Archive for the ‘Suncare and Tanning’ Category

How to apply sunscreen without getting greasy

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Keep your matte look, even while applying sunscreen.Summertime means sweat – a lot of it. If you're the kind of gal who breaks out in perspiration after walking up a flight of stairs during the dog days of summer, the thought of applying greasy sunscreen on top of your already fragile complexion might be less than appealing. Here's how you can protect yourself from the sun without ruining your pretty, matte look.

First, start each morning by washing your face – even if you washed it the night before. Oil can build up on your skin during the night, and on a hot summer evening, you might even wake up a little sweaty. Washing your face with a gentle cleanser will clean out your pores and get you ready for the day.

Next, apply primer underneath your makeup to keep sweat from running your foundation. If sunscreen lotion will make your skin too shiny, opt for a foundation that includes a high SPF, so you can be protected all day long. When you're finished, brush on a sheer powder to keep your makeup put and soak up any oil.

For touch ups during the day, carry around some inexpensive oil-absorbing sheets – or simply use a torn-apart piece of two-ply toilet paper. Blot it against your forehead, nose and cheeks to absorb excess sheen for a matte look as long as you need it.

Avoiding ‘runner’s rash’

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Avoid runner's rash with these tips.If you're a serious runner, running mile after mile in compression shorts, a tight sports bra or a scratchy jersey can leave your skin red, raw and irritated. If chafing is making your runs unpleasant, there are steps you can take to sooth your itchy skin, quench your body and get your complexion back on track.

If you're not comfortable in your own skin, running is going to be a pain. To ensure that you can stretch and jog without irritation, make sure that your skin is hydrated and moisturized every day before you head out to hit the pavement. The best time to hydrate is after a shower, so grab some moisturizer – and be careful to focus on your skin's driest spots, like your elbows and knees.

Running for an extended period of time also exposes your body to the damaging rays of the sun, so it's important to wear plenty of sunscreen to avoid a sunburn. Sunburns aren't just irritating, they can also threaten your health – so it's crucial that you apply sunscreen every day, especially to areas of your body that are exposed on a run, like the back of your neck.

Finally, good runners know that the key to avoiding health problems is drinking plenty of water before and after a run – so always keep that bottle full.

Fighting the effects of acne when wearing suntan lotion

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Fighting the effects of acne when wearing suntan lotion.Making sure that your skin is protected for a day on the beach is a constant struggle between maintaining the look of your cosmetics and providing ample protection from the sun's rays. Unfortunately, most suntan lotions aren't conducive to proper skincare, so fashionistas will need a different method to sport their favorite beach ensembles.

Instead of going au naturale when you're on the beach, you can still pull off your favorite look and stay protected with Dermablend Cover Creme. This full coverage foundation will provide up to 12 hours of consistent color wear on the sand and has skin exfoliating properties that will keep your face healthy in the summer sun. It is also water- and smudge-resistant to handle all your favorite beach activities.

This product also offers SPF 30 protection, so you can work on your tan and have the confidence that your makeup stays fabulous all day long. As an added bonus, you won't have to worry about suntan lotion clogging your pores and having an acne breakout to contend with. This product will provide superior coverage to hide these imperfections and stop them from popping up in the future.  

Treating a sunburn

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Aloe vera can ease the pain of a sunburn.A day at the beach is all about fun in the sun, but once you get home, you might discover that the sunburned aftermath of your afternoon is anything but pleasant. Ouch! What can you do to stop sunburn in its tracks – or help heal that painful burn fast?

First, it's all about prevention. Before you hit the beach, it's crucial to slather yourself in sunscreen from head to foot – literally. Don't forget the tips of your ears and the tops of your toes, which can turn bright red in no time if you're fair-skinned. Pick an SPF about 25 for the best protection, and don't forget to reapply if you hit the waves.

If you're especially fair, don't be shamed to add a hat or a top to your beach ensemble. A cute coverup will look great over your bikini – and prevent burns! A floppy sun hat is always fashionable, so pair one with giant sunglasses to look like an incognito celeb.

If you're already burned, it's time for a little damage control. Ease your pain with lots of aloe vera lotion. This naturally soothing ingredient will calm your burns and help return your skin to a more normal color. For added refreshment, keep it in the fridge – you'll be shocked at how relieved you are when it touches your singed skin.

Why you should give sunless tanners a shot

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Tan without the damage.Summertime seems like a great excuse to be a sun goddess, but spending long hours soaking up the rays is damaging to your skin – and we're not just talking about your vanity. Yes, excessive sunbathing can lead to wrinkles and sun spots, but it can also lead to more serious conditions – like skin cancer. If you want to get a bronzed glow but don't want to ruin your skin, consider sunless tanning!

The days of orange, streaky tans are gone. These days, sunless tanners are sophisticated, easy to apply and will leave you with a natural golden glow with none of the negative side effects. Choose from towelettes, lotions and sprays – each will give you a beautiful tan that won't stain your clothes or wash off in the shower. Sunless tanning products contain a chemical that reacts with the outer layer of your skin, causing it to darken temporarily. Gradually, as the outer layer of your skin sloughs off, you'll lose the sunless tan – just like you'd lose a real one.

