Ding dong, hallo, it’s your doorbell. Your summer drugstore survival kit has just been delivered. Did you forget you subscribed to this imaginary service last summer? Did you also forget you subscribed to Tidal? No matter! It’s one of those cases where your forgetfulness has worked out for the better. (Unlike with Tidal. You should really cancel that before they charge you another month.)
Anyway, back to the kit. In it, you’ll find everything you’ll need to propel yourself through the oncoming months clean, clear, and under control. As you’d expect, there’s some stuff for your face, body, and hair. It’s everything you’ll wish you had in a month, and at least a couple things you didn’t know you needed. Now, let’s get to the unboxing, shall we?
CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser
You sweat more in summer, so you’ll probably be cleansing your face more often. And if you’re cleansing your face more, you need a gentle, hydrating cleanser that will get the job done without drying you out—CeraVe is a classic dermatologist pick that does both.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Sunscreen
It’s just the best—why reinvent the wheel? Lightweight, blends in easily with no white cast, and SPF 60. Here’s one from the same line that’ll work for your body.
Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Clay Cleanser/Mask
For clogged pores, slap this baby on once a week, steam it out in the shower, and rinse. The salicylic acid gets into pores to dissolve dirt, while a combination of Kaolin and Bentoite clay sucks up any excess sweat and oil. And naturally oily skin havers can further benefit from it by using the 2-in-1 as a cleanser three times a week.
Aveeno Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
A hair rinse will help get rid of product buildup and extra sweat and leave you with a hair commercial shine. If you’ve never tried one, here’s a good place to start—and no, it doesn’t actually smell like apple cider vinegar. In fact, it smells lovely, like spa shampoo… mixed with apple juice.
Ogx Replenishing Water Drops 8-in-1 Mist
If you have curly hair: use it to reactivate curls, hydrate strands, and protect against humidity. If you have straight hair: rejoice in finding a frizz-fighting serum that’s not a heavy oil that will weigh you down. If you don’t have hair: gain pleasurable entertainment in trying to figure out how it’s an 8-in-1—can you even think of eight hair products? Luckily, you won’t need them.
Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera
You like to think you’re extremely diligent at sunscreen application, but maybe you’re not. Irritated, bitten-up skin will benefit from a little extra cooling and soothing with aloe. It's also a great humectant—use it as a light, hydrating body lotion. All that good stuff, for less than $5.
PanOxyl Acne Creamy Wash
Chest acne? Bacne? Whatever’s going on in your posterior region after too many denim swamp-ass rides on the train? Meet benzoyl peroxide, the key ingredient in this body wash. Sure, it’ll be a slow courtship to clear skin, and you’ll need to do a patch test (just in case you’re allergic!), but in the end, it’ll be all love.
Sphynx Portable Razor
Probably not great for full-on shaving your legs, but excellent for getting those three disturbingly long hairs on your ankle that you miss every time you’re in the shower. Or for an impromptu pit once-over upon realization that you weren’t as ready for that tank top as you imagined. Throw one in your bag, or your car, and never consider using the random razor you see in your friend’s shower ever again.
Band-Aid Hydro Seal Blister Bandages
Is there something inherent in summer shoes that make them more likely to create blisters? Or is it just the extra friction from foot sweat? Regardless, blister bandages are God’s gift to mankind. These little rubbery bandages are waterproof, and are meant to be kept on for multiple days, so they won’t peel off as soon as you put on a new pair of sandals. But the real magic happens when the hydrocolloid material sucks out all the blister juice (sorry) and turns the bandage into a little cushion for it to heal. Sound familiar? It’s the same technology used for pimple patches—in a pinch, you can trim a blister bandage and use it on a zit. The material’s thicker, so it will actually suck out more pus than a traditional one.
Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tint in High End Coral
This is a lip tint in marker form. Foolproof. The shade is peachy and juicy, and works just as well on lips as it makes a quick-pinch monochromatic blush. Because it’s a stain, it will last through all the sweat and refillable bottles of water you’re drinking. (You are drinking water this summer, right?)
L’Oreal Voluminous Original in Cobalt Blue
The same fanned out, curled up lashes you’ll get with regular L’Oreal Voluminous, but blue. It’s an easy way to play with colorful mascara without shelling out a ton of money on something you might wear a handful of times. But please, do wear it—especially if your lashes are already dark, the blue is subtle.
Revlon Colorstay in Honey
The most lowkey of eyeshadows—like a golden J. Lo shimmer for your eyeballs. Easy, sexy, goes on and stays like a cream, but feels light like powder as soon as it touches your lid. Can’t go wrong.
Photographed by Tom Newton.