Stripping Down for Summer: 6 Must-Have Beauty Buys

by April Stamm

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday June 10, 2016

As we pull off our coats and scarves after another endless winter to feel the glow of that mysterious fireball in the sky, it's the perfect time to take a fresh look at our skincare regime. These beauty picks beg us to slough off dry winter skin, banish the eye bags, and brighten and highlight all that the golden rays hit.

Neal's Yard Remedies Organic: Wild Rose Beauty Balm

Talk about a multi-tasker, Wild Rose Beauty Balm can soften and brighten literally everything from your forehead to your feet. Packed with botanicals, this organic balm is a one-stop shop. Use it as a exfoliator, facial masque, lip balm, and even a heel and elbow softener, all while smelling of a luscious summer garden.

Even the packaging, designed by British artist Alice Shields, will put you in mind of a romp through a field a summer spray. Its certification from the Soil Association and clean formula including no EDTA, mineral oils or parabens can make you feel sunny about using it.

$70/1.76 oz

Kiehl's Since 1851: Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque and Cilantro and Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque
From their line of nature-powered masks, Kiehl's Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque and Cilantro and Orange Extract Pollutant Defending masques are two yummy ways to get your skin glowing. (Just don't be tempted to eat it!) The turmeric and cranberry seed formula richly moisturizes while the cranberry seeds do double duty - as antioxidant and exfoliator.

As bright and refreshing as the name would suggest, the Cilantro and Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque builds your skin's resistance to environmental aggressors while restoring damage already done.

$32/2.5 fl oz

Frownies: Eye Gels
Who wants to start summer looking exhausted? Enter Frownies Eye Gels: the reusable gel patches work with the power of cactus collagen, bear berry, vitamins C, E and B3 to reduce creping and dark circles.

A quick 30-minute treatment at night will keep you looking well rested and ready for the summer fun.

$12/single set

Tatcha: Polished Rice Enzyme Powder
Nothing looks better in the summer sun than fresh, polished skin, and Tatcha's rice enzyme powders use the power of Hadasei-3 Bioactive complex - a proprietary anti-aging blend of extracts of Japanese rice bran, Okinawa red algae, and greet tea complete DNA (14 times more potent than tradition green tea extracts) - to do just that.

This light powder comes in three varieties (gentle, classic and deep) and quickly emulsifies with a little water to create a light, non-abrasive foam that buffs away debris leaving skin supple.

$65/2.1 oz

Ilia: Illuminator Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Now that your skin is bright and exfoliated and your eye bags banished, it's time to accentuate the positive. Ilia's line of illuminators gives you a glow where you need it most.

The pearlescent and multi-purpose shade, Polka Dots & Moonbeams, works well on your cheekbones, brow bones, inner corner of your eyes, bridge of your nose or even the pout of your lower lip. This simple, colorless shade is lightweight and adds just a touch of subtle glow and dewiness right where the summer sun will kiss your face.

$34/.176 oz

Peeks Cosmetics: Lip Glosses and High Pigment Shadows
Just because it's summer doesn't mean you have to go nude all the time, sometimes even in the dog days, you want a little pop of color. Peeks Cosmetics' line of bold lip glosses and high focused pigment shadows give you a punch without making you look overdone. The glosses come in 11 long lasting shades from Ice Sickles (clear) to Nibble (dark plum) with lots of pretty pinks and reds in between, all enriched with vitamins A, C and E.

The shadows, all loose powders, can be applied with a light hand for daywear or heavier for a bold look for those hot summer nights. Shades range from trendy yellows and dark greens to classic pale pinks and smoky greys with 19 colors in all.

$12/.37 oz (lip glosses); $12.50/.11 oz (shadows)

April Stamm is a lifestyle and food writer and chef based in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY.