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A Complete Guide To Sunscreens

       
Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

A Complete Guide To Sunscreens

Summer fun means lots of time in the sun.  Make sure you pull out the SPF and get ready to protect your skin from the potentially harmful rays! Choosing the right sunscreen can be tricky so we are here to help with some great tips!

The first thing you need to consider is the SPF that you’re going to want to use. When you hit the aisles of any drugstore and look for sunscreen you’ll see that there are SPFs ranging from 8 to over 100. The SPF is usually a decent indicator of how well the product you’re getting is supposed to work against protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays. However, do not be too quick to purchase the super highe SPFs just because of marketing. Studies have shown that SPFs beyond 55 don’t actually have any better results than those between 45 and 55. Companies love to market their 75 to 100 SPFs for much higher prices, claiming that they provide “ultimate” protection from the sun. Wwhen applied right and reapplied correctly, the more affordable SPF 45 will do the job just as well.

There are, of course, many other elements to consider when buying sunscreen. One important aspect is what the sunscreen will do for your skin outside of protecting it from the sun. While UV protection is important, moisturizing and keeping your skin clear of unnecessary chemicals and contaminants  is also important. Some sunscreen and SPF brands, such as those by Coola Suncare and Supergoop!, feature reasonably high SPF products which moisturize the skin, are unscented and have ingredients that repair past sun damage. No matter what type of product you are buying, reading the label to know what you are putting on your skin and body is very important.

When it comes to sunscreen application, most people tend to make mistakes. One big mistake many people make is waiting until they are outside to apply the sunscreen. To properly do its job, the sunscreen needs 20 to 30 minutes to sit and soak into the skin.  Another mistake many people make is not applying enough. Unlike some products, less is NOT more with sunscreen. You want to make sure you read the label and use the amount it says to use and completely cover all areas.

There are also a lot of areas that people tend to miss when trying to apply the sunscreen themselves, such as the middle of their back. Other areas people tend to forget about are their ears, the backs of their knees/legs, and the tops of their feet.

Reapplying sunscreen properly is just as important as the initial application. You want to make sure you re-apply every 2 hours and if you’re in the water at all – at a swimming pool or the beach – you’ll want to reapply when you get out. Make sure you thoroughly dry off or the sunscreen will not be able to soak into your skin the way it should. Some people prefer to reapply to areas such as their face and shoulders more frequently.

So, now you are armed with the knowledge you need to protect yourself and your loved ones from the sun’s damaging rays once and for all. With these tips you’ll be able to make lasting memories all summer long without worrying about sunburn ruining the day.

How to sweat-proof your makeup

       
Thursday, July 25th, 2013

How to sweat-proof your makeup

One thing's for sure: As the temperatures rise, you have to adjust your beauty regiment to make sure your makeup lasts. Whether you're soaking up the sun on a beach somewhere, having a romantic patio dinner or rocking out at an outdoor concert, here's a few tips to make sure you're makeup is melt-proof.

A primer is the first step to a lasting look because it creates a barrier between your skin and humidity. Prep with Primer Sunreliable SPF 20 by Colorescience Pro, which comes in three different formulas that camouflage redness, give a sun-kissed glow and mattify oily complexions. While you're at it, apply the Protective Shadow Primer by being TRUE, which keeps eye pigment in place and prevents creasing.

A long-wearing, silicone-based foundation is key for all-day perfection. Mineral BB Cream SPF 25 by G.M. Collin not only evens out skin tone, moisturizes and covers up flaws, but also safeguards the skin against harmful rays. The silky silicones smooth out the skin's surface, resulting in the perfect canvas for the rest of your makeup. A cream blush is more likely stay put in sweltering heat, and a lip stain won't budge either. Waterproof mascara is a no-brainer to avoid racoon eyes.

Finish with Jane Iredale's Brush-Me Matte, which is formulated with rice powder to keep oil and shine under control. The self-contained brush makes it easy to toss into your bag for quick on-the-go touch-ups.

With these steps, you'll look fresh even in the dog days of summer.

Let’s Get Sun Ready

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

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Does sunscreen really help prevent aging?

       
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Does sunscreen really help prevent aging?

You may be eager to take advantage the warm summer weather to work on your tan, but by no means does that mean you can ignore sunscreen. It's relatively common knowledge that lotions not only prevent painful sunburns, but can also help limit wrinkles and skin damage later in life. But how much of an effect can the right skin care actually have on the visible signs of aging? 

According to a recent study conducted by Australian researchers and published in Annals of Internal Medicine journal, using sunscreen frequently can reduce signs of aging by about 24 percent, Forbes reports. As facial sun care products evolve and grow more effective, the benefits could be even greater. 

Exuviance skin care products are a popular choice for people looking to replenish their skin while also gaining the benefits of SPF. These creams and foundations are proven to improve your skin's appearance while offering some much-needed protection from the sun's harmful rays. 

If you're worried about looking pale this summer because of your extra sun protection – don't be. There are plenty of ways you can use all-over bronze makeup or even self-tanners to enhance your natural glow without causing damage to your skin. 

Get festive with Fourth of July makeup

       
Monday, July 1st, 2013

Get festive with Fourth of July makeup

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and that means many revelers around the U.S. are putting together their best red, white and blue outfits to wear to celebrations. Why stop at your clothes? Hair and makeup need just as much attention during this summer holiday. 

You already know you've got to protect colored hair from the sun, but you should also be on the lookout for ways to show off some makeup tricks when you're attending a family barbecue or enjoying a day off at the beach. 

