Perfect summer look
Key products to protect glowing complexion under sun
By Rachel Lee
The mercury is rising, and new cosmetic collections are popping up in stores to tempt consumers with a plethora of skin enhancing products. To lessen the agony of having to find the right summer products, here is a glimpse of the season’s latest and old classics.
Whatever the weather, it is important to protect the skin from harmful UVA and UVB light that can cause premature aging. There are many multi-taskers that doubles as makeup, moisturizers and anti-aging elements.
Brightening UV Defense SPF 30 by SkinCeuticals
This moisturizing sunscreen (55,000 won) can be used daily to even out and brighten skin tone. The long-lasting cream is absorbed easily by the skin without any white residue. It can be used under make-up and is suitable for all skin types since it is formulated for sensitive skin.
Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 by Kiehl’s
This daily, ultra light formula (46,000 won) is one of the classics. It’s fragrance-, color-, oil- and PABA-free (PABA stands for para-aminobenzoic acid, a naturally occurring substance used in some sunblock products that can cause an allergic response).
The moisturizing product provides protection against UVA and UVB broad-spectrum and helps stop the appearance of dark spots, freckles, wrinkles and skin darkening. The texture feels more like a lotion than a cream and it does not appear greasy on the face while giving a matte finish with excellent absorption.
Ultra Sheer Wet Skin Sunblock Body Mist SPF 50 by Neutrogena
Neutrogena’s new spray-on sunblock (estimated at 21,300 won) has landed in Korea. This can be used on wet skin, making it perfect for the beach, pool and while playing water sports. The oil-free product smells mild and fresh and is easy to spray. There is no need to massage it in as it dries quickly without any white smears or dripping off. The sunblock is also recommended to those who are allergic to some sun screens for its portability.
Mr. Oh!! Moisturizing Balm SPF 30 by banila.co
With argan oil ― known as liquid gold in Morocco and rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin C ― banila.co’s multi-tasker (25,000 won) offers protection against pollution and other stressful environments. It can be used as part of a daily routine, after toner and essence, and applied as often as needed. The delicate and sweet fragrance lingers on the skin.
Polish bright summer glow
Sun-kissed, radiant skin is at the top of everyone’s wish list as summer comes around. Here is a roundup of products to highlight naturally glowing skin and for those who want to turn to the bottle to fake it.
Sun Beam by Benefit
This is Benefit’s latest highlighting product (35,000 won) in the beam series ― including High Beam and Moon Beam. Dot and blend over makeup on the cheek, nose, brow bones to bring out a complexion with a luminous sheen. It is a tinted version of High Beam but pure gold instead of an orange hue, which might look slightly unnatural. It is also suitable for those with pale skin.
Cabana Glama by Benefit
Benefit released an ultimate faux tanning makeup kit today. The collection (55,000 won) includes mini-sized products ― hoola bronzing powder; foundation faker; posietint; eyeshadow palette; double-ended sponge applicator; mini cheek brush; and step-by-step lessons with tips and tricks. The kit offers a lot of products for the price of a full-sized one.
Bronzing Powder Laguna by NARS
This product (49,000 won) has a cult following. With its subtle golden shimmer, it creates contours for the entire face and the natural look of tanned skin. What distinguishes it is the texture ― it goes on smoothly without leaving streaks on the face. The powder has no reddish tones, so the face won’t turn out orangey. This bronzer is particularly good for fair-skin so people with tanned or darker skin won’t see a big change. Nevertheless, it is a good quality powder that can last about a year.
Pivoine Delicate Shimmering Powder by L’Occitane
Used on the decolletage and legs, the illuminating powder (50,000 won) gives skin the radiance needed especially for this time of year. It also makes the skin feel soft with a rose scent. The powder can also be used on hair, leaving it with a whiff of feminine accents. One or two puffs are enough for a visible shimmer.
Celebrate Lip Tint by Lush
This fizzing champagne lip tint (14,500 won) is ideal for quick makeup touch ups on the go. The tint is made of almond oil and organic jojoba oil. This product is a subtle frosty pink, which makes the face look less washed out while not looking too overpowering. It smells nice and delicious. However, moisturize the lips before using it as it can be quite drying if used too often. “Celebrate” can be used to achieve a more minimal look this summer.