Author: Shen Beauty
No one needs to be told how brutal the heat and humidity have been this summer. Exhibit A: last week’s three consecutive days over 90 degrees. But just because you feel like you’re melting doesn’t mean you have to look it. Shen’s Neil Gogoi shares his top picks to keep you looking cool, protected from the sun, and frizz free. We’ve even got something to keep the bugs away on that up-coming camping trip at the lake. Throw it all in your overnight bag, skip town, and stay fabulous!
First and foremost, everybody needs a good sunblock to protect their skin. Elta MD’s UV Aero is my top pick. It’s got a high SPF (45) and broad spectrum protection, it’s oil free and water resistant, and it’s the first aerosol sunblock with 10% zinc. Bonus: It sprays at all angles, so it’s great for kids.
I also love Suntegrity’s BB Cream, which is a great 5-in-1 makeup. It’s SPF 30, broad spectrum. It’s great for evening out skin tone while hydrating, and its blending technology means that it looks really natural on your skin.
If you’re looking for a little color on your face, By Terry’s Soleil Terrybly Hydra-Bronzing Tinted Serum provides a gradual sunny glow -- without DHA. It intensifies your skin’s own tanning process while smoothing, hydrating, and lightening dark spots. We don’t know how they do it, but we love it!
For those ultra-humid days that make your hair stand on end, I love using a little Argan oil from Kahina. It’s a wonderful all-purpose oil with great healing properties for the skin, but it’s especially great for calming frizzies.
After you come off the beach, Tangle Teaser is the best all around brush for getting tangles out. It’s super compact, and gentle on hair—no tugging or yanking. I always recommend it for my clients. And it’s great for kids’ knotty hair after they come out of the water.
When you need something more intense than your daily conditioner after the beach, the sun, or whatever, I use Percy and Reed’s Totally TLC Hydrating mask. It’ll bring stressed hair back to life.
Similarly, if your lips are feeling chapped or flaky, grab some of Sara Happ’s sugar lip scrub. It’ll exfoliate and soften your lips.
I also love Ilia for their lip products. They’re all natural and organic, and contain shea butter for soft lips. Even better, their multi sticks are an all in one makeup for lips, cheeks, and eyes. Go straight from the beach to dinner with one makeup item.
And last but not least, summer wouldn’t be complete without bug spray. Skip the DEET and go all natural with Mrs. White’s Unstung Hero—it keeps bugs off with citronella oil and smells like refreshing lemon tea. It’s great for the whole family, including kids over 3.
Be sure to visit Neil’s site to see some of his amazing work! www.neilgogoi.com