The Best Beauty Swaps For Summer 2021

Change up your beauty routine this summer.

Just like we change our clothing for each new season, the same should be done for our beauty and skincare, so our Beauty Expert Shobana Lakkavally shows us some products swaps we can make for summer.

Swap a hair straightener for a hair STEAMER

The L’Oreal Professionnel Steampod 3.0 is the OMG product of the year. It uses steam and heat to straighten hair, reducing damage and frizz. It works by filling up the tank with distilled water, only use is on dry hair. The steamer also can curl your hair and work on all hair types! Where was this in high school when we were straightening our hair with a clothing iron?

Shobana’s Tip: To maintain the health of your hair, detangle each section before styling and apply heat to the ends for the least amount of time. They are the oldest parts of our hair and the most fragile.

Swap in clean skincare that is recycle ready

Serums are a go-to for the most impact but a lighter, less greasy feel. One we recommend is the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum – which hydrates and brightens and decreases dark spots enhanced by the sun. The Vinoperfect line is the latest in Caudalie’s mission to go zero waste by 2022.  If your skin is dry, make sure to apply moisturizer along with your sunscreen, if it isn’t you may be able to skip it this summer! Skincare is not a one size fits all.

Shobana’s Tip: Interested in clean products? Sephora Clean list includes products void of 50+ questionable ingredients. The Detox Market also has a curated selection.

Swap out creams for liquids and balms

Light liquid layers can have a skin-like feel. Selena Gomez’s blushes, from Rare Beauty, are lightweight and water resistant, vegan and cruelty free.

Shobana’s Tip: Use your fingers to apply cream and liquid blushes. The warmth of your skin will help them melt into your skin. Cleansing your hands prior to application is a must!

Foundations with skincare properties look like skin and feel like skin. A cult fave is the L’Oréal True Match Foundation which infuses hyaluronic acid which is great for hydration. This foundation is affordable and comes in 45 different shades.

Shobana’s tip: After applying blush, I like to go over it with my foundation brush to blend it in. Because there is still some of your foundation color on your brush, you are mixing the blush with your skin color creating a custom color.

Swap your disposable press-ons for reusable, curated nail art

Toronto’s iconic Nail Salon, Tips has created beautiful customized press-ons. Using your measurements, they create custom, press-on nails. You can opt for nail art, or just keep it simple. Prices for sets start at $60.00.

Swap out over-processed skin care

There is a lot of skin-over processing happening. If you don’t know where to begin, we recommend a gentle exfoliating serum a few times a week. Serums that have lactic acid, which is gentle but also has hydrating properties, are great like the Drunk Elephant Protini Powerpeptide Resurfacing Serum.