As far as beauty products go, slow and steady usually wins the race when it comes to real, noticeable results. The operative word here is “usually.” While the industry is definitely not short of flukes and far-fetched marketing, there are some beauty products that can, indeed, work some instantaneous miracles. How do I know? I’ve witnessed said witchcraft firsthand, and I’m about to reveal the guilty-as-charged products below. But that’s not all. To make the deal even sweeter, each of the below products I swear makes my skin and hair look better after just one use are a part of Dermstore’s Summer Sale, taking place from May 23 to June 1.
To make the most of this opportunity for major savings (I’m talking about 20% off on all participating brands), just use code SUN at checkout. I’m sure you have your own bucket list of beauty products you’ve been waiting to snag at a temporarily discounted price point, but keep scrolling to discover the summer beauty staples I highly recommend due to how damn fast they’ll improve your outer—and likely inner—glow.
I swear I never receive as many compliments on my completely makeup-free skin as when I’m wearing this lightweight gel moisturizer from the French brand Avène. That said, it’s also magic underneath your fave foundation. It’s infused with hyaluronic acid and the brand’s signature thermal spring water to feed dry skin with essential hydration and a glistening glow.
Everyone and their mother (aka beauty lovers, editors celebrities, and makeup artists) hoard this iconic French face cream from Embryolisse. It might be a controversial statement, but I liken it to an actually affordable dupe for Augustinus Bader’s famed formula, especially when it’s 20% off.
I realize I’m serving you a lot of face-cream content, but I just can’t curb my excitement, as all of my favorites for dewy, healthy skin are on sale. I’ve been a longtime fan of Weleda’s best-selling Swiss Skin Food formula. While I prefer the brand’s Ultra-Rich version in the drier months, I like to switch to this light alternative once temperatures start to skyrocket.
This dark circle–diffusing eye cream from Sunday Riley has been around for years, and it’s still my ride-or-die go-to when I’m battling puffiness and shadows. It has a subtle pearly effect, which is like applying a filter over stubborn circles, and it even has skin-tightening ingredients like caffeine for an instantaneous eye-lift effect.
I have two worst nightmares when it comes to summer: sunburns and dry, chapped-looking limbs. This glowy sunscreen from all-star SPF brand Supergoop! prevents both. Now’s the time to buy your summer bottle and nab double points on your purchase.
There’s a reason this anti-aging, collagen-feeding cleansing balm from Elemis is trending right now. It’s amazing. Trust me when I say you’ve never tried a better cleaning balm than this superfood-spiked option. Not only does it deeply cleanse and fortify your skin, but its extra-special ingredients like starflower and elderberry oil will make your skin gleam like never before.
For months, it was almost impossible to get your hands on this firming eye cream from Peter Thomas Roth due to how viral it was on TikTok. If you’re after instant results, you’ll flip for the way this youth-enhancing elixir virtually erases fine lines and wrinkles. I have a feeling it won’t last long during Dermstore’s Summer Sale this year.
Listen—I know this body cream is expensive, but it’s also not just any ol’ body cream. It’s witchcraft in a jar—anti-aging (thanks to artemia salina), firming and tightening (thanks to a special Oligo-Collagen Complex), and softening and moisturizing (thanks to essential fatty acids via omega 3s and 6s).
Need a five-minute detox for clogged pores, excess oil, and general congestion? This purifying face mask containing zinc, grape water, and green clay is my not-so-secret secret weapon.
Not to be dramatic, but I was in literal awe the first time I used this overnight facial treatment on my acne-prone skin. Not only did any friends on my face look significantly smaller and less inflamed, but my skin also just looked a hell of a lot healthier and more radiant. It probably has something to do with the impressive nutrition label, which features other skin game changers such as lactic acid, niacinamide, peptides, caffeine, and hyaluronic acid.
So technically, IS Clinical’s line of cult-favorite skincare products aren’t on sale during the retailer’s Summer Sale, but you can get double points on your purchase. I actually don’t use retinol, and I rely on this potent skin-transforming serum instead (a few nights a week!) for its combined anti-aging, brightening, and breakout-busting benefits. Trust me when I say you’ll wake up to significantly better skin.
A little-known fact that’s about to rock your world: Perricone MD makes some of the best skin-improving and least detectable makeup products you’ll ever get your hands on. I have a soft spot for this dreamy dewy highlighter, which also boasts vitamin C and Chinese ginger root, but the blush is another summer must that won’t let you down.
Expensive? Very. But trust me when I tell you absolutely no brand does an instantly skin-transforming sheet mask like 111Skin. (It was concocted by a board-certified plastic surgeon, after all!) It’s so hard to choose a favorite mask out of the brand’s cult-loved collection, but as far as instantaneous, super-noticeable results go, it just doesn’t get any more inexplicable than this hydrating, puff-reducing, and tightening option. Try it pre-event or mid-hangover, and thank me later!
I will never forget the first time I used Dermaflash’s three-in-one best-selling facial-shaving tool—it looked like someone had taken millimeters off of my face, and my makeup never looked so smooth and glass-like. Nixing peach fuzz lends a slimmer, more sculpted look to your facial structure, and you’ll reap major benefits from the next-level exfoliation perks. Dermstore’s Summer Sale is the best time to splurge, period.
Speaking of an opportune time to invest, there’s never been a better time to click “add to cart” on everyone’s favorite microcurrent sculpting device. You’ll notice a difference the first time you use it, but if you’re consistent, the lifting and tightening perks just get better and better.
I know I was supposed to be talking about skin here, but technically, our hair is an extension of our skin, right? At this point, I’m convinced there is no better all-in-one hair perfector than this OG from Unite. It does everything it says it will and then some, and I now have to keep it hidden around my friends and family after a few of my bottles went missing. It’s the perfect antidote to any and all summer hair woes since it instantly lends moisture, detangles, strengthens, and adds a potent dose of thermal and UV protection. It’s the perfect hair product.
As much as I love the sun and lazy days at the beach or by the pool, it can do a major number on lightened strands in terms of unwanted brassiness. I’m not a huge fan of many purple shampoos, but this sulfate-free formula from Olaplex neutralizes yellow tones in one freaking go without looking overly ashy—IYKYK. Olaplex is one of my all-time favorite haircare brands, so I honestly recommend stocking up on the entire line while you can snag 20% off.
I always felt meh about neck-improving products until I discovered this multitasking gem from Tracie Martyn. It has a devout celeb following, and it’s become a nightly ritual that yields instant gratification in the tightening, firming, and hydrating departments.
This tinted, light-reflecting blurring lotion from Vita Liberata has become a summer essential for me, and it’s also one of the most-used products slathered on celebs by their makeup artists before an event or award show. (Hailey Bieber is a known-wearer!)
Kayo is such an underdog (yet so, so amazing) beauty brand that I personally feel like not enough people know about. I haven’t tried anything from the brand that I haven’t loved, but this body oil, which helps minimize the look of cellulite, and the body lotion are standouts, especially during the seasons synonymous with exposed skin.