Top Ten Summer Beauty Products 2010
This post is inspired by a tag making the rounds on YouTube. Some have gone beyond just beauty products and into clothing and even gadgets, but for the sake of organization I’ll stick with my top ten summer beauty musts.
Over the past two years, I think I’ve just really learned to live in my skin comfortably—just sort of learning what works for me in terms of care and color. I’ve tried so many makeup moves and techniques since my first foray into full makeup 2 years ago and I’m that much closer to perfecting my beauty stance.
Moving into this summer, I had the nerve to look at my 32 year-young face and decide that I needed to step up my anti-wrinkle game. Trust me, I recognize the insanity now and I plead guilty by reason of stupidity. Seriously, this is when you know you’ve gone too far, but at the time I had convinced myself that I was doing my skin a favor with the prevention-is-better-than-cure-argument.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on your perspective the combination of stress, the heat of O-Town + Oil and yes, the aforementioned product junkie syndrome had my skin screaming a very profound WTH!
I got the message loud and clear.
I had been on a perfectly nice regimen and then just had to have something different. So I went back to basics, and I prayed my skin would forgive me sooner rather than later. It took some time, reading and research, but I had to learn the hard way that just because my acne-prone skin is under control, doesn’t mean that basically I’m not still acne-prone.
This was a revelation in more ways than one. And soon after, I stood in the Wal-Mart beauty aisle overwhelmed to the point where I just had to ask God to show me what to buy. And believe me when I say that my steady regimen for the past six weeks has been a Godsend. I am overjoyed with the state my face is in (I touch it all the time, and I make my husband touch it all the time) and more than pleased to share and endorse my Top Ten 2010 Summer Beauty Products:
1. With the summer sun wanting to have summer fun with my hyper-pigmentation and blemishes my #1 product has to be my sunscreen—and not just any sunscreen, but Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 30. Plus it comes highly recommended!
There are few words that describe a product that my hands can find without my eyes, especially under the early morning veil of sleepiness. I simply will not leave my house without this on my face and decolletage. It is an absolute must. I have tried any number of glorified sunscreens, but for this skin that I live in and its sometimish behavior I’m a devoted fan.
2. Neutrogena® Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Cream Cleanser has given me the best experience washing my face bar-none. (Pun intended). I love Dove. I loved thinking I was the girl who could wash my face with Dove and then be done. I was wrong. I am acne-prone and this product understands my skin on a deeper, deeper level. It also happens to be a pleasure. I literally stand in the shower or at the sink and just slow massage my trouble areas.
Neutrogena® Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-Clear Scrub: This product might seem like it should be numbered separately as opposed to being an ad-lib to the above cream cleanser, but you have to understand the history and how in a 24-hour period, these two products work together or not at all. I’ve been intending for a while now to make at least a consultant appointment with the esthetician at my dermatologist and then just putting it off. I never knew how even mild exfoliation could truly benefit the skin. When you are acne and blemish-prone you’re thinking of all the ways to not traumatize your skin. And I have used the almost obligatory St. Ives Apricot Scrub and Queen Helene’s Mask, but they can’t quite hold a candle to what this gem does. Literally the texture and feel of my skin has been transformed by my day and night regimen, that has now been reduced (for dryness sake) to an every other night regimen. I simply love the skin that this product continues to reveal.
3. Working in strong concert with Nuetrogena to most effectively eliminate ALL and ANY excessive oiliness throughout the day is Dr. Thrower’s Heritage Quick Drying Acne Treatment. This product was just hanging out in my medicine cabinet. I mean I knew I liked it, but I didn’t understand how I could love it. I went from using this product twice a day all over my face in the beginning, to pulling back to once at night, and now just as a spot treatment for my cheeks during the daytime, under my foundation. I can see myself eventually using this only at bedtime or just whenever anything rears an ugly head. I recommend this product to my oily girls who are also acne– and blemish-prone with absolute confidence.
4. Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion: This next one is so unassuming, practically a whisper in my life since it works alongside anything I could possibly incorporate into my regimen. It is easy to underestimate this product, and easier still to forget how good it is when faced with the newest promises on the market. But Cetaphil is perfection, and when I feel too dry because I am excited at those selfsame products working, and I think I can push it, it brings me back to center and the softness of baby skin.
5. mark Mist Opportunity Multi-tasking Refresher: I haven’t always known what to do with this product. The product states “if your skin needs a pick-me-up and your makeup needs a touch up then try this all-around skin revitalizer pumped with grapefruit, kiwi and lemongrass extracts that delivers a burst of antioxidant benefits to purify, rejuvenate and replenish skin” I’ve found that this product stands up to this claim statement. It is in Oprah’s word “Fab-U-Lous!” This mist is a summer staple in my bag that imparts dewiness in the morning, (whether I am applying foundation or not), refreshes my face throughout the day, but especially at the end of a long one.
6. MAC Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation Loose in Deep Dark and Deeper Dark: Up to this point skincare has dominated, but believe me when I say this product has become important in my beauty regimen. I bought it at my local CCO (Cosmetic Company Store) to replace my MAC Mineralized SkinFinish Natural, as it had hit pan (another first). It is not a substitute. It works differently as it provides a medium to full coverage; and on skin which has become a nice and accommodating canvas, it is definitely Tynisha-approved. I mean who knew that a mineral foundation could feel like a cream. The texture of this product is just beautiful. And I don’t tend to be the girl who wears the same brand of anything on an everyday basis. I like to mix it up generally. But there has literally been no other product these past six weeks. Six weeks folks! And with a spritz of my mist Opportunity, please believe that there’s goodness all around.
7. mark Good Glowing Custom Pick Powder Blush in Love Rush: In my opinion, mark blushes are winners, but for a summer flush, Love Rush with your favorite highlight is the business!
9. SKIN SO SOFT Mineral Gems Glamorous Gold Gelled Body Oil: This is a throwback wrapped in newness. I love it on freshly shaved legs, on my neck, shoulders and back. I feel like I’ve been inhaling it lately, but there’s no reapplication during the day and the product is not drying. It gives brown skin a kind of glow that is worth so much more than $7.00.
10. And last but certainly not least is Degree Natureeffects in Orange Flower + Cranberry: So nice and in an office where there are perfume allergies, the perfect touch of fragrance. I’m a sweaty girl and it stands the test of my work day. Can’t wait to try the Olive Leaf + Pink Pepper and Honeysuckle + Tea Tree Oil.
What’s one of your must have beauty products for summer 2010 or just because?