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What gift will you get Dad this Father’s Day?

       
Thursday, June 7th, 2012

What will you get your dad this Father's Day?Even though Mother’s Day tends to overshadow the holiday devoted to dads everywhere, celebrating Father’s Day this June 17 with a thoughtful gift is still a good way to show your father that you’re grateful for all he’s done for you. But what will you get him? Some dads seem to have everything they could possibly want! Here are several ideas to help you decide on the perfect present this Father’s Day.

1. Tickets to see his favorite sports team. Whether it’s for a baseball game this summer or a football game next season, chances are your dad will love the opportunity to watch his favorite team play. Get two tickets so you, Mom or a friend can accompany him for the perfect day out.

2. A deluxe shaving kit like eShave – Start Up Kit. It comes with a genuine badger brush, which exfoliates, softens and raises the hair for a shave that’s as close as possible. The set also includes a pre-shave oil, shave cream and after shave cream, all in a convenient black travel bag. Stubble will be a thing of the past for your dapper dad!

3. A home brewing kit. Does your father have a taste for cold, delicious brews? Instead of taking him out for a night at the local brewery, get your dad everything he needs to create his own ale. A couple of beer mugs to go with the set will ensure that he’ll be able to taste his masterpiece in style.

4. Anti-aging skincare products like Jack Black – Line Smoother Face Moisturizer. If your dad has started to complain about the fact that he’s getting older, a few choice skincare products to combat fine lines, wrinkles and age spots might be just the thing to lift his spirits. Lightweight and oil-free, your dad will barely notice that he’s wearing this moisturizer – until he starts seeing results!

5. The latest gadget. If you have siblings who can help you buy a splurge-worthy item for Dad, why not get him up-to-date on the latest technologies? Whether he’s into computers, eBooks, cameras, smartphones, mp3 players or television, there’s likely a new product out that he’d love to get his hands on.

6. A classic yet cool tie. If you think your father could use a bit of direction when it comes to his fashion tastes, you might be doing him a favor by providing him with a go-to tie to wear for special occasions. Choose one that complements his personality and favorite color scheme so he’ll always look dashing.

7. A new fragrance, like RALPH LAUREN – Polo For Men Eau de Toilette Spray. If your dad doesn’t have a signature scent to call his own, he’d likely jump at the chance to impress your mom with a manly new cologne.

8. Tools to help him get his grill on. If your dad considers himself the master of the grill, a few new accessories designed to help him make the most of his skills might be the perfect present. Spatulas, serving plates, aprons, marinades and spices are all fair game.

9. A beach kit. If your dad enjoys nothing more than a relaxing day by the shore, a beach kit might be a great idea. A brand new cooler, a plush towel, a new swimsuit and a sunblock like Dermalogica – Daily Defense Block SPF15 are all good choices that he’ll get a lot of use out of.

10. A poker set. Does your father like to get together with his guy friends every now and then for a game of poker? If he doesn’t already have his own set of chips and a table to play on, you can bring the party to his house by supplying him with all the goods.

Did you know sunscreen can prevent a shiny face?

       
Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Sunscreen can help zap shine on your face!It may seem counterintuitive, but slathering on plenty of sunscreen can actually help mattify your complexion this summer. When it's hot out, our skin produces more sebum and sweat, which can turn your visage into a slippery oil slick in no time. However, Allure Magazine points out that sunblock application is a valid way to prevent excess shine.

When you're using sunscreen (which you should be doing everyday), you don't need to put on your regular moisturizer. Use a sunblock like PETER THOMAS ROTH – Uber-Dry Sunscreen SPF 30, which is enriched with vitamins to help protect against damage from free radicals. According to Allure, experts recommend using a teaspoon of the lotion for your entire face.

Ingredients like micronized zinc, titanium dioxide and denatured alcohol (written on labels as alcohol denat or SD alcohol 40) will help soak up extra oil, so look for those when you're searching for the perfect formula. Of course, it never hurts to stock up on Jane Iredale – Facial Blotting Papers, which are an easy fix for getting rid of shine without ruining your makeup.

How to feel more confident in less clothes

       
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

There's no reason to feel self-conscious when you're wearing a bikini this summer!With summer almost here, you might be staring at your seasonal wardrobe wondering how you’re going to feel pulling off barely-there bikinis, short shorts and skirts. While frequent exercise is a surefire way to feel more confident, there are ways you can boost your mood when you’re wearing skimpy clothes with skincare products. Here are some ideas.

1. Get on the self-tanning train. A hint of color can help hide imperfections and make you look more toned, reports Glamour Magazine’s beauty blog, so pick up a self-tanner like Too Faced – Tanning Bed In A Tube and get to work!

2. Go for shimmer. A hint of sparkle from a body lotion like GloMinerals – Body Glisten will highlight your favorite areas and leave your skin touchably soft. You won’t even remember why you were feeling hesitant about that bathing suit.

