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- Summer weather isn’t always so easy on our skin and hair.
- That’s why so many members of the Insider Picks team have a lineup of products ready to counter the effects of sweat, humidity, strong UV rays, and more.
- From water mists that refresh our skin throughout the day to a team-favorite setting spray that keeps makeup from melting off, these are the 17 beauty products we rely on when the temperature starts rising.
Summer is the best. It’s the season of short-sleeves, al fresco dining, baseball games, backyard barbeques, ice cream cones, pool parties, beach reads — I could go on and on.
But there is one part of summer that I don’t love or even like. It’s sandwiched somewhere between all of those wonderful qualities that make it my favorite season of them all, but I can’t ignore it — it’s the season of sweat and humidity.
Let’s face it. Summer weather is fun when you’re on the beach, but it’s not so fun when you’re standing on a subway platform dripping in sweat while you wait for the next train. You can’t control the weather, but you can stock up on products to combat salt, sweat, humidity, UV rays, and whatever else summertime brings. To help you (and me) prepare for the warm weather ahead, I asked my coworkers to divulge the beauty and skin-care products they actually use to combat the effects of the sun and heat.
Keep reading for the 17 warm-weather beauty essentials we rely on during summer:
Sephora Blotting Papers
The only way I remain oil-free during the summer is a pack of blotting papers in every pocket (or in a pinch, a stolen Starbucks napkin). Either way, getting rid of oil requires constant maintenance and these sheets are the only things that keep me sane. There are three versions of these blotting papers from Sephora but they’ve all worked the same for me. — Jada Wong, Insider Picks editor
Phytodéfrisant Hair Balm
This stuff is a miracle worker for my frizzy, wavy/curly hair, which can get wild as humidity increases. It de-frizzes without weighing down my fine hair – the consistency is more like a light gel than other creams or oils I’ve tried. I know the directions say it’s heat activated (and I can confirm that I get a sleek blowout when I blowdry), but I have found it also helps de-frizz even when air drying. — Grace High, Insider Picks analyst
I believe in using sunscreen year round, but when warm weather hits, I’m extra vigilant about wearing it every single day. This is my absolute favorite daily facial sunscreen because it doesn’t leave my sensitive skin feeling oily or clogged up. In fact, it actually leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth, and I can put makeup over it without issue.
It uses zinc oxide as its main sun-blocking ingredient, but it’s free of all the nasties we don’t want to put on our faces, like sulfates, phthalates, oxybenzone, avobenzone, and formaldehydes. However, since it’s only SPF 35, it’s not the one I opt for when I’m going to the beach or doing something outside for long periods of time. (Keep reading for my beach day choice.) — Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks editor
- The best mascara you can buy
- The best body scrub you can buy
- This all-natural exfoliating peel left my skin feeling softer than ever after just one use — I could actually see my dead skin sloughing off