Summer beauty essentials for moms

Chicago has been bouncing between cold weather and kind-of cold weather for most of the spring, but summer will be here before you know it (YAS!). These five beauty products are mom approved to make you look great and feel even better as temps rise, and legs, shoulders and brightly colored smiles come out to play.

Softsoap Hand Wash Plus Lotion

You may not realize it, but a mom’s hands can take a beating. Washing dishes, gardening, using alcohol-based sanitizers and even something as simple as frequent hand washing can all be extremely drying and damaging to the thin, delicate skin on hands. New to the hand soap market this year is Softsoap’s Hand Wash Plus Lotion. The unique formula locks in moisture so hands stay soft and supple, and the light, fresh scents (Shea and Cocoa butter, Orchid and Coconut Milk, Aloe water and Lime) aren’t as overwhelming as some traditional hand lotions can be.

$1.99 (at Target)

Nerium International Firming Body Contour Cream

Post pregnancy, loose skin on upper arms, thighs and tummies is just a fact of life many moms deal with. Nerium International’s Firming Body Contour Cream is a great way to tighten those areas that are more prone to cellulite and dimples. It doesn’t take much effort–just rub into problem areas twice a day. See real results here.


HSI Professional Professional Curling Wand Set – Groover Kit

From beachy waves to tight coils (perfect for special occasion up-dos!), just about any look is possible with the Professional Curling Wand Set from HSI Professional. Four interchangeable barrels heat up quickly and distribute heat evenly, leaving you with great-looking, long-lasting curls. If you’re used to traditional curling irons, it may take a couple of tries to get the hang of the wands, so make good use of the heat protective glove that is included.


Clove + Hallow Lip Glazes and Lip Crèmes

Summer is the perfect time to play with fun lip shades. The Clove + Hallow cosmetics line is all natural, vegan and cruelty-free, so you can feel just as good as you’ll look when wearing the products.

For high shine without the stickiness, try the Lip Glazes. ‘Bubbly’ and ‘Angelic’ are great neutral shades for everyday wear. Turn up the heat for a night out with the girls in ‘Mai Tai’ or ‘Spicy.’

If you’re looking for more coverage, try the Lip Crèmes. Moms with more cool tones in their skin will turn heads in ‘Blooming’ or ‘Flaming Coral.’ Have warmer tones? Make your pout perfect with ‘Damsel’ or ‘Psych.’

$13 and $19 respectively

Naples Soap Company Shampoo and Conditioner Bars

Ever noticed how much shampoo and conditioner you waste while showering? These shampoo and conditioner bars are the coolest things. Like bars of soap, but for hair! They lather up well and one bar typically lasts for 50-75 washes. Plus, they leave your hair smelling amazing!


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