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May 24, 2012

The quest for perfect summer skin

I must admit that I tend to go for power-packed moisturizers that tend to be a little on the heavier side for MOST of the year, but even I need to lighten my lotion load when Memorial Day rears its muggy, humid head. Summertime calls for lightweight formulas that still give max moisture, and often have cooling or soothing properties to help with heat/sun exposure. Here are some of my favorite skincare products for this summer:

Freeze 24-7 Skin Glace Daily Detoxifying Cleanser & Mask ($65)- This cool green gel starts foaming up the minute you put it on your skin, but not like a harsh lather. More like oxygenating bubbles that remove your makeup but don’t leave skin feeling stripped of moisture. The rice bran and soy proteins help to moisturize the skin, but also to calm red or irritated skin, which is crucial in summer months where people are constantly outside being subjected to harmful irritants. (Bonus points for being fun to use.)

M Steves RHSO Power-Packed Multi Benefit Moisturizer ($38)-
A very long title, but pretty self-explanatory. The RHSO stands for their star ingredient: Rose Hip Seed Oil. RHSO is a potent ingredient that is known to have moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties. Mixed with the other ingredients in this moisturizer, you get a lightweight face product that smells divine, doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy, and improves your complexion almost instantly. Over time you’ll notice a smoother, more radiant complexion. (Bonus points for their chic packaging that looks amazing on any vanity.)

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Matifying Fluid ($38)-
This product is so amazing because Caudalie has taken the time to remember that just because you want your skin matte doesn’t mean that you don’t want moisture as well. It’s extremely lightweight and controls excess sebum, but since it’s made of ingredients like flax powder, grape water, and green tea extracts, the oil-free formula provides a comfortable moisture level all day. Skin doesn’t feel dry and crackly just because it’s mattified. In fact it feels like you’re wearing nothing at all. You can use this on its own or over top of your regular moisturizer. (Bonus points for their grape water harvesting techniques, because they’re committed to giving us pure, high quality ingredients but distilling them using lower pressures and temperatures to decrease their impact on the environment.)

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