Summer Survival Guide: 10 Essential Beauty Buys From Your D.C. Editor

UPDATE: Summer is slowly drawing to a close, which means your daily beauty routine might need a little boost. These must-have products will freshen up your regimen and keep you looking gorgeous til fall. This story was originally published on May 28, 2012.
Confession time: As much as we love slathering on new lotions and spritzing on just-released potions, when it's really hot out, we become die-hard beauty minimalists. That means we edit our routine down to only the most essential, can't-live-without-'em products — because who wants to spend a moment more than you absolutely have to, getting ready in a non-air-conditioned bathroom?
When it comes to our desert-island selections, there are a few no-brainer choices: a great sunscreen, a gentle body scrub, a juicy lip hue. But among these editor-approved buys are also a few remedies for summer's trickiest conundrums — sunburns, shaving bumps, and dry lips, to name a few. Consider this your survival kit for the heat wave headed our way, and click through to get gorgeous—without breaking a sweat.
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"An SPF booster lets you use your favorite face cream, foundation, or tinted moisturizer year-round, because you can raise the level of sun protection with just a few drops. I swear by this Dermalogica option, which I use to ramp up my tinted moisturizer in the summer."

Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50, $48, available at Dermalogica.
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"A gentle body scrub is essential for successful self-tanning and bump-free shaving. I like that L'Occitane's version doesn't feel gritty, but still gets the job done."

L'Occitane Almond Shower Scrub, $165, available at Nordstrom.
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"Sticky, heavy sunscreen makes me feel even hotter on a summer day. Clarins makes a great lightweight spray that leaves behind a subtle sheen, which makes your legs look sleek and gorgeous."

Clarins Sunscreen Care Milk-Lotion Spray SPF 50+, $32, available at Clarins.
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"On a day when lipstick feels a little too heavy, I use this ultra-light, sheer formula to add a pop of bright coral without any extra effort."

Jouer SPF 15 Lip Sheer in St. Barths, $22, available at Jouer.
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"I've been testing sunless tanners professionally for the past seven years, and this is my hands-down favorite. It's not stinky (it actually smells good) and it doesn't turn you orange. Instead, it creates a subtle, natural-looking glow that builds over time. Perfection!"

Perricone MD No Sun Tanner, $69, available at Sephora.
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"A trusty waterproof mascara is a summer must-have — seriously, raccoon eyes are not cute (except on raccoons, obvi). I like Maybelline's version, with its sculpted brush and long-wearing formula."

Maybelline Define-A-Lash Volume Mascara, $8.25, available at Maybelline.
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"As much as I try to avoid it, I inevitably get one minor sunburn during every summer — usually in an awkward place, like the back of my neck. I keep a bottle of aloe gel in the fridge just for those occasions."

Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Cooling Gel, $7.99, available at
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"Keeping your lips hydrated is essential to helping them look full and kissable. Ole Henriksen's lip salvation is aptly named; slick it on before adding a gloss or balm with SPF."

Ole Henriksen, African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation, $15, available at Ole Henriksen.
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"Shaving more frequently in the summer raises the probability of getting ingrown hairs and bumps, but my secret weapon is the Philosophy's mini peel pad. I rub one over my legs after shaving, and the high-powered exfoliants zap any potential bumps before they form. They're also ideal for combatting forehead breakouts from sweating in the heat."

Philosophy The Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads, $35, available at Philosophy.
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"As a Florida girl, NO-AD sunscreens have been a tried-and-true staple in my beach bag since I was a kid. I love the no-frills approach, the gazillion varieties, and the fact that it's cheap enough that I can start with a fresh bottle every summer."

NO-AD Sunblock Lotion, SPF 60, $8.99, available at

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