How to cheat your way to a post-vacay look
Words by KELLY ATTERTON
Summer 2020 may look a little different, due to the coronavirus, but some things remain the same: the temptation of our exquisite California coastline, and our desire for sun, surf and a beachy glow. Unlike past years, when we’ve curated our summer beauty kit with travel in mind, this year we’re staying closer to home. But that doesn’t mean we can’t look as though we just returned from a Fourth of July week in Puglia.
Want to pamper your skin? Try a cactus-infused face oil, or a shea butter balm that gives you buttery-soft skin. Treat dry hair with a healing CBD scalp oil, or a shampoo/conditioner duo made with Japanese seaweed. Pair a lush and creamy shaving cream with a gorgeous, almost art-like gold razor for a smooth canvas.
You don’t want to overdo it, but we need the sun to stay healthy: UV rays stimulate skin to make vitamin D, important to our bones, blood cells and immune system. The sun’s rays also boost serotonin production, positively affecting our mood and energy.
Whether lounging by the pool or hitting beaches (when they’re open) from San Diego to Santa Cruz, you’re going to want to stay hydrated, moisturized and protected — with a touch of sun-kissed glimmer. We’re talking everything from tinted sunscreen face serum (no white glow, just a great way to block the harsh rays) to a super-natural-looking cream bronzer for that perfect radiance.
Here is everything you’ll need to make the most out of your summer staycation.
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Rita Hazan Lock & Block Spray
A weightless mist that is sure to be your hair’s new BFF. Utilizing a potent blend of UV protection and antioxidants, this spray by Rita Hazan nourishes your hair while providing an environmental shield. Use this as a final step of your styling routine to maintain your color (natural or color-treated), protect your scalp and manage frizz by blocking out humidity and the sun’s damaging rays.
Masami Mekabu Shampoo and Conditioner
Just launched, Masami’s clean hair care system is infused with Mekabu, a Japanese ocean botanical that hydrates your hair without weighing it down. It’s also packed with other beneficial ingredients like blueberry extract, aloe and grapeseed oil to counter sun exposure and give your hair a glossy finish.
Linnie Drew Fragrant Shea
The combination of water and sun is a recipe for dry, taxed skin. Slather this sublime combination of raw African shea butter, organic virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E oil by Linnie Drew from head to toe to soothe and hydrate everything from burnt scalps to flaky skin. Best yet, it comes in six earthy yet sensual fragrances.
Pattern Argan Oil Hair Serum
This lightweight, nongreasy formula created by actress Tracee Ellis Ross is the ultimate antidote to beach frizz. Argan oil, which is made from argan seed kernels, is laden with antioxidants, vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Use this product by Pattern on dry hair for shine and hydration, or on damp hair as a leave-in treatment.
Fur Shave Cream
Razor burn is a thing of the past with this highly moisturizing, featherlight texture shave cream by Fur that provides maximum glide. It’s great for daily use, or whenever needed, wherever needed (legs, pubic area, underarms, chest and face), but always use it on wet skin for the best results.
Oui The People The Single Razor
The first stainless steel razor made especially for women. Faceted with a weighted handle and a tighter angle between the blade, Oui The People ensures the right amount of pressure to flawlessly slice the hair at the skin’s surface for a smooth-as-glass finish. And it’s so pretty you’ll have to stop yourself from shooting shower “shelfies.”
GILDED BODY The Marble Body Brush, $88.
Gilded Body The Marble Body Brush
Made with a marble base and natural bristle fibers, this hand-honed brush by Gilded Body will buff and polish your skin after long summer days in the sun; it also gives your body a jolt of energy and it detoxifies. Use it twice a week on dry skin to stimulate the lymphatic system and increase circulation. The unique weighted, marble base allows for even distribution of pressure and contact with the skin for a more elevated dry brushing experience.
Curie Deodorant Spray
Spray this clean deodorant by Curie anywhere that gets sweaty — we’re talking boobs, backs, legs and of course, armpits. Comes in three light scents (white tea, orange neroli, and grapefruit cassis) that keeps you smelling pleasant while enjoying the summer rays.
Vertly Soothing Florals Hydrating Face Mist
This Vertly mist adds a refreshing, botanical boost to your summer skincare regimen. Packed with powerful ingredients like CBD oil for inflammation, calendula flower extract for healing, aloe vera for hydration, witch hazel for shrinking pores, and rose flowers toning and moisturizing.
Tower 28 Bronzino Illuminating Cream Bronzer in West Coast
This balmy Tower 28 bronzer was created to melt into your skin and leave a glistening natural glow. Unlike bronzers of the past, this one is more like a pigmented gloss that’s buildable and blendable. Formulated with moisturizing mango butter and calming green tea extract, this product also works to soothe and hydrate. When applying, be sure to swipe a bit across the bridge of your nose for a more natural-looking, sun-kissed complexion.
Dior Lip Tattoo #571 Natural Cranberry
Everyone wants a healthy flush on their cheeks and lips, but reapplying makeup on a summer’s day can be a drag. This Dior lip stain helps solve the problem with it’s 10-hour, kiss-proof color that “tattoos” the mouth with a transparent swipe of pigment. It’s also great to use on cheeks for a rosy glow that lasts all day long.
Freck Lil Prick Cactus Seed Dry Serum
Dry skin is no match for prickly pear seed oil, which contains an extremely high percentage of linoleic acid — a skin barrier savior that’s also known to calm inflammation and redness. This lightweight serum by Freck absorbs quickly, delivering a burst of moisture. Use it anywhere that needs a little extra love.
ILIA Beauty Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40
This game-changing formula by ILIA Beauty combines skincare, makeup and sunscreen all in one weightless serum. With 18 shades to choose from, the Super Serum Skin Tint offers buildable coverage with a dewy finish, thanks to ingredients like plant-based squalane oil for hydration, and niacinamide to smooth uneven texture. Shake well before applying, and give it a few minutes for the color to oxidize and the white from the zinc to activate and fade.
July 7, 2020
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