25 Editor-Approved Beauty Products For Summer

The best new serums, masks, moisturizers, mists, and more to help you navigate the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.
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Here at AEDIT, our motto is simple: Change of season, change of skincare — and hair care, and personal care, and makeup, and any other part of your beauty routine that could use an update. Summer sunshine and warmer weather is upon us, which means it’s time to consider what products are going to set you up for success from Fourth of July to Labor Day and beyond.

Whether you are looking for a fab faux glow (we found launches so good that everyone will assume you just got back from the beach), double down on your antioxidant protection (with both topical and ingestible beauty), revive sun-damaged strands, or strategically simplify (and sweat-proof) your makeup routine, the market is bursting with new serums, shampoos, moisturizers, mists, and more to help you navigate the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.

Keep reading for our editor-approved summer beauty picks – and, before you hit the beach or pool, be sure to check out our guide to the most innovative sunscreens of 2022!

Herbivore Moon Fruit Retinol Alternative Serum


There is some debate as to whether or not you should use retinol and retinoid products in the summer due to the increased sun exposure, but you may not want to give up the skin smoothing, clearing, and evening benefits of vitamin A derivatives. Enter this plant-based bakuchiol and peptide serum that is clinically proven to treat signs of aging and acne without the irritation or photosensitivity concerns. The lilac-hued formula is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types. $60, herbivorebotanicals.com

The Fox Tan Gradual Self-Tan Face Serum


Nothing beats a faux glow, and this super serum from the Aussie sunless tanning brand combines your self-tanning and skincare steps. Featuring a plant-based DHA and the brand's proprietary reduced smell technology, the ultra-lightweight formula gradually warms up the complexion while also providing an instant hydration boost thanks to hyaluronic acid, jojoba seed oil, and squalane. Apply to your face and neck two to five nights a week (after cleansing) until you reach your desired glow and then continue using it one to three times a week to maintain it. $20, us.thefoxtan.com

GOOPGLOW Everyday Glow Multivitamin


This vegan multivitamin is designed with your beauty and wellness regimen in mind. It features 17 essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and botanical extracts, including vitamin C and E for free radical protection, biotin, niacin, zinc, and selenium for hair, skin, and nail health, and ashwagandha root for stress management. There is no wrong time to start a supplement routine, but the antioxidant benefits of these capsules make them perfect for summer sun. $60 for 60 capsules, goop.com

Beia Refresh Wipes


With the summer heat bound to get temperatures rising, Beia’s new Refresh Wipes arrive just in time to keep us feeling fresh. Made with aloe vera, hyaluronic acid, green tea, and tea tree water, the portable wipes are odor-eliminating, pH balanced, and fragrance-free – making them safe for any and every area that may need them. $18, beiabeauty.com

Skincall by Brandefy 15% Vitamin C + E + Ferulic Acid Serum


The popular beauty comparison app’s in-house skincare line is formulated with high-performing, budget-conscious dupes in mind. Responding directly to user feedback, the latest addition to the lineup is this antioxidant-rich serum that is benchmarked against some of the most well-known vitamin C serums on the market. Layer it under sunscreen in the morning to protect against UV rays and other environmental aggressors. $49, skincallco.com

Lancôme Le 8 Hypnôse Mascara


Part serum, part mascara, this multipurpose lash enhancer made its debut on many famous faces – Ariana DeBose, Gabrielle Union, Winnie Harlow, and Sigourney Weaver (to name a few) – at the Met Gala in May and more than held up to fashion’s biggest night. Falsie- and lash extension-friendly, the jet black, zero-wax formula doesn’t smudge or flake and is loaded with conditioning shea butter and eight amino acids that sculpt and volumize for fluttery fringe both instantly and over time. $32, ulta.com

NassifMD Dermaceuticals Wrinkle Blur


Perfect for when you are in-between Botox and filler appointments, this plumping treatment from celebrity facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Paul Nassif, MD, offers both short- and long-term effects. Apply the silky, primer-like cream directly to wrinkles and folds and watch as hyaluronic acid and peptides immediately ‘fill’ them in. With continuous use, 10 percent ascorbic acid (read: vitamin C) works to firm and brighten the skin. $69, nassifmdskincare.com

