How To Get The Most Out Of Your Summer Beauty Products

Summer is as much a state of mind as it is a season (hello, rosé-all-day afternoons, throw-on-and-go dresses that scream "out of office," and spontaneous weekend trips with your BFFs). So just because the warm temps won't stick around all year doesn't mean you can't keep your relaxed mindset going — especially when it comes to your beauty routine.
Your summer beauty habits — like exfoliating all over to keep your I-just-got-back-from-Thailand glow going strong, using dry shampoo so you can go from barre to brunch with ease, and wearing energizing floral scents like Marc Jacobs Daisy — have their purpose long after the season ends. You may just have to tweak how you use your favorite products so that they fill different needs. To find out how — and to make the process virtually foolproof — we asked the beauty pros for the best ways to transition your beauty regimen from one season to the next. This way, the only thing you’ll have to say goodbye to come September is your extensive sandal collection.
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Use Dry Shampoo As A Styler

You probably know (and love) dry shampoo for its ability to absorb excess sweat and grease on your scalp after a day in the sun. But according to Nunzio Saviano, hairstylist and owner of Nunzio Saviano Salon in NYC, it’s not just for cleansing. “It can be a year-round staple to add texture,” he says. To get said texture and volume, he recommends spraying it through the lengths of your hair and quickly blasting it with a blowdryer to disperse it. This foamy dry shampoo not only cleanses and gives you that covetable volume, but it also makes your hair smell of tropical coconut and vanilla.

DryBar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam, $24, available at Dry Bar.
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Keep Up With Your Body Exfoliation

Bare legs and the occasional (very annoying) ingrown hair call for allover exfoliation in summer months. But your body benefits from exfoliating through the rest of the year, too. “Removing dead skin cells makes all of your products — especially moisturizers — absorb better and therefore work better, so you’re less likely to experience dry skin,” explains Neal Schultz, MD, a dermatologist in NYC and founder of “It’s a great way to prevent itchiness from dry skin in the winter.” Plus, if your goal is to keep up that summer glow, regular scrubbing will make your self-tanner application look more even and natural. Simply swipe these glycolic-acid-infused pads all over to gently slough off dead skin cells.

BeautyRx Advanced 10% Exfoliating Pads, $70, available at BeautyRx.
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Supplement Your Scent

There are no rules when it comes to when and where you can spritz your favorite fragrance — but weather can affect the scent according to Ashley Kessler, director of education at the Institute for Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles. “The additional heat and moisture in the summer make fragrances more vibrant and easier to smell,” she says. Without humidity, fresh floral notes may not be as intense as they are in the summer, which is why she recommends layering your signature summer scent over a body lotion in the same fragrance family — think florals over florals, citrus over citrus, etc. — to give it depth. (If you're not sure what notes are in your body lotion, you can opt for one from the same line as your fragrance.) Test this out with Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Toilette, a sparkling floral that pairs notes of violet and jasmine with a warm, comforting base of white woods — perfect for a summer-winter hybrid. The combo makes for a polished fragrance that suits every season.
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Invest In A Combination Product

You might not be staking out a spot on the beach every Saturday, but the sun still shines in the winter. Which is why Dr. Schultz recommends investing in a combo skin-care product, like this tinted moisturizer with SPF. “They're less effort, less money, and more convenient,” he says. “If you love the way your moisturizer with SPF feels — and it provides enough moisture for your skin — there’s no reason not to use it as your moisturizer year-round.” It takes the guesswork out of layering your skin-care products.

Origins GinZing SPF 40 Tinted Moisturizer, $38, available at Sephora.
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Adjust Your Bronzer Application

Unless you went to Tulum and have the Insta pics to prove it, no one will believe that you’re that sun-kissed. So instead of dusting on a bronzer wherever the sun hits your skin — as you would for an allover glow in the summertime — be strategic with your placement for the most natural effect. “In the fall and winter, use bronzer on your cheeks as more of a contouring product,” says celebrity makeup artist Mélanie Inglessis. This bronzer by Becca Cosmetics features a subtle (non-orange) hue that will lend some lit-from-within warmth.

Becca Cosmetics Sunlit Bronzer, $38, available at Sephora.
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Use A Salt Spray Post-Blowout

Tousled beach waves may seem a little out of place in the winter — but that doesn’t mean you have to retire your go-to sea-salt spray. “[Salt sprays] are typically added to damp hair, but they also work well with a blowout,” explains Saviano. He suggests spraying it on post-blowout to enhance texture and add hold. This new Rahua mist features pink sea salt and smells like vacation.

Rahua Enchanted Island Salt Spray, $32, available at Rahua.
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Tweak Your Foundation

Go on, play mad scientist with your makeup (you know you want to). If you tan easily in the sun — even with daily SPF application — your summer foundation is probably a couple of shades darker than one you'd use the rest of the year. The solution? Mix it up — literally. “Use your darker foundation as a liquid bronzer during the wintertime,” says Inglessis. Or mix a drop or two of moisturizer with your foundation to subtly lighten the shade. Bonus points if it also features brightening vitamin C to enhance your glow even more.

Fresh Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream, $42, available at Fresh.
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Turn Your Moisturizer Into A Face Mask

Dry air and wind in the cold-weather months sap the moisture from your skin, so your skin-care regimen might need a little upgrade. Instead of buying a heavier night cream come winter, give your existing, lighter moisturizer a little time to work its magic. Simply smooth on a thicker layer than you normally would and let it sink in for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, rub in any excess and leave it on overnight. Your time investment will pay off in the form of softer, more-hydrated skin — especially if you use a formula like Shiseido's new WASO Cream, which contains carrot cells to infuse skin with moisture. Plus, it goes on clear, so you won’t scare your roommate.

Shiseido WASO Clear Mega-Hydrating Cream, $38, available at Shiseido.