Posts Tagged ‘suncare’

Bring in 2012 with a few beauty resolutions

       
Monday, December 19th, 2011

Make a few of these New Year's beauty resolutions!There’s nothing quite like New Years to bring out the best in people. Everyone wants to start off the new year afresh, whether it means amping up your workout routine, vowing to cut down on your chocolate intake or even to take a few more risks in life. If you’re already creating a list of resolutions for 2012, you might want to include a few beauty-related tasks to ensure that your skin, nails, hair and body get the treatment they deserve. Here are some ideas to consider, inspired by The Beauty Department.

1. Wear sunscreen. Every. Single. Day. Although many women have been bombarded by the media when it comes to how damaging the sun’s rays are, that hasn’t stopped some from skipping the sunscreen. Ensure the protection of your skin by slathering it on in the morning as part of your routine – not just before you’re going to the beach. Makeup like Dermablend – Cover Creme SPF 30 will ensure that you’re getting coverage in more ways than one.

2. Fake it, don’t bake it. If you’re still heading to the tanning bed to get your glow on, cut it out already! Tanning beds are no safer than the sun, and some experts argue that they can do even more damage since you’re receiving direct exposure. Get a faux bronze look by using self-tanners like TanTowel – Self-Tan Towelette. These make the application process a breeze and they won’t leave any tell-tale streaks.

3. Exfoliate at least once a week. Getting rid of dead skin cells is the key to a glowing complexion that’s not dull or flaky. Use an exfoliating scrub for your face once or twice a week, and a rich scrub for your body in the shower. Get Fresh – SPA Sugar Body Scrub is the perfect treat.

4. Find your signature scent. There’s nothing like a fresh fragrance to remind people of you even when you’re not around, but it’s not possible if you’re always switching up your perfume. Take the time to find out what smells best on you, then invest in a few different products in the scent to ensure that you’re always exuding the aroma.

5. Don’t go to sleep without taking off your makeup. Leaving makeup on while you’re in bed at night is never a good idea. Your pores can become clogged, leading to acne, irritation and an overall messy complexion. Even if you’re too tired to wash it all off, keep a stash of wipes near your bed and use it to gently remove any product. Rilastil – Daily Care Make-Up Removing Wipes are the perfect thing.

6. Clean out your collection. Now’s the perfect time to go through your medicine cabinet, makeup bag and toiletry stash and get rid of anything old. Most products have an expiration date on them, but if you can’t remember when you got it, it’s definitely worth tossing. Expired products won’t work as well and could cause problems for your skin if you continue to use them.

7. Embrace your hair’s natural texture. Your strands could use a break from heat tools every now and then, so you should become comfortable with your hair’s natural state. That doesn’t mean you have to skip products altogether – a great anti-frizz serum like Leonor Greyl – Serum de Soie Sublimateur can do wonders.

8. Stop biting your nails. Every now and then, we all slip up and go to town nibbling that pesky jagged edge or hangnail – but you have to stop! Carry a nail file in your bag for on-the-go fixes and keep your nails polished and cute so you won’t feel the urge to bite them.

As long as you incorporate some or all of these beauty resolutions, 2012 should be your most beautiful year yet!

Keeping your legs looking beautiful and protected on the beach

       
Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Keeping your legs looking beautiful and protected on the beach.There's still plenty of summer left for fashionistas everywhere to spend some time on the sand and work on their tans, but there are potential summer risks that can have you feeling apprehensive about your legs. Let's face it – bug bites, razor burn and other imperfections may have you feeling self-conscious.

First and foremost, it's important to remember that using body lotion when you get out of the shower can help heal and repair your skin and instantly start to repair the damage of shaving. This will also ease some discomfort and help to exfoliate your skin for a clean and unfettered look.

Sun exposure is another thing to worry about on the beach, but instead of pouring on layers of suntan lotion, you can use Dermanblend Leg and Body Cover. This innovative product will conceal minor imperfections and provide SPF 15 protection in order to allow your legs to continute looking bronzed and beautiful for the duration of the season. It's also available in a wide variety of hues to match any skin type, so you can stop worrying about your skincare and get back to having fun on the beach.  

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.

The importance of sunscreen

       
Friday, May 6th, 2011

Combine your makeup and sunscreen routines.When you were a little kid, before you could go frolic in the waves or in the park, your mother probably held you down while slathering you in sunscreen. (You may or may not have been throwing a tantrum.) Alright, it's no secret that children don't want to pause to put on their sunblock. But as you get older, you need to remember this crucial step, even when mom's not around to force you to.

