Summer beauty essentials

Summer Beauty Essentials: How To Stay Glowing All Season Long

Summer is one of my favorite times of year. It’s always over before I’m ready, but I treasure all the scents, activities, music, and foods that are the epitome of this sensory season. Each time it rolls around, I bring back the summer beauty essentials that go hand-in-hand with long hot days at the beach and pool, being outdoors from sunup to sundown, and staying constantly on-the-go to squeeze in as much fun as possible.

Here are just a few of my favorite summer beauty essentials that help me stay fresh while savoring summer moments (pro-tip: stock up at the big Sephora sale they hold twice a year!). I’ve also included a list of summer beauty tips to help keep you glowing all day and all season long!

My Summer Go-To Beauty Products

  • Oribe Texturizing Spray and Anti-Humidity Hairspray: I am often asked how my hair stays looking as fresh at the end of the day as the beginning. My secret is not one but two products from Oribe. After drying my hair, I spray it all over with Oribe Texturizing Spray, then style with a curling iron. Once I’m done curling it, I spray a generous amount of Oribe Anti-Humidity Spray all over and then brush. These two products will change your hair life! My hair has held up in all kinds of weather. Even last September in Florida, at a rainy birthday party for my 90-year-old Grandmother, my hair still remained untouched by the weather. While it’s not cheap, I promise it’s worth it!
  • Supergoop Glowscreen: Applied as a base to my face and neck everyday, not only protecting me from the sun with it’s 40 SPF, it leaves a perfect glow!
  • Sol Janiero Bum Bum Cream Lotion & Bum Bum Body Firmeza Oil: After my morning shower I mix a little of each in my hand together and lather up. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated, looking glowing & smelling phenomenal. Funny story about this specific summer scent: my daughter and I surprised our best friends while they were on a trip to Disney. We arrived while they were out to dinner and hid in their room. We heard our friend outside the door say, “It smells like Kas out here.” To her surprise we were waiting in the room for them. Thankfully it didn’t ruin the surprise, but be aware that this scent leaves an impression!
  • MAC Retro Matte: You can’t beat the long-lasting wear of this summer beauty essential for your lips, even at the pool! “Flat Out Fabulous” and “All Fired Up” are my go-to colors!

Summer Beauty Tips for Skin and Hair

  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is crucial for maintaining healthy, glowing skin. Aim for at least 8 glasses a day to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. If there is one summer beauty essential you shouldn’t neglect, it’s water!
  • Use SPF Daily: Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day. Don’t forget areas like your neck, ears, and the back of your hands.
  • Opt for Lightweight Makeup: During the hot summer months, switch to lightweight, breathable makeup products to avoid clogging your pores. Tinted moisturizers or BB creams are great alternatives to heavy foundations and rate high on the list of summer beauty essentials.
  • Embrace Bold Lip Colors: Summer is the perfect time to experiment with bold and vibrant lip colors. A bright lip can instantly elevate your look and add a fun pop of color.
  • Keep Your Hair Protected: To prevent sun and heat damage, use hair products with UV protection. Consider wearing a hat when spending extended time outdoors.
  • Exfoliate Regularly: Exfoliate your skin 2-3 times a week to remove dead skin cells and keep your skin smooth and radiant. Choose a gentle scrub to avoid irritation.
  • Moisturize with Lightweight Products: Swap out heavy creams for lightweight, hydrating gels or serums that won’t feel greasy in the heat. Look for products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid for extra hydration.
  • Control Oil and Shine: Use blotting papers or a mattifying powder to control excess oil and shine throughout the day. This helps keep your makeup looking fresh and your skin feeling clean.
  • Protect Your Lips: Use a lip balm with SPF to protect your lips from sunburn and keep them moisturized. Reapply frequently, especially after eating or drinking.
  • Stay Fresh with a Refreshing Mist: Carry a refreshing facial mist in your bag for a quick pick-me-up during the day. It’s a great way to cool down and rehydrate your skin.

Ready for summer fun? Check out this bucket list of things to do in Cincinnati.