Summer time is no joke when it comes to makeup and skincare. It can often be a tricky time when trying to tweak your routine to adapt with the weather. Humidity is the trade off we must deal with in exchange for warm, beautiful weather and it forces us to completely switch around our beauty routines and employ new techniques.
In order for your beauty routine to fall in sync with the warmer weather and sticky air, it’s routine for many to swap out heavier products for lighter ones. Creams for gels, full coverage for light coverage, cream makeup for liquid, or liquid for powder, etc. These changes are often necessary as it helps the skin to breathe a little more and helps reduce the chances of congestion, which leads to clogged pores and different forms of acne.
Here are 7 products to add to your summer beauty routine to keep your skin in formation with the weather and keep you glowing!
1. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder - $34
Probably the best $34 I’ve ever spent. This baked face powder has become a staple in my everyday routine. If you’re someone who hates the cakey and matte look most powders tend to give, you will absolutely love this. I myself have oily skin but avoid powders because of the unflattering finish many powders have, but this is a light coverage powder with pearlized pigments to give a natural glow to the skin while providing a satin finish. You can use this to set your makeup, touch up throughout the day, or if your skin allows, you can use it as light coverage makeup to perfect the skin a bit and use it as a light powder foundation. I always get compliments when wearing this because it makes your skin look extremely smooth and glowy.
2. Marla Rene Micellar Cleansing Water - $20
This Black-owned skincare brand specializes in luxury skincare and offers an array of homemade skincare products with natural ingredients created for women of color. This micellar water is a great addition for a summer skincare routine, with skin-soothing ingredients like chamomile, cucumber, and calendula to cleanse and hydrate the skin. You can use this as a cleanser for when you’re feeling lazy, a makeup remover, or a toner after you cleanse to get rid of any makeup or impurities left behind. This micellar water is extremely gentle and refreshing on the skin, so it’s great for all skin types including those with sensitive skin.
3. The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics - $6
Extremely affordable and effective, this skincare product is perfect for those with oily or combination skin. Similar to hyaluronic acid, this lightweight serum helps the skin to attract and hold water for a more hydrated and plump appearance. The thin and watery texture of this is fast-absorbing, making it the perfect addition for a simple summer skincare routine.
4. Alpha Skin Care Renewal Body Lotion 12% Glycolic Acid - $13
Don’t be afraid of the acid! This lotion is a gentle formula that does a magnificent job at softening, moisturizing, and exfoliating the skin all at once. The glycolic acid helps to chemically exfoliate dead skin to reveal newer and brighter skin. This lotion is especially good for those who suffer from keratosis pilaris, also known as chicken skin or strawberry legs, which is common in Black women and usually genetic. Keratosis pilaris is basically those small brown dots you may see on your legs and/or arms that tend to be rough and dry. The glycolic acid will help to break down those plugs in the skin while giving you the baby-smooth skin that you’ve been missing. This body lotion is all you’ll need to have smooth, even-toned legs for the summer!
5. Belif Aqua Bomb - $22-$38
This moisturizer is a wonderful gel-cream hybrid that’s especially great for oily and combination skin. It provides the perfect amount of hydration and moisture without being too much or too little, and gives the skin a smooth canvas to work with if you’re applying makeup afterwards. For those hot days where you can’t stand the thought of using a cream on your face and need something lightweight to cool your skin down, this moisturizer is the perfect contender.
6. L’oreal True Match Lumi Glotion - $12
The more affordable and diverse sister of the cult-favorite MAC Strobe Cream, this glotion is a multi-purpose product that gives you a bang for your buck. This comes in 4 shades: Fair, Light, Medium, and Deep. You can use it as a highlighter for certain areas of the face, you can use it all over as a glowy moisturizer, you can mix it with your foundation, your can use it as a primer, you can use it to give you body some glow, the list goes on and on.
7. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay - $8
With nothing but 100% bentonite clay, this mask is pretty powerful, even too powerful for some. Congestion, increased sebum production, and acne tend to be more prevalent in the summer so a deep-cleaning clay mask is one of the best methods of cleaning out the pores to clarify the skin. You can mix this with pretty much anything you’d like such as water, milk, yogurt, etc. though if you want it to be gentler, I’d forgo using apple cider vinegar. You can also mix some oils into the mask for a gentler and more moisturizing effect! For $8 you can’t beat this mask as you get a ton of product that will last you for a long time, and you get to customize it to your skin’s liking.
“Erin Dyana is a freelance writer with a focus on pop culture, criticisms, and beauty. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Urban Social TV, Wear Your Voice Magazine, Clementine Zine, and Philadelphia Print Zine. In her free time she likes to create art, watch films, read books, and eat everything in sight."