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Summer Skin Savers

by Abbie Kozolchyk

Just as bare skin season hits its peak, so do several factors that invite breakouts (heat, sweat, humidity) and dry-out (saltwater, chlorine, AC). To the rescue: these clean beauty superheroes that will help keep you smooth, hydrated and glowing.

To prevent parching:

Cosmette Skincare Timeless Hydration

A strong first line of defense against dryness, this rosehip-, meadowfoam, and hyaluronic acid-infused formulation is the rare intense hydrator that’s light enough for summer—and cooling, to boot.

Eminence Organic Skin Care Facial Recovery Oil 

If you could use an extra layer of hydration, treat your skin to a few pre-moisturizer drops of this longstanding favorite: a blend of plant oils and extracts so nourishing, it’s also great on its own.  

Rōz Willow Glen Treatment Oil 

On beach days—or any especially dry days—you may need an oil that works from head to toe. This scalp, hair and skin savior is an excellent choice, thanks to sesame seed oil, jojoba seed oil, sunflower oil and macadamia seed oils, among others.

Sky Organics Petroleum-Free Jelly

If your heels and soles look like you’ve been living in flip-flops and sandals—because you have—consider this alternative to petroleum-based salves. It’s also ideal for elbows and other rough spots, with its blend of shea butter, beeswax and rich natural oils.

Bloomeffects Tulip Dew Shield & Glow SPF Sun Stick

Though sun protection is essential year-round, frequent reapplication a must in summer. So this new mineral sunscreen—perfect for tossing into your bag and swiping on as often as necessary—is beautifully timed, and packed with moisture you’re unaccustomed to from a stick. (See: Jojoba seed, grape seed and shea butter.)

Kinfield Sunglow SPF 35

For those who prefer at least their base layer of SPF and radiance in lotion form, this glycerin-, sunflower seed oil- and jojoba-infused formulation is a beloved go-to. 

Alpyn Beauty Juneberry & Collagen Hydrating Cream Cleanser

In light of all of the above, cleansing is an especially heavy lift in summer. Don’t overcompensate with skin-stripping products. Check out this gentle but thorough cream cleanser instead, with its sloughing jojoba beads in a cooling, moisturizing base. 

Soft Services Green Banana Buffing Bar

For full-body sloughing, this summery-smelling new take on a buzz-generating buffing bar embeds microcrystals in an aloe- and glycerin-infused base.

To keep shine and breakouts at bay:

Glo Skin Beauty Spot Treatment

Central to a new Acne Collection launched just in time for Acne Awareness Month (June), this spot treatment is powered with sulfur and plant-derived beta hydroxy acid to act fast against breakouts.

Farmacy Beauty Deep Sweep

For beta hydroxy acid in liquid form, check out this summer skin refresher: a toner enhanced with papaya enzymes and moringa to cleanse pores, take down shine and exfoliate.

Tower 28 SOS Rescue Spray

If you’re contending with summer-exacerbated rosacea or skin that’s otherwise red and aggravated, consider this spray—a cult favorite for the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory magic of hypochlorous acid (dubbed “nature’s disinfectant”).

Supergoop Mineral Matte Screen

People with breakout-prone skin tend to fear sunscreen, but they need SPF as much as anyone, if not more so: UV exposure can contribute to enlarged pores and acne. A great preventative measure: this mattifying mineral sunscreen that’s oil-free and pore-friendly.

Tata Harper Clarifying Moisturizer

Though leery of heavy moisturizers, too, people with oily and acne-prone skin still need hydration. This summer-weight lotion does the job beautifully, soothing and mattifying with everything from honey to borage leaf extract.

Pai Phaze Clarifying Face Wash

With a plant-derived polyhyroxy acid to decongest pores and natural surfactants to produce a gentle foam, this face wash leaves skin thoroughly cleansed without tightening.

Alaska Glacial Essentials Glacial Facial Purifying Mineral Mud Masque

If you want a more concentrated pore purge, try this mineral-packed mud masque. You can rinse after 15 minutes, or stay masqued overnight for an intensified effect. 

Kosasport Good Body Skin AHA + Enzyme Exfoliating Body Wash

Give your body as thorough a cleansing as your face: This lathering gel sloughs your skin—and treats your senses to distinct notes of summer vacation (tropical or citrusy, depending on the version you pick).

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