Summer is winding down. (Sob!) And as it does, your skin’s probably in need of a little extra loving, what with all the sun, saltwater, and sangrias you may have enjoyed. (We’re right there with you.)
So our editors’ top picks for August are all about protecting skin while the sun’s still blazing (think, a light SPF with argan oil), and making sure it’s clean, calm, and ready for a new season—with the help of gentle cleansers, clarifying masks, and botanical-packed moisturizers.
Here are the handpicked products we’re totally loving for that tricky transition from high-summer to early fall. Missed last month’s beauty faves? See them all here. —Annie Atkinson
This innovative non-nano-zinc sunscreen doubles as a nourishing moisturizer, thanks to the addition of argan oil, which also keeps it feeling light. Plus, you can’t beat it when it comes to ease—just spray and go—and it’s perfection for those final end-of-summer beach bootcamps, providing 80 minutes of water (and sweat!) resistance. It leaves skin soft, and not in the least bit sticky, and doesn’t cost a (suntanned) arm and a leg.
Get ready to make space on your top shelf for this lightweight, deliciously-scented body oil. Kypris, which has gotten lots of praise for its uber hydrating prickly pear Beauty Elixirs, recently branched out with this antioxidant-rich body moisturizer. Infused with 12 natural botanicals—including prickly pear, sunflower, and moringa oils—it targets dryness, stressed skin, and redness. Basically, exactly what you need right now.
Think of this oil-free tinted moisturizer as an all-in-one skincare treatment that covers imperfections, evens your complexion, and can help reduce dark spots. The presence of viniferin—extracted from grapevines (since Caudalie is all things grape)—helps combat acne and reduce late summer redness, which means this moisturizer doesn’t just camouflage imperfections; it helps prevent them.
It’s no surprise that the go-to UK-based organic skin-care brand created this delicious, soothing cream that leaves you smelling like you just walked through an English rose garden. It features soothing calendula (AKA marigold) and precious rose oil, both of which help restore skin’s vitality. Bonus: slather it on before bed, and your sheets smell will amazing.
Don’t worry about remembering the full name of this Australian-made mask, just know it’s got olive extract (which tones and firms skin), babassu (an oil extracted from an Amazonian tree that boosts hydration), geranium oil (which minimizes pores), and camellia oil (which helps protect against UV damage). Plus, if your late-summer-skin is really in need of some TLC, it can pull double duty as a moisturizer.
This fabulous face wash goes on like a gel and transforms to a delicate milk-like consistency with water, washing away stubborn face and eye makeup. It’s formulated with passion fruit seed oil, pomegranate seed oil, and cranberry seed oil—all powerful antioxidants that help defend against free radicals, so it’s not only a great way to cleanse skin, but also prep it for the day ahead.
Tomatoes and charcoal might seem like an odd duo, but they make a powerful acne-fighting team. Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene, which helps clear excess oil, while charcoal digs deep to latch onto impurities in your skin and flush ’em right out. Plus, this wallet-friendly mask has aloe, watermelon, pumpkin, and chamomile extracts to calm inflamed skin.