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Summer Beauty Essentials
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Tan lines, frizzy hair, oily skin—sounds like summer, right? But with a little preparation, you can enjoy the pleasantries of the season—sun, pools, patios—while considering your unique beauty needs. From moisturizing treatments for dry hair to lightweight sunscreens for oily skin, these 30 summer beauty essentials nourish and pamper your body from head to toe.

Dry Hair Treatments

Marc Anthony Instant Miracle Damage Repair Hair Mask

2 Reviews

A true miracle-worker for sun-damaged strands, this hair mask—infused with shea butter, avocado and grapeseed oil and keratin—restores moisture and shine by delivering nutrients to hair in only 10 minutes. With repeated use, the mask strengthens your hair so you may experience less breakage.

Dry Hair Treatments

Monday Moisture Conditioner

178 Reviews

Kiss summer frizz goodbye with this moisturizing conditioner made of rice protein (to reinforce the strands) and coconut oil (to create softness) in a chic pink bottle made of recyclable plastic. For the ultimate dry-hair treatment, start your hair-wash routine with the Monday Moisture Shampoo.

Dry Hair Treatments

Hairitage Light As a Feather Leave-In Conditioner

50 Reviews

The perfect summer beauty essential, this fortifying leave-in formula gently detangles and deep conditions without weighing down even the finest hair. Its key ingredient, glycerin, is a powerful humectant that locks in moisture and helps to define curls, control frizz and smooth unruly flyaways.

Summer Hair Removal

Parissa Wax Strips Legs & Body

1 Review

Calling all waxing newbies! These wax strips are ideal for larger areas like the legs, arms and stomach for smoothness that lasts up to six weeks. They feature a formula that contains all-natural ingredients including beeswax and cane sugar and come with an ultra-soothing oil to remove stubborn traces of wax.

Summer Hair Removal

Finishing Touch Flawless Nu Razor Electric Razor

3 Reviews

A dry electric razor with a rose gold finish, this tool has a head that shaves in both directions for fast and thorough hair removal that won’t nick your skin. It’s also portable, rechargeable and cordless, making it the perfect travel companion. (2022, we see you!)

Summer Hair Removal

Glee Women’s Body Hair Removal Cream

413 Reviews

If you’re looking for pain-free hair removal at your fingertips, choose this divine honeydew melon-scented depilatory cream from Glee. It works its magic in just three to five minutes for smooth, hair-free skin that lasts.

Summer Hair Sprays

Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo

131 Reviews

This tried-and-true dry shampoo has notes of coconut, jasmine and vanilla flower to instantly transport you to your favourite tropical destination. With just a spritz, it removes oil and adds body to your summer mane. (For more dry shampoo options, check out our six favourite dry shampoos.)

Summer Hair Sprays

Cake Beauty The Wave Maker Texturizing Beach Spray

36 Reviews

For beach hair sans drying sea salt, try this non-sticky sugar-infused texturizing spray. It creates soft-to-the-touch waves, so you can skip the curling wand. Additional ingredients like aloe smooth hair, while orange peel oil enhances sheen.

Summer Hair Sprays

Living Proof Humidity Shield Finishing Hairspray

0 Reviews

Protect your luscious locks from UV rays with this handy finishing spray. Powered by a patented humidity-resistant and conditioning molecule known as OFPMA, this hair spray helps strands stay healthy and frizz-free during summer scorchers.

Tinted Lip Balms

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Tinted Lip Balm

123 Reviews

For a plump pout with a twist of fun, consider this all-natural tinted lip balm. It conditions lips for up to eight hours with nourishing botanical waxes and comes in a variety of flattering summer shades, including Rose and Pink Blossom.

Tinted Lip Balms

ChapStick Total Hydration Vitamin Enriched Tinted Lip Oil

19 Reviews

Your summer-makeup arsenal isn’t complete without this vitamin-enriched tinted lip oil—a highly concentrated alternative to other hydrating lip products. It gives lips a splash of colour and contains a powerhouse combination of vitamin E, vitamin C and omegas three, six and nine to replenish lip moisture.

Tinted Lip Balms

e.l.f. cosmetics Hydrating Core Lip Shine

108 Reviews

Sheer colour meets intense moisture with this two-in-one melting lip balm. Its cutesy heart-shaped core is infused with nourishing vitamin E, leaving lips hydrated with visible shine.

Waterproof Eye Makeup

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner

1039 Reviews

The formula of this waterproof eyeliner is creamy, which allows for a seamless application, and it stays put all day long. With a little waterproof makeup remover, it melts off easily.

Waterproof Eye Makeup

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Blackest Black Waterproof

1089 Reviews

Far-off vacations may feel like a distant dream this summer, but at least you can take your lashes to paradise with this stunning waterproof mascara. The soft wavy bristle brush catches every eyelash for a feathery soft effect and holds maximum product for tons of volume and length. (For more picks, check out our seven favourite waterproof mascaras.)

Waterproof Eye Makeup

Milani Stay Put Brow

108 Reviews

Good waterproof brow makeup is a rare find. Look no further than this envy-inducing brow pomade with staying power of up to 16 hours. The real magic is in the dual-ended precision applicator that gives intense brow definition. Plus, it’s completely vegan and cruelty-free!