3. Stop cellulite in its tracks. Use a body brush before the shower to smooth out your skin and plump up areas with cellulite to reduce the appearance of the dimples. Then, use a firming cream with caffeine all over. Instant tightness!

Two places where you might be forgetting SPF

       
Friday, May 4th, 2012

You might be forgetting the SPF on these two places!By now, you know that it's essential to load up with sunblock before you head outside. The sun's harsh UVA and UVB rays can really do damage, even on cloudy days! Aside from using lotion on your arms, legs and chest, you should definitely be putting it on your face. But you might not be remembering two sneaky spots.

According to Glamour Magazine's beauty blog, many women forget that their lips and eyes need protection from the sun, too. You're not likely to slather on the face sunblock on these areas, so they might need a bit of extra protection.

While you could always extend the lotion application to your eye area, it might be easier to use a product like Colorescience Pro – Sunforgettable Brush (SPF 30), which you can smooth right over the area. In six different shades ranging from slightly tan to subtly shimmery, this product will give you a glow while instantly protecting you from sun damage. It's also waterproof, making it perfect to throw in your beach bag this summer.

As for your lips, smooth on a hydrating balm like Jane Iredale – Lip Drink SPF15. With a base of macadamia nut oil rather than petroleum, your lips will never be thirsty (or sunburned) again!

It’s time to warm up your complexion for spring

       
Friday, April 13th, 2012

A bit of bronzer and self tanner can warm your skin right up!After spending the majority of your winter inside under the blankets, your skin might be looking a bit pale. Rather than putting yourself at the mercy of dangerous tanning beds, why not darken up with a few self-tanning and bronzing products that can give your complexion a healthy glow?

Start by bronzing your entire body with an easy-to-use tanning wipe like TanTowel – Self-Tan Towelette. You won’t notice any streaking, and the formula dries quickly so you won’t have to stand around naked waiting to get dressed. Too Faced – Tanning Bed In A Tube is another option that will give you gradual color with a yummy Pina Colada scent.

Once you’re looking more like you’ve just gotten back from a tropical vacation, use Jane Iredale – So-Bronze 1 to keep the color lasting on your face. Brush it onto areas that would naturally get tan, like your forehead, the bridge of your nose and your cheeks. Follow up with a subtle highlighter on top of those areas for truly glowing skin.

Now that you’re not looking quite as ghostly, you might be inspired to pick up a few more springtime products that will enhance your beachy appearance!

Why sunscreen is necessary 7 days a week, 365 days a year

       
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Sunscreen is necessary even when you're not outside!Many women believe that they don't need to wear sunscreen if they're not planning to spend the day outside. When it’s still dark out on your morning commute, you're sitting in an office all day and you leave when night has fallen, it might seem like the sun's not an enemy. However, Allure Magazine points out that UVA rays are more prominent than you think.

The sun has two types of radiation: UVB and UVA. Unlike UVB rays, UVA rays can travel right through windows, whether in your car, office or house. So, even if you think you're protected by that pane of glass, you could be soaking up these cancer-causing rays that also promote premature aging.

It's important to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen on a daily basis – even if it's raining outside. Slather on a product like Colorescience – Sunforgettable SPF 30 Mini Orb on areas of your body that aren't covered by clothing, like your forearms and décolletage. Then, use a facial sunblock like Murad – Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30 underneath your makeup. You'll be protected from those pesky UVA rays.

Sunscreen in the winter: do you really need it?

       
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Even though you're getting less sun, you still need SPF in the winter!Unless you're headed on a tropical vacation, you're probably not going to find yourself out in the sunlight much this winter. Cloudy days tend to happen more often, and colder weather means you're less likely to stay outside for long periods of time.

However, that doesn't mean you should skip wearing sunscreen. Believe it or not, you can still pick up some of the sun's damaging UV rays just from being outside for a couple of minutes. Also, clouds aren't good protection because UV rays can penetrate right through them.

You don't have to go with a heavy sunscreen formula like you would for a day at the beach. Instead, opt to include a bit of SPF in your moisturizer or makeup routine. A product like TRUE Cosmetics – Protective Mineral Foundation SPF 17 Powder gives you the coverage you're looking for, both for blemishes and sun protection.

If you're really missing the way your skin looks with plenty of sunshine, you can easily achieve a bronzed look at home with Youngblood – Natural Mineral Radiance (Sundance). A bit on your cheekbones, forehead and the bridge of your nose will make you look radiant – not like you've been cooped up inside.

Eat your way to a healthy glow

       
Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Certain fruits and veggies can help you get a sun-kissed glow!It's tough to maintain a believable tan in winter – especially if you want to avoid tanning beds – but it's not impossible if you combine the right self-tanners and bronzers with glow-improving foods.

