As hot August days heat up mid Michigan, I have narrowed down a small curated collection of skincare products that have been my go-to warm weather picks for the last couple of months.
I ordered the Vanity Planet Spin for Perfect Skin Brush after a couple of different YouTubers talk about how much they liked it in comparison to the ever so expensive Clarisonic. I was also inspired to check it out by a Mode story I wrote on the favorite facial products of estheticians; realizing how much I missed using a rotary brush in my skin care routine. This brush in particular is a great bang for your buck as the $30 price tag gets you four different brush heads and the battery-operated base. I use it about twice a week to smooth out small bumps or rough texture on my skin that look and feel more diminished after just a few passes around the face. I have noticed that pressing too hard will stall the rotation of the brush, but if anything the mechanic is a reminder to be more gentle and light-handed.
During especially hot days when I feel as though my skin is dried out or in need of some quick moisture, I spritz on the Coast to Coast Ultra Soothing Aqua Mist. It contains Tasmanian sea kelp, wild rosella, geranium, and organic lavender water for a soothing, almost breezy, cooling effect. After a generous douse, my face feels instantly hydrated and looks ultra dewy until my skin soaks it all up, leaving behind a soft and toned texture. I imagine this bottle would be perfect for bringing to the beach or anywhere else where bare skin could use a burst of refreshment.
The Mario Badescu Super Collagen Mask has surely become one of my most adored nourishing masks of all time. Made with kaolin clay and oatmeal, the pure ingredients work to tighten the skin while simultaneously calming any irritation or mild bumps. I love how soft and supple my skin looks after rinsing it all off, and its moisturizing properties seem to last for days after.
Another Mario Badescu favorite, the Strawberry Face Scrub is an ultra gentle exfoliant with real scrubby strawberry seeds and a base of renewing AHAs. It works to unclog pores and improve texture without causing harsh irritation or redness on the skin. I currently use it as an alternate exfoliating treatment to the skin brush about once every few weeks.
The Vita Liberata Passionflower and Argan Dry Oil SPF 50 works to repair damaged skin on the face or body and nourish it with essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E. The initially slick texture absorbs well into the skin leaving behind a gorgeous radiant glow that protects for a good couple of hours in the blazing sun. It doesn't have the lasting power of traditional cream-based sunscreen; however, it is perfect for someone with a fair complexion, like myself, who will need to reapply often anyhow.
One of my favorite tropical fruits and now summer body products is the Papaya Body Lotion by Mario Badescu. I lather it on a few dollops after the shower to soften my skin with AHAs, shea butter, and rice bran oil. It leaves behind an almost powdery finish with an invigorating scent that lingers into the next day.