Posts Tagged ‘summer skincare’

Let’s Get Sun Ready

Saturday, July 13th, 2013
Let's Get Sun Ready

Recommendations from Our Medical Director Eric Berger, MD

Show off your summer glow with all-over bronze makeup

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Show off your summer glow with all-over bronze makeup

Now that the Fourth of July has come and gone, summer is officially in full swing – and that often means showing off your sun-kissed skin. While you may be protecting yourself from harmful ultraviolet rays with the help of sunscreen, that doesn't mean you can't have some bronze color. In fact, all-over bronze makeup is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to enhance your natural skin tone. 

Using all-over bronze makeup is easy. With the help of tools like tinted moisturizer, bronze powder and the right color cheek shimmer, you can have yourself appearing sun-kissed any time of year. This trend is perfect for summer, however, as you'll be looking like you just came from the beach without causing any damage to your skin. 

Once you've purchased the right bronzer and learn how to apply it like a pro, you'll be ready to give yourself a healthy glow. Try to pair this makeup with styles like a smokey eye and nude lip gloss, as the brown tones will work well together while still leaving your face looking summery and fresh. 

If you're concerned about your bronzed face matching the rest of your body, consider turning to self-tanners, which offer a safer way to give yourself glowing skin. 

Don’t forget summer travel essentials when you pack for weekend getaways

Friday, July 5th, 2013
Summer Travel Essentials

Packing for a weekend getaway requires you to do more than simply pick out the best outfits for your given destination. You’ll also got to bring along a few makeup and skincare essentials that will keep you looking natural and fresh as you work on a healthy glow.

Your normal summer routine probably includes tinted moisturizer and a loose mineral foundation, so they are definitely must-have products you’ll want to pack when you’re planning a getaway. These items are perfect for the warmer months. A tinted moisturizer provides much-needed SPF along with some glowing color, so try theBalm’s Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 18 for the ideal base that will have your skin looking and feeling great.

A powder foundation offers light, silky coverage over your face, making it a great choice for hot days or times when you know you’ll be spending hours under the sun. Youngblood’s Natural Mineral Foundation glides on smoothly and can give your face a fresh, dewy look that screams summer. To make your tan look even better, try to apply darker shades that will enhance your bronze skin tone.

These products are ideal for getting your day started off right, but when the sun goes down you’ll want to clean your skin with a make-up remover. Of course, you can’t always bring large bottles of face wash along in your bag, but pre-moistened cleansing wipes are great options for travelers. Removers like Rilastil’s Daily Care Make-Up Removing Wipes are just as effective as washing your face but can be thrown into a travel bag for your convenience.

Of course, you would be remiss to travel without packing sunscreen. Protecting your whole body from harmful rays – not to mention a potential embarrassing sunburn – is essential. Products like G.M. Collin’s Sun High Protection Cream offer a comprehensive body sunscreen at varying levels of SPF.

While your skin is rightfully receiving the bulk of your attention, you shouldn’t forget your lips. Bringing along lip gloss is a must, and some of the best options for wear during your getaway would have SPF included to protect your lips from the sun’s harsh rays. Consider a product like Colorescience Pro’s Sunforgettable Lip Shine Gloss with SPF 35.

At the end of the day, you’ll want to replenish your skin with the nutrients and hydration it needs. Try an After-Sun Hydrator like Phytomer’s Sun Soother After-Sun Milk for a smooth lotion that will moisturize your skin after hours outdoors.

3 ways to tackle summer acne

Friday, June 28th, 2013

3 ways to tackle summer acne

When the temperatures rise and you get ready to hit the beach, you might be uncomfortable in your own skin as soon as you look in the mirror. As a result of the warm weather, you may have developed acne on certain areas of your body, making you dread the thought of putting on a swimsuit. However, there are a few ways you can control your summer acne and get back to enjoying the seashore.

1. Use a light sunscreen
Elle magazine recommended using a light sunscreen that won't clog your pores to stay protected from the sun and avoid worsening your acne.

2. Exfoliate
Using an exfoliant containing alpha or beta hydroxy acids can help you get your acne under control and reduce your breakouts. Don't focus on scrubbing your body too hard – this can cause damage to already-sensitive skin that needs TLC!

