and there’s a whole lot of them, so grab a coffee, tea or water (your skin will much prefer the latter) and scroll through the below to find out how to get your most glowy, healthy skin yet this summer!

Best Cleanser: Sistine Anointed Vitamin C Cleanser

I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. Seriously. It’s a gentle yet powerful foaming cleanser enriched with 15% Vitamin C, that shares Sistine’s ultra-glow, skin polishing Youth Preserve formula. Composed of Organic Coconut, Aloe Vera, and Borage seed oil—this power lather rescues your face from dull, tired-looking skin, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, improves skin texture, and serves as a barrier against environmental stressors—leaving your skin refreshed and clean without stripping its natural oils. Shop now.

Best Make-Up Remover: Sunday Riley Blue Moon Cleansing Balm 

I fell in love with this cult brand many moons ago when they launched their oils so it’s only natural that the love affair continues with this one. It is a hydrating balm that removes makeup and impurities with sugar-based cleanser, incorporating therapeutic essential oils of Blue Tansy and German chamomile help to calm the look of irritated, dry, flaky skin while tangerine oil helps improve clarity. With a softening base of organic cocoa, moringa butters, and enriched with essential oils of vanilla and sweet orange to relax the mind and create a sense of balance, this melting cleansing balm gives skin a tranquil, pure, and healthy cleanse. The perfect cleanser to take the day away! Shop now.

Best Toner/Clarifying Lotion: Clinique Clarifying Lotion

Love to call this one of the “Clinique Classics”. It’s so iconic that I challenge you not to remember seeing it on your mom, or your grandmother’s, powder room counter. This gentle exfoliator sweeps away dulling flakes, excess oil and is the perfect prep moisturizer. It’s best for dry and combination skin and try it with organic bamboo pads. Trust me! Shop now.

Best Skin Booster: Vichy Minéral 89 Probiotic Fractions

Allow me to introduce you to your stressed skin solution. Our skin faces multiple sources of inner and outer exposome stressors, such as pollution, climate change, nutrition, and psychological stress. Intense and repeated exposure to these factors alters the skin barrier and skin defense function, leading to dull, fragilized and tired-looking skin. Minéral 89 Probiotic Fractions, a regenerating and repairing booster powered by probiotic fractions grown in Vichy Volcanic Water and enriched with soothing niacinamide (Vitamin B3) to correct visible signs of stress on skin. I have been using it for a few months now and declare this one a winner! Shop now.

Best Anti-Aging Serum: Biologique Elastine Serum Authentique

Deb got mad at me when I asked her to reco this one (LOL) but its only because she has such beautiful skin for 50. So, I managed to get her to spill one of her secrets and it is from the legendary mega brand Biologique Recherche. This serum is so effective at reducing lines and firming the skin it sells out on the regular. The secret? Pure elastine marine collagen. One of nature’s best kept secrets. Now if we can only get her to spill the rest… Shop now.

Best Hydrating Serum: Caudalie Vinosource Hydra SOS Thirst Quenching Serum

We all know the importance of good hydration but forget about our skin and the importance of its good relationship to water. Not anymore. Thanks to a combination of different intelligent rehydrating ingredients, this water-based serum restores the skin’s water balance. Your skin will feel as if drenched in water, hydrated and soothed, and soft and supple as a baby’s you know what. Its ultra-light and fresh aqueous texture melts under your fingers and a light fragrance with citrus notes on a refreshing bouquet: mandarin blossom, lemon tree leaves, cucumber water and fresh mint. Heaven in jar if you ask moi! Shop now.

Best Lightweight Moisturizer/Best Gel Moisturizer: Tata Harper Hyaluronic Gel Moisturizer

Tata Harper has been one of my all-time favorite clean beauty brands for over a decade. This ultra-lightweight gel moisturizer for oily/combination skin that replenishes and restores moisture weightlessly. 

Powerful natural antioxidants also help fight the aging effects of free radicals while evening skin tone. This gel formula delivers weightless hydration with 14 sources of plumping hydration, 10 sources of antioxidants, and 13 sources to smooth and soften skin texture. Shop now.

Best Night Cream: Tatcha DS Night Concentrate

You know the feeling you get and the look you have after a dreamy restful night’s sleep? This is that but in a jar. This ultra-hydrating concentrate of botanical oils and extracts melts into skin for a youthful glow in just one night. So given that those nights seem few and far between for us all these days – treat yourself to this amazing shortcut – and don’t forget to aim for the real thing every once in a while. Shop now.

