Summer Essentials To Beat The Heat

Summer is my favorite season! It’s easy to dress stylishly, you get a little color on the skin and flush in the cheeks. Then there’s that healthy summer glow and every excuse to kick off shoes and unwind! Of course, you have to be careful about sun exposure, dehydration and all the not-so-fun things that the hotter months can bring. I’ve got a good little guide here for some great summer essentials to beat the heat that inevitably makes us a little sun-drunk!

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com. All thoughts and opinions are my own (read more here on this!).

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+ Simple Beauty Routine

One amazing thing about the color and glow that you naturally pick up in the summer is that it allows you to simplify your beauty routine. You don’t have to chase the bronze and extra glow when you’re sun-kissed! I love using a toner like the Colleen Rothschild Matcha Tea Treatment Toner which contains a ton of goodness including Kombucha Black Tea and Japanese Green Tea which minimizes the look of pores and absorbs excess oil (I get oily pretty fast in the heat)! Plus, it has detoxifying, antiseptic power which helps fight off bacteria, reducing redness and possibly any breakouts!

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On a makeup day/night, I have to remove everything with something gentle but effective and Colleen Rothschild Radiant Cleansing Balm is a favorite. I’ll admit – I’m always so tempted to skip a deep makeup cleanse at the end of a long day but I’m so glad I don’t when I get to the end of my removal routine with this product. This Cleansing Balm clears clogged pores, gets rid of impurities and skin debris all while dissolving every trace of makeup. Think balanced, soft, and radiant skin! Containing a unique blend of Loofah Seed and Moringa Oil, it helps to renew the outer-layer of cells while restoring flexibility and harmony in the skin. Continued daily use means skin becomes velvety smooth and more luminous (adding to that summer glow, honey)!

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Whether it’s day or evening, my skin always needs moisture. Even before SPF! I don’t drink enough water (I try though!) and I have combo skin anyway so I need to hydrate from the outside with something top quality like Colleen Rothschild Sheer Renewal Cream. This is oil-free, powder finish is weightless hydration for the skin! The best quality is the promotion of new cell turnover which helps to minimize wrinkles and fine lines.

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It’s sunny most of the year out here in LA. That really has a long-term consequence for unprotected skin. We all know that sunscreen is a summer essential MUST. The Ozeaderma Anti-Aging Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF 35 is natural, vegan, non-chemical, not tested on animals and paraben free. It ticks all the boxes for cleaner skincare needs and sun protection. Made from 100% Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide ingredients, you know you’re getting some of the best protection and quality for your skin. In previous years, I had never thought of the anti-pollution aspect as a priority but I’m really appreciative of the attention to this in the formulations these days.

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+ SUMMER HAIR CARE

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What’s that saying? Salt, sand and sun make hair a dry mess?! I’m obsessed with the summery scent of the Unwined by Hask White Wine Shampoo and Conditioner! This combo is gentle and nourishing for the hair and boasts all the antioxidant qualities of wine extract, resveratrol (in the skin of grapes), and grape seed oil to keep your hair strong, rejuvenated, shining and smooth!

Where can you find it? Shop the ever so sparkly Unwined by HASK collection at Ulta Beauty & Walmart (seriously, the packaging is gorg and needs to be on your summer essentials list)!

+ Hydration

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Ok… this is kind of basic. Hydration is key to all of living, we know that! But let’s face it… Sometimes chugging plain ol’ H2O just gets hella boring. I’ve been trying to beat the heat by making that fancy water lately (adding lemon slices, cucumber, mint etc.) but sometimes you just need to switch it up. Enter… iced tea. That perfect summer essentials beverage. This Straight Up Tea is simply made with real tea and all natural ingredients. You don’t have to be concerned about artificial coloring or anything lingering in it. I love the Sweet flavor (there are 3 varieties) the best because I just have a sweet tooth! If you want something less sweet (like my hubby) then you can always opt for Unsweetened or Sorta Sweet.

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+ Summer Sunglasses

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Sunglasses are an absolute summer essential! While I prefer the feeling of nothing on my face, I recognize the importance of protecting your eyes and vision through life. The sun’s rays are damaging to any sensitive and thin barriers such as eyes and skin so it’s always best to be preventative. Zenni have such a signature style and great range of sunnies for every occasion. With their luxury curved lens design and customizable tints in any pair of shades you choose, you’re on your way to staying stylish in your summer outfits and protected. These classic Rose Gold Aviator Sunglasses are so lightweight (the first I’ve ever owned that are SO light) that I don’t even feel them on my face.

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And there you have some pretty great ideas for summer essentials to beat the heat! Skin care, hair care, hydration and sunnies! Let me know in the comments below… what are your current summer essentials to beat the heat? What’s a summer staple you can’t live without? Catch you soon over on the ‘Gram for more adventures + stories!

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4 Comments

  1. glossandsass
    July 23, 2019 / 8:37 pm

    Cutie!! I love the Straight Up Tea too!

  2. Lucinda
    July 25, 2019 / 1:20 pm

    Love it! 🥰

  3. kirstendamata
    July 25, 2019 / 1:35 pm

    Summer is my fav season too!! Cute post.. love the shades! XO

  4. ChristinaFaldini85
    July 25, 2019 / 1:37 pm

    I love Hask hair products.. their Hawaiian sea salt collection is good too if you ever want beachy looking hair!

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