10 Must-Have Summer Beauty Products Under $20

In the summer time, everyone wants to look their best. You are most likely showing more skin as you remove the layers of clothing from the colder months. If you want to look your best before going to the beach or donning your tank top, here are 10 beauty products that will enhance your natural beauty. They just might help you feel confident and comfortable in your own skin.

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10. Tend Skin

In the summer, you are probably shaving your body a lot more often than the wintertime, when your legs are covered up by long pants. The only downside to shaving multiple times a week is that it can sometimes lead to ingrown hairs and razor rashes. Tend Skin after shave will prevent those bumps or ingrown hairs from happening at all, or they will make them disappear overnight. (Seriously, you guys. This stuff works miracles!)



9. L’Oreal Summer Lightening Gelee

Do you want to go blonde for summer, but you don’t want to damage your hair with a bunch of chemicals? There are a ton of lightening gels out there, but here at InspiringHome, we actually tested out the L’Oreal Summer Lightening Gelee. It actually works! All it takes is putting it in your damp hair before blow drying. The product is heat-activated. Instead of damaging your hair, it actually conditions it. (Say what?!) Anyone who has tried to go blonde before knows what a big deal that is.

Your hair becomes gradually lighter each time you use it. Keep in mind, though, this works best on hair that is already light brown or dark blonde. According to reviews, people with black or dark brown hair have ended up with bright orange frocks. It’s also not going to turn you into a blonde overnight, because it lightens it one shade every time you use it. But with gradual use over the course of a week or two, you should get your desired result.


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8. Sun Bum Hair Care

In the summertime, there are tons of ways to mess up your hair. Sweat, ocean water, wind, and excess sun exposure just might leave your head begging for some TLC. Sun Bum makes tons of different hair care products that are specially formulated for heat and humidity. Their 3-in-1 detangling and conditioning spray is great for anyone whose hair poofs up in the extreme humidity of the summertime. Check out your local Target store for their full product line.

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7. Brown Sugar Scrub

It really doesn’t matter what brand you use for your exfoliant, but it’s extremely important to make sure you are getting rid of the dead skin before you shave. If you don’t, it is far more likely that you will end up with ingrown hairs and rashes. Exfoliating at least once a week also helps to make your skin smoother, softer, and younger. One of the most popular types of exfoliants is brown sugar scrub. You can look online for tutorials on how to make it for yourself at home, or buy some pretty much anywhere.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. Credit: Shannon Quinn

6. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

For years, Micellar water was only available in France, and it became one of the hot tips that beauty gurus gave online for the secrets to their skincare success. It helps to remove makeup, and it leaves your face feeling soft and hydrated. Today, it is available all over the world, and all of the major US brands have hopped on the bandwagon to make their own version. The Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water is one of the most affordable options, and they even make it in a mini travel-size bottle, like the one shown above.


This Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay will change your life. Credit: Shannon Quinn

5. Bentonite Indian Healing Clay

Once you try this Bentonite Indian Healing Clay, you will never stop using it. This clay has been used by Native Americans since ancient times to remove toxins from your skin. It works wonders for rashes, blemishes, and generally exfoliating your body. When mixed with Apple Cider Vinegar, it can even help to cure dandruff on your scalp. Fair warning, though- it can seriously make a mess! Be sure to check out some tutorials on YouTube before you go through with using it for the first time.

Teeth whitening strips can help make your smile brighter. Credit: Shutterstock

4. Whitening Strips

In the summer time, a lot of people become more tan from spending time outside. Having a sparkling white smile will contrast against your sun-kissed skin, and it makes most people look naturally radiant and beautiful.

Some people think that teeth whitening is out of their budget, especially since Crest 3D White Strips tend to be a bit expensive, and it may be the only option in the toothpaste aisle of your local pharmacy. However, they are not the only brand out there that gets the same job done! Check out your local Target and Walmart for cheaper brands.


This little aloe vera face mask does wonders for the skin. Credit: Shannon Quinn

3. Sephora Aloe Vera Sleeping Mask

It’s no secret that aloe vera soothes skin that has been sunburned. But even if you haven’t charred your flesh until it’s red like a lobster, aloe vera can still do wonders for your face. This sleep mask is just $2 at Sephora, and it had enough product in it to last for four nights.

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2. A Self-Tanning Kit

Getting too much exposure to the sun or lying in a tanning bed can damage your skin, and cause premature wrinkles. But if you want to look tan in the summer time, you can use a self-tanning mousse, like St. Tropez.  Before you get started, be sure to get special gloves that will help you distribute the self-tanner without dying the palms of your hands a deep shade of brown.

Oil blotting papers can be a lifesaver in the summer time. Credit: Shutterstock

1. Oil Blotting Papers

Let’s face it. We all sweat. It’s only natural for our bodies to want to help us cool down. But when too much oil accumulates on our faces during the summertime, it may lead to severe breakouts. If this sounds like an issue you normally deal with, you may want to consider buying some oil blotting paper. While several brands make it, the most well-known are the Clean & Clear Oil Control Film.


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