Glow Up on a Budget: Your Summer Skincare Survival Guide $20 or Less

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Ready to elevate your summer skincare game without breaking the bank? Dive into our budget-friendly tips and discover Patchology's must-have products for achieving that radiant summer glow without draining your wallet. Check out our top tips for an affordable summer skincare routine that will leave you glowing bright!

Summer is here, and with it comes the desire for a radiant, healthy glow. But achieving that summery look doesn't have to break the bank! Here are our top tips for creating a budget-friendly summer skincare routine, along with some

Patchology favorites to help you achieve your glow goals:

4 Tips for Summer Skincare on a Budget

1. Seek Out Hydrating Superstars

Hot summer days can leave skin parched and dull. Combat dryness with uber-hydrating heroes like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and butters/oils rich in fatty acids. These ingredients attract and lock in moisture for a plump, dewy look.

2. Find Your Antioxidant Army 

UV damage is public enemy #1 for a summer glow. Build your defenses with antioxidant-packed ingredients like vitamins C and E, green tea, resveratrol and more. They'll help neutralize free radicals and protect your radiant vibes.

3. Mask, Mask, Mask

Face masks are an affordable route to brighter, smoother skin. Look for weekly treatment masks with exfoliating clays, brightening vitamin C, cooling hydrators and more. It's an easy glow-to!

4. Target Specific Concerns

Have puffy eyes, dull texture or other summer woes? Spot treat with concentrated products like eye gels, lip masks, and clarifying spot treatments. A little can go a long way!

What to Prioritize in Summer Skincare

Stay Hydrated: Beat the summer heat by keeping your skin hydrated. Opt for lightweight, water-based moisturizers to lock in moisture without feeling heavy on your skin.

Protect with SPF: Shield your skin from harmful UV rays with a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Look for SPF-infused products to safeguard your skin while enjoying the sunshine.

Combat Oiliness: Combat excess oil and shine by incorporating oil-free or mattifying products into your skincare routine. This helps control sebum production and keeps your complexion looking fresh all summer long.

Embrace Multi-Taskers: Simplify your routine with multi-functional products like BB creams or tinted moisturizers. Not only do they provide coverage, but they also offer skincare benefits such as hydration and sun protection.

4 Tips for Summer Skincare

1. Cleanse Regularly:  Wash your face morning and night with a gentle cleanser to remove sweat, dirt, and oil buildup.

2. Exfoliate Once a Week:  Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, revealing the brighter, smoother skin underneath. Patchology offers masks like the ones included in the SmartMud Kit that gently exfoliate.

3. Moisturize Daily:  Summer sun can dry out your skin. Look for a lightweight moisturizer with SPF to keep your skin hydrated and protected.

4. Target Specific Concerns:  We offer affordable, targeted skincare like the All The Feels mask kit, which addresses dryness, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.

Read more tips for summer after-sun skincare on the blog.

Ingredients to Boost Your Glow

When shopping for summer skincare products, keep an eye out for these glow-boosting ingredients:

  • Hyaluronic Acid:  A humectant that attracts and retains moisture in the skin, giving it a plump and dewy appearance. Hydrate FlashMasque and Hydrating Lip Gel are infused with hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and plump up the skin for a dewy, hydrated complexion.
  • Peptides: Stimulate collagen production and improve skin elasticity for a youthful, radiant glow. On Ice Eye Gels and Hydrogel Mask has 9 peptides to increase your glow.
  • Vitamin C:  Brightens skin tone and helps reduce hyperpigmentation. Look for serums or moisturizers with Vitamin C for an overall brighter complexion. Wake Up Call is loaded with Vitamin C and other nourishing ingredients $18 for 4 or $5 for one mask.
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs):  These chemical exfoliants help to remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover, resulting in a smoother, brighter appearance. However, AHAs can also increase sun sensitivity, so it's important to use them at night and always wear sunscreen during the day. Try Exfoliate Mate.
  • Niacinamide:  This form of vitamin B3 helps to minimize pores, improve skin texture, and even reduce hyperpigmentation. Just Let It Glow mask contains niacinamide ideal to boost your glow in warm weather. ☀️
  • Antioxidants:  These ingredients help to protect your skin from free radical damage caused by the sun and pollution, which can contribute to wrinkles and loss of elasticity. Look for ingredients like green tea extract, resveratrol, and ferulic acid in your skincare products. Press Reset to boost your skin’s barrier against free radicals. 