Rose Inc Solar Radiance Cream Bronzer


Just in time for summer, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is here with the perfect product for faking the ultimate sun-kissed glow. Available in four flattering shades whose names induce peak wanderlust (Capri, Seychelles, Kauai, Parrot Cay), the cream-to-powder formula features tourmaline and quartz to blur pores and smooth texture, rose oil to nourish, plant-derived squalane to hydrate, and vitamins C and E for antioxidant protection. The result is a soft-focus radiance that will trick everyone into thinking you’ve just returned from a tropical vacay. $36, sephora.com

Irene Forte Skincare Pomegranate Hand Cream


What’s that they say about the hands revealing a woman’s age? This replenishing hand cream is formulated to plump and nourish dry, over-washed digits. Omega-rich olive, sunflower, avocado, and jojoba oils join forces with hyaluronic acid and a soothing complex of pro-vitamin B5, vitamin E, aloe leaf juice, and, yes, pomegranate to reinforce the skin barrier and preserve moisture levels. $70, ireneforteskincare.com

Selfless by Hyram Peptide Q10 & Ginger Daily Defense Antioxidant Serum


Antioxidant protection is a must all year round, but especially in the sunny summer months. This gel-like formula instantly absorbs into the skin and acts as an invisible shield that defends against environmental stressors, evens skin tone, and boosts radiance thanks to a cocktail of peptide Q10, ginger root extract, halorubin. The best part? Proceeds from the affordable tincture benefit the Rainforest Trust. $16, us.selflessbyhyram.com

INALA Reset Rinse


The latest edition to La La Anthony's hair care collection is this rice water-infused weekly treatment. The rinse marries the brand's vitamin- and amino acid-rich INALA Rice Water Complex with soothing aloe vera and exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids to effectively remove product buildup, clarify, and calm the scalp for noticeably softer, shinier, and stronger strands. Massage into the scalp and let sit for one to three minutes before shampooing and conditioning for an instant reset. $30, shopinala.com

Theraderm Flawless Neck Crème


Counteract the effects of tech neck with this potent moisturizer that features a blend of retinol and peptides to address skin laxity, crepiness, fine lines and wrinkles, and uneven skin tone concerns on the neck and décolleté. Developed by board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon James Beckman, MD, the cream is the perfect complement to any in-office treatments you may be considering for summer or fall. $96, theraderm.net

ByRoe Hibiscus Tea Glow Mist


The best way to revive sweaty summer skin or makeup? A refreshing face mist. This illuminating spritzer from the salad-inspired beauty brand is infused with hydrating hibiscus flower, collagen-boosting calendula retinol, and clarifying raspberry seed oil. In clinical testing, the multitasker reduced skin redness in just one minute’s time. $63, byroe.com

Dermadoctor Calm Cool + Corrected Moisture Recovery Hyaluronic Acid Serum


If you are looking for a lightweight moisturizer to replace heavier face creams as the temperatures rise, look no further than this hydrating formula. Designed with sensitive and eczema-prone skin in mind, the oil-free serum moisturizer features hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, queen of the night cactus, blue agave, prickly pear, and dragon fruit to draw and lock moisture into the skin while also soothing irritation and improving barrier function. $48, dermadoctor.com

Sand & Sky Oil Control Clearing Face Mask


Summer breakouts don't stand a chance against this clarifying – but not drying – clay mask. Exfoliating salicylic acid, Australian clay, and Australian finger lime (a natural alpha hydroxy acid) unclog pores and remove excess sebum, while anti-inflammatory old man's weed, Tasmanian pepperberry, niacinamide, and prebiotics calm and soothe the complexion. Apply an even layer for five to 10 minutes, two to three times a week and rinse to reveal brighter, mattified, and, over time, clearer skin. $35, sandandsky.com

Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Collagen Hydra-Gel Face & Eye Patches