Many party goers want to look natural for their Independence Day celebrations. You may want to gravitate toward nude makeup for a subdued look, but you can add a dash of fun with bright red lipstick or nail polish in a patriotic color. 

If you're planning on jumping in the water during your party, be sure to prep your skin with body scrubs and exfoliates. These treatments will have your skin feeling clean and refreshed, not to mention primed for tanning time under the sun. Of course, you should always be wearing sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful rays and painful sunburns. Even if this lessens the tan you end the day with, you can always turn to tinted moisturizers to give you a healthy glow. 

3 top reasons why you might have dry skin

       
Thursday, June 27th, 2013

3 top reasons why you have dry skin

Summer is a time for showing a little skin, whether you're at the beach or in your own backyard. However, you might not be eager to do so if you have dry skin – and you're not alone. Many women have this issue, regardless of how much moisturizer and exfoliants they use on a regular basis. Here are some of the main reasons why you might not have soft, silky skin despite all of your best efforts.

1. You bathe in hot water
StyleList reported that this is one of the biggest no-nos when it comes to maintaining radiant, hydrated skin. Hot water can strip your skin of much-needed moisture.

2. You aren't protecting your skin
The Mayo Clinic stated that, ideally, you should be wearing lotion with SPF to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. The sun can be a big reason why your skin dries out, especially in the summer.

3. Your soap is too harsh
If you have sensitive skin and you aren't using products to cater to it, you could be doing more harm than good. Soaps that are full of fragrances and other additives can dry your skin out, and you might not even realize it!

3 ways to protect your colored hair from the sun

       
Monday, June 24th, 2013

3 ways to protect your colored hair from the sun

You might already know how to keep your face looking fresh with True makeup throughout the summer, but what about your luscious locks? If you have dyed hair, you're prone to losing the vibrancy of your tresses over the course of the season. Ultraviolet rays can cause your hair to fade with time, and this can occur well before the end of the summer if you love spending time under the sun at the beach. Here are some tips for keeping your hair looking beautiful all season long.

1. Make sure it stays hydrated
Hollywood Life stated that it's critical to keep your hair hydrated. Invest in a shampoo and conditioner specifically designed to strengthen your hair and provide protection against harmful UV rays. 

2. Try an oil treatment
Argan oil is one of many oils you can use on your hair this summer to help you lock in moisture and ensure that your tresses always have a healthy glow under the sun.

3. Cover up
The Huffington Post recommended keeping your hair covered up under a hat or bandana if you're going to be spending an ample amount of time in direct sunlight.

3 surprising skin cancer facts you may not already know

       
Monday, June 10th, 2013

3 surprising skin cancer facts you may not already know

You might think that the moisturizer you wear daily is doing enough to protect you from the sun, but the fact of the matter is that sunscreen is necessary these days to effectively reduce the risk of skin cancer. Even if no one in your family has been diagnosed with this disease, it's worth staying on guard to ensure that you never have to live with it. Here are some surprising facts that you might not already know about skin cancer.

1. More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are reported every year
The American Cancer Society stated that melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for approximately 76,000 cases in 2013.

2. Ultraviolet rays can be dangerous in cloudy weather
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that UV rays can penetrate through clouds and harm the skin.

3. Darker clothing provides more protection
However, you should still wear SPF 15 lotion or higher when spending time outdoors for the utmost protection.

By taking these key tips into consideration, you can potentially reduce your chances of developing skin cancer while maintaining your youthful appearance!

3 items you must have in your beach bag this summer

       
Friday, June 7th, 2013

3 items you must have in your beach bag this summer

If you plan on hitting the beach this summer, you're going to need more than just a large bottle of suntan lotion to look your best on the shore. In addition to SPF makeup and moisturizer to protect yourself from the sun, there are a few other key items you should include in your beach bag. 

1. Waterproof mascara
Because you'll likely be taking a dip in the ocean, Real Simple magazine claims that you'll want to have waterproof mascara on hand to make sure that your peepers always look beautiful when you're a little wet. A moisture-proof formula also ensures that sweat won't cause your makeup to run under the sun.

2. Sun hat
Both your scalp and your luscious locks can get burned under the scorching sun. AOL recommends bringing a sun hat along for your trip for the utmost protection. Your burn-free scalp will thank you for wearing it later!

3. SPF lip balm
The salty air can quickly dry out your plump pout while you're near the sea. Make sure to include an SPF lip balm in your beach bag to keep your lips hydrated, protected and silky smooth.

Do you know how to create a flawless faux tan?

       
Friday, June 7th, 2013

Do you know how to create a flawless faux tan?

Now that beach season has arrived, it's time to start putting in the effort to look your best as you show more skin. With your Exuviance skincare products and summer-inspired makeup, you can revamp your appearance in time for the changing seasons. 

If you're interested in adding color to your skin, you might want to consider using a spray tanner or tanning lotion. However, it's important to exercise patience and take precautionary measures into account before applying these products to your body. Failing to do so can result in orange skin or an uneven faux tan.

To ensure that you get the results you want, O! The Oprah Magazine recommends only going two shades darker than your natural skin tone. This will give you a flawless look that truly seems like you spent a little time under the sun. Elle magazine states that you can also make sure that your tan looks beautiful by exfoliating your skin beforehand, giving yourself a clean palette to start.

If you're in doubt about your tanning abilities, don't hesitate to contact a professional to give you the beautiful glow you desire.