According to Marie Claire magazine, researchers have found that certain fruits and vegetables with organic pigments called carotenoids can help those with pale skin tones to darken up in as little as a month. Orange and dark green fruits and vegetables, like carrots, mangoes, squash, kale and spinach will do the trick.

In addition, you may want to use an easy self-tanner like TanTowel – Self-Tan Towelette. All you have to do is swipe it on clean, dry skin. It will dry in a minute or so, so there's no need to wait long to put your clothes on, and it develops over the course of three to four hours.

Youngblood – Natural Mineral Radiance (Sundance) can be used on your face to create a matching glow with the perfect natural highlights to brighten your complexion. By eating these fruits and vegetables and using bronzing products, you'll be looking radiant in no time.

One change to make to your routine this year

       
Monday, December 19th, 2011

You need sunscreen every day - not just poolside!If you're compiling a list of New Year's resolutions, you may want to think for a minute about what changes your beauty routine could use. Although you probably don't need a full makeover, there is one step you might be missing out on that could do wonders for your skin.

If you're not slathering on the sunscreen every morning before you do your makeup and head outside, you're doing your skin a disservice. It needs protection from the sun's harsh rays even when you're not at the beach or hanging for hours in the great outdoors.

According to Allure magazine, the challenge is finding a sunscreen that gives you enough protection without feeling thick and greasy. Heavy formulas can make your makeup slide around and cause excess shine. Luckily, many makeup products include SPF, like Paula Dorf – Face Tint with SPF 15, so you know they'll blend right in. Sheer sunscreens, wipes and powders also work well, so try something like Shady Day – Daily Sun Protection Wipes SPF 30.

Anti-aging skincare for all ages

       
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Anti-aging skincare is appropriate for all ages!You’ve probably realized by now that the best way to prevent aging is to start changing your everyday habits and use anti-aging skincare products early – even before you start seeing fine lines, age spots and wrinkles. While not all ages need every anti-aging product on the market, there are certain things you should be providing your skin in your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. Here’s a list of the things everyone should do, followed by advice for each stage of your mid-life, according to SimplyAntiAging.com and Allure magazine.

Anti-aging advice for all ages
These tips are meant to be started immediately for all ages.
1. Stop smoking. Even if you’ve been a smoker for a number of years, it’s never too late to stop further damage from happening. Smoking greatly accelerates the aging of your skin because it encourages the destruction of collagen, which helps your skin remain plump and smooth. Smoking can make your skin dull, dry and wrinkled, so do yourself a favor and quit!
2. Wear sunscreen. Applying sunblock not only protects your skin from getting burned, but it protects your skin from aging. Prolonged sun exposure can create advanced age spots, wrinkles and give your skin a leathery texture. Use a product like Dermablend – Cover Creme SPF 30 (New Formula), which covers up existing marks and protects your skin.
3. Eat well. As long as your diet is full of fresh fruits and vegetables, your skin should be getting the antioxidants and vitamins you need to fight the signs of aging. Omega-3 fatty acids are also important, so be sure to include nuts and fish like salmon into your diet. If you’re concerned that you’re not getting enough, consider taking a vitamin supplement.
4. Exercise. Working out and moving is great for all parts of your body – even your skin. It increases the delivery of oxygen to your skin cells, as well as important vitamins so your skin looks younger longer. Make sure to drink plenty of water as you exercise to keep hydrated.
5. Sleep. Ever heard of beauty sleep? It’s real. Your body releases hormones while you’re sleeping to stimulate cell turnover and refresh your skin. Too much stress and lack of sleep can suppress your immune system and speed up aging, so get plenty of rest each night.

What to do when you’re:
• In your 20s. During this hectic age, you should be protecting and repairing your skin. Stress can increase the amount of damaging free radicals in your body, which show up as dark circles, puffiness and dullness. Use plenty of sunscreen, as well as a moisturizer with plenty of antioxidant ingredients, like Exuviance – Essential Daily Defense Fluid SPF 15.
• In your 30s. When you begin to see signs of aging, it’s time to exfoliate and regenerate your skin. Declining levels of collagen and elastin can create fine lines and wrinkles, while the rate of skin regeneration begins to slow down. Use products with peptides or retinols, which help to elevate your collagen and elastin, like BABOR – DOCTOR BABOR Derma Cellular Collagen Booster Cream. Exfoliate regularly to get rid of dead cells and increase cell turnover on the surface of your skin.
• In your 40s. During this period you may notice that your skin seems thinner and less hydrated, which is why it’s important to plump and soothe. Use a product with hyaluronic acid, which hold water to plump your skin from within. SkinMedica – Hydrating Complex is a good choice.
• In your 50s. Changes in your hormones can cause dryness at this age, so it’s crucial to hydrate and nurture your skin. Glycerin and ceramides can help to repair your skin’s natural moisture barrier, so use a product like SkinMedica – TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream.