Summer is the time to show a little skin. But keeping your epidermis in shape for summer can be a part-time job. From body acne to ingrown hairs to rough patches, the last thing you want is to be forced to cover up on a hot day because your skin isn’t looking its best.
Through much trial and error, I’ve discovered a few products that help keep my skin in summer shape. Here are the best of them, followed by a few short reviews.
For a long time, I used Glytone’s body acne spray with mixed results. It was effective at keeping the acne at bay, but it was so drying. And if you didn’t spray it in a well-ventilated environment, the air quickly became toxic.
A few weeks ago, I discovered this LHA Solution from Skinceuticals, and I love it. It’s gentler than the Glytone and just as effective. But if you experience a bit of dryness after applying anti-acne products to your chest and shoulders, try this Say Yes to Tomatoes moisturizer.
This is the most effective drugstore acne body wash that I’ve found. If you need some added punch, use it with an exfoliating cloth every other day. (Your skin needs a rest from constant exfoliation to look its best.)
Ingrown hairs can make your bikini wax an utter nightmare. I love this Tend Skin roll-on for keeping things bump free. But sometimes, if I get a bad wax (quality aestheticians are sorely lacking out West), I need more serious intervention. For that, I turn to maximum strength Stridex pads, cortisone cream, and aloe vera spray.
One of these days, I’m just going to break down and buy an at-home hair reduction machine. I like this look of this one from Illuminage, but if someone has a better recommendation, I’d love to hear it.
I’ve talked about my love for O’Keeffe’s Healthy Feet before, but my passion is strong. Heels, elbows, knees…there’s no skin this product can’t soften. And since a little goes a long way, a jar lasts forever.
If you’re taking your skin for a walk in the sun, you need to protect it. First, read this informative article on what SPF really means and how to protect yourself from sun damage.
I like this oil sunscreen from Supergoop because it’s not drying. I usually do a first application with this and then supplement with a spray-on sunscreen for ease. And if you’re looking for a great facial sunscreen that won’t clog your pores, I like this sunscreen from Coola.
If you have a favorite summer skincare product that you can’t live without, leave it in the comments!