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10 Summer Beauty Products You Should Not Leave Home Without

Updated on August 27, 2014

Summer! So exceedingly exciting is this season, that I have decided to dedicate another hub to it. In this hub, I aim to list out certain products that are a must-have for summer. Why? Well, because summer is a tricky season. On the one hand there are enjoyable trips to the beach, lazy tanning sessions, lots of chilled cocktails (or mocktails, whichever you prefer) but on the other, there is dust, sweat, sun burns and the dizzying summer heat to deal with. But, with certain handy products in your makeup bag, you can overcome these summer woes and enjoy this sultry season to the fullest. So, stack up on these useful summer products and have a stylish, swell time this summer!

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Face wash:

Summer is synonymous with sweat. Hence, it is important to always have a good face wash close at hand. Choose one that has a deep cleaning action and use it twice a day. You can also opt for a daily cleansing gel that cleanses and moisturizes your skin. Regular cleansing will keep your skin clean and thus keep you safe from breakouts and other skin problems during these stifling summer months.

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I cannot emphasize enough the importance of having a good sunscreen. Opt for a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, i.e. it protects against both, UVA and UVB rays and has a SPF of 15 or higher. Also, choose one that is water-proof so that it doesn’t get washed off when you go for a swim or when you sweat. Water-based sunscreens are good for people with oily skins.

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Cleansing wipes:

Cleansing wipes act as life-savers during summer. They are more effective than tissues when it comes to cleaning off sweat and dust as they contain cleansing products as well. Some wipes also have exfoliating and moisturizing properties. So swap the tissues with cleansing wipes and enjoy healthy, sweet-smelling skin this summer!

Cooling gel/Moisturizer:

This comes in extremely handy when you suffer from sunburn. Choose a lotion or gel that contains Aloe Vera extracts and Vitamin C and E. Such lotions will soothe the affected area and also speed up the healing process. There are several kinds of sunburn lotions available, so select one that suits your skin type.

Waterproof Kajal:

A dark, smudge-proof kajal is a makeup essential. On very hot days, when you don’t feel like caking your face with a range of products, just line your eyes with some kohl and moisten your lips with lip balm and you’re done! That’s why it makes sense to invest in a good kajal. Opt for a water-proof kajal to prevent ugly, sweat-induced smudges. Also, experiment with colors, like a green or turquoise kajal for some summer spunk!

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BB Cream:

If you dislike heavy foundations and oily moisturizers, a BB Cream acts as a good alternative. This multi-purpose cream works like a light, tinted moisturizer and the best part is that it also contains SPF, thereby offering protection from harmful UV rays. With this cream in your bag, you don’t have to carry a separate foundation and concealer, as this wonder cream hides imperfections, smoothes skin and also mattifies complexion! Maybelline’s Clear Glow BB Cream is one of the best BB Creams available as it offers 8 beauty benefits.

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Bright Nail Polish:

What is summer without bright, beautiful colors! Infuse your look with a splash of color by painting your nails with some vibrant nail polish. Choose bright, bold colors like orange, pink, sky blue and red. Experiment with nail art styles for a funky look. Don’t worry about your nails looking too loud, it’s summer, so everything colourful will be forgiven.

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Moisturizing lip balm:

Chapped lips are a common problem in summer. Keep your lips hydrated with a good moisturizing lip balm. Choose one with a fresh, fruity fragrance for extra fun. Lip balms that also contain SPF 15 make for a smart choice as they offer sun protection as well. Tinted lip balms are a great alternative to lipsticks as they add subtle color and shine to your lips.

Summery fragrances:

Leave a lingering fragrance wherever you go by squirting on some long-lasting perfume. Opt for fresh summery fragrances that complement the season’s vibe. Spraying on perfume will not only keep body odour at bay, but will also help you feel fresh and give your mood a boost. You can also choose a body mist as they are as effective as perfumes, but relatively cheaper than them.

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Setting Powder:

Keep makeup from melting off your face by dusting on some setting powder once you’re done. Choose one that reduces-shine, mattifies complexion and is colorless. Brush the powder onto your face with a fluffy brush. You’ll notice that your makeup stays on for much longer after applying this powder.

My list ends here. Armed with these products, I’m confident that you’ll have a smell-free, stress-free, sizzling summer!

Would you like to contribute to this list? Share your must-have summer beauty products with me by listing them out in the comments section below.


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    • Cherylann Mollan profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherylann Mollan 

      4 years ago from India

      @mochirajackson: Thank you for your kind words. Well, BB creams are like an all-in-one cream. Women love carrying them to work as it takes care of several beauty requirements. If your worried about it drying your skin, opt for one that also has moisturizing elements. Your idea of water-spray bottles is so much fun! I really can't fathom why I didn't include them in my list. :) About getting them near me, I guess i might. But I prefer making my own sprays, using old cold drink bottles and that trigger-like contraption that can be screwed on. :)

    • mochirajackson profile image


      4 years ago from Liverpool, United Kingdom

      You have some great ideas here Cherylann. I've never really understood what BB cream was - I had the false impression that it was to help zap spots so I avoided it thinking it would be too drying. I may give it a try now that you've explained more. I like to use a water spray too in summer. Do they have them near you? They sell it in small spray bottles and they're great to spray on your face when you get too hot.

      Thanks for sharing x

    • Cherylann Mollan profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherylann Mollan 

      4 years ago from India

      @Eiddwen: Thanks for your kind comment and I'm glad you found the tips useful.

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      4 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and very useful I now look forward to so many more.


    • Cherylann Mollan profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherylann Mollan 

      4 years ago from India

      @FolourishAnyway: Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a great summer. :)

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      4 years ago from USA

      This is a good list that makes me look forward to warmer days ahead!

    • Cherylann Mollan profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherylann Mollan 

      4 years ago from India

      Hi DDE! Thanks for your kind words. Yes, outdoors the sun can be pretty ruthless, indiscriminately scorching things and people. Happy brunches indoors, a couple of good books and a stack of favorite movies come in quite handy here. :)

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Brilliantly informed about the summer requirements. I enjoy warm weather but don't like spending too much time in scorching sun's rays. Your suggestions are helpful and informative.


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