Here’s a quick list of things we love about summer: The beach, the pool, the sun, the endless cocktails. Now here’s a quick list of things we hate about summer (well, our skin hates): the beach, the pool, the sun, the endless cocktails. We’ve already preached about the importance of slathering on the SPF this season, but what about how to keep summer skin from looking dull, greasy and tired? Worry not because we’ve rounded up our favorite products that we promise will save the day, whether you need to replenish lost moisture, blot away shine or just feel like kicking back with a soothing mask after a long, hard day of soaking up the summer sun.
— Dylan Essertier
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Sephora Collection Blot It! Mattifying Blotting Paper Films
When it comes to budget-friendly blotting, we love these Sephora papers which are cruelty free, double-sided and come in a pretty shade of pink.
Tatcha Japanese Blotting Papers
Abaca leaf is an amazing natural ingredient for skin, and these blotting tissues from Tatcha use the pulp of abaca to absorb oil and hide shine instantly without stripping the skin of essential moisture. Each leaflet also features 23-karat gold flakes. Fancy!
Clinique Stay-Matte Universal Blotting Powder
This hypoallergenic, lightweight blotting powder from Clinique is a great option for keeping oily skin flawlessly matte. Just apply the powder directly on top of your normal makeup and watch as any extra oily glisten disappears instantly.
Laura Mercier Smooth Focus Pressed Setting Powder
Laura Mercier’s smoothing powder is not only ideal for touching up your T-Zone, it’s also formulated with an ultra-sheer green tint so that it works to even out any redness or irritation at the same time.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
Revive tired summer skin with a few spritzes of Mario Badescu’s herbal-infused mists, all of which contain Aloe Vera Leaf juice, which is great for not only calming sunburns but appeasing acne-prone complexions as well.
Emma Hardie Pump & Glow Hydrating Facial Mist
Use this mist before makeup application or throughout the day to fight free radical damage, boost hydration and amp up skin’s plumpness.
La Mer The Mist
Leave it to La Mer to formulate a mist that includes a “live internal magnet.” We're not scientists, so we can’t speak on that, but we can say that it will leave your skin feeling fresh AF and it smells sweet and summery.
Summer Fridays R + R Mask
There are face masks, and then there are face masks that do it all — this R+R mask from Summer Fridays happens to be one of them. How? It’s infused with ground wild rose powder, which is perfect for exfoliating dead skin as well as antioxidant-rich oils, which improve moisture levels.
Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Face Mask
Thought watermelon was only for your summer bbq? Think again. This adorable little face stick from Milk Makeup uses watermelon fruit to hydrate, calm and control oil production.
Youth to the People Hydration Mask
This Youth to the People mask is your best summer skincare friend because it is comprised of four vital hydrators, including squalane, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and betaine, all of which work to plump and repair dehydrated skin. Plus, if your visage needs a little brightening, there's a healthy dose of vitamin C in there, too.
Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Mask
This is a super-hyped-about facial mask and for good reason. Ever heard of Tremella Mushroom? Well, it holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water and is one of the starring ingredients of this beloved mask.
Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Brightening Duo
Drunk Elephant’s super-potent cocktail of antioxidants is no joke. The combination C-Firma™ Day Serum penetrates skin deeply to deliver hydration and firmness while the B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum works to brighten skin. In other words? Expect to glow as bright as the summer sun.
Sunday Riley Vitamin C Brightening Serum
This Sunday Riley serum uses the perfect dose of THD ascorbate (a.k.a vitamin C) to hydrate with zero greasiness and brighten your complexion nearly instantly.
La Prairie White Caviar Cream Extraordinaire
Yes, it’s super expensive, but that’s because it’s ahhhhhhmazing. And filled with the good stuff, including Lumidose, a powerful brightening serum specially patented by La Prairie.
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Firming Moisturizer
We recommend adding Jergens Natural Glow to your beauty stash ASAP. From the streak-free color to the Vitamin E that adds collagen and fights cellulite, it’s an ideal product for an effortless bronzed glow.
Dior Bronze Self Tanning Jelly for Face
If foams and lotions aren’t your thing, try Dior’s self-tanning jelly. It features sweet almond oil so not only will your skin look luminous after use, but it will be deeply nourished too.
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronze
This bronzer has a soft texture, so it never feels chalky or dry on the skin. Did we mention it comes with a brush, too?
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze + Glow Contour Duo
This iconic bronzer from celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury should have a place in your makeup cabinet all year round. Why? The pearl and gold pigments are great for a dewy glow no matter the season.