In the summer months, the last thing you want to think about is heavy skincare. Luckily there are plenty of AMAZING (not to mention natural) products on the market right now to help protect your skin from the harsh summer weather. If you’re looking for the skincare essentials to get you through the rest of the season, here are some of my top picks for the best natural goodies.
One of my new favourites is the Sea Berry Therapy Polishing Facial Cleanser, which features naturally antibacterial sea buckthorn extract to remove built-up dirt and makeup. It gently exfoliates using jojoba beads and leaves your skin feeling fresh but never stripped, and is the perfect morning cleanser thanks to its refreshing citrusy scent.
I’ve been using this Wildcraft Skincare Bergamot Rose toner on repeat since I first discovered this Toronto-based brand a year ago. Its blend of witch hazel and essential oils helps prevent breakouts and keeps my skin looking its best even in the summer heat. Just mist it on after cleansing or throughout the day for a little refresh - your skin will thank you!
Another one of my favourites comes from Sea Berry, this time being their Sea Berry Therapy Hydrating Face Serum. This lightweight serum is perfect for summertime because it sinks into the skin quickly, leaving behind no sticky residue. It acts as the perfect base under my moisturizer and sunscreen, and thanks to ingredients like hyaluronic acid and sea buckthorn, skin looks plump and glowing after every application.
My go-to product to keep skin hydrated throughout the day is a combo SPF and moisturizer from Juice Beauty. Their Green Apple Brightening SPF 15 Moisturizer provides just enough sun protection for days when I’m spending the majority of my time indoors, and really does brighten my complexion. It’s a thicker texture, so it may not be the best option for oily skin, but I find that it does a great job of leaving my skin glowing all day.
My one splurge has to be on my eye cream, since I’m genetically prone to dark circles no matter how many hours of sleep I get each night. It’s taken me a while to find a product that works, so when I got my hands on the Tata Harper Restorative Eye Cream, I knew it was a winner. It dramatically reduces puffiness after applying, and over time helps to brighten skin under the eyes.
When it comes to my shower routine, I’m starting to transition my products to packaging free products. It feels a little old school to go back to using bars of soap on my body (and hair!) but I love that I’m not contributing any additional plastic waste into our environment. I love Earth Luxe’s handmade soaps because they come in recyclable boxes free of plastic, and are super nourishing on my skin.
No summer skincare routine would be complete without an awesome sunscreen, and Coola really takes the cake! Their Citrus Mimosa Sunscreen comes in both a spray-on and a traditional cream-based sunscreen for your body, without any nasty chemicals. It dries to a lovely matte finish and can stand up to the hottest of days spent in the sun.