Best Dark Spot Treatment: Topicals – Faded – Brightening & Clearing Serum

We all have them, especially as we age, spend time in the sun, have children and experience melanoma – the list goes on – DARK SPOTS. Boy are they tough to get rid of too. I have tried ALL THE PRODUCTS and have finally found my personal go-to. This gel serum gently fades the look of your most stubborn marks, scars, and spots so that you can kick back and let your worries fade away. Just remember the SUNSCREEN (read on!).Shop now.

Best Eye Cream: Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Ageing Eye Serum

So, again I turned to the person on our team with the most seniority in terms of age Deb (LOL x 2), to chime in here and after she threw me all the shade, we squeezed secret number two out of her. She swears by this legendary brand’s fix for your eyes. This powerful eye serum targets dark circles and minimizes the appearance of fine lines, crow’s feet, and uneven skin tone.

The trick – keep it in the fridge and use it day and night with a cold jade roller. Shop now.

Best CBD skincare product: Calyx 12OOmg CBD Lotion

I love my CBD and this winner is packed with moisture for even the driest skin irritations. Not only does this CBD lotion have hydration properties, but Smooth Plus delivers a heavy localized dose for the toughest aches and pains. This lotion is the highest concentrated topical and can be used for dryness associated with eczema and helpful for reducing pain because of inflammation. Calyx CBD lotion is formulated with hemp-derived CBD, a water-based natural cream infused with essentials oils like lavender and sandalwood. Literally the BOMB. Shop now.

Best Detoxifying Face Mask: Glamglow Super Mud

I am a broken record on this one and if you have been following me for a while you know how I feel about my Glamglow. This product, one of my favs, is a clarifying mask with six exfoliating acids and activated charcoal to instantly and visibly clear pores and improve the complexion of normal, combination, and acne-prone skin. Shop now.

Best Sheet Mask: Charlotte Tilbury Magical Facial Dry Sheet Mask 

I mean this when I say this – this is a facial in 15 minutes. Full stop. This multi-award-winning Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask is like nothing you have tried before! The Dry Sheet Face Mask can be used up to 3 times and hydrates, visibly smooths, brightens, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles for a dewy, plumper-looking complexion. Inspired by the technical innovations of Korean beauty and infused with supercharged ingredients, including vitamins, floral extracts, peptides, and oils, it’s the secret to GLOWING, hydrated and plumper-looking skin in minutes. Shop now.

Best Eye Mask: KNC Beauty Eye Patch Mask

Time to wake up my lovelies with this little trick FTW. The retinol infused KNC eye mask is my go-to before any shoot day, and frankly my day to day. They hydrate, smooth and depuff your eyes making you feel rested fresh and ready for the glam or the gram. The retinol texture stimulates the blood flow and soothes redness, and they are, wait for it – ALL NATURAL. Eye opening indeed! Shop now.

Best Body Sunscreen: Coola Classic Body Organic Sunscreen Guava Mango SPF50

Smells like fruity heaven and the scent has legit lived rent free in my head since I first applied it. It feels so light on on skin, you’re going to forget you are even wearing sunscreen. Rather than the goopy, thick feeling of a regular body sunscreen, Coola has managed to develop a formula that more closely resembles a light skin lotion that is also super gentle on sensitive skin. The bonus: for all you water babies out there, it’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes! Shop now.

Best Sunscreen for Dark Skin Tones: Black Girl Sunscreen

We love a brand with a purpose and passion and BGS is that personified. This product was designed to start the conversation around sun safety and education. BGS took the #1 reason Black women weren’t wearing sunscreen and solved it in a way that connected with them specifically. Black people have a lower survival rate due to late diagnosis compared to other races. Decreasing the risk of melanoma is just as important as decreasing the number of people that die from it, wearing sunscreen is essential. Maxie and I love ALL the products and they are on rotation year-round in our house. Shop now.

Best Face Sunscreen: EltaMD UV Sheer Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

But does it last? THE question I always ask around SS. Well, this one does and its fantastic. UV Sheer has a lightweight, hydrating formula that feels silky to the touch and light and airy on the skin. It goes on smooth absorbing quickly into skin and helps even out skin tone. This facial sunscreen offers up to 80 minutes of sweat and water-resistance making it the ideal choice for an active lifestyle, hot and humid weather and for anyone looking for a lightweight and hydrating sunscreen to live freely under the sun. UV Sheer is formulated to be compatible on all skin tones without leaving a white cast. Shop now.