3. Try a product with salicylic acid
As Cosmopolitan magazine reported, products including salicylic acid seem to be effective on acne that's particularly difficult to eliminate. To tackle your entire problem this summer, be sure to invest in an item that can treat both body and facial acne.

Key tips for staying safe under the sun in 2013

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Key tips for staying safe under the sun in 2013

With summer just around the corner, you’re likely stocking up on Exuviance skincare products and other cosmetics to ensure that you look your best once it’s time to hit the beach. However, you might also want to brush up on your summer makeup and skincare maintenance routines before the seasons change. After all, there are always new advancements being made in sun protection and products that can help you stay safe from ultraviolet rays.

First, Allure magazine recommends stocking up on sunscreen and applying it liberally each day, especially if you have a beach trip planned for the near future. This can help your skin build up a layer of protection against the sun when it comes time to lay on the sand and curl up with a romance novel.

Next, Discovery Health encourages you to know what you’re buying before just purchasing any suntan lotion at the store. Ideally, your moisturizer should protect against both UVA and UVB rays in addition to being SPF 15 or higher.

Finally, think about investing in makeup for the new season that includes sun protection. Many lines now incorporate ingredients that can keep skin safe from the harmful rays of the sun.

Sunless tans can keep you healthy and gorgeous

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Sunless tans can keep you healthy and gorgeous

Spring isn't here just yet, but you may already be breaking out your summer makeup collection and hoping for sunnier days. Many people look forward to warm weather and believe it gives them the chance to wear fun colors on their clothing and skin. Specifically, beach bodies can't wait to hit the sand and catch some rays. However, it's no secret that the sun can do an ample amount of damage to your skin.

Sure, you'll look stunning with a little bit of color in your skin, but is it worth raising your risk of cancer? That being said, sunless tans are becoming a more popular alternative to baking yourself under the sun. As the Mayo Clinic states, sunless tanning products are effective and safe as long as they're used according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Additionally, they give users some advantages over traditional tanning. Daily Glow claims that these products can be a viable way to achieve an even tan – no rolling or turning over under the sun! Furthermore, it's more convenient to use this option if you live in a region that doesn't get much sun. Just remember that you still need to use sunscreen to keep your skin protected after faux tanning!

What are your bare summer essentials?

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

What are your bare summer essentials?Every girl experiences the need to downsize every once in a while, and there's no time like the summer to skimp down on your daily essentials and get in touch with a simpler way of being. Whether you're traveling this season or simply looking to make your life a bit easier, here's a list of your bare summer makeup essentials.

A simplified face makeup process. We say this in general terms because every girl's needs are different. If you have near-perfect skin, we suggest you go bare save for a bit or regular or tinted moisturizer. If you've got more pressing needs requiring a bit of coverage, it's best to skimp on the foundation and replace it with a primer and tinted moisturizer combination instead. The primer helps your makeup stay on your face while evening out the skin's texture, and meanwhile, the moisturizer will balance your skin and provided extra coverage. For all skin types, concealer should be used minimally and on an as-needed basis.

A one-step cheek and lip tint. Opt for a creamy formula you can dab on your cheeks and pout as you see fit.

Translucent powder (or blotting sheets if your skin is a bit easier to tame).

Waterproof mascara – a couple swipes of this stuff, and you shouldn't have to worry about running or smudging in humid weather.

Your comprehensive summer beauty guide

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Your comprehensive summer beauty guideAmong the many other countless reasons ladies everywhere are loving the change of seasons, we’re here to highlight all of the reasons why you look beautiful in the summertime – and what you can do to bring out your best during this season of warm, breezy nights and balmy afternoons.

1. What have you done to feel beautiful from the inside as of late? The famous saying maintains that you are what you eat, and it’s also true that healthy, beautiful skin starts with a good diet and regular exercise. Stick to non-processed foods and non-bleached flours and sugars to reduce the levels of inflammatory agents in your diet (which often lead to those unsightly breakouts), and do be sure to weave a workout into your daily routine. According to Allure, exercise helps reduce cortisone spikes – often the result of stress – and ultimately leads to smoother, clearer skin. If you’re feeling especially nutty over your health, get yourself into the habit of taking supplements – vitamins and minerals aren’t just good for your dietary health, but they usually come with hidden beauty perks as well.