By incorporating these key ingredients into your routine, you can give your skin the nutrients it needs to look its best. Remember, consistency is key! Be patient and use your chosen products regularly to see noticeable results.


Patchology Products for a Summer Glow-Up

On The Fly ($20): Your go-to travel companion for instant hydration and glow on the go.

  • Hydrate FlashMasque: Infused with hyaluronic acid, this mask plumps up the skin and delivers a dewy glow in just minutes.
  • Restoring Night Eye Gels: Firm and rejuvenate tired under eyes with the power of retinol, squalane, and peptides.
  • Rejuvenating Eye Gels: Infused with peptides, caffeine, and hyaluronic acid to help depuff and smooth your under eyes.
  • Hydrating Lip Gel: Say goodbye to dry, chapped lips with this soothing and hydrating lip treatment.

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Cool Summer ($18): Chill out with these eye gels designed to hydrate, brighten, and lift tired eyes. Our limited edition Serve Chilled kit with 6 pairs of eye gels: Rosé, Bubbly, and On Ice. Shop Cool Summer

SmartMud Kit with Hydrate and Detox ($15): Detoxify and hydrate your skin with this spa-like mud mask experience at home.  Your skin is left beautifully hydrated, balanced and luminous.

  • Detox draws out dirt, excess oils, and toxins while providing you with a spa-like experience at home.
  • Hydrate infuses the power of detoxifying and exfoliating French Blue Clay into a no-mess mud mask that also features moisture-retaining Hyaluronic and Polyglutamic Acids and soothing, radiance-revealing Licorice Extract. 

SmartMud Kit


All The Feels ($15): Fight environmental stressors and achieve a radiant complexion with nourishing and brightening masks.

  • The Good Fight - A mask packed with nourishing ingredients like peppermint oil, willow bark, and tea tree with antioxidants to help defend against environmental stressors and keep your skin looking youthful
  • Get Dewy With It - A mask that delivers intense hydration with hyaluronic acid, rose of jericho, hijiki algae, honey, and prickly pear to revive dull, dry skin and leave you with a dewy glow. 
  • Just Let It Glow - A mask that contains a blend of brightening ingredients that work to even out your skin tone and give you a radiant complexion. Pear fruit regains moisture, seaberry extracts deliver antioxidants, and niacinamide works to brighten your skin.

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All Eyes on You Eye Gel Sampler ($18): Treat your under eyes to a pampering session with rejuvenating, restoring, and illuminating eye gels. Illuminating, Restoring Night, and Rejuvenating eye patches - the trio of our best-selling eye gels.

Get Your Glow On: Patchology's Summer Skincare

As the sun-kissed days of summer approach, there's no better time to revamp your skincare routine and unleash your inner glow. With Patchology's lineup of affordable and effective products, achieving radiant skin has never been more accessible. From hydrating eye patches to revitalizing masks, each product is carefully crafted to deliver visible results without compromising on fun. Say goodbye to dull, lackluster skin and hello to a summer full of luminosity and vitality. Take the skincare quiz to find your perfect products for your skin concerns.

So, whether you're lounging by the pool, exploring sandy beaches, or enjoying outdoor adventures, Patchology has your back (and your face)! Embrace the season with confidence, knowing that your skin is nourished, protected, and glowing from within. With Patchology by your side, every day is a chance to shine bright and make summer memories that'll last a lifetime. So go ahead, bask in the sunshine and let your radiant skin steal the spotlight!

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