Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summer Skincare Must-Haves

Today I have a guest post written by Molly on summer beauty tips, since I myself battle with keeping oil and sweat at bay during this time of year, I am especially excited to share her tips.

Summer Skincare Must-Haves

Summer is now in full swing; it’s time for bathing suits, swimming pools, BBQ’s, beach trips, and all that fun stuff we associate with the hottest season of the year. However, your skin needs some extra care during this time of year, whether you have oily skin, dry, or somewhere in between.

First, we all know the most important aspect of summer skincare is protection. Harsh UVA and UVB rays can not only burn and give us a lobster-y look for a few days, but it can also cause severe sun damage to our cells and give us wrinkles, brown spots, and other unattractive side effects.

Next, you may need to change up your cleansing and exfoliating routine for summer. Some of us get really oily in the humidity, while dry air conditioning complete parches the skin of others. If you’re super oily, a good salicylic acid wash can help immensely, while dry-skinned ladies can benefit from a moisturizing wash. And of course, exfoliation is key to remove buildup and reveal fresh skin. An exfoliating scrub can work wonders, but microdermabrasion gets you some serious exfoliating action. This spa treatment is now available online at retailers like ShopNBC, where you can get microdermabrasion at home kits, masques, and cleansers. This process goes beyond simple exfoliation to really slough away dead, dry skin or oily buildup, and can reduce acne scars and fine lines, too. However, it’s not for everyone, especially those with super sensitive skin.

Finally, it may be time to test out some new products to see if they fit into your summer regimen. One type of skincare product that is currently all the rage in beauty magazines is the essence – a facial product with a watery consistency that you press into skin with your fingertips. It’s thought that the texture and method of application helps absorb ingredients more quickly, so that your skin is immediately hydrated and nourished. (Check out the linked article above for an Elle magazine review). Essences contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals, but can also be quite pricey. You can check out a popular brand, SK-II, right here.  Since essences are relatively new on the beauty scene, it would be wise to go to your favorite department store’s beauty counter or to Sephora, Ulta, etc. to check them out and do your research.
Whatever you do for summer skincare (or any time of the year, for that matter), it’s important to take good care of yourself by drinking plenty of water and eating well.  It’s great for your body, and it will show in your skin as well. So eat, drink, and be merry – and don’t forget your sunscreen!

Comment below and let me know what your summer beauty must haves are and if you enjoyed today's guest post by Molly!



  1. I keep hearing about Essence. I've reached the age where I need to take care of my face more. I am going to do my research. It's pricey, right?

  2. Hi Carolyn! From the research I've done on essences, it does seem like they can be pricey. For example, the SK-II I mention in the post retails for around $195.00. However, you don't use much product and I'm sure could get a lot of mileage out of one bottle. I would definitely recommend going to your favorite beauty emporium and asking for some advice on the matter, as well as less expensive brands or alternatives. Hope this helps!