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16 Best Summer Beauty Heroes to Look and Feel Refreshed + Glowy All Season Long

From supplements that help hair regrow to double-duty sunscreens!

It’s that time of year when we stow away those winter coats and bring out our shorts, tank tops and bathing suits — summer is approaching! Warm, sunny days spent outside, whether on the beach, tanning on the deck or having a backyard bbq, are right on the horizon. And your swimsuits aren’t the only thing you should be bringing out; make sure you’re stocked up on all your summer beauty products like SPF, deodorant, dewy makeup and more that will have you looking and feeling fresh all season long. Don’t just take our word for it; We tapped top skincare, hair and beauty experts for their favorite summer beauty products to add to your arsenal.

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Why refresh your beauty products for summer?

mature woman smiling outside on a boat in the summer

There are a few reasons why you should switch up your beauty routine with the changing of the seasons.

A change in weather leads to a change in hair and skin concerns

In the winter, you probably stock up on as much hydration as you can: thick moisturizers, nourishing lip balms, hand cream for cracked skin and leave-ins for dry hair. When the days start getting warmer, your hair and skin will change along with the weather. You’ll need a good SPF to protect your skin from those harmful UV rays (although you should be wearing sunscreen all-year round), hair oils to fight frizz and humidity and perhaps a tinted moisturizer to add some color to your complexion.

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We sweat more

Higher temperatures usually lead to our sweat glands working overtime. We may need a heavy-duty deodorant or anti-perspirant for summer, or a whole body deodorant to prevent body odor from head-to-toe.

Lightweight products perform best in summer

“Just like your summertime wardrobe, your summertime skincare needs to be lighter!” affirms Pooja Rambhia, MD, New York City-based board-certified dermatologist. Thicker products that we may use in the winter can feel cakey, heavy and unpleasant once summer approaches. Instead, stock up on lightweight moisturizers, liquid or cream makeup that leave a dewy sheen and tinted moisturizers rather than thick foundations.

“My preferred summertime moisturizers are lightweight, non-comedogenic and thus less likely to clog pores and cause breakouts and absorb easily into the skin leaving a non-greasy moisturized feeling,” explains Dr. Rambhia.

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16 best summer beauty products you will love

Below, the best summer beauty products and essentials to beat the heat while looking and feeling fabulous all season long.

For stunning summer hair

Best supplement for thicker, fuller hair

OMI Hair Nutrition

OMI Hair Nutrition

Want the summer hair of your dreams? Take this supplement! Made with biotin, B vitamins, zinc, copper and the brand’s Intermediate Filament Peptides™ (“5X the potency of other Keratin sources,” according to the brand’s website), your locks are sure to look and feel strong and healthy. The 100% drug-free patented follicle-fortifying hair regrowth peptides reverse hair loss and thinning. It’s clinically proven to regrow hair in 3 months.

Trichologist and hair-loss practitioner, Mandy Buechner, adds that “increasing biotin intake can support healthy hair growth because one of the key functions of biotin is keratin production (the protein hair is made of). Biotin can also help with reducing inflammation, which can be present on the scalp when hair loss is present.”

Best of all? Buy a bottle, get two scrunchies to help keep your newer, healthier hair off of your face!

Summer fragrance

Best summer perfume

DIME 7 Summers Eau de Toilette

DIME 7 Summers Eau de Toilette

Not only does this fragrance smell phenomenal, with notes of bergamot, vanilla and lavender, it’s much gentler compared to other perfumes because it’s water-based, rather than alcohol-based — aka it’s great for sensitive skin.

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Best summer roll-on perfume

Charlotte Tilbury Calm Bliss Roll-On Fragrance

Charlotte Tilbury Calm Bliss Roll-On Fragrance

This roll-on smells like a mix between the beach and a flower-filled garden, leaving you smelling refreshed and feeling calm. Plus, its travel size makes it easy to carry on-the-go in your beach bag or purse!

Sunscreen

Best face sunscreen

TULA Protect + Glow Daily Sunscreen Gel Broad Spectrum SPF 30

TULA Protect + Glow Daily Sunscreen Gel Broad Spectrum SPF 30

We know that protecting our skin from harmful UV rays is a must, especially in the summer. What’s so great about this sunscreen is that it not only has UV protection, but it also protects skin from UVB (aka the blue lights from your screens) and pollution. Plus, it leaves skin with a radiant glow without a greasy finish.

“Opting for broad-spectrum sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays, which can cause skin aging and sunburn,” says Holdorf.

Related: Tinted Sunscreens Ward Off Sun Damage, Cover Skin Flaws and More — Learn Why Dermatologists Love Them!

Best summer body sunscreen

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Lightweight Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Lightweight Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70

You can’t forget about your body! This classic Neutrogena sunscreen won’t leave a white cast and dries almost immediately after application. Plus, it has a high SPF of 70 for ultra protection and has an easy-to-use spray applicator.