Best Acne Treatment: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

I may be aging myself here folks, but this product is a hall of fame, OG, legendary showstopper that has been in beauty kits of “in the know gals and guys” since forever. This bubblegum pink lotion made up of salicylic acid, sulfur and calamine (yep. what you use for bug bites and chicken pocks!) literally will dry up any blemish in just one night. Perfection for your imperfections!! Shop now.

Best Body Lotion: Goop Genes Nourishing Repair Body Butter

Want year round, soft skin that stays hydrated for up to 72 hours? Look no further than this cult fave body butter. Everyone on the team got introduced to this moisturizing magic cream last winter and like the rest of beauty junkies, we were immediately hooked. This luxurious feeling body cream helps nourish, while leaving skin looking skin firm with the ultimate glow.

Highlighted Ingredients:
– Bacuri Butter: Nourishes the skin with minerals, amino acids, and intensive moisture.
– Caviar Lime: Improves cell turnover and hydration for smoother, brighter-looking skin.
– Mulberry Leaf: Moisturizes, smooths, and boosts cell turnover for brighter, more youthful-looking skin.

Made with three ultra-nourishing butters and clinically tested, nutrient-rich botanical extracts, this ultra-hydrating cream delivers beautiful skin with a subtle tangerine-sandalwood scent. Shop now.

Best Body Serum: MUTHA Body Contour Serum

A complete boost for the body that will have your skin buzzing while promoting smoother, tighter, and firmer-looking skin. This multi-action formula, featuring M-TIGHT™ technology, contains nourishing botanical oils and ceramides that help hydrate, fruit acids that help resurface, and plant-derived ingredients that aim to visibly reduce the appearance of unwanted dimples. This potent blend works together for the ultimate body GLOW UP Y’ALL. Shop now.

Best Body Wash: MIFA Eucalyptus Coco Body Wash 

You can bring the purifying feeling of the spa to your shower with Canadian brand MIFA’s 100% natural body wash, EUCALYPTUS COCO, is made with the highest quality organic ingredients to create a rich and luxurious lather. With intoxicating notes of eucalyptus, lavender, geranium, and peppermint. This is the ultimate all in one and the best treat for your body hands down. Shop now.

Best Hand Cream: 

They say you can tell someone’s real age by the skin on their hands and neck, so we take our hand cream VERY serious around here. I am never caught without a tube. You can find one in my car, on my desk, in my bathrooms and pretty much scattered in a few of my handbags for good measure. Our team may be age diverse, but we can all agree on one thing and that is we all want the skin on our hands to look firmer, plumper, and youthful and require a hand lotion that reduces the appearance of severe dryness. After a year of excessively washing our hands and apply sanitizers we can all agree our hands were starting to look and feel pretty gnarly.

Why we love Weleda’s Replenishing Hand Cream: The blend of pomegranate seed oil, shea butter, sesame oil and golden millet extract leaves hands insanely smooth and Counteracts drying helps to reduce the appearance of age-spots. It’s also certified natural by NATRUE, free from synthetic preservatives, fragrances, colorants or raw materials derived from mineral oils. Shop now.

Best Hand Sanitizer: Touchland

Wave goodbye to harsh, goopy hand sanitizers and hello to Power Mist, the first beauty-forward sanitizer designed to make your skin happy. The dermatologist tested formula is packed with good-for-you ingredients like hydrating Aloe Vera and a blend of Essential Oils to leave hands soft and healthy. Each mist contains 600+ spritzes to evenly eliminate 99.9% of harmful germs, and its lightweight formula absorbs quickly, never feels sticky and leaves your hands smelling great. It’s also TSA friendly, so take it on the go to bring a boost of hygiene and hydration to any (FINALLY!!!!) adventure. That’s what we call love at first mist. Shop now.

Best Skincare Device: LED Light Therapy Face Mask

If you know you know and if you’re me, you absolutely know. This FDA cleared Red, Blue & Amber LED light therapy mask uses NASA technology and is clinically demonstrated to smooth fine lines, kill acne-causing bacteria, and promote healthy glowing skin. Use 15 minutes per day to achieve professional results at home with Solaris Laboratories’ wireless face mask. You can thank me later😉 Shop now.

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