summer beauty products

10 Best beauty products for summer (head to toe)

I love summer! Who doesn’t? The days are longer and warmer. The nights are full of fun. And it’s beach season!! My favorite. 

We recently purchased a 12ft Intex pool from Amazon and I’m really impressed with the quality! My husband and I were super skeptical about this purchase because it was a pool, with a filter, for less than $100… But it’s actually really great! 

So in addition to our usual weekend beach trips, we’ll also be lounging at the pool. That means double the sun and swimming fun! But also… we’re now dealing with dry hair from the salty air at the beach and the chlorine in the pool. 

While I do *love* how much lighter my hair gets in the summertime… I really hate how much drier it gets. 

I have to switch out my shampoo, conditioner, and some other things in the summer so I’m sharing my list of the 10 best beauty products for summer.

1. Shampoo + Conditioner 

The best shampoo and condition for beach-dry hair is Sun Bum. It works so well to bring back lost moisture from being in the saltwater and lounging in the salty air all day. I could probably use it year-round, but then how would I signify a change in season? 

You can grab the Sun Bum shampoo and conditioner combo here

2. Spray Detangler

In addition to regular condition, I use a spray detangler. My hair tends to be dry anyway so adding in extra chemicals like chlorine, or stripping moisture with salt water, I need all the extra conditioning I can get. 

The Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum isn’t exactly “spray” detangler but I do love it! I love the whole Paul Mitchell line but it can get pricey so I stick to a few essentials. 

You can also try the Sun Bum detangler but I can’t personally vouch for it because I haven’t tried it yet. 

3. Face Lotion with SPF

I’m a big fan of CeraVe. I use the hydrating face wash and daily moisturizing lotion regularly. During the summer, I add the moisturizing lotion SPF30 to my morning routine.

I do love a nice tan, as I’m sure we all do, but I’m not a fan of sunspots or wrinkles so I make sure to load up in SPF all summer long.

4. Baby Powder 

I buy a travel size baby powder at the beginning of every summer. I saw a hack on Pinterest once that sprinkling baby powder on wet, sandy feet helps clean them up. And it works! 

My husband and I love impromptu stops at the beach, even if we’re not swimming. A nighttime stroll after date night is perfect but we both end up with sand all over our legs and feet. Having that travel baby powder (and an extra towel) in the car is super helpful. 

5. BB Cream or Tinted Moisturizer 

Summer is a time for loose, beachy waves, flowy tops, and natural makeup. It doesn’t matter how good of a makeup artist you are, you can’t make foundation look light… or natural. 

In the winter the show white look is totally in season. 

But in the summer, it’s time to show off those cute freckles and naturally rosy cheeks! You just can’t hide behind caked-on foundation. So I prefer BB cream. It’s one step above a tinted moisturizer (which is also a great option!). 

It provides the exact amount of coverage I need to keep my skin looking fresh but it’s lightweight with a more natural look than a traditional foundation. 

6. A Good Bronzer 

There is no need for blush or eye shadow in the summer! At least I never wear them. I love highlighting the sun-kissed spots on my face with a little bronzer. 

I’ll add more to my cheekbone and brow bone areas to give my face a bit of a polished look. 

It’s super simple to apply, and you don’t need to carry around all the necessary brushes a good eye makeup application requires. 

7. Waterproof or Clear Mascara

I am personally not a huge fan of waterproof mascara but that’s really just because I’m lazy when it comes to my nighttime routine.

If you use waterproof mascara, you need makeup remover to take it off. But with the extra humidity, and the likely possibility that you’ll end up by the beach or a pool at any moment, it’s a good idea to wear makeup that won’t run.

I love clear mascara. Since I have my lashes lifted and tinted anyway, (so I can skip mascara on most days anyway) clear mascara is all I need. 

8. Tinted Lip balm 

This tinted lip balm is my favorite. The color really stands out. Some tinted balms I’ve used in the past barely show a color. 

I know it’s just supposed to be a light tint but I want to see the difference when I put it on. The rose petal one is my favorite in this line. 

The color goes with everything. It’s the perfect blend of pink and red for hanging by the pool during the day and going out for drinks later at night! 

Of course, I usually use a lip liner if I’m wearing it at night, just to give it a little extra pop but you could wear it as is, looks great either way. 

9. Beach Hair Salt Spray

Beach hair is the BEST. There’s nothing better for hairstyling than spending the day in the salty air and sun But the sand is awful! I have to shower as soon as I get home so I use a sea salt spray after my hair has dried a bit and still get the nice beachy waves.  

You can try making a salt spray at home, which would probably save money. But I buy this one because I *love* how it smells. 

I know this is a summer beauty products list, but I use salt spray all year. I have stick-straight hair that looks flat if I don’t style it and styles don’t hold well. I have to add a salt spray if I want my hair to look good for longer than an hour. 

10. Foot Cream and In-Shower Body Moisturizers 

I always need to use a good, strong foot cream in the summer. Wearing open-toed shoes, flip flops, sandals, and other kinds of fancy summer footwear makes my heels super dry. I like to use a mint foot cream because I just feel like it works better. 

There’s no science behind this, it’s just my experience but I absolutely love mint or mint and green tea creams. Also, it smells great and feels refreshing after a long, hot, summer day outside! 

Another favorite moisturizer of mine is the Nivea In-shower Body Lotion. If you haven’t tried this yet, oh my God, its life-changing!! I used to avoid putting body lotion on in the summer because after a hot shower, getting out into the hot air, I was just too hot and sticky to do anything but sit on my bed in the air conditioner. 

Getting my clothes on was annoying enough, I couldn’t bring myself to add in a lotion that would then make my clothes stick *even more*. 

When I saw the commercial for Nivea, putting lotion on IN the shower, I thought it was probably too good to be true but I bought it anyway. I was starting to neglect my skin and I really needed to do something. 

Thank goodness I was wrong! It’s amazing. I absolutely love this lotion, it makes my skin soft and silky but not at all sticky. I use it after every shower now, during every season but especially during the summer. 

So that’s it. Those are my favorite beauty products for summer! I like to keep them simple and lightweight. I’m not a huge fan of make-up or other heavy products so these are all great for mild sunny days, or super hot beach days. 

If you have any suggestions for awesome summer beauty products, let me know! I love trying out new things so drop a comment and tell me all about the beauty products you love for summer.

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