By Melissa Epifano
When summer arrives skincare goals swap from maintaining moisture to getting the glowiest complexion possible. But it takes a mini beauty product army to get and maintain a healthy luminosity. There are the ever-popular bronzing products that fake the prettiest tan, the makeup that highlights and accentuates your natural shine, and the skincare products that support and get your complexion there in the first place.
Before summer is in full swing, you’ll want to make sure your beauty cabinet is in tip-top shape. We’ve gathered some of the best products for ensuring you’re covered and glowing from head to toe — whether you’re in need of a dazzling cream highlighter, a picture-perfect bronzing towelette, or a little of everything.
The epitome of an enviable glow comes in the form of this highlighter tube from Pat McGrath. It features a a transparent balm and a creamy shimmer formula, but what really sets it apart from other versions is the hyaluronic acid its infused with. So while your makeup provides some twinkle, the HA is working overtime to make sure your skin can do the same once it comes off.
One of the most annoying parts of self-tanning is the smell and staining. So it’s 100% worth it to treat yourself to the incredibly impressive surprise that Tan Luxe supplies. Not only does this self-tanner not give off the weird odor that many others do, but it’s crystal clear and you can quickly get dressed after using it. The tan lasts for a lengthy amount of time, fading subtly and won’t dry out your skin.
It’s completely understandable if you’re particular about the self-tanners you put on your face. The wrong one can leave you streaky and orange, but the right one is the key to a summery, sun-kissed finish. Dr. Dennis Gross’ pads not only give you that glow, but it features two kinds of acids to keep dead skin cells and a dull complexion at bay.
Your body can always use a little extra love, especially with the dryness and peeling heat and an accidental sunburn can bring. The Noni Glow Body Oil hydrates, but also feels lightweight, which is ideal over a thick lotion when the temperatures are high. A mix of soothing oils, including antioxidant-laden noni berry, sea buckthorn oil, and pomegranate seed oil, will give your skin all it needs.
The word is the brand name and Glow Recipe never falters when it comes to restoring shine and dewiness to your skin. This moisturizer is the first step in skin that’s eternally beaming, and the gel consistency is a dream, especially on hot summer nights. Full of hyaluronic and amino acids, it’s practically a mini skincare routine wrapped up in one product.
Mega glow and major protection? It doesn’t get better than that. This sunscreen-meets-oil soaks right in and protects you from harmful UV rays (a full 50 SPF, thank you very much), but also leaves a gorgeous sheen on your body. It’s water-resistant and will keep you safe for a full 80 minutes — talk about a beach trip must-have.
There are certain times for powder formulas, but come summer lightweight gel, cream, and liquid textures just feel fitting. These shimmering tubes from Charlotte Tilbury offer a major pop of dew that blends flawlessly into the rest of your makeup. They come in a few different colors, so you can get one for blush and one for highlighter and revel in all the glimmer.
The last thing you need to include in your glow arsenal is a good facial oil. Vitamin C is the queen of supple, halo-like skin and getting it in the form of a heavenly-scented, squalane-infused oil is a brilliant way to go. After applying a light gel or cream moisturizer, you can lock it all in with a cushy layer of this Biossance formula.