Sun damage is no joke. Harmful UV rays can do a real number on your skin, and it's not just aesthetic. Yes, too much sun exposure can lead to wrinkles and age spots, but it can also cause deadly diseases like melanoma – the deadliest form of cancer.

Not sure you can remember to put your sunscreen on every day? Don't worry – build those SPFs into your daily routine by purchasing makeup and lotion products that contain sun protection! Many different types of foundation come with SPFs of 15, 25 and even higher, so you can put on your makeup and your sunscreen in one fell swoop. If you don't want to switch foundations, you can buy translucent powders that not only set your makeup and give you a dewy glow, but offer added sun protection at the same time.

For fellas, plenty of face lotions contain sunscreen. Apply a little lotion after your get out of the shower or finish shaving to moisturize and protect yourself all at once. 

Evan Rachel Wood opens up about her beauty routine

       
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Evan Rachel Wood opens up about her beauty routineOn screen, Evan Rachel Wood rarely keeps the same look – she has played everything from a natural, fresh-faced hippie in Across the Universe to a sultry vampire on HBO's True Blood, who wears deep red lipstick and never has a hair out of place.

But what about Wood's real-life beauty routine? Fans of the daring starlet may not be surprised by her answer. "I have fun playing with makeup," she told People Magazine, adding that she likes to see how far she can push beauty boundaries.

Still, the style chameleon seems to have a practical side to her as well. "I am SPF crazy," she told the news source. "I have sunscreen in the door of my car. I have sunscreen in my purse."

Whether you regularly rock a vampy look or prefer a natural, understated appearance, you may want to heed Wood's advice and load up on sun protection – even in the winter.

Apply a protective formula, like Dermalogica MultiVitamin BodyBlock SPF 20, to arms and legs (any skin that's exposed to the sun) before you head out the door. Use a separate product, such as Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Face Block SPF 25, on your face and throw it in your bag so that you can reapply it as needed throughout the day.

Airport offering free spray tans to beach-seeking travelers

       
Friday, July 30th, 2010

Airport offering free spray tans to beach-seeking travelersUpon returning from a sunny getaway, many people revel in their post-vacation tans. However, some travelers desire a golden glow before they set foot on the sand.

According to the Daily Mail, a recent poll conducted by London’s Gatwick Airport found that 32 percent of people most dread baring pale skin on the beach, insisting they would rather reveal cellulite and bulging bellies. Additionally, more than half said that having a tan would boost their confidence on vacation.

In response to the findings, the news source reports that, for a limited time, Gatwick Airport will offer free spray tans to passengers flying to St. Tropez.

But you don’t have to go to Gatwick to get bronzed skin before a beach-side break. Instead, use a sunless tanner to help you achieve your desired pre-vacation glow.

Peter Thomas Roth Natural Looking Self-Tanner is a fragrance-free formula that is safe to use on both your body and face. Fake Bake offers a plethora of sunless tanners, including lotion, spray and mousse, and even offers a product formulated for men, Man Bronzing Gel.

However, before you hit the beach, remember to load up on sunblock with a high SPF – your skin may appear tan, but you still need protection from harmful UV rays!ADNFCR-3538-ID-19915622-ADNFCR

Quick fixes to maintain a flawless beachside appearance

       
Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Quick fixes to maintain a flawless beachside appearanceAs July winds down, many people may flock to the shores to capture the last month of guaranteed beach weather. But a romp in the sand and waves can leave you with messy hair and a face full of melted makeup.

Instead of forgoing cosmetics all-together, making your face feel more naked than your bared midsection, apply a few products to keep your appearance flawless while having fun in the sun.

It’s no secret that women should smother themselves in sunscreen before hitting the beach, but even sun-protected skin may need a bit of extra help. While soaking up the rays can be relaxing, it can also cause an unfortunately shiny complexion.

A high-quality powder with a built-in SPF is ideal for ocean or poolside touch-ups. Allure magazine recommends Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Sun Protection SPF 50, a lightweight formula that will hide skin imperfections while protecting your face from UVA and UVB rays.

To keep hair from hanging limply or curling uncontrollably after a dip in the saltwater, the publication suggests packing a texturizing spray, and spritzing strands while scrunching locks for a sexy, carefree look. Also, remember to carry hair elastics – a purposefully messy bun can tame hair and look cute!ADNFCR-3538-ID-19910161-ADNFCR

Insiders reveal to Allure magazine how to achieve the best skin for summer

       
Friday, July 9th, 2010

Best skin for summer
While you may always desire soft, glowing skin, now that beach season is here, you’ll certainly want your body to be at its best. Though some of us may be in the dark as to how to keep our skin looking great, experts recently shared a few tips with Allure magazine that will have you ready to step into the summertime sunlight.

