Here today, still here tomorrow.
by Jessica Toscano Sep 7, 2020
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Why ditch some of your go-to products just because the season has changed? Yes, I realize as a self-care editor, I probably should be a little more understanding about the need for a heavier moisturizer in the winter. Truth is, not all of your products need to be replaced with the change in weather.
Behold, six summer must-haves that can be used year-round. I believe I just lowered your self-care budget.
1. LUSH Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask, from $11.95
If you enjoy starting your morning with a cup of caffeine, you’ll love ending your night with one, too. This vegan face and body mask relies on coffea aribica to gently exfoliate dead cells and perk up tired-looking skin, allowing you to maintain summer radiance even after the season ends.
2. Berlin Skin Carrot Seed Serum, $74
Packed with powerful antioxidants and moisturizing oils, this skin brightening serum promotes a youthful complexion, free of inflammation and acne outbreaks. Its lightweight, non-greasy formula features key ingredients reishi mushroom, sea buckthorn, and squalene (from olives) to help heal and protect skin from damage associated with the sun, earning it a top spot on our list of year-round must-haves.
If you’re looking to extend antioxidant love to the skin below your neck, this body serum is your new best friend. Derived from brown algae Laminaria Ochroleuca aka “gold seaweed,” antileukine 6 protects skin from environmental factors like air pollution and sun damage, making it the ideal anti-aging ingredient during months your skin is most exposed. Let’s not forget key (and in-season) pumpkin seed oil, a natural source of acne-fighting salicylic acid, and you found yourself a lightweight spray that also moisturizes and smooths.
4. Subi Perfect Pimple Patch, $29.95 for three
Put days of irritating formulas, old school remedies, and acne-concealing products behind you, and welcome these nearly invisible acne spot patches that drastically minimize even your peskiest of zits in less than 24 hours. Because their main ingredient hydrocolloid removes a combo of bacteria, dead skin cells, and whiteheads, patches can be used on fresh pimples or those you *guiltily* picked.
A few pumps of this vegan and cruelty-free self-tanner go a long way if you’re looking to achieve bronzed skin—not orange—in little time with minimal product. Just apply where desired (we recommend disposable gloves to a tanning mitt), allow a few minutes to air dry, and enjoy your gradual glow for six to eight hours before rinsing with cool to warm water. This non-sticky, long-lasting formula will continue to darken for the next 24 hours and gradually fade over time, similar to that of a sun-derived tan. Pair with lightweight Illume Face Tanning Mist for an all over sun-kissed glow.
Even if days of basking in the sun are beginning to fade, this UVA/UVB SPF 55 helps protect exposed skin from sun damage year-round. Follow with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer® Face Mist Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55 for face protection that’s lightweight, sheer, and not the slightest bit greasy.