In a sea of skin care products, how do you decide what to try next? I’ll walk you through some tried and tested classics, as well as some new launches that are especially nice to use during the sweaty summer days ahead.
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Ideal for: Remove make-up and / or sunscreen
A friendly reminder that when using a cleansing oil, you want to apply it dry skin and massage with dry fingertips to break up makeup or sunscreen that is on the surface. Then add water to emulsify the oil before rinsing off any residue. OK, now that it’s settled, I love this formula from Innisfree because it’s easy to apply and leaves my skin soft and supple.
Buy it ($ 22)
Ideal for: A refreshing burst of hydration
If you are looking for a non-astringent toner that smells of citrus and leaves the skin plump and juicy like a perfectly ripe orange, I recommend this classic from Murad. Contains vitamins C and E, plus echinacea and licorice root extracts to replenish moisture and lay the foundation for a beautiful glow.
Buy it ($ 39)
Ideal for: Skincare beginners and professionals alike
You know, there are a ton of fancy vitamin C serums I’ve tried over the years, and many of them end up looking too sticky or smelling like a boiled hot dog. Olaz Vitamin C + Peptide 24 Serum is not sticky, nor does it smell like meat. Rather, it has a silky, light texture and a pleasantly fresh scent. And it doesn’t build up under sunscreen or makeup, which is why I’m getting my second (soon to be third) bottle.
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Ideal for: Those days when you want to do the least
Through some trial and error, I have found that Ilia’s Triple Serum works best on its own, rather than stacked with other skin care products, which can cause pilling. The good news is that it already contains a little bit of everything. Along with encapsulated vitamin C, mineral SPF 40 and niacinamide, it has clear pigments that prevent the chalky cast you might otherwise get from a mineral sunscreen, making it an ideal product for those days when you want to do the bare minimum.
Buy it ($ 64)
Ideal for: T-zone breakout targeting
When life gives you a cluster of tiny pimples on your forehead or chin, get a large hydrocolloid patch. Instead of having to apply individual patches to each spot, you can simply apply one over the entire area that is bursting and marvel at their superpowers absorbing oil and dirt.
$ 20 on Amazon
Ideal for: Keep your limbs silky
In the past couple of years, I have invested a lot more in body care. In addition to regularly moisturizing after a shower, I’ve also started using a scrub every few days to keep my legs from flaking and my upper arms from becoming uneven. My favorite scrub right now? This lavender-scented formula from Biossance, which contains both enzymatic and physical exfoliants to gently dissolve and smooth dead skin cells without being aggressively scratchy. It makes my limbs feel so soft that I sometimes find myself absentmindedly rubbing my arms. I also like that it’s packed in an easy-to-squeeze tube, as opposed to a giant tub.
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Ideal for: Body acne treatment
Between the heat induced sweat and my hair finally getting long enough to reach my back, I noticed that more recently I have been breaking out below my neck. Since I started using this salicylic acid spray every day, my back is slowly but surely clearing up. I appreciate the 360 degree continuous spray nozzle, which basically means I can spray the bottle from any angle, always upside down, to reach areas I normally couldn’t on my own.
Buy it ($ 15)
Ideal for: Actually reapplying sunscreen
Who here is really good at reapplying sunscreen throughout the day? If you are, I applaud you. Despite knowing best, I rarely turn my spf back on after wearing it in the morning, especially since it’s messy. All of which is to say that it didn’t take many arms to try this mist from Naked Sunday’s, which, fun fact, is the # 1 sunscreen brand. 1 in Australia. The superfine mist has SPF50 + and other skin-boosting ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, watermelon extract and Kakadu plum. Use it to fix makeup and to refresh it; either way, it will leave you with a glow.
Buy it ($ 35)
Ideal for: Keep your feet ready for the sandal
If you can feel your feet scratching the sheets, you definitely need this buttery heel balm at your bedside. As Marcela Correa, licensed medical pedicurist and owner of Medi Pedi NYC Practice once told us: “Maintaining a regular foot care routine is critical. Ideally, you should hydrate your feet twice a day. Listen, we settle for once a day, and this balm makes it easy for you to stick to since you don’t even have to grease your hands to use it. Just slip it on your dry heels and slip on some socks to retain the crucial moisture.
Buy it ($ 20)
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