2. Watch that glow. We know it’s tempting to want to dash your pasty winter skin to bits by hitting up the tanning salon or spending long hours on the beach, but what looks good now can only age you faster and potentially lead to skin cancer – how ugly is that? We’re not saying you have to shield yourself from the sun, but make sure you apply broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from all forms of UV rays, reapplying periodically if you’ve been out all day or in the water. Better yet, try a self-tanning product – many leading brands offer high quality formulas that are way less prone to streaking than you probably think.

3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! You should be drinking your recommended eight glasses anyway, but your skin is just as thirsty as your gullet. Use lotion and moisturizer every day to keep that skin touchably smooth, healthy and radiant.

4. Why not express with your nails? Thanks to the departure of gloves and arrival of sandals (and in some cases, bare feet), your mani/pedi can be used as a font of expression more than ever before. Go wild with bright, citrus shades, two-toned looks and even edgy French tips using bright, fluorescent shades in place of white.

5. Don’t be afraid to rock the bedhead. A sultry, day-after look is sort of al the rage at the moment, so if you’ve got a sleepy head of locks, a naturally tousled mane or salty, piecy locks from rolling about on the beach, do embrace them. Even if you can’t pull this look off without a hint of effort, you can enlist your curling iron, voluminizing spray and texturizer to help you create the illusion that you woke up looking this sexy and glamorous.

6. When it comes to makeup, do lighten up. You’ll probably need a new foundation that’s a shade or two darker than the one you use in the winter, so go ahead and buy a lighter, more breathable formula or a tinted moisturizer while you’re at it. You’re sweatier in the summer, which means your pores can get clogged more easily – and besides, you don’t want to totally cover up your natural sun-kissed glow.

7. Put your brightest pout on. This season is coming up all shades of honeysuckle, tangerine, cherry and magenta, and your lips should say so accordingly. Go ahead and stick to lipstick or gloss if that’s your thing, but lip stains in particular are a majorly hot way to boost your summertime appeal.

Common mistakes when applying sunscreen

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Common mistakes when applying sunscreenWhile summer may be slowly coming to a close, there are still more than a few fabulous beach days left. However, while many women may think they have a foolproof skincare system for sun protection, some ladies may be making a few mistakes that can damage their skin.

Don’t be stingy when applying sunscreen, Dr Linda Evans told To make sure you are putting on the appropriate amount, Evans recommends using pocket change as a guide – apply a nickel-sized dollop for your face, a nickel for each arm, a quarter for your torso, a quarter for your back and two quarters for your lower extremities.

“People often forget [to protect their] lips and therefore lip cancer is on rise,” Dr Debra Jailman told the news source. Women can use a colorless lip treatment that boasts ample sun protection, like B. Kamins Chemist Lip Balm SPF 20, but those who want to add a bit of color can do so with kaplanMD Lip 20 Moisture Therapy + SPF, a lip balm which includes SPF 20 and comes in a variety of shades.

Depending upon your skin tone, sunscreen should be reapplied throughout the day. Evans recommends that fair-skinned ladies should reapply every two hours, once every three to four hours for those with olive complexions and darker-skinned girls should apply up to three times a day.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19928656-ADNFCR

Allure magazine shares tips for fighting summer breakouts

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Allure magazine shares tips for fighting summer breakoutsWith the combination of sun, sweat and humidity, it seems that summer breakouts are unavoidable. But, according to Allure magazine, the right products can help you combat warm-weather blemishes.

“The most important thing is to keep your pores clean by washing your face twice a day with a cleanser that contains between 0.5 and 2 percent salicylic acid,” the news source reports. “Massage it in with your fingertips and leave on for a minute before rinsing to let the active ingredients penetrate.” G.M. Collin Purcane Oxygen Purifying Cleansing Gel contains 1 percent salicylic acid and is fragrance and alcohol-free.

Exfoliating weekly with a product like Exuviance Rejuvenating Bionic Scrub can help eliminate dead skin cells that clog pores. If you must use a moisturizer, the magazine suggests selecting an oil-free formula that is labeled noncomedogenic, like Ahava Matifying Moisturizer, and only apply the product to dry patches of skin.

Finally, if a pimple does pop up, treat the problem area with a cream that contains 2.5 to 4 percent benzoyl peroxide, but make sure skin is completely dry before applying the product. Bioelements Breakout Control, which contains 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide, helps heal blemishes and is invisible, so it can be worn under makeup.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19908385-ADNFCR