Everything Is Illuminated:
Summer Beauty for a Natural Glow
Photographed by Hanna Tveite
Summer is the season of simplicity—of longer, brighter, and warmer days that unfold in moments to be savored rather than tasks to be accomplished. Prepare for the change of pace by refining your beauty routine to a handful of trusted products powered by naturally nourishing ingredients, from a beloved mascara rich in moisturizing macadamia oil to blotting papers endowed with the purifying properties of charcoal.
A summer glow begins in the shower. For skin that’s soft rather than slick, skip the lotion. Instead, seal in moisture with a layer of body oil. Colbert MD’s Illumino formula relies on a blend of essential oils—including soothing marula, vitamin E-rich argan, elasticity-boosting yangu, and healing borage seed oils—to soothe skin while adding a distinct gleam. To treat dryness, calm a sunburn, or fend off stretchmarks, reach for Susanne Kaufmann Supportive Arnica Oil, which combines the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of arnica extract with vitamin-rich plant oils.
Linda’s Rodin’s Olio Lusso (“luxury oil”) was born out of her desire to combine the effects of favorite essential oils into a single, ultra-hydrating formula that bestows an instant glow as well as the bewitching scent of jasmine and neroli. After developing her luxurious elixirs for the face and body, Rodin tapped hairstylist Bob Recine to create a hardworking blend of eight essential oils for tresses. The silky, unisex formula, which gets its zing from rosemary and juniper, absorbs quickly to revitalize dry, damaged, and stressed-out hair. Rich but not greasy, the luster-boosting oil leaves behind an invigorating scent but no residue. As with all Rodin products, a little goes a long way.
“Everything came when I needed it,” says Rodin of the natural progression of her product line. “I wanted a nice lip balm, because nothing worked for me. It all evolved into things that I selfishly wanted myself and couldn’t find.” Scented with the signature orangey-floral fragrance of her oils, Rodin’s lip balm is a moisturizing blend of jasmine, orange flower oil, shea butter, beeswax, and castor seed oil that leaves lips soft, supple, and with a hint of shimmer. The blush-colored balm comes packaged in a chic Lucite square that makes it easy to find in a handbag.
On summer days, glistening can easily turn to greasy. Dial down the shine with the help of purifying blotting papers that keep oil and perspiration in check. Each 3.5-inch square is embedded with fine charcoal powder made from bamboo grown in Kyoto. Use anytime to draw out impurities while refreshing your skin.