Lather up in the shower with Softsoap Nutri Serums Body Washes, which don’t make your skin feel tight or dry. Available in two scents―a fresh herbal and a subtle floral―both formulas contain tiny pearls filled with omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to hydrate skin nicely.
To buy: $4.50, at drugstores.
2 of 8 Bare Escentuals
For a Flawless and Shine-Free Complexion
Just in time for the hottest month of the year, the original mineral foundation gets a summer upgrade. Introducing Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Matte Foundation. It gives the same irritant-free, even coverage with SPF 15, but also subdues oil slicks once applied.
With a fluffy brush and deeply pigmented lash-expanding formula, Maybelline Great Lash Big Mascara is the latest iteration of the famed original. Apply one coat for noticeable fullness, or add a few more for a false-lash effect. The bonus: It washes off with ease at the end of the day.
To buy: $6, at drugstores.
4 of 8 Cover FX
For Supple, Hydrated Lips
Cover Fx MintGlaze FX is a balm that does it all: It moisturizes lips with hyaluronic acid, boosts collagen with peptides, and offers a cooling sensation thanks to peppermint oil. What’s more, it provides sun protection and even primes lips―any lipstick you apply over it will stay in place for hours.
If you like the deep clean a scrub offers, but often wind up with a red and irritated face after using one, try Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing Gentle Scrub. It combines mild micro-beads to smooth skin, a two percent salicylic acid to unclog pores, and aloe and chamomile to soothe any aggravation.
To buy: $7, at drugstores.
6 of 8 Portico Spa
For That Fresh Feeling
Some perfumes can be overbearing in summer’s heat. Not the sheer body spray Portico Blood Orange + Jasmine The Mystifier. Its fresh, slightly sweet scent has both citrus and floral notes, but the formula also contains nourishing rose water, jojoba, white tea, and vitamin E to condition your skin. Plus, it’s gentle enough to mist over your face when you need a mid-day refresher.
When you don’t have the time―or can’t stand to apply a full face of makeup on a hot day―simply having groomed brows will help you look more pulled together. (A quick dab of lip balm helps, too.) The Benefit Brows A-Go-Go Kit makes it easy to get brows tweezed and in line. It comes with a sharp mini tweezer, brow powder, wax, and even step-by-step instructions. And if you’re up for a few extra, eye-opening steps, enlist the kit’s liner and eye brightener.
Sunflowers aren’t just a pretty addition to a summer picnic table―their oil has been shown to protect color-treated hair from the fading effects of the sun. Consider cleansing with Kiehl’s Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo. It offers a mild conditioning wash and then protects hair with a potent mix of the flower’s oil, plus moisturizing apricot kernel oil and B vitamins.