FEATURE: Four Great Beauty Products for Hot Weather

Spring is here and if you squint, you can see summer approaching in the distance. While winter brings flaky skin and fashion issues, hot weather has its own beauty challenges, whether for skin, hair or any other body parts. There’s nothing better than a day in the sunshine. It makes sense to gear up for the warmer temperatures. Here are four beauty product recommendations to get you started:

Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Sunblock – I know you’re covering your face, chest, arms, and all other sun-exposed parts in sunscreen, right? Some people loathe the smell and typically oily feel of sunblock, and thus avoid it unless they’re on the beach. But even a quick stroll in the sun will put you in the line of sight of wrinkle generating UVA rays. While everyone loves the look of tan skin, those pursuing a degree in esthetics will tell you that in a few decades, you’ll be looking like a California raisin without protection. I love Neutrogena’s Ultra-Sheer Sunblock line because it works well as a general facial moisturizer (I’ve even had it recommended by dermatologists), as well as an all-body sunblock. It’s also inexpensive compared to other similar products.

Herstyler Hair Serum – Spring and summer often mean high humidity and frizzy hair. If you’re heat-styling or even just blow drying on a regular basis, it can often feel like you’re fighting a losing battle. Herstyler Hair Serum provides a gentle shine and gloss, without being oily and heavy. Putting in on after flat-ironing your hair will help it stay smooth and prevent fly-aways, if you have thin hair like me.

Smashbox Foundation Primer – Warmer weather often leads to sweating and oily skin. My makeup, if I don’t take precautions, looks like I rubbed buttered popcorn on my face by the end of a warm day. Luckily, science has formulated ways to prevent the gross makeup slick. My favorite cosmetology solution to this problem is Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer. Applied before foundation, it fills in the fine lines and wrinkles on your face, and helps your foundation last longer. There are a variety of formulas available, depending on your skin type. It is pricey, but a small container will last awhile, as you only apply a small amount each day.

Tom’s of Maine Natural Sensitive Care Deodorant – Smelling good is a basic beauty principle and there’s nothing like hot weather to thwart your endeavors to stay smelling fresh. I’m not a huge fan of heavily perfumed deodorants and the often chemical smell they have. On a whim, I tried Tom’s of Maine Natural Sensitive Care Deodorant, which is unscented. And it worked! The stick uses zinc and hops to zap bacteria, which cause the foul odor that can occur under your arms. It’s also aluminum free, if you are worried about that. They advertise that it works for 24 hours and, although I’ve never put it through such a tough test, after 12 hours, I still smell good. It’s a necessary accessory for long days at summer music festivals, fairs and any outdoor activity.

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  1. the Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Sunblock sounds awesome :)


    1. I agree. I've been looking for one to buy but I couldn't find any. They have limited stock :( I must get one soon!!

    2. Good sunblocks are really hard to find!

  2. I use Tom's of Maine, its pretty decent deodorant, plus cruelty free. Neutrogena sunblock, I developed an allergy to avobenzone the active ingredient, plus they are not cruelty free, so double no for me. Last summer I used Coppertone for sensitive skin, zinc oxide, worked really really well. I was at the beach with a hat and did not tan. Coppertone probably tests on animals too, but that was before I decided to stop buying from companies that test on animals. I will have to do a search for new suncreen this summer.

    1. Happy to hear you support KIND beauty products. My hopes are high that our country would start carrying more and more products that are KIND too. :D

  3. I love almost all SmashBox products. Well, at least of the ones I've tried. Thanks so much for this post; it's super helpful!



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