Ever Wonder What's in My Beauty Bag?
I love sharing with all of you from time-to-time, the products that I have in my beauty bag for the season...that way my followers get a real opportunity to see that not only do I recommend products daily here at The Beauty Closet...I also happen to use the items I recommend-on a daily basis :)
After all, if you wouldn't use the product or beauty tool yourself- why recommend it to someone else? It's one of the things that I can happily admit to and I take pride in the fact that I go to great lengths to find beauty items that I know are affordable, truly effective, and illustrate quality- products that everyday women can get real benefit from ;)
You might find the occasional item that's a bit higher in price-range or doesn't feature all natural or organic ingredients, but these are fairly few in number. Although my main focus is to stick with these types of products, sometimes it's unavoidable or the product is just too fabulous or fantastic to ignore ;)
Now when it comes to the summer, I find that it poses a variety of challenges when it comes to beauty. For starters, the warmer weather can cause your skincare & beauty products to clog your pores and a change in structure- therefore causing texture/"melting" issues. Your skin can produce more or excess oil during the Summer as well and this can cause more breakouts and difficulty with application of your makeup as a result.
You'll also want to make sure to go for items that contain oil-free formulas and an SPF of 15+ for added sun protection. The increased sun exposure can be damaging to skin, causing an increased risk for skin cancer, burning & damage to skin, and the premature signs of aging. That's why I've come up with my Top 5 Must-Have Beauty Products for Summer- these products will help you protect your skin, while also promoting skin health. Check them out below!
The Beauty Closet's Top 5 Summer Beauty Must-Haves:
1. SPF Chap Stick or Lip Balm:
We often forget about our lips in the summer, but it's actually a very challenging time for your lips as they can go through on-going sun & water exposure. This can dry your lips out, causing them to be cracked & peeling. It's also super important to go for a product that contains an SPF of 15+ in order to protect your lips from the damaging effects of the sun. One of my fav's: Sun Bum SPF 30 Pomegranate Lip Balm. This affordable lip protection contains Cocoa Butter and is Petrochemical, PABA, & Gluten-free- plus it's 100% Vegan AND it's around $4 :0
2. Broad Spectrum Sunscreen for the Face:
Most of us think about applying a sun protection product to our bodies during this time of year, but our faces often get neglected. Part of this comes from the issues that arise from combing an SPF product with other skincare products or cosmetics- not to mention that they sometimes cause more oil & breakouts. But it's key that you don't forget to apply a sun protection product to your face too! Go for a product that contains no fragrances and is non-irritating. One that I really LOVE: Trufora Titanium Day Cream SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sun Screen. This fantastic sunscreen is specially-designed for the face and is fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, non-irritating, and good for all skin types :)
3. Perfume Oil or Your Fav Summer Scent:
I love wearing a fresh scent for Summer and usually pick up more than one- this give me the chance to mix it up a bit! You don't have to spend a fortune to snag a quality scent that's natural and smells fantastic. SOAP & PAPER's Gardenia Perfume Oil [Gardenia, Coconut, & Citrus notes] is a great choice and there are a few other great scents to choose from. At only $16 a piece, each perfume oil comes in an easy-to-use roll-on glass bottle that can be taken on-the-go as well.
4. Ultra-Rich Hair Treatment to Restore Stressed Hair:
Your hair can be put through quite a bit during the summer with continual sun & water exposure, causing it to: dry out, end-breakage, & become damaged. Using a once-a-week hair/scalp treatment will not only help repair your hair, but it will leave it looking & feeling rejuvenated...instead of stressed & straw-like. A brand that I love happens to have a product that will do just the trick: ColorProof SuperRich Split Ends Mender. This awesome hair care treatment features a blend of Keravis & Soy Lipids, Baobab Super Fruit, & Seaweed- restoring your hair's moisture content and repairing up to 94% of split ends!
5. Fight the Damaging Effects of the Sun from Within- with a Beauty Supplement:
It's important to address concerns that continual sun exposure can cause, by fighting the issue from the inside-out. It's a common myth that you can safely achieve the daily amount of Vitamin D that the body needs by "laying out" or tanning indoors, but this will cause more harm than good- with the increased risk of skin cancer and the signs of aging like: wrinkles, fine lines, & sun spots or discoloration :/ Looking for one that's affordable and brings true quality to the table? I love HUM Nutrition's Here Comes the Sun supplements- formulated without Parabens, Sulfates, & Phthalates, but does contain: Vitamin D3, Olive Oil, Gelatin, & Water [$20 for 120 softgels].