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Your Summer Beauty Equation: Less Makeup, More You

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The natural look—with little to no makeup—is perfect for summer, when less is more. Sheer skin care and newer tinted sunscreens pair beautifully with your lighter wardrobe, beating out heavy foundations and cakey powders that can wilt in heat and humidity.

Look to these more advanced formulations to deliver many of the same cosmetic results as makeup, including reducing redness and minimizing the look of wrinkles, while offering top-notch protection for your skin. As a bonus, herbal extracts, antioxidants, and other powerful ingredients can bless you with long-term benefits to extend that sun-kissed glow.

If you’re addicted to your concealer, try Alastin Restorative Eye Treatment to even out your skin tone. This ultra-hydrating formula, when used twice per day, improves skin texture while reducing puffiness. Tri-Hex technology also helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and dark circles around the delicate eye area.

Maybe you like the way foundation evens out your skin tone. If so, consider adding a blend with retinol, such as ZO Skin Health Daily Power Defense. This advanced serum harnesses the power of enzymes to speed up your skin’s natural healing responses, while peptides help your skin look firmer. Retinol balances out your skin tone, while Ceramide 6 restores your skin’s natural protection.

For a stronger retinol kick to brighten any darker areas or combat other skin irregularities, choose ZO Retinol Skin Brightener .25%. Soy isoflavones, glucosamine and Vitamins C and E nourish your skin and help defend against environmental stressors.

If retinol is too strong for your sensitive skin, choose a product such as ZO Brightalive, a skin-brightening complex that reduces dark spots and blocks the production of new pigmentation. This hydrating blend uses papain enzymes for exfoliation, glycerin to restore moisture balance and a blend of herbal extracts to soothe irritated skin.

Don’t forget the delicate skin of your neck and décolleté, which can get too much sun when you are wearing sheer summer clothing. Alastin Restorative Neck Complex helps reduce the appearance of redness and sun damage. This blend of peptides and antioxidants boosts your natural ability to create new collagen and elastin, working to tighten and tone skin on your neck. The super-hydrating formula also minimizes wrinkles and fine lines.

Even if you’re an all-bare-don’t-care kind of person, your summer routine should always include a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen. You can even skip the foundation when you choose one of the newer sheer sunscreens with universal tint, such as ZO Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF 50. This fast-drying sunscreen is perfect for busy mornings, with its sheer matte finish. And it’s both water and perspiration resistant, making it a top choice for use before outdoor activities. Twelve-hour time-release antioxidants help guard against environmental damage. Sunflower seed oil, rosemary leaf and other extracts help repair lipids and damaged DNA. Natural melanin helps shield skin from HEV, the high-energy visible light emitted by smartphones and computer screens. As a bonus, japonicas root extracts help reduce redness, a common problem in the warmer days of summer

One great lightweight choice for even the most sensitive skin is Alastin HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 36. This antioxidant-rich formula is environmentally safe (great for surfing or swimming near fragile reef systems), and it shields your skin from both UVA and UVB rays with a moisturizing, all-physical barrier. Like your favorite foundation, it has an attractive tint that will conceal everything from large pores to dark circles and a matte finish that works well alone or under other cosmetics.

Still, prefer to add a layer of foundation? You’ll like ZO Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30, a sunscreen with a universal tint and a sheer matte finish that can be worn alone or under makeup. This non-greasy, quick-dry formulation uses natural melanin to shield from aging effects of high-energy visible light, as well as ZOX12, which protects from harmful infrared rays. An exclusive 12-hour time-release antioxidant complex and titanium dioxide for broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. As a bonus, the silky formula smooths your skin and gives you a fresh-faced glow.

If you’re wearing makeup to hide redness from rosacea, sun or windburn, or if you are recovering from skin treatments, you can substitute the soothing benefits of ZO Restoracalm Soothing Recovery Crème. Beta-glucan calms skin, providing quick redness relief, while antioxidants help heal. Retinol, red ginseng extract, and hydrolyzed sericin support your skin’s recovery efforts, spurring new cell growth and the production of new collagen and hyaluronic acid. The crème restores and helps strengthen the skin’s protective barrier and is formulated for all skin types, especially sensitive skin, to help calm skin irritation.

The great news is that when you upgrade your skin care, you actually don’t need as much makeup, because you’re enhancing your natural beauty and putting your best summer face forward.