Our Top 5 Summer Face Sunscreen/Moisturizer Combos You Need in Your Life

As much as we love soaking up the glorious sun rays in the summer, it’s incredibly important to protect your skin. Here’s our top five picks for face moisturizers and sunscreens!

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 50 with Helioplex

This moisturizer is lightweight and is packed with SPF. It won’t make your skin greasy, and it’s super affordable!

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 35

Another Neutrogena product (What can we say? They make great stuff!). Although this one doesn’t have as much SPF as the first one, it will still keep your skin healthy and safe! It’s also oil free and affordable like the other product. 

Olay Complete Daily Defense All Day Moisturizer SPF 30 Sensitive Skin

As someone with sensitive skin, I can say that this product is a gift! The moisturizer is fragrance free and contains vitamin E and aloe to help soothe the skin. Also lightweight and non-greasy!

DERMALOGICA Clear Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer SPF 15

This moisturizer has a matte finish, which is a life saver in the summer! Even though it’s a matte finish the formula is super hydrating, so don’t worry about your skin drying out!

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Work It! Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer SPF 40

This moisturizer has a high SPF of 40 and it's water/sweat proof! Because it has a light tint, this product is perfect for the days where you don’t want to apply foundation but still want a little coverage without it feeling heavy. As an added bonus, it’s also hypoallergenic and gluten free!


The Skincare Bible

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We’ve all been there - one little pimple pops up, uninvited, right before you’re headed out. You try to cover it with layer upon layer of packed on powder and concealer and hastily wipe it off at the end of the night with a makeup wipe. The next morning, everything is even worse, and there’s no covering it now.

A spot treatment could come to the rescue, but the best way to deal with these unwelcome blemishes is by knowing exactly what to do to prevent them. And caring for your skin is more than just trying to zap every pimple that pops up; it’s also about learning what works for your skin type (and just figuring out what exactly your skin type is!) and cutting out any unnecessary products that are worsening whatever issue it is you’re dealing with, be it an oily t-zone, wrinkles, or dry winter skin. We’re here to break down every product and habit you should (or shouldn’t!) be incorporating into your skincare routine, so you can rock the glowy, fresh face trend confidently!

Pick your facial cleanser wisely!

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Choosing your cleanser is arguably the most central part of your skincare routine, especially if you typically wear a full face of makeup. Whatever your skin type, it’s important to pick the right kind of cleanser to get rid of any left over product that might clog up your pores. Picking a cleanser isn’t necessarily about finding one for morning and one for nighttime. Instead, it’s about finding what works for you. People who suffer from oily skin should opt for a foaming cleanser, but dry skin needs a little more moisture from something like a lotion or cream wash. No7’s Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser is an affordable option to use day and night if you’re dealing with oily skin you can’t seem to get under control!

If you’re struggling with dry, flakey skin, be careful that you aren’t over-exfoliating. It’s an essential part of the skincare process, but it’s too easy to go overboard and scrub away necessary oils, leaving you with dull looking skin. It’s recommended that you only exfoliate your face about 2-3 times a week. Using a natural product like Lush’s Ocean Salt is a great idea if you have sensitive skin but still need a gritty exfoliant, and the lime-infused vodka in it smells great and brightens!

Toner’s great - but only when it’s necessary!

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Toner is one of those skincare products you kind of ignored in high school because you weren’t really sure what it did, and as you grew up, more and more of your friends started using it, but without any real direction. Toner can be tricky, especially if you have dry skin, but it can also be really beneficial in brightening, balancing, and evening your skin tone. One of the most important parts of skincare that people seem to ignore is that you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing - there’s no rulebook that says you have to use a toner, but it could also be exactly what your skin is missing!

If you decide that you are looking to add a step to brighten your skin, a great drugstore toner is Pixi’s Glow Tonic. It’s perfect for adding a little extra glow to a fresh face, and there’s no alcohol in it that’ll dry you out, which makes it a great universal option for all skin types.

Don’t mistake serums for moisturizers!