Glowing Skin Serums

Olay Refreshing Pressed Serum Stick with Vitamin B3 + Sake Kasu

1311 Reviews

This ultra-concentrated face serum gently glides on skin in a flash thanks to its stick applicator—perfect for a skin refresh on the go. Moisture-trapping ingredients like Vitamin B3 keep skin plump, while antioxidant-rich Sake Kasu helps fight visible signs of aging.

Glowing Skin Serums

Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Vitamin C Serum

1989 Reviews

Get irresistibly soft, glowing skin for summer with these capsules that contain 20 per cent vitamin C. Clinically proven to reduce the appearance of sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles over time, they’re a smart alternative to bottled vitamin C serums that lose effectiveness when exposed to light and air.

Glowing Skin Serums

L’Oréal 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum

1 Review

Looking for a non-tacky summer serum with a dewy effect? Opt for this lightweight and fast-absorbing hyaluronic acid formula that leaves skin supple and glowing. Bonus: Application of this product is simple with the easy-to-use dropper.

Face Moisturizers with SPF

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream SPF 25

11 Reviews

Environmental stressors like the sun and pollution can wreak havoc on skin, especially during summer months. This lightweight daily moisturizer uses SPF 25 to help prevent damage, hyaluronic acid to boost hydration and a dash of antioxidants to increase radiance.

Face Moisturizers with SPF

Garnier Ombrelle Face Ultra-Light Cream SPF 60

3 Reviews

This dermatologist-approved ultra-light moisturizer is made for those who want to do away with greasy lotions. In addition to SPF 60, it contains vitamins E and B5 to help revitalize skin and it’s fragrance-free, making it perfect for sensitive skin types.

Face Moisturizers with SPF

Olay Regenerist Whip Active Moisturizer with UVA/UVB Protection

429 Reviews

Oily skin types will adore this moisturizer with a light-as-air feel for sticky summer days. Its unique “whip” technology goes from cream to liquid on contact and quickly absorbs into the skin, while Olay’s advanced Amino-Peptide Complex II helps hydrate and improve elasticity. Even better, it has SPF 40.

Self-Tanners

L’Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Luminous Bronzer

67 Reviews

Build a natural-looking tan without UV exposure using this streak-free formula that’s enriched with vitamin E and micro-pearls for a healthy glow. Remember to thoroughly cleanse and exfoliate before applying. For your face, try these hyaluronic-acid infused self-tanning drops that create a gorgeous sun-kissed appearance when mixed with your favourite moisturizer.

Self-Tanners

Jergens Natural Glow + Nourish Daily Moisturizer & Sunless Self-Tanning Body Lotion

9 Reviews

Maintain sun-kissed skin all summer long with this all-in-one daily moisturizer and self-tanner, also available for fair to medium skin tones. It contains a blend of coconut oil, antioxidants and vitamin E that helps skin stay plump and healthy and a tanning active derived from natural sugars so there’s no orange tone or sunless tanner odour. And for touch-ups or a tan on the go, try sunless tanning towelettes.

Self-Tanners

Sally Hansen Water-Resistant Airbrush Makeup

569 Reviews

For an all-over airbrushed look that covers freckles, veins and imperfections, try this lightweight spray-tan makeup that stays put even after showering or swimming. Enriched with Palmaria extract, known for its powerful antioxidant properties, this spray not only provides a natural-looking glow, but also protects skin and reduces signs of aging.

Setting Sprays, Powders and Primers

CoverGirl Clean Matte Pressed Powder

1916 Reviews

To keep your summer makeup in place, try this oil-free matte setting powder that smooths pores to perfection. It’s formulated with oil-absorbers, which is great for hot summer months and provides a flawless finish that visibly evens skin tone.

Setting Sprays, Powders and Primers

NYX Professional Makeup Setting Spray

254 Reviews

Unleash your summer goddess with this shimmery setting spray, which contains gold- and champagne-hued micro pearls that make your skin glow in the light. Mist it all over for the perfect refresh on a hot day. Not into shimmer? It also comes in a matte version.

Setting Sprays, Powders and Primers

Revlon PhotoReady Rose Glow Face Gloss

1876 Reviews

Summer makeup and skin care in a bottle—this moisturizing primer can be worn alone, under foundation or over your makeup for a boost of radiance. The iridescent rosy tint is universally flattering and the light-reflecting pearls provide a blurring effect without looking too shimmery.

Sunscreens for Face and Body

Banana Boat Kids Tear Free Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60

54 Reviews

For days spent out and about with the family, this sunscreen lotion with SPF 60 provides you and your kids the ultimate protection against UVA and UVB rays. It’s gentle on the skin, non-greasy and contains no added oils or fragrance. (To get the best sun protection for your baby, check out these dermatologist-recommended sunscreens.)

Sunscreens for Face and Body

Aveeno Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 for Sensitive Skin

4 Reviews

This easy-to-apply stick sunscreen glides over your face and body for clear, full body coverage against the sun. Naturally sourced zinc oxide protects, while oat oil nourishes sensitive skin. The best part? You can plop it in your bag without worrying about a potential spill.

Sunscreens for Face and Body

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen SPF 60

41 Reviews

Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection that’s sheer and lightweight—what’s not to love? This face sunscreen is water and sweat resistant for up to 80 minutes, making it a must-have summer beauty essential for a day at the beach. It’s also wearable under makeup and non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores.

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