Dr. Bronners Peppermint Pure Castille Liquid Soap
32 oz bottle is about $16 and can be found at houseofbeautyworld.com
Coconut Oil is great for the skin! It's one of the few oils that penetrate and moisturize the skin. I use it to boost my lotions. I mix a few drops with a couple of squirts of lotion and then apply to my skin to make my skin silky smooth. I also apply some coconut oil to my hands and feet at night to keep my cuticles and heels moist all day. I find my coconut oil at my local grocery store for under $10.
Since I don't like wearing a lot of make-up when it's hot, applying false eyelashes is my way of enhancing my eyes and face without wearing a lot of product on my face. My favorite lashes are the Ardell Fashion Lashes in the 53 or 131 size. My natural eyelashes are pretty short, so I just want to extend my lashes a little, not look like I have fans on my eyes! For $3-5 per pair, it's a great way to brighten up my face.
For most areas on my body, I prefer depilatory creams over waxing. I experience less irritation and fewer hair bumps. I like the Surgi Cream Hair Remover for my face, and Nair for my underarms and bikini area.
I shouldn't have to stress how important sunscreen is, but maybe I do. Many black people think we don't need sunscreen, but WE DO! Sunscreen is a non-negotiable item for me at the beach because I burn easily, but it's also important to wear it every day. It's amazing how much exposure we have to the sun by just riding in a car. I make sure I wear at least a 30 SPF, and I reapply often. I also make sure to buy new sunscreen every summer so that I know it's still effective.
Queen Helene Aloe Vera Natural Facial Scrub
This gentle facial scrub is perfect in the summer. I use this scrub to exfoliate and to soothe my skin after being in the sun all day. I find that I get less skin peeling when I use this.
You can find it here for less than $4.
I was lucky enough to get a good tan at the beginning of the summer. I love being tanned, but that usually means that powders and foundations and blushes don't look the same on me as they do when I'm not tanned. I love using bronzers to give my tanned face and neck an extra glow. One of my favorites is the Milani Baked Bronzer for about $8. I apply it with a powder brush on my face and neck, highlighting my cheeks and forehead. Bling!
Lips don't get as dry in the summer, but I still need a good lip balm to keep my lips moist and kissable. I use a lot of different lip balms, but my favorite these past few months has been the Eos Lip Balm in Summer Fruit. It's 95% organic, and petrolatum and paraben free. It costs about $3 and can be found in drug stores.