5 Skincare Products That Will Make Your Summer Glow
Summer’s dry weather can leave the eye area parched, exaggerating fine lines and under-eye circles. Try Arcona’s Eye Dew Plus, an illuminating serum that incorporates retinol, ceramides and vitamin C to firm, hydrate and brighten. It gives new meaning to bright eyed and bushy tailed. Available at International Orange (Marin Country Mart, Larkspur) or www.arcona.com, $95.
Sun exposure can lead to uneven skin tone and unwanted dark spots (read: skin damage) — fight them in real time with Biossance’s Squalane + Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum. The gentle formula uses shiitake mushroom and an impressive 10 percent vitamin C to fade dark spots and give results you can see instantly. Available at Sephora (Town Center Corte Madera) and www.biossance.com, $62.
Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular CC Cream is a nontoxic summer staple given its ability to even out skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines and give skin that makeup-free glow we all crave. Add in reef-safe mineral zinc SPF 30 and a healthy dose of antioxidants and you just can’t go wrong. Available at Pharmaca (230 E. Blithedale Avenue, Mill Valley) and www.juicebeauty.com, $39.
If you haven’t tried gua sha on your body yet, you are missing out. Use the Aura Stone and soothing Aura Oil to release pent-up tension and smooth connective tissue (i.e. reduce the appearance of cellulite). Check out the brand’s Instagram for technique tutorials and prepare to be hooked. Available at Credo (360 Pine Street, San Francisco) and www.wildling.com; Aura Stone, $65; Aura Oil, $59.
Sausalito-based Botnia is our latest obsession, and the Soothing Repair Mask is at the top of our summer wish list. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and saccharides, this mask deeply hydrates and plumps the skin and is also great for any sort of sun damage including burns, peeling and irritation. It can also be used as an overnight mask. Available at www.botniaskincare.com, $42.