Summer body

Best summer body oil

Colourpop Soft Gold Sol Shimmering Dry Oil

Colourpop Soft Gold Sol Shimmering Dry Oil

Dry oils are great for daytime use, as they don’t feel wet and greasy to the touch. This one by Colourpop provides a gorgeous shimmer and bronzed effect for a sunkissed, summer glow —no sun needed!

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Best summer deodorant

Saltair 5% AHA Serum Deodorant

Saltair 5% AHA Serum Deodorant

This isn’t your regular deodorant — it actually contains a blend of mandelic, lactic and polyhydroxy acid to combat discoloration and ingrown hairs. Plus, with notes of grapefruit, white sand and ylang ylang, it will leave you smelling fresh all day.

Related: Armpit Detox: Why Dermatologists Say You Should Give Your Underarms Some TLC + How to Do It

Best summer whole body deodorant

Native Whole Body Deodorant Spray

Native Whole Body Deodorant Spray

Suffer from all-over sweating and odor? Enter whole body deodorants, the latest craze on social media. You can apply this essentially everywhere, including underarms, intimate areas and behind the knees.

Related: 7 Best Whole Body Deodorants That Keep You Odor-Free From Head to Toe

Best summer shaving essential

Shavestix Coconut Creme

Shavestix Coconut Creme

This shaving stick will give you the smoothest underarms and legs ever. Made with 25% coconut oil and clean ingredients, you’ll prevent razor burn, cuts and bumps effortlessly.

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Summer skincare

Best summer skin serum

La Roche-Posay Mela B3 Dark Spot Serum with Melasyl and 10% Niacinamide

La Roche-Posay Mela B3 Dark Spot Serum with Melasyl and 10% Niacinamide

Dark spots and discoloration become even more prevalent in the summer. This serum specifically combats these dark spots, helping to fade pre-existing discoloration and preventing future spots. Holdorf says it is “ideal for summer use due to its ability to target hyperpigmentation, regulate oil production, enhance sunscreen efficacy, hydrate the skin and maintain pore health in a non-comedogenic formula.”

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Best summer moisturizer

La Roche-Posay Face Moisturizer Sunscreen

La Roche-Posay Face Moisturizer Sunscreen

Yes, we’re going to say it again — you need as much sun protection as possible! We love this moisturizer with SPF 30 for the daytime, made with ceramides to protect the skin barrier, niacinamide to soothe and restore and glycerin to retain moisture.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Cream Oil-Free Moisturizer

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Cream Oil-Free Moisturizer

For your p.m. moisturizer, opt for a cooling gel formula, like this one by IT Cosmetics. Made with peptides, niacinamide, squalane and antioxidants all to hydrate and plump skin, this lightweight formula will make skin feel ultra smooth.

Summer makeup

Best summer tinted moisturizer

Saie Slip Tint Tinted Moisturizer

Saie Slip Tint Tinted Moisturizer

This is another cult-favorite, and for good reason. It comes in 14 shades, is a clean beauty brand, contains SPF 35 for extra sun protection and has a form of vitamin E for nourishment and antioxidant benefits. Holdorf says antioxidants help “fight free radicals that contribute to aging.”

“I love using SPF—infused makeup, in addition to my daily sunscreen to get some added protection during the summer where you’re going to have a higher burden of UV exposure,” Dr. Rambhia. “However, it’s important to realize that just because your makeup has sunscreen in it, you should not forgo a regular sunscreen as we are typically not applying enough of our makeup product(s) to get its full SPF protection.”

Related: The Best Tinted Moisturizers For Mature Skin, According to Celebrity Makeup Artists

Best summer lip balm

EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 36

EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 36

Our lips need protection from the sun as well! This lip balm has SPF 36 to prevent sunburnt, chapped lips, and is super nourishing and hydrating on.

Holdorf says this is “crucial to use in the summer because it provides broad-spectrum protection for the delicate skin on the lips, shielding them from sun damage, dryness and potential sunburn, helping to prevent chapping and long-term sun-induced damage such as wrinkles and skin cancer.”

Best summer brow gel

REFY Brow Tint Eyebrow Gel

REFY Brow Tint Eyebrow Gel

This brow gel keeps those hairs in place all day long, even under the bright sun that leads to extra sweat. Plus, it’s tinted so no need to fill in brows beforehand — just swipe on and you’re set.

Best summer multi-stick

e.l.f. Monochromatic Multi-Stick

e.l.f. Monochromatic Multi-Stick

This one product can be used on eyes, lips and cheeks for an all over, dewy, tinted glow. Plus, for just $5, you can’t beat the price. Throw it in your bag for easy, on-the-go wear.


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