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Serums can add a lot of moisture to your skin, but they’re actually quite different. Think of them as a supplement that provides a little extra help, while moisturizer is more of a regular, basic need. If your skin is on the oily side, seek out a serum with glycolic acid to incorporate every night. Don’t forget to add products on in order of their consistency, too - serum comes before moisturizer, not after!

If you’re not a serum kind of gal but still want to add a bonus step to your routine, test out some face masks every other night that target exactly what issues you’re looking to solve. Clay masks are great for oily skin because of how absorbent they are, but make sure to only put them where necessary (for instance, in only the T-zone if you have combination skin) or you can dry out your skin. Dr. Jart+ Shake & Shot Rubber Masks are perfect for targeting specific needs, like firming and brightening, and they add some fun and excitement to what can be a monotonous routine!

… And pick the right moisturizer for you.

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No matter the skin type, if there’s any one guideline that you should follow, it’s to make sure you have SPF in your moisturizer! SPF is necessary to protect your face against the sun, and using it daily drastically reduces the possibility of wrinkles. If you have dry skin, it’s a nice idea to grab a heavier weighted moisturizer for the nighttime (and a nice, hydrating eye cream), especially in the harsh winter months. But if you want to use the same product day and night, go for it - just make sure it’s around SPF 30!


Be mindful of your skincare habits!

Skincare isn’t solely about what products to use and when. It can be tempting to use a tanning bed so you get that bronzed glow fast, but the harsh reality is that they dry your skin out drastically and expose you to harmful rays that’ll lead to wrinkles. Try a self-tanner that moisturizes instead! A lot of habits actually link directly back to our skin, whether we realize it or not. Something as simple as drinking more water can lead to brighter, healthier looking skin - if your skin is looking thirsty, you should be too! Changing your diet and cutting out dairy and junk food can minimize breakouts, too. Just being mindful enough to go through your whole skincare routine instead of lazily choosing a makeup wipe can contribute to a beautiful, natural glow!

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Image Source: Herbivore Botanicals

Top 6 Winter Face Moisturizers


The harsh winter weather can do a number on your skin, which is why it's important to have a top notch moisturizer to keep your skin glowing all winter long! Whether your skin runs oily, dry, combination, or is super sensitive, it’s really important to ensure you’re taking proper steps to keep it moisturized and ready for all of your fun winter activities.


Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream

A lightweight gel-cream infused with soothing rosewater and nourishing rose flower oil that delivers intense 24-hour moisture for petal-soft skin. Paraben, sulfate, and phthalate free, this moisturizer smells amazing and penetrates deep with hydration. So good that it won a 2016 award for Best Moisturizer from Cosmo Beauty. Find it at Sephora for $40.


Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

A paraben-free moisturizer to help you combat dry skin. This face moisturizer can also be used on your neck to reduce fine lines and improve skin tone. You should always continue to apply your face moisturizer down your neck, but we love that they created a formula specifically meant to help that area too! Find it at Target for $27.50.


Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion

Do you tend to have oily skin and end up trying to avoid moisturizers? Well, this lightweight, moisturizing lotion helps visibly reduce excess oil on skin's surface, leaving a shine-free and balanced appearance. Paraben, fragrance and oil-free! Find it at Nordstrom for $27.50.


Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Hydration For Dry Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin and in need of a suitable winter moisturizer, look no further. With this moisturizer, skin appears radiantly healthy and replumped. Rich, creamy texture melts immediately into skin, leaving a velvety soft finish. Find it at Ulta for $31.


Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

A lightweight cream-gel that gives skin a moisture boost. This moisturizer penetrates your skin, enhancing natural hyaluronic acid, which is nature's perfect moisture magnet. For 24 satisfying hours, your skin is plumped, dewy and glowing. Fragrance and oil free! Find it at Nordstrom for $39.


Pond’s Dry Skin Cream

Our personal favorite, this simple and budget-friendly moisturizer works for whatever skin type you have -- including sensitive. It’s lightweight and ultra-hydrating, easily absorbed into the skin to lock in moisture. Find it at Target for $5.