While exfoliating is a great way to rid your body of small bumps and dead skin, you shouldn’t use the same products on delicate areas (like your chest) as you do on tougher skin (like your elbows). Beauty expert Charlotte Tilbury recommends using a facial scrub to exfoliate areas where the skin is thinner. Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant will remove dulling surface debris as it conditions, and is great for even the most sensitive complexions, as it is fragrance-free.

Hair removal is one of the most pressing issues when preparing your body for the warm summer weather. But with all the methods of removal out there, which approach should you take before a day – or night – out?

“I always tell my clients not to wax before a big event because it causes ingrown hairs and little red bumps,” Los Angeles makeup artist Joanna Schlip told Allure. “You get a much smoother look by shaving. And you’re getting a really good exfoliation, too.” Using a moisture-rich formula, like Lippmann Collection’s Did I Shave My Legs For This? Ayurvedic Shave Cream, will help to keep your legs conditioned as you ready yourself to rock your short shorts.

If you do come across the occasional ingrown hair, Whish Flawless Bump Fighter can help to eliminate the unsightly, and sometimes painful, irregularities.

After skin is showered, exfoliated and shaved, experts urge you not to forget the importance of a good moisturizer. “Jennifer Aniston doesn’t use makeup or self-tanner on her legs – just moisturizer,” makeup artist Angela Levin, who works with the actress, told the publication. But a good moisturizer can be hard to find, especially given the endless amounts of products out there.

In addition to softening your skin, many formulas boast multiple benefits. There are lotions that help minimize hair growth, firm cellulite and even improve blood circulation. Pick a product that suits your needs, and apply it when you get out of the shower.

You will also want to pay attention to your nose when selecting your moisturizer. Since it’s summertime, a heavily scented cream may come across as cloying, and can interfere with your perfume of choice. Instead, opt for a product with a light scent or, to play it safe, select a body moisturizer that is fragrance free. Dermalogica UltraRich Body Cream is a long-lasting moisture treatment that contains no artificial colors or scents, but if you want a lighter formula, opt for COOLA Total Body SPF 30 Unscent, a body lotion which also provides sun protection.

No summertime look is complete without a beautiful tan, but spending hours baking in the sun can wreak havoc on your skin. Luckily, you can avoid these dangers and fake a great glow with a sunless tanner like June Jacobs Radiant Glow Self Tanning Lotion.

Industry insiders stress that how you apply the product can dramatically alter how realistic your tan appears. “I don’t like to squirt self-tanner right on the skin. If you have a dry spot, it will attach to that,” makeup artist Jillian Dempsey told the magazine. Instead, Dempsey suggests pumping the tanner onto a round velour puff, similar to the ones used to apply face powder, and swirling it over the skin in circular motions, moving quickly over dry areas like elbows and knees.

Protect your skin this summer with the right products

       
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Protect your skin this summer with the right productsMany women fret over what makeup is most appropriate for the summer months. Some feel uncomfortable wearing less than foundation, lipstick and mascara, while others are good to go after a swipe of tinted lip balm and a dusting of loose powder.

However, when it comes to sun protection, the right products will work for nearly everyone.

First and foremost, finding and using effective sun protection may be one of the best things a woman can do for her appearance and her health.

Rilastil Suncare Lotion with SPF 40 is water and sweat-resistant, and contains ingredients that are nourishing to skin, like vitamin E and an anti-aging vegetable complex. The high level of protection makes it ideal for women who have sensitive or very fair skin, and it may even be used on babies.

Next, a lip balm with sun protection is another must. Shady Lady lip balm contains SPF 30, so your pout will be as protected and preserved as your visage the next time you step out on the beach.

Of course, many women still want a healthy glow. Try a sunless tanner like Fake Bake self-tanning lotion to score a bronzed complexion without damaging your skin.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19867840-ADNFCR

Protect Your Skin from the Sun

       
Thursday, May 24th, 2007

The environment can be rough on the skin—especially in the summer. During the heated summer months the sun can dehydrate the skin, especially on the face. It’s vital to take special care of your delicate skin and to retain its moisture. In order to counteract the drying effects of Mother Nature you should moisturize the skin morning and night; this will create a soft “canvas” for daily makeup application and have skin looking its healthiest. Try to use moisturizers and foundations with SPF to protect from further skin damage.