You might have a favorite eye mask and a favorite sheet mask, but what if you could target specific areas of concern with one product? Enter these dual-sized gel patches from the brand's TikTok-famous FirmX Collection. Packed with — count 'em — seven forms of collagen and collagen-boosting ingredients (plus, peptides, hyaluronic acid, squalane, and more), the customizable face and eye masks smooth fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet and improve skin firmness and elasticity. $65 for 90 patches, sephora.com

Deck Of Scarlet Over-Arching Brow Kit


It’s no secret that we’re big brow fans (here’s proof) and are always on the lookout for the next innovation in the game. Enter: The Deck Of Scarlet Over-Arching Brow Kit. With a setting balm, shaping powder, pencil, and multi-tasking brush, this easy-to-use kit has everything you need to create the feathered look from home. $38, deckofscarlet.com

Revitalash Cosmetics Micellar Water Lash Wash


Eye makeup is fun to apply and wear, but has never been enjoyable to take it off – until now. This residue-free gentle cleanser is specifically created for the entire eye area (i.e. lids, lashes, and brows). Micellar water removes makeup, skincare, and the like without irritating the delicate skin in the region or the eyes themselves. Safe for use with lash extensions, the oil-free formula also acts as a prep step, readying the lashes and brows for the brand’s beloved RevitaLash Advanced and RevitaBrow Advanced conditioning serums. $32, revitalash.com

Oui The People Full Disclosure Cream Body Polish


Show off some luminous limbs all summer long with this multimodal scrub that sloughs away dead skin cells while moisturizing. Bamboo powder and lactic acid act as gentle yet effective physical and chemical exfoliants to polish the surface of the skin and clear pores for more even tone and texture. They are joined by anti-inflammatory squalene and black pepper seed oil to further nourish and clarify. $48, ouithepeople.com

Andalou Naturals Deep Hydration Nourishing Cleansing Balm


Melt the day away without stripping the skin with this waterless formulation that can be used alone or as the first step of a double cleanse. Massage the rich balm into the face for 30 to 60 seconds (or more!) to take full advantage of the clarifying and moisturizing benefits that come courtesy of a blend of butters, oils, botanicals, hyaluronic acid, and bio-designed collagen. $16, wholefoodsmarket.com

Lilac St. Deluxe Starter Kit


Whether you are a falsie pro or exploring faux fringe for the first time, this travel-inspired collection has everything you need to create the perfect lash look. The customizable kit allows you to choose your three favorite sets (for a total of 30 clusters) and clear or black glue, in addition to coming packed with the brand’s Primer, Crystal Coat, Ciao for Now Lash Remover, Travel Case, and Applicator – like we said, it has it all. $65, lilacst.com

Vida Glow Anti-G-Ox


The Sydney, Australia-based ingestible beauty brand that made its mark with its global bestselling Natural Marine Collagen is here with an antioxidant-packed powder that defends against inflammation, advanced glycation end products (AGEs), and oxidative stress (i.e. three causes of premature aging) at a cellular level. The result is healthier skin from the inside-out. Mix the single-dose sachet into water or pour directly onto your tongue — the berry flavor is reminiscent of Pixy Stix. $55 for 30 sachets, revolve.com

Sonage Jolie Contour Body Cream


Inspired by in-office body treatments (need we say more?), this body contouring cream aims to provide a firmer feel to the skin when a visit to a medspa is out of the question. Boosted by caffeine to provide that stimulation and address cellulite concerns, the smooth as silk cream utilizes shea butter for a soft finish. $60, sonage.com

Wunderbrow Volume Mascara


We love a multifunctional product, and, when it comes to our lashes a volumizing mascara that also helps the lashes grow is a must-have. Without any lumping or clumping, the WunderWand provides a perfectly fanned out look with all day wear. $24, wunderbrow.com

Aveeno Plant Protein Blend Shampoo & Conditioner


If you are finding that the current state of your ‘do is a little more don’t, then there’s a good chance it has some summer-induced hair damage at the hands of UV rays, chlorine, and salt water. These fortifying formulas are packed with soothing oat, reparative plant protein, shine-inducing vegan keratin, and strengthening chia seed to nourish a dry scalp and return softness to parched strands. from $7, target.com

All products featured are independently selected by our editors, however, AEDIT may receive a commission on items purchased through our links.

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