Prepare your summer beauty arsenal

I recently went to the beach with friends, and the weather was perfect—hot and not a cloud in the sky. And, like a goof, I didn’t exactly apply sunscreen as needed. Let’s just say I learned my lesson the hard way. But, it made me realize summer is right around the corner, and if you live in the South like me, summer is here. So, it’s high time to stock up on your summer skincare and beauty arsenal.


If you plan on light makeup during the summer, I recommend using a cheek stain, a waterproof mascara and a BB or CC cream. Add setting spray or powder and you’re done. I personally prefer a gel cheek stain rather than a liquid, but be mindful of the stain when you apply it. I apply mine with a sponge before I apply anything. I look like a clown at first, but after I add foundation and powder, the subtle rosy tint looks natural and lasts until I take it off.

No matter your makeup routine, sunscreen is a must right now. If your moisturizer does not contain an SPF, either swap it out for one that does, or add a BB or CC cream that does. Remember that layering many products that have a different SPF level do not “add” up to a higher level of SPF, they simply will fade at different rates. For example, if you have an SPF 30 moisturizer and a powder with SPF 15, the powder’s SPF will fade sooner than the moisturizer. If you have a sensitive, fair complexion like me, look for an SPF of 25 to 40.


When it comes to the sun, be smart. While some sun exposure is good because we absorb vitamin D, overexposure leads to skin damage and skin cancer. Avoid tanning beds, and apply sunscreen anytime you are outside for long periods of time. I like to use baby sunscreen, because it contains few ingredients and most are waterproof and sweat proof. If it is safe enough for a baby, it’s good enough for me, too.

Be sure to exfoliate regularly, especially when applying sunless tanners. The best sunless tanners I’ve found are from Fake Bake. It’s a silly name, but the results are no joke. I am clumsy when it comes to applying this stuff everywhere, but I end up streak-free every time. If and when you exfoliate, moisturize! There is nothing worse than scaly skin.

If you ever find yourself questioning which products to use during the summer, just remember to keep it simple. Less is best during warmer months, as long as you remember to protect your skin and stay hydrated.

Shelby is a twenty-something, residing along the Emerald Coast, enjoying the sugar white sands with an umbrella drink in-hand. She takes the time to enjoy film and music, as well as fashion and beauty trends when her wallet isn't empty.