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By Christina Hayes
Hello there, Summer! This year it seemed like winter would not let up. We skipped the whole season of Spring and now the six-pack & maxi dress season is upon us.
Before you go and hit the beaches for summer vacation, explore this list of beauty products that you absolutely must have in your beauty bag. Some of these brands are black-owned and some are epic products that will give our melanin a long-lasting glow.
Olay Luminous Protecting & Brightening Lotion SPF 30
It’s very important to apply sun protection first! This sunscreen compliments people of color nicely and is perfect for all ages. A quarter-sized amount is enough to apply to your face, neck, and ears for protection. This sunscreen does not dry chalky-white, like many others, and leaves a luminous glow to the skin. SPF 30 is the absolute lowest SPF for daily face protection and SPF 50 is a good choice for long beach days.
24K Mango and Aloe Rich Whip
This rich body crème has a luxurious spread and keeps your skin soft all day, even in the hottest temperatures. Based in Louisiana, this product is handmade by a licensed esthetician and crafted using the finest ingredients, such as mango butter and aloe whipped to perfection. Along with being vegan friendly, this crème also has a soft scent that is fitting for men and women.
Scrub My Life Body Scrub
This scrub is what you need to get your skin ready for the beach. It contains brown sugar and coconut oil to help moisturize your skin post-shower; plus, it smells like a delicious, homemade sugar cookie. This is one product that helps get rid of all the dead skin from winter and is sure to get even the toughest man’s skin buttery smooth.
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Facials and massages are necessary all year but especially during the long summer months. After all the time in the sun and the kids being out of school, a trip to see an esthetician or massage therapist will do you some good. While facials can help to calm the skin after being out in the sun, massages can help to relieve stress & stretch your muscles after showing them off at the pool all day. Trust me, you can use 60-90 minutes of relaxation, peace and quiet.
Classic Lips – MAC Aaliyah Collection
This is not a test! The Aaliyah Signature Collection is long overdue and will be on the shelves in June, according to M.A.C.’s Instagram account. This push came after a petition was signed by over 29,000 people and endorsed by her family and colleagues. Along with a pallet of nine, beautiful eyeshadow shades, this release also comes with a nude lipglass and nude and red lipstick. They are doing our girl right with this one; and the fact that it comes with two, classic lipstick shades that every makeup bag need is a win. I’m here for it.