Before you apply a sunless tanning product, you should exfoliate your skin to make sure you have an even surface to work with. After you apply, be sure to wash your hands or you could end up with dark brown palms.

If you still want to hit the beach with your friends, choose a sunless tanning product that also contains sunscreen. Apply it before you hit the beach, and your friends will be amazed how quickly your tan develops! They'll never know it's not real.

Is your sunscreen super-charged?

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Is your sunscreen super-charged?Sunscreen is essential – we all know that. But did you ever stop at assuming that your suntan lotion could only serve one all-important purpose? In 2011, it's entirely possible to reimagine the scope of what your sunscreen can do. suggests reaching for a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen (this implies that it protects against UVA as well as UVB rays – uber-important) – all the better if it comes with such healthful antioxidants such as green tea, coffeeberry and vitamins A and C.

"You know how at Jamba Juice they ask you if you want an extra boost? Well, antioxidants are like the extra boost of protection," Dr. Ranella Hirsch told the news source.

On a similar note, many skincare products are now offering all-in-one protection, moisturization and anti-aging properties. Finding a product that can do it all will not only save you time in the morning, but it'll reduce the amount of stuff you put on your face.

Fun in the sun dictates attentive skincare

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Fun in the sun dictates attentive skincareWe know you've got other things on your mind this season (such as the crashing waves in front of you and the warm, white sand below you), but being out and about in the sun requires you to be extra attentive when taking care of your body's largest organ.

You all know by now that it's never a good idea to spent time outside sans-sunscreen, but how diligent have you been lately when it comes to really getting good about protecting yourself all the way? In reality, you should be lathering it on every day, not just when you're in a swimsuit.

That being said, the beach and the pool are definitely two locations that will require you to slow down a bit when you're slicking on the SPF. According to, applying sunscreen too quickly when you're already outside results in splotchy coverage (and matching unsightly red blotches).

"Swear off the speedy spray 'n' play approach," the news source suggests. "Give yourself a good chunk of time to make sure you get every single square inch and apply 30 minutes before going out."

On-the-fly sunscreen solution

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

On-the-fly sunscreen solutionNo matter how much we nail it home to you guys, you won't always come prepared to every situation with a full line of sun protection products. Going to the beach is one thing, but what about those days where you unexpectedly spend way more time outdoors than you originally planned? It may not necessarily be easy to plan for every situation, but there are fall-back solutions you can implement if you're ever stuck in a sunscreen draw.

According to, many SPF-containing chapsticks can serve as a great sunscreen substitute when you're low on the real stuff. This is an especially useful tool for reinforcing areas that tend to get a lot of sun exposure, such as your forehead, nose, ears and cheekbones.

That being said, you don't need to get caught unawares as long as you practice good planning. Prepare a sunscreen kit containing one or two different types of SPF30 sunscreen as well as one especially designed for the face and an SPF-containing chapstick. If you keep your kit in your car (or your totebag in the summer, to avoid leaving it in high-temperature environments), you'll significantly increase your chances of always being prepared.

Because sunburn isn’t sexy

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Because sunburn isn't sexyThere's nothing better for your beauty routine than a day (or a few) at the beach, but not every consequence of having some fun in the sun will necessarily be a welcome addition to your sun-kissed veneer.

If you don't want a little bit of redness to get in the way of your bronzed glow, there are easy, quick fixes to help you remove the undesirables.

"Got sunburned from a day at the beach, and want to look less like a lobster by dinnertime? The best bet is to take green tea bags, dampen them with cold water, and place on the red areas," dermatologist Noelle Sherber told

If you'd rather have a quick product fix in your bag with you at all times, opt for an after-sun treatment or aloe gel that you can apply topically to any sunburned areas. You'll be cooled and soothed in no time thanks to the unique cooling properties of many formulas, and this is a great step to take after any extended amount of time in the sun.

When is the right time to apply sunscreen to your face?

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

When is the right time to apply sunscreen to your face?Unless you’re lucky enough to be spending all day lounging beach or poolside, chances are you may run across the small (yet circumstantial) dilemma of when to apply sunscreen to your face.

If you don’t wear makeup, it’s a no-brainer. As a general rule of thumb, it’s important to apply sunscreen at the beginning of each day and to keep reapplying it if you’re swimming in water or if you’re out in direct sunlight for more than a couple hours at a time.

As for everyone else, it’s generally advisable to put on sunscreen right after you apply moisturizer and before you put on any foundation or makeup.

Lots of moisturizers come with SPF already built in to the formula, as do some foundations, however. Many women find this a more desirable choice, if only to cut back on the number of products they have to apply during the rushed morning hours. Just be sure to follow up with an SPF chapstick or lip product as well as sunscreen for any areas your makeup may have missed.