I’m the first to admit the au-naturel aesthetic isn’t exactly for me. Sure, I’ve calmed down on excessive midday eye looks, but foundation and the fixins are mostly a must when I leave the house. That said, summertime is hot, and living in sunny SoCal certainly doesn’t help matters. So whether I like it or not, a bare-faced babe will likely be on full display as the next few months take hold.
This is where Summer 2022 skincare products and other non-makeup beauty buys come into play. If we can’t rely on our foundation, concealer, blush (and for me, brows!) to stay on, the next best option is to hone in on our other assets. Whether it’s skincare you fancy, or a seasonal spritz, here are some newly launched goodies to help you get ahead when the weather isn’t working in your favor.
Medik8 Crystal Retinal: starting at $53
A summer 2022 skincare arsenal isn’t complete without a product truly designed to embrace bare-faced beauty. Retinal has been picking up traction in the skincare space—but up until now I hadn’t incorporated the Vitamin A molecule into my routine. While often confused with retinol, retinal differs in that it’s said to work 11 times faster than its predecessor. Both retinol and retinal target anti-aging by helping with collagen production and blemish reduction, and minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Medik8’s Crystal Retinal operates through a delicate crystal-shaped encapsulation system which breaks down on contact with the skin. The collection comes in four different strengths, starting at 0.01% encapsulated retinaldehyde ($53) and going up to 0.1% encapsulated retinaldehyde ($106). I was sent the two lowest strengths with the goal of going makeup-free this summer!
The Crème Shop BT21 SHOOKY Macaron Lip Balm – White Peach: $10
In addition to adorable packaging and an accessible price point, one of the latest lip treats from The Crème Shop is the perfect beach bag accompaniment all season long. Packed with moisturizing Vitamin E and smoothing shea butter, a sheer pink tint is just a finger sweep away.
Kypris Lip Elixir Balm: $49
While you lap yourself in luxury on vacation this summer, give your lips the same treatment. Kyrpis’ new ultra-luxe clear balm is enriched with peptides, plant stem cells, hyaluronic acid, botanical waxes and natural butters to give your lips a soft, pillowy touch. The soothing formula goes on lightly for a lasting effect. Infused with light jasmine and violet, you can additionally expect a faint, aromatherapeutic effect.
Sireni Overnight Overhaul: $60
Following in the theme of bare-faced beauty, Sireni’s debut skincare launch is a nighttime treatment aimed at reviving your skin while you sleep. Vegan, cruelty-free and dermatologist-approved with 100% recyclable packaging, Overnight Overhaul’s mask-like formula contains bakuchiol and DHA to minimize fine lines and even out natural skin tone—while rose oil and shea butter provide hydration. Developed by veteran beauty gurus Chloe Morello and Ashley Villa, the brand’s mantra is the future of beauty is where skincare meets makeup, made with the planet in mind. AKA fresh-faced goals. AKA Summer 2022 skincare goals.
Shaz & Kiks Rice+Chai Refresh Spray: $30
If your dry shampoo doesn’t serve a purpose outside of absorbing oil, here’s your multipurpose spritz. Especially during the summer when our hair is prone to sun damage, saltwater and chlorine, this spray can be applied daily to refresh your roots, give a voluminous lift and balance the scalp’s skin barrier between wash days. The 90% plant-powered formula is mainly developed with a blend of India’s native ingredients, chai tea (for hair growth, increased shine, and balancing the scalp’s skin barrier) and rice (for oil absorption and voluminous lift).
Jafra You Bloom Fragrance: $52
‘Tis the season for florals, so it only makes sense Jafra’s latest scent deserves a spot on your summer beauty counter. Rose oil, turmeric root and oakwood comprise the beauty brand’s feminine new fragrance. Layer a spritz over a light body lotion, and makeup will be the last thing on anyone’s mind!
Vita Liberata Advanced Heavenly Tanning Elixir (Tinted): $44
Forget about summer 2022 skincare—when it comes to any type of care, a sunkissed glow is the ultimate key to a successful bare-faced season. Whether applied to the face or the rest of the body, a little DIY color from a tube never hurt anyone. Leading sunless tanning brand Vita Liberata recently launched its advanced tinted tanning formula to give you a buildable and instant glow. Aloe vera, coffee butter, cucumber and witch hazel are just a few of the key ingredients that come together to enhance color while soothing and hydrating the skin. Known for its streak-free consistency, a natural, fresh-from-vacation aesthetic is what you can expect all summer and beyond. Added bonus? The brand just launched its PCR plastic packaging, so you can feel even better about its use!
Kopari Ultra Restore Body Butter With Hyaluronic Acid: $32
There’s no way you can get through summer without Kopari’s signature scent. Slather yourself in its fragrant aroma of coconut milk, jasmine and tuberose neroli, thanks to the brand’s new body butter that already has a sold-out waitlist! Packed with hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, omegas, and fatty acids, this hydration-enhancing whipped formula can be layered under a body oil for deliciously scented moisture all season long.
Hi Beautiful You Skin Perfecting Tint: $48
Grab ‘n’ go with this blurring, vitamin-rich formula, designed for post-moisturizer application and minimal coverage. A lightweight, filter-like layer is all you need for those bare-faced beach days ahead. This handy companion will provide just that with added skincare benefits and moisture-locking capabilities to boot!
With your skin on full display this season, HERE are eight body care products for every necessity.