JUL 20 2018

Must-Haves for Summer 2018

Warm, sunny days somehow make life seem easier and lighter. In the spirit of easy-breezy summer livin’, I’ve rounded up the summer staples I can’t live without, from beauty products to clothing and accessories. Each one is stylish, practical, and travel-ready, so you’ll spend less time making decisions and more time enjoying everything summer has to offer.

1. Multitasking Sunscreen

Summertime skincare should be simple. Who wants to spend time layering products when it’s hot outside, or packing multiple creams and serums when heading to a beach vacation?

My go-to product is Hynt Beauty’s SUN PREP SPF25: a 3-in-1 sunscreen, moisturizer and primer that seriously streamlines my beauty routine. SUN PREP provides broad spectrum (UVA and UVB light) protection courtesy of 9% titanium dioxide, with none of the potentially hazardous ingredients found in chemical-based sunscreens. It’s non-greasy, doesn’t leave any whiteness, and creates a beautiful base for makeup. Plus, it soothes and protects your skin with an Aloe Leaf Juice base (not water which can harbor bacteria) and 15+ types of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich organic plant extracts. Contrary to common misconception, the subtle scent is simply a result of these botanical extracts and oils and there is no fragrance in this clean formula.

Above: Sun Prep SPF25

2. UPF Clothing 

There are times when sunscreen just isn’t enough protection and you need to bring out the big guns: UPF clothing. UPF is a broad-spectrum UVA and UVB measure for fabric, and it rates the amount of UV radiation that penetrates a fabric and reaches the skin. SPF (“Sun Protection Factor”) on the other hand refers to sunscreen, and measures the amount of time it takes for sun-exposed skin protected with sunscreen to redden from UVB (“burning”) rays.

I rely on UPF clothing when I’m outside between the peak UV hours of 11am and 3pm and the sun is particularly strong. Ditto when I’m in a rush and don’t have the time to properly slather the kids and myself in sunscreen. For anyone who’s fair skinned or has a history of skin cancer, you’re best off wearing UPF clothing whenever you’re in the sun.

The two brands I’m loving right now are Coolibar and Mott50. Their clothing, hats and kids’ clothing are so well designed, you’d never know that UV-blocking minerals were woven into the fabric (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide). Both have you covered with UPF50. 

Above: Mott50 "Sonja" swim dress

Above: Coolibar Baby Hooded One-Piece Swimsuit

3. Lightweight Makeup

It’s tempting to want to ditch your foundation in the summer. I love the feeling of makeup melting on my face…said no one ever. But let’s be honest, we still want to look flawless no matter the temp. 

Enter Hynt Beauty’s Discovery Kit: a collection of powders and concealers that feels lightweight and breathable yet long-lasting and play well in the summer heat. There are seven different skin tones to choose from, ranging from very fair to rich deep shades. And like all their products, they’re made with skin perfecting, clean, organics-based ingredients. Here’s what’s in the kit:

1. DUET Perfecting Concealer
Multi award-winning, cult fave creamy concealer that doesn’t cake or clog your pores. I sheer it out with moisturizer, or SUN PREP if I’m planning to be outdoors, and apply under my eyes and anywhere else I need correcting. If I want full coverage, I apply it straight from the pot. It’s also a perfect eyeshadow primer to keep eye makeup in place in the heat and humidity. 

2. VELLUTO Pure Powder Foundation
A fine milled powder that evens out discolorations, minimizes the appearance of redness, and keeps skin balanced throughout the day. Apply it after DUET to keep heat-induced redness and sweating at bay.

3. FINALE Finishing Powder (deluxe sample size)
Silky-smooth powder that color corrects and absorbs oil, so your makeup stays intact in the heat and humidity.

4. LUMIERE Radiance Boosting Powder (deluxe sample size)
This award-winning loose powder is the fastest and healthiest way to a natural looking summer glow. I dust it over my cheekbones, forehead, bridge of the nose and even eyelids. You can also use it on the body, either alone or mixed with lotion, for a subtly sexy glow.

5. Vegan Mini Flat Top Brush
The perfect tool for expertly blending any of the powders in the kit.

6. Clear cosmetics bag
Cute and travel friendly.