Regardless of where you live, this summer has been a scorcher (and it's not even close to being over!).
And while these kinds of temps are great for sitting on a patio, they can destroy your skin, complexion and makeup -- if you bother wearing any when the humidex soars.
To help combat makeup melt and to ensure your skin stays safe this summer, we contacted the ladies behind GEE Beauty in Toronto (there's also a location in Bal Harbour, Florida).
Known by their clients to be one of the (if not the) best makeup and skincare studios in the city, GEE's owners and operators know a thing or two about what products work and don't work in this kind of weather. They're also among the first to know about the beauty treatments that are making waves around the world.
So who better to chat to about summer beauty tips than them?
Below are GEE Beauty's top 10 must-have-to-beat-the-heat beauty picks!
Dermalogica Active Moist
A lightweight, oil-free lotion for daily moisture protection that actively combats surface dehydration while smoothing the skin’s surface with botanical extracts. It contains no artificial fragrance or colour.
Dr. Sebagh Deep Exfoliating Mask
Although we want to keep our beauty routine light and fresh in the summer months, it's still important to exfoliate at least once a week (depending on your skin type). The combination of Azelaic and lactic acid in this mask exfoliates dead layers of skin for a faster cell turnover, in turn maintaining the effectiveness of any serums or creams in your regime. An excellent pre-party ritual, skin looks instantly lighter, brighter and smoother.
Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant
Perfect for men and women! Synthesized with refreshing natural eucalyptus extract and odour-neutralizing citronellyl for 24 hour effectiveness, this deodorant is appropriate for all skin types, especially sensitive. It's blended to absorb without residue, staining, irritation or pore-clogging, and it's fragrance is all-natural. A summer must-have!
Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray
A summer-essential -- it's in every Gee girls' bag. This anti-humidity finishing spray shields hair from frizz on the sultriest of days (and nights), protecting sleek blowouts and perfect curls alike.
Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Spray
An instant skin reviver, this innovative hyaluronic formula locks in moisture for 24 hours. Rose water and dragon's blood soothe sensitive skin while protecting against external aggressions. Vitamin B3 and zinc instantly brighten for a refreshed and even complexion. Skin is left deeply hydrated and firmer and pores appear more refined. A skincare essential, it's ideal for an instant energy boost, soothing in-flight refreshment or to set makeup.
SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel
Ideal for sensitive or problematic skin, this light oil-free gel contains botanical extracts with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties to help soothe and calm irritated skin (great for overexposure to the sun). Phyto Corrective Gel also contains natural alternatives to hydroquinone and other chemical skin lighteners to help diminish the appearance of brown spots and promote a clear, fresh-looking complexion.
SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50
No need for the thick, white, heavy-feeling sunscreens for everyday use. This groundbreaking, weightless sunscreen featuring colour-infused sunscreen technology provides a universal tint and boosts daily radiance. Offering the photoprotection of trusted broad-spectrum, physical filters, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and is enhanced by artemia salina -- a plankton extract that increases the skin’s defenses and resistance to UV rays and heat stress. The silky sheer fluid dries quickly and leaves no residue.
Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence
An essential summer product -- this is a light moisturizing spray which hydrates the skin against the elements, without clogging pores. A natural moisturizing factor found in the skin, Sodium Hyaluronate, acts as a humectant, drawing moisture into the skin improving its look. Witch Hazel helps improve the appearance of redness. White Willow extract helps control excess oil and is anti-inflammatory (ideal for overexposure to sun). This product is ideal when travelling because it minimizes dryness.
Intraceuticals Hydration Gel
This is a light-weight moisturizing gel which instantly hydrates, providing a reservoir of nutrients to the skin which visibly address the signs of aging. It's perfect to use in the hot summer months to keep skin nourished without excess heaviness. Skin feels fresh, dewy, supple -- the skin's appearance will be